Standard Horizon HX290 Floating VHF Handheld Radio
So Far So Good
Lightweight, but have not had a chance to really use it so far. I have used the weather band and it works great. Supposed to be waterproof and will float. Haven't dunked it yet. So far so good.
September 18, 2012
So far I am very pleased with this radio. I opted for a hand held because I did not want to mount a radio and antenna to the boat and I liked the idea of portability.
At first view out of the box it seemed like it was a bit bulky so I was surprised at how light it was. Really light in fact so weight should not be an issue.
I am also very pleased with all of the weather channels that it picks up. And being that it's portable I can keep it in the house and keep it on me while camping during inclimate weather.
As for long term quality we will see but I had discussed radios with a couple retired DNR acquaintences of mine and they both spoke highly of Standard Horizon.
April 19, 2012
I bought this radio to use in the ocean, fishing from a kayak. Since safety is paramount in kayak fishing on the ocean, I wanted something reliable, compact, and waterproof. I had not previously heard of Standard Horizon, but after reading some reviews I was pleasantly surprised. Apparently they have an excellent reputation.
I have not had the radio out on the salt yet, but I have used it quite a bit as I live on the coast with a small harbor within sight of my home. The coast gaurd and local channels all work very well. The audio quality is excellent; comparable to a home based unit. The controls and menus are fairly easy to operate. Even the belt clip is good quality. I like the capability to transmit with either one watt or five watts. The scan function works well.
My only complaint (and it's a picky little thing) is that when receiving a transmission, on SCAN mode, the reception is interupted about every 3 seconds, for about a tenth of a second. The reason for this is clear that the unit is scanning emergency channel 16 at the same time. I don't think there is a way around this, but it can be annoying and you can miss certain words in a sentence.
Overall, I don't think you can get a better valued radio at this price. I highly recommend it for portable use.
Depoe Bay, Oregon
May 31, 2011
Standard Horizon HX290
Bought this item for weather alert feature and as a safety item when coastal fishing and recreation.
I have had this unit several days and it has been on constantly. It clearly picks up the USCG Galveston station 40 miles away and ICW traffic 5 miles away.
The voice is clear and strong on this unit and the controls are pretty straight forward to use.
It has been off of the charger for 24 hours monitoring but no transmissions. The area has heavy marine comm traffic and though the battery charge indicator showed empty, it was still receiving strong.
The display is clear and easy to read.
One thing I really like is that it fits tightly in the charging cradle. It will not just slide out even if layed down, turned over or bumped.
Have not ventured to float it.
May amend later once it has more hours on it, but very pleased so far.
February 8, 2012