On stand C117 at the 2012 London Boat Show, leading electronics manufacturer Standard Horizon will be launching its affordable new floating VHF handheld radio, the HX290E.HX290 VHF

Despite a budget price of £129.95, the HX290E has all the functions found on more expensive radios, such as programmable scan, dual watch and Channel 16 priority scan. It is pre-loaded with all the marine VHF channels, and a factory-set description for each one. The ten channels most frequently used can be selected quickly via a designated key and the default descriptions can be altered and customised for ease of recognition.

The rugged case supports a robust internal chassis, which has a glow-in-the-dark strip so the radio can be found quickly at night, in or out of the water. As with all Standard Horizon radios, there is a large backlit dot-matrix display screen and the keys are deliberately oversized so they can be easily worked with gloves. There is also a key lock button to prevent accidental channel change and the display also features a battery life and squelch level indicator.

Not only does the HX290E float, but it is also waterproof to the IPX8 protocol, which means it can be immersed to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes. So confident is the company of the waterproof integrity that it even offers a no quibble three-year warranty. It’s great looking kit for the small open powerboat fraternity.

For more details see Standard Horizon.