Voices Carry

Stan­dard Hori­zon HX870 Hand­held GPS VHF $249.99; www.stan­dard­hori­zon.com

Power & Motor Yacht - - ELECTRONICS SPECIAL -

THE STAN­DARD HORI­ZON HX870 VHF FLOATS. It’s got a built-in WAAS-en­abled GPS re­ceiver. It’s got a one-touch DSC dis­tress but­ton. It’s even got a beefy, in­te­grated, spring-loaded belt clip on the back, and a strobe on the front. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of Per­sonal Lo­ca­tor Bea­cons (PLBs) a lot. But what could be bet­ter than ef­fect­ing your own res­cue by speak­ing to some­one di­rectly within ra­dio range, and call­ing them into your po­si­tion in the wa­ter. Any­one who boats alone should con­sider car­ry­ing a wa­ter­proof hand­held on their per­son at all times, and that in­cludes boaters who take non­boaters out with them who may not be able to help. With the in­te­grated GPS the HX870 is a ter­rific choice. One key: Re­mem­ber to in­put your MMSI num­ber into the hand­held, so it can speak via DSC dis­tress call, when you are un­able.

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