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Old 13 June 2010, 14:05   #11
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Apparently the Standard Horizon HX-851 hand-held DSC set has got type approval and should start shipping to dealers this month.
That sounds great. Can you give more details, ie where does the 'aparently' come from? Are there any definite statements?

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Old 25 June 2010, 03:55   #12
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That sounds great. Can you give more details, ie where does the 'aparently' come from? Are there any definite statements?

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I have the Press Release:


THE NEW HX851E HANDHELD VHF DSC RADIO FROM STANDARD HORIZON, WITH BUILT-IN GPS AND UNIQUE COMPASS DISPLAY

On show with Standard Horizon, Stand G067 at The 2010 Southampton Boat Show

This remarkably compact floating radio offers all the outstanding features of other members of the handheld family from Standard Horizon, like 6W transmitter output power, face up floating, fully waterproof and ease of use. It also includes a built-in 12 channel GPS receiver and Class D encoder and decoder for sending and receiving DSC distress calls and other calls, such as Position Poll and Request Calls. The built-in GPS receiver, in conjunction with the 200 waypoint storage capacity, enables special functions like ‘navigate to a waypoint’ or ‘navigate to a position request or distress position’ to be easily implemented in a handheld device.


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Model: Standard Horizon HX851E
Power output: 1/2/5/6/W @ 7.4V
Frequency ranges: 156.025 MHz to 157.425 MHz
Battery: 1150mAh lithium-ion.
Size: 2.46” x 5.57” x 1.77” (62.5 x 141.5 x 45mm) w/o knob and antennae
Weight: 11.8oz (335gm) w/FNB-V99Li, belt clip and antenna)
RRP: £249.95 including VAT

Hope that helps.
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Old 05 July 2010, 17:40   #13
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Looks good till you see the price !! LOL

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Looks good till you see the price !! LOL

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£186 here

It's a very nice bit of kit. I want one
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Old 06 July 2010, 10:37   #15
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Thats 186+vat. Even at list price its not ridiculous.

A floating waterproof handheld will set you back around £120 anyway.
A waterproof GPS will also set you back at least £80 and that's for something very basic.

Their closest competitor is probably something like the Lowrance LHR80 which doesn't have the DSC integration activated (so its a GPS and a H/Held VHF but not DSC) which sells for around £200 (list 230)

As the only people on the market with a product that combines them effectively into a DSC I'd say they can charge a premium. People who want a DSC on their person rather than the boat will probably happily pay that. In this case the "competition" also moves into the PLB possibilities which cost a little less than this (list v's list) but whilst having some benefits also don't provide normal gps or vhf capabilities.

If I didn't already have a handheld vhf and gps I'd have written a cheque by now.
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Thats 186+vat. Even at list price its not ridiculous.

A floating waterproof handheld will set you back around £120 anyway.
A waterproof GPS will also set you back at least £80 and that's for something very basic.

Their closest competitor is probably something like the Lowrance LHR80 which doesn't have the DSC integration activated (so its a GPS and a H/Held VHF but not DSC) which sells for around £200 (list 230)

As the only people on the market with a product that combines them effectively into a DSC I'd say they can charge a premium. People who want a DSC on their person rather than the boat will probably happily pay that. In this case the "competition" also moves into the PLB possibilities which cost a little less than this (list v's list) but whilst having some benefits also don't provide normal gps or vhf capabilities.

If I didn't already have a handheld vhf and gps I'd have written a cheque by now.
Have to agree. I think this will soon outsell most radios due to its dual function. Time to drop the old one in the harbour again !
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Old 13 July 2010, 05:04   #17
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Hi all, Just spoke with Standard Horizon today (Tue 13th July) and they say they are still waiting for a few 'loose ends' to to be sorted out regarding licensing issues before they can start distribution. They also stated that a date was not set for release, its a case of wait and see.

A quick question here, do I have to wait till I get the radio before applying for an MMSI number or can I do that in advance.

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Just ordered one, days until release apparently.
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its arrived

Its just arrived, licence obtained on ofcom website, looks to be a quality piece of kit.
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