Standard Horizon HX890 Handheld VHF

Standard Horizon HX890 Handheld VHF

Price: $199.99
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HX890 Handheld VHF - 6W - Black$199.99 USD
HX890 Handheld VHF - 6W - Navy Blue$199.99 USD

HX890 Handheld VHF - 6W


  • 6W transmit power output (Selectable 6/2/1W)
  • 700mW Loud Audio and Noise Canceling Function for both TX/RX audio
  • Rugged case construction conforms to Military Standard (MIL-STD-810F)
  • Available in Navy Blue or Black
  • Submersible IPX8 Construction and it floats
  • DSC (Digital Selective Calling) ITU-R M.493 Class-H Operation
  • W2.60’’ x H5.43’’ x D1.50’’ – Round Case Design provides excellent ergonomics
  • Built-in Integrated 66 channel WAAS GPS Receiver
  • 11-hour Operating Time with 1800mAh high capacity Li-ion battery
  • Easy to Operate Menu System with a large (1.7’’ x 1.7’’) Full-dot matrix display
  • Selectable Display Mode - Day & Night Mode
  • Waypoint and Route navigation
  • Group Monitor Function utilizing DSC Group Position Call
  • MOB (Man over Board) feature
  • Water Activated Emergency “WHITE” Strobe Light
  • Two Scrambler Systems built-in – 4-code CVS2500A & 32-code FVP-42
  • Versatile Scanning operation (Dual Watch and Triple Watch)
  • NOAA Weather Channels with Weather Alert
  • FM Broadcast Radio Receiver
  • Micro USB Data jack for PC programming
  • 3 Year Waterproof Warranty
5 Stars based on 2 reviews
By Ron
Bulverde, TX
The Benchmark handheld VHS/GPS
August 29, 2019
This radio is the next generation and update of the HX870. It's the same size as the famous HX300, but jammed full of more features with the GPS addition.
I ended up ordering a 2nd, and will register an MMSI to a second hull - one kayak, one power boat. If you ever mothership a kayak - get dropped off by a power boat and picked up later, the ability to talk to each other is invaluable. You can register a free MMSI through US Power Squadrons website. Your MMSI number is filed in a database with FCC/MRS, with whatever information you want to be there, is accessible by USCG, and is specific to your radio and hull. Aside from the instant and automatic safety advantage sending an All Ships Distress Call, anyone with a DSC locator can find your position. Ships and other pleasure craft navigating with DSC/AIM can see you on their navigation screen. You can poll ships in range of your position. DSC lets you set up a private intercom with other MMSI numbers, and locate each other on GPS. It's also priced about $100 less than another good handheld VHF/GPS will all these features. If you want a smaller VHF only, look at the HX40, which is a tiny radio that compares with the HX300.
ProsCost, GPS/DSC, the ultimate handheld for safety; group functions including location and private channels.
By Don
Oak Island, NC
December 4, 2019
The HX 890 from Standard Horizon is waterproof, floats and provides 6 watts of output power for transmission, scans, has DSC capability and GPS functions. This is an excellent handheld VHF radio at a reasonable price. Additionally, this radio allows the use of alkaline batteries in a pinch, if the rechargeable battery is dead. A great package at a reasonable price.,

The only draw back is the GPS function is a tad bit complex and requires practice to master.
ProsWaterproof Floats 6 watts power output can employ rechargeable or alkaline batteries Price
ConsComplicated GPS function
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