Double scramblers for handheld VHF
On show at the Standard Horizon stand at METSTRADE was the new HX890E, a high-end 6-Watt floating class H DSC VHF with built-in GPS.
The HX890E shares the same DSC (Digital Selective Calling) capabilities as the hugely popular HX870E. However, Standard Horizon has added two scrambler systems. These are claimed to be ideal for marine authorities as the 4-code CVS2500A and 32 code FVP-42 scrambler types allow for secure communication between two or more compatible sets. Thanks also to group monitor function, the set itself can track and display the position of up to 9 pre-selected vessels using position calling.
Another new feature is the FM band broadcast receiver, allowing the user to enjoy their favourite FM radio station whilst out on the water. No need to ration the music, either, as the rechargeable 1800mAh Li-ion battery gives 11 hours of operating time and the 700mW speaker provides ample volume over wind, wave or engine noise.
The HX890E will be in its element afloat as the casing – available now in black or navy blue – is built to US military (MIL-STD-810F) specifications. Backed with Standard Horizon’s three-year waterproofing warranty, the set is fully buoyant and can be submerged safely for up to 1.5m for 30 minutes. There is also an automatic water-activated white strobe light fitted to assist in a man overboard situation.
The scrambler and FM band receiver compliment an already feature-packed handheld VHF, which includes a built-in 66 channel WAAS GPS and full class H DSC operation. This provides everything you would expect on a high-end DSC set, including automatic polling, individual or group calling and multi-watch scanning of up to three pre-selected channels.
The oversized (2.3in diagonal) and back lit dot matrix screen provides waypoint and route navigation. The display can be toggled between day or night operation and clearly shows all the functions selected, from basic VHF operation through to DSC Group Position calls.
HX890E is supplied with a wide range of accessories including 12V/240V charger, cradle and back-up alkaline battery tray.
The unit sells for a recommended price of €258.70 excluding VAT.
By Jake Frith
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