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HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio

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Model # 12008231 | Mfg # HX290


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The HX290 is an extremely affordable floating handheld VHF with an oversized easy-to-read backlit display. The HX290 is value packaged with an 1170mAh Lithium-ion non-memory rechargeable battery, rugged belt clip, 110 VAC and 12V DC trickle chargers and a drop-in charging cradle. Other great features include Programmable Scan, Dual Watch, Ch16 Priority Scan, NOAA weather channels with weather alert, selectable 5 and 1 Watt transmit power, 10-favorite channel preset key, speaker-microphone jack and a battery life indicator. Download Owner’s Manual here.

  • Material: Polycarbonate housing, die-cast chassis
  • Controls: On/Off volume knob, 9-button keypad
  • Scanning Modes: Programmable, Priority Scan and Dual Watch
  • Weather Alert: Yes
  • Antenna: Flexible whip
  • Transmit Power: 5/1 Watt
  • Battery Life: 8 hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX8 submersible, and it floats
  • Dimensions: 2-5/16"W x 5-1/4"H x 1-7/8"D
  • Screen Size: 1-1/2"W x 1"H
  • Weight: 13.4oz.
  • Included Equipment: 110V AC and 12V DC chargers, charging cradle, belt clip
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof, $65 flat rate

HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio

Battery Life 8 Hours
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Color Black
Dimensions 2 5/16" Width x 5 1/4" Height x 1 7/8" Depth
Display Type Segmented LCD
Features Floating
Waterproof
Weather Alert
Material Aluminum
Scanning Modes Programmable Scan
Priority Scan
Dual-Watch
Transmit Power 5/1 Watt
Warranty Details Three Years Waterproof
Flat Rate
Weight 10.9 Ounces

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.0

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Durable (8)
  • Waterproof (8)
  • Clear signal (7)
  • Reliable (7)

Cons

  • Short range (3)

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (10)
  • Small boats (8)
  • Emergencies (6)
  • Outdoors (6)
  • Large boats (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (10), Advanced (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Rugged with good sound and rugged, bulky

I've owned 3 Standard hand held radios, and several fixed mount. They have always proven rugged,well made, easy to use, and reliable. This radio seems to have the same qualities. The...Read complete review

I've owned 3 Standard hand held radios, and several fixed mount. They have always proven rugged,well made, easy to use, and reliable. This radio seems to have the same qualities. The range is limited, which is a con, but for all handhelds and not just this one. If you're planning going more than 3-5 miles from land, I'd suggest a fixed mount radio with 5x the power of this little handheld.

The only issue I have is it's a bit bulky. The battery and whatever sort of void there is within the radio for flotation make it feel quite big in my hands. I have big hands. That said, I use this radio on my 15' Boston Whaler that I use in Marine coastal areas with my daughter and neices. I am an USCG Unlimited Oceans Master.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, but did not meet my needs

I purchased this radio and even placed the order before it was available for sale. It has all the features I was looking for. I can charge it with my USB solar power...Read complete review

I purchased this radio and even placed the order before it was available for sale. It has all the features I was looking for. I can charge it with my USB solar power charger. It floats! Not too big. All those things would be great, but there was no way to know that once it's wet, the speakers and microphone are USELESS. My kayak friends who we are all certified ACA Kayak/canoe instructors have VHF radios from the other "Iconic" manufacturer. The model they have it's water resistant and once it's wet, it's still clear and perfect to communicate. We got into an emergency off the coast of St.Agustine and I had a horrible time while on my kayak trying to communicate with the radio because it sounded like a drowning robot. The Coast Guard and my fellow lost kayakers advised my radio sounded very distorted. Regarding the design of this model, when I first purchased mine, the trap door to the USB charging port was easily bumped and remained open. I believe my first one was damaged due to this design. West Marine was superb at replacing it with another radio. If this radio never got wet and it's only purpose was to be used in dry environments, it would be a good product.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

only buy standerd horizon

By none

from sandiego

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Reliable
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor
    • Small Boats

    Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

    Water proof. Long battery life

    Service and delivery comments:

    Service is good

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for the value

    By Tim

    from St Augustine, Florida

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Install
    • Reliable
    • Waterproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Small Boats

      Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

      The HX290 VHF Radio had excellent range in the Keys considering it is a hand held. Used it every day and the battery was never an issue. I was pleasantly pleased with this product considering I had always had a mounted VHF for many years.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      great hand held radio easy to use

      By yank and crank

      from melbourne florida

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Reliable
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Boats
        • Outdoor
        • Small Boats

        Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

        just perfect for what I need on the water

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not good for Kayaker

        By Pat

        from Florida

        Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

        This radio has a few flaws for anyone who expects to get the radio wet. I purchased this radio before ocean kayaking for the weekend in the keys. The radio works fine until it gets wet, then the volume becomes really muffled to the point where you can hardly hear anything. Once the radio dried fully it returned to normal audio. Also, the battery doesn't appear to have a very good seal. Because after a few days I removed the battery from the back of the radio and found saltwater corrosion starting on the battery leads. I decided to return the radio and get a West Marine brand which seems to have a better seal. This radio would probably be fine for the majority of people but its not good for kayakers who cant help from getting there equipment wet.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        HX 150 is a better deal.

        By FishCatcher Gene

        from Boston MA

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Waterproof

        Cons

        • Poorly Designed

        Best Uses

        • Outdoor
        • Small Boats

        Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

        Bought the HX290, the case is big and bulky, not like my old Standard Horizon. Returned it and got the HX150, the keypad is the same, the screen is smaller. Works great and is eazy to hold, at 40 bucks less a much better deal.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        HX290 VHF Radio

        By Greg

        from Port Clinton, OH

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Reliable
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Boats

          Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

          Strong battery with option to use AA batteries. Easy to use.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Excellent handheld radio

          By Dan

          from Ocean city nj

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • easy to use
          • Reliable
          • Waterproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Boats
            • Outdoor
            • Small Boats

            Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

            I was looking for a handheld radio that was small, light and durable. This is all the above. Excellent price and product

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            boater's helper

            By snow 1

            from manahawkin

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoor
              • Small Boats

              Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

              shopped around for some time, felt this model fit my needs. looking forward to a great bosting season

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              I'm safe

              By Droppocket

              from Englewood florida

              About Me Beginner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Install
              • Reliable
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoor
                • Large Boats
                • Outdoor
                • Small Boats

                Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

                Excellent knownig the weather before going in the water also knowing how safe on the water I am to be able to call for help.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not bad, but did not meet my needs

                By Gil

                from Central Florida

                About Me Advanced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Waterproof

                Cons

                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Canoeing
                • Personal Watercraft

                Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

                I purchased this radio and even placed the order before it was available for sale. It has all the features I was looking for. I can charge it with my USB solar power charger. It floats! Not too big. All those things would be great, but there was no way to know that once it's wet, the speakers and microphone are USELESS. My kayak friends who we are all certified ACA Kayak/canoe instructors have VHF radios from the other "Iconic" manufacturer. The model they have it's water resistant and once it's wet, it's still clear and perfect to communicate. We got into an emergency off the coast of St.Agustine and I had a horrible time while on my kayak trying to communicate with the radio because it sounded like a drowning robot. The Coast Guard and my fellow lost kayakers advised my radio sounded very distorted. Regarding the design of this model, when I first purchased mine, the trap door to the USB charging port was easily bumped and remained open. I believe my first one was damaged due to this design. West Marine was superb at replacing it with another radio. If this radio never got wet and it's only purpose was to be used in dry environments, it would be a good product.

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