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towboater posted 01-14-2008 04:36 AM ET (US)   Profile for towboater   Send Email to towboater  
Ive been using the old Standard SHX-?? (commercial grade hand held VHF) for so long the sticker on the back with the model number has fallen off the unit I have here at home. Two more units on the Tug.
I dont know how many ni cad batteries my crews have worn out. The rubber sheathing on both mic cords has separated from the connector pins. These units have outlived several leather harnesses. They all still work but they have started resetting themselves back to 16 for no good reason. This used to indicate bats were worn out but a couple of units have started resetting with fresh bats. Compared to the new models, they are like packing 5 gallon buckets instead of pints.

I am fortunate to have the same Marine Electronics Company for 20 years. I dont have to shop for updates or deals, I can just tell them what I need and they take care of it.

According to Rogers Marine Sales, the majority of the Columbia River Maritime Industry is now using the Standard
HX370S hand held VHF radios.
Unit plus external mic cost is $165.


Jefecinco posted 01-14-2008 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
An interesting article over at on a new SH handheld. Have a look, you will like what you, I betcha.


roloaddict posted 01-15-2008 12:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for roloaddict  Send Email to roloaddict     
I have a HX 370s and like it. A solid little radio with pretty good audio quality. Talking range is always wishful thinking with a 5 watt handheld, but receiver sensitivity is pretty good. I use mine as a constant weather companion away from the boat now. I used to use it as a safety radio when I took launches out to the ships to work and as a radio tester when working on VHF's. When I rent boat's or run my own, it goes in a "bail out bag" with gps and signals or on my belt if I am alone. Well worth the money.

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