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Standard Horizon HX870E VHF Handheld with GPS

Standard Horizon HX870E VHF Handheld with GPS

Standard Horizon HX870E is a handheld VHF with GPS capability allowing you to transmit your co-ordinates in a DSC distress call or navigate to a waypoint.

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Standard Horizon HX870E is a handheld VHF device with GPS capability allowing you to transmit your co-ordinates in a DSC distress call or navigate to a waypoint.

This easy to operate device is buoyant and upon contact with water the radio's strobe light will automatically activate to allow the user to recover the device more easily. No matter whether the device is powered on or off this function will helpfully activate.

The Group Monitor feature allows you to view location information of up to 9 pre-defined vessels while the device can also store up to 200 waypoints for navigation (up to 15 waypoints in one route).

Switchable power levels up to 6w allow you to preserve power during everyday use and increase output power as and when needed. The GPS function can also be turned off if required to save power.

To help with route planning the NOAA Weather Channel can be accessed quickly and easily by pressing the WX quick link in the menu.

In the event of an emergency you can quickly transmit co-ordinates along with nature of emergency from a list of options including Fire, Flooding, Collision, Capsizing and more. This distress call will be repeated every 4 minutes or until the user cancels the request.

The Standard Horizon HX870E Package includes:

  • HX870 Transceiver
  • CAT460 Aerial
  • SBR-13Li 7.4v 1800mAh Li-ion Battery Pack
  • SBH-12 Charger Cradle for HX870E
  • SAD-11C 230V Wall Charge for SBH-12
  • E-DC-19A DC Cable with 12V DC Cigarette Lighter plug for SBH-12
  • SBT-13 Alkaline Battery Case for 5 x AAA Dry cell Batteries (Not Included)
  • Clip-22 Belt Clip
  • YS-05-01 Hand Strap
  • T9101606 USB Cable (Type USB A plug to USB Type B Plug)
  • Ferrite Core
  • Owners Manual

Users will need to register for a ships radio license and obtain their MMSI number before the emergency DSC feature can function.

General Specifications
Frequency Range

Transmitter 156.025 MHz - 157.425 MHz

Receiver 156.050 MHz - 162.000 MHz

Channel Spacing25KHz
Frequency Stability±3 ppm (−15 °C to +55 °C)
Emission Types16K0G3E for Voice, 16K0G2B for DSC
Antenna Impedance50 Ω
Supply Voltage7.4V DC, Negative Ground (Battery Terminal)
Current Consumption

330 mA (Receive)

100 mA (Standby, GPS On)

60 mA (Standby, GPS Off)

1.6 A / 1.0 A / 0.7 A

(TX: 6W / 2W / 1W)

Operating Temperature−15 °C to +55 °C
DSC Individual DirectoryStore up to 100
DSC GRop DirectoryStore up to 20
DSC FormatITU-R M.493-13
IP RatingIPX8
Dimensions62 mm x 138 mm x 43 mm
RF Power Output
RF Power Output .6 W (HI) / 2 W (MEDIUM) / 1 W (LOW) (@7.4 V)
Modulation TypeVariable Reactance
Maximum Deviation.±5 kHz
Spurious Emission−75 dBc typical
Microphone Impedance2 kΩ
Circuit TypeDouble-Conversion Superheterodyne
Intermediate Frequency

for Voice 1st: 38.85 MHz

2nd: 450 kHz

for DSC 1st: 30.4 MHz

2nd: 450 kHz


for Voice 0.25 μV for 12 dB SINAD

for DSC 0.5 μV for 12 dB SINAD

Adjacent Channel Selectivity70 dB typical
Intermodulation70 dB typical
Hum & Noise Ratio40 dB
Selectivity12 kHz / 25 kHz (−6 dB / −60 dB)
AF Output (Internal Speaker only)700 mW @16 Ω for 10 % THD (@7.4 V)
Receiver Channels66 channels
SensitivityLess than -147dBm
Time to First Fix

1Min Typical (@ Cold Start)

5 Sec typical (@Warn Start)

Geodatic DatumWGS84
NMEA Output
NMEA 0183 Output Sentences (9600 baud)DSC,DSE,GGA,GLL, RMC,GSA,GSV
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