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Old 05-15-2016, 01:13 AM   #4
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Standard Horizon HX870

We are on our second Standard Horizon handheld with GPS. Someone decided they needed the first one more than I did.

I have used many radios over the years, including SMC, Icom, Motorola, Uniden, and maybe others. I also have an Icom and Motorola at present. We really didn't need another radio, BUT...

We like having the safety of the GPS in case of distress. One touch and our position is transmitted with the DSC distress call. It's also easy to use. Standard Horizon was pleasant to deal with when we switched boats and needed to reprogram the MMSI...the service was free and they even shipped it back to me without charge.

There are likely other brands with the GPS embedded that are just as good. Please strongly consider this technology from a safety perspective before going without it.

Good Luck
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