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> Need your opinions....best hand held VHF radio, Picking your brains for research
longfish
Posted: Oct 08, 2021 - 07:53 pm


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I am looking to buy a VHF hand held....what brand name and model are you using and what do you like about it's features keeping Kayaking in mind? Thanks for your experience members. I am leaning towards this one.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00AJVMW8S...&ref_=pd_gw_unk

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Posted: Oct 09, 2021 - 06:08 am


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I have (and carry with me at all times while on kayak) a Standard Horizon HX890 VHF radio with some features you won't see on cheaper models:

* GPS
* NOAA Weather channels
* DSC calling
* FM radio (I can listen to music or news while fishing:-)
* Built-in scrambler system (eg, for one-to-one secure/secret communication)
* Waterproof and floats on water
* Water-activated emergency WHITE strobe light
* Made in JAPAN

IMHO this model is currently among the best hand-held VHF radio.

I have had mine for around 3 years now with zero issues. Previously I had its earlier model HX870 which is literally the same as this HX890 but sans FM radio receiver and voice scrambler system.

Right now amazon is selling this HX890 for $359:

https://www.amazon.ca/Standard-Horizon-HX89...cs%2C173&sr=1-3


But Radio World in Toronto is selling it for $90 cheaper at $269 (about the same price as the one you are looking at):

https://www.radioworld.ca/sta-hx890

DISCLAIMER: I am not associated with Standard Horizon whatsoever, financially, romantically or otherwise. I am just a very satisfied customer of this HX890 VHF radio:-)

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Posted: Oct 09, 2021 - 08:59 am


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QUOTE (xiaolu @ Oct 09, 2021 - 06:08 am)
I have (and carry with me at all times while on kayak) a Standard Horizon HX890 VHF radio with some features you won't see on cheaper models:

* GPS
* NOAA Weather channels
* DSC calling
* FM radio (I can listen to music or news while fishing:-)
* Built-in scrambler system (eg, for one-to-one secure/secret communication)
* Waterproof and floats on water
* Water-activated emergency WHITE strobe light
* Made in JAPAN

IMHO this model is currently among the best hand-held VHF radio.

I have had mine for around 3 years now with zero issues. Previously I had its earlier model HX870 which is literally the same as this HX890 but sans FM radio receiver and voice scrambler system.

Right now amazon is selling this HX890 for $359:

https://www.amazon.ca/Standard-Horizon-HX89...cs%2C173&sr=1-3


But Radio World in Toronto is selling it for $90 cheaper at $269 (about the same price as the one you are looking at):

https://www.radioworld.ca/sta-hx890

DISCLAIMER: I am not associated with Standard Horizon whatsoever, financially, romantically or otherwise. I am just a very satisfied customer of this HX890 VHF radio:-)

Thanks James....I was hoping you would chime in because I know you do good research and know you carried one. I respect your opinion as you have helped so many members on here with your information including myself.

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Posted: Oct 09, 2021 - 11:55 am


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Did some more looking this morning but ended up buying the HX890. Thank you for including the lower price at Radio World. I ordered it from them at $325.....tax and shipping in.

Thx James

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QUOTE (longfish @ Oct 09, 2021 - 11:55 am)
Did some more looking this morning but ended up buying the HX890. Thank you for including the lower price at Radio World. I ordered it from them at $325.....tax and shipping in.

Thx James

Arnie.

You are welcome, and I am glad I could help. Hope you will get yours soon, and enjoy.

PS: I bought mine from Radio World, too:-)

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Posted: Oct 09, 2021 - 11:13 pm


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QUOTE (xiaolu @ Oct 09, 2021 - 11:59 am)
QUOTE (longfish @ Oct 09, 2021 - 11:55 am)
Did some more looking this morning but ended up buying the HX890. Thank you for including the lower price at Radio World. I ordered it from them at $325.....tax and shipping in.

Thx James

Arnie.

You are welcome, and I am glad I could help. Hope you will get yours soon, and enjoy.

PS: I bought mine from Radio World, too:-)


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Posted: Oct 11, 2021 - 06:59 am


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This is another example of the true value of this forum!
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