Submersible to 3.3 feet for 30 minutes, the Standard Horizon® HX290 Floating VHF Handheld Radio features 5 or 1 watt output, huge channel display, all US/International and Canadian marine channels, NOAA weather channels and weather alert, key lock, low battery indicator, and a preset key with 10 favorites. Radio includes one 1150mAh lithium battery, 110VAC and 12VDC chargers, and cradle. 3-year waterproof warranty.
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 have been looking for a marine radio for a long time. I did some research and found the Standard Horizon is a great company with many reputable products. I chose this model because of the options and ease of use. Also the lith. ion battery. Set up was easy and the radio works awsome. Its very clear and seems very rugged. I like this radio because I also can keep it on me. In case I fall overboard I will be able to be found.
March 24, 2012
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
Per the manufacturer owner’s manual, you can use channel 9 for recreational use for commercial and non-commercial boater calling. In addition, channel 68 and 69 would be for non-commercial recreational. Monitor your desired channel in advance to make sure you will not be interrupting other traffic. If you want this for home use just as a walkie-talkie, I would not recommend this product. This is designed more for boating. Thanks
I have had mine on for 24 hours. Though the battery indicator showed empty, it was still working strong. No transmissions were made during this time, but it is in an area were there is heavy marine traffic.
Not sure if you still need an answer to you Question on the radio. but the marine radio hands differant frequencys. so it would not work for hunting. try a c/b radio. or the small 2 ways.
6 months ago
Be carefull with VHF radios as they are restricted to marine use and subject to penalties if use is abused. They are not be used say as a CB. The owners manual has clear warnings on this. They are meant for ship to ship communications. Land use is against federal law except where stated in the law.
VHF radio is not the same thing as an FM radio. Very high frequency (VHF). This is more of a boating Handheld radio. Very high frequency (VHF) is the radio frequency range from 30 MHz to 300 MHz. A 5-watt handheld will communicate approximately 7 miles to another handheld, or approximately 20 miles to a well-equipped shore station.
Try the Cobra® CXR 925 Two-Way Radios Item Number: 38-532-500-00 Featuring a 35-mile range.
Most handheld VHF manufacturers offer an optional battery tray for use with AA batteries. Certain models are actually packaged with both a rechargeable battery and back-up tray. This particular model it is sold separately through the manufacturer. It can be handy to have a back up tray when all else fails but a unit with a Li-Ion battery will out perform in terms of life.
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