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STANDARD HORIZON HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio

Model # 12008231Mfg # HX290

$129.99

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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

Specs

HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio

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

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Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.0

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Clear signal (7)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Rugged (6)

Cons

  • Short range (3)

Best Uses

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

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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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

        (1 of 1 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.

        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Do Not purchase - Junk

        By William

        from Marblehead, MA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

              The radio is less than a year old and stopped working. I had the radio on my boat approx. 3x.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice radio great pricing.

              By Nucdad

              from Russellville, AR

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Signal
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Emergencies

                Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

                The radio is a little large for the hand but will not get lost in the cockpit.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Value & Light weight

                By Inspector Gadget

                from Bonita Spring, Florida

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls
                • Poor Customer Service
                • Short Range

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

                  Unfortunately, the first unit didn't work. I foolishly complied with the big red sticker on the box that states "STOP" and instructs the user before returning the item to call technical support for assistance - I did. After telling the tech rep that I was getting no reception and insisting I was on the weather channel he told me "I don't know what to tell you". Being surprised I blurted out "excuse me" , and he again repeated himself. After informing him he should find another job I hung up. Bottom line I returned the item to West Marine in Bonita Springs and the service was outstanding. After a couple of minutes trying to get the radio to work, with no success, the cheerfully exchanged the radio.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Product, larger size

                  By Viper

                  from South Carolina

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Boating
                    • Emergencies

                    Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

                    Lighter because it is floating, but a bit larger and clunky due to large air pocket built in.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Sorry to differ, but...

                    By CalifCasey

                    from SF Bay Area

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Drains Battery

                    Best Uses

                    • Boating

                    Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

                    I owned an HX290 (still do, although it doesn't work) for 18 months. It's worked maybe 6 of those. The problem: The CD-52 charging cradles, a cheap [*] piece of junk that they admit "we've had some problems." I've gone through 5 of them. They replace, send back, I'm without a radio for weeks at a time...and the new cradle lasts 2 months, tops. Now, they say the cradle is fine...must be the battery is shot. Again, radio is 18 months old and hasn't worked more than it's been in service. A waste of money. I'm shopping for a new radio now.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Rugged Affordable VHF

                    By Hobie-one-Kenobie

                    from Wenatchee, WA

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Signal
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Audio
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                    • Could use more volume

                    Best Uses

                    • Boating
                    • Emergencies

                    Comments about Standard Horizon HX290 Floating Handheld VHF Radio:

                    This VHF radio is the most reliable, well featured for the dollar. I chose this radio because it has all the features I want including it floats.

                    I plan to purchase a matching radio in the next month or so.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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