Building on the success of the GX1700E, VHF marine radio manufacturer Standard Horizon has announced two new models.
The GX1800GPS/E and GX1850GPS/E carry all the popular features of the GX1700E as well as a re-designed front panel for ease of use and updated high resolution display.
The GX1800GPS/E supports the NMEA 0183 protocol, which continues to be widely used, the GX1850GPS/E additionally carries the new and faster NMEA 2000 protocol. Both of these NMEA interfaces allow full connectivity with GPS and DSC data between compatible devices.
To aid with use in the dark, both models feature a new selectable night- mode display on the 66mm x 36mm backlit dot matrix screen. The level of illumination can be changed to a soft muted white with the text in easy-to-read large black letters.
Both sets are second-station capable, allowing them to use Standard Horizon’s latest RAM4 microphone, the SSM-70H model. This unit is able to control all the functions of the main radio from any location on-board (requires supplied connecting cable), so is usually found on an upper helm. The RAM4 also doubles as an intercom between the handset and main set.
The GX1800GPS/E and the upgraded GX1850GPS/E share a similar chassis and typical of the Explorer series, feature an ultra-thin and compact rear case. This slim profile makes the set very easy to flush fit into a dashboard, with a bracket mount available for more options.
The Explorer series has also been designed for ease of operation, so the E20 (Easy-To-Operate) menu system is now even more intuitive than ever.
When using its built-in GPS, the Explorer series becomes a versatile navigation station, providing position information (latitude & longitude) and an electronic compass display. There is also a waypoint and GPS status page. Should the set be used in a position with weak GPS reception, then there is a socket to connect the optional SCU-38 external GPS antenna. When used in an exposed environment, the set is waterproof to the IPX8 standard (immersion to 1 metre).
Both sets have also been enabled for ATIS (Automatic Transmitter Identification System) which is used on the inland waterways of Europe.
By Jake Frith
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