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Practical Sailor: Standard-Horizon Radio "Best Choice"
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posted 04-23-2009 01:27 PM ET (US)
A reprint of the February 2009 article testing mid-priced VHF Marine Band radios by the popular boating periodical PRACTICAL SAILOR is now available on-line at
The executive summary: Standard-Horizon products were top rated. The GX3000S was deemed "best choice" among radios tested, and its slightly smaller, less expensive, and less-featured cousin, the GX1500S was rated "recommended."
posted 04-23-2009 03:12 PM ET (US)
What about mid priced hand helds. What is your recommendation?
posted 04-24-2009 08:59 PM ET (US)
I don't give recommendations on products.
Here I am giving notice of a published report on VHF Marine Band fixed mount radios which was conducted by a well-known boating magazine whose editorial content is almost 100-percent in comparative test report form in which certain products are recommended or identified as superior.
posted 04-25-2009 07:18 PM ET (US)
The Matrix listed in the article was on special for $155 today on the site cited for its price.
Not a bad buy.
posted 04-26-2009 07:45 AM ET (US)
I am not surprised. Standard Horizon has for many years always had a reasonably-priced marine VHF that seems to perform well and last forever. I have owned several.
My Whaler came with a [Raymarine] unit. More bucks, big name in radio communications, but crapped out after two years--water got into the front panel and corroded everything. Makes me nervous; they make a lot of comm gear for the military.
posted 04-27-2009 09:26 PM ET (US)
[Raytheon] also make Patriot misslies for the Army and Standard missiles for the Navy....
posted 04-28-2009 01:03 AM ET (US)
Raymarine is a relatively small, eight-year-old British company that makes marine electronics; they are not a part of Raytheon. Raytheon is a 80-year-old American company with a strong presence in military and defense electronics.
At one time Raytheon made recreational and commercial marine electronics, but that business was sold off and became Raymarine. Apparently quite a few people are not aware of this and still think they are one big company.
The Raymarine RAY55 radio was included in the test of radios mentioned above. It had good performance, but it was the most expensive radio of the group.
posted 04-29-2009 10:11 AM ET (US)
Thank you for this very insightful information - I had no idea. One could easily assume that Raymarine was still a part of Raytheon and as such had the resources of the parent company behinf them (expertise in high-quality comm gear).
I suppose that's what they want you to think.
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