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Standard Horizon "HX300" Floating VHF Radio

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standard horizon hx300

Make & Model

Brand:
Standard Horizon
Model:
HX300
MSRP ($):
150.00

The Standard Horizon "HX300" Floating VHF Handheld Radio boasts a unique USB charging system and comes with a high-capacity 1650mAh 3.7V, lithium-ion, non-memory, rechargeable battery and rugged belt clip. Should you drop it in the water, a flashing light is activated to assist you in locating the unit. Comes with a 10V/220VAC USB charger with cradle. Other features include: a Programmable Scan Priority Scan; Dual-Watch and Tri-Watch functions; 10-channel preset key selection; 600mW internal audio speaker; and an intuitive, easy-to-operate menu. Manufacturer's three year waterproof warranty.

 

 

Features:

  • Floating
  • Submersible
  • 5 Watt transmit power
  • USB charging system

Specs:

  • Battery Life (Approx): 10 hours
  • Weight: 8.4 oz
  • Transmitter: 5 W / 1 W (@3.7 V)
  • Receiver: Double-Conversion Superheterodyne
  • Size: 2.3"W x 5"H x 1.3"D

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standard horizon hx300 mounted on Jackson Big Tuna

User reviews

Average user rating from: 1 user(s)

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This past winter Standard Horizon released a new handheld VHF radio I knew I needed to try it out. When I received the HX300 I was not disappointed.

The HX300 is a very compact radio compared my current HX751 model, yet still packs a lot of the same features that I have come to depend on. And with Standard Horizon being the marine division of Yaesu Radios you can be assured it is a quality product.

One of my favorite features was the first one I came across when unpacking it for the first time, which was the USB charging system. No longer do you need a special charging cord for your house and another one for your car, for this radio all you need is a USB adaptor so you can plug the included cord in. So once I got it charged I got it out on the water for testing, with its 5 watts of power I was able to transmit and receive at 5 mile range (the farthest I was able to confirm) it was comparable to my HX751. The battery lasted every trip I took, up to 10 hours, on a single charge. The speaker is plenty loud and with the Dual and Tri Watch programs it makes it easy to monitor just the channels you want to. I found the functions easy to find and intuitive. The radio floated and there was never an issue with it being submersed. After salt water trips I would rinse it off in the sink let it dry and charge it for the next trip. The smaller size also meant it was a better fit in the pocket of my PFD.

In a short time the Standard Horizon became a favorite. The only function that could be improved on would be the flashing LED that goes off when the radio gets wet. I found that while keeping the radio in my PFD during a light rain the LED would activate. While I did not have an issue with the battery life the few times that this happened I’m sure it would shorten the battery life. I like the idea of the light going off when you drop it in the water, especially since I fish nights a lot. This is also an issue with all the other radios I have tried that have the same feature, but it would be great if they could protect that water sensor from rain.
Overall this is a great radio for kayak fishing, and at the $150 price point this is a piece of safety equipment every kayak angler should have.
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Gregg Crisp Reviewed by Gregg Crisp August 21, 2013
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Standard Horizon HX300

This past winter Standard Horizon released a new handheld VHF radio I knew I needed to try it out. When I received the HX300 I was not disappointed.

The HX300 is a very compact radio compared my current HX751 model, yet still packs a lot of the same features that I have come to depend on. And with Standard Horizon being the marine division of Yaesu Radios you can be assured it is a quality product.

One of my favorite features was the first one I came across when unpacking it for the first time, which was the USB charging system. No longer do you need a special charging cord for your house and another one for your car, for this radio all you need is a USB adaptor so you can plug the included cord in. So once I got it charged I got it out on the water for testing, with its 5 watts of power I was able to transmit and receive at 5 mile range (the farthest I was able to confirm) it was comparable to my HX751. The battery lasted every trip I took, up to 10 hours, on a single charge. The speaker is plenty loud and with the Dual and Tri Watch programs it makes it easy to monitor just the channels you want to. I found the functions easy to find and intuitive. The radio floated and there was never an issue with it being submersed. After salt water trips I would rinse it off in the sink let it dry and charge it for the next trip. The smaller size also meant it was a better fit in the pocket of my PFD.

In a short time the Standard Horizon became a favorite. The only function that could be improved on would be the flashing LED that goes off when the radio gets wet. I found that while keeping the radio in my PFD during a light rain the LED would activate. While I did not have an issue with the battery life the few times that this happened I’m sure it would shorten the battery life. I like the idea of the light going off when you drop it in the water, especially since I fish nights a lot. This is also an issue with all the other radios I have tried that have the same feature, but it would be great if they could protect that water sensor from rain.
Overall this is a great radio for kayak fishing, and at the $150 price point this is a piece of safety equipment every kayak angler should have.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Compact, Waterproof, lightweight, easy to use, USB Charger
Cons:
LED sometimes goes off when it's raining
standard horizon hx300 mounted on Jackson Big Tuna
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