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WEST MARINE VHF460 Floating Class D GPS/Handheld VHF Radio

Model # 14078554Mfg # VHF460


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Product Description

Safety first! In an emergency, the floating handheld VHF460 is equipped with a dedicated DSC emergency key, an “SOS” strobe light and a Power Boost key for instant 6-watt transmitting power. Built-in Class D DSC call functions include distress, individual, group, all ships, urgency, safety and DSC test.

Additional outstanding features include the ability to save up to 100 favorite GPS locations, and NMEA 0183 output for your autopilot from the charging cradle. Includes glow-in-the-dark power key and seals. It’s fully equipped with an auxiliary battery tray, AC and DC adapters, NMEA charging cradle and external speaker/microphone.

  • Material: Polycarbonate chassis
  • Controls: Nine buttons
  • Display Type: Dot matrix with selectable green or orange backlighting, adjustable contrast
  • GPS Receiver: Yes
  • Scanning Modes: Memory, Triple and Dual Watch
  • Weather Alert: Yes
  • Transmit Power: 6/2.5/1W
  • Receiver Performance: Sensitivity: 0.20µV; Rejection: 70dB
  • Battery Type: 1050mAh Lithium-ion
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 hours
  • Dimensions: 2 7/16"W x 6 1/4"H x 1 5/8"D
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX8, floats
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof; $49.99 flat rate

Product Manual



VHF460 Floating Class D GPS/Handheld VHF Radio

Battery Life 10 Hours
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Dimensions 2 3/8" Width x 6 1/4" Height x 1 5/8" Depth
Features GPS DSC
Weather Alert
Material Polycarbonate
Scanning Modes Memory Scan
Transmit Power 1/2.5/6 Watt
Warranty Details Three Years Waterproof
Flat Rate

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VHF GPS Floating radio

By Westsailor Jay

from Alameda, CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Reviewer


  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight


    Best Uses

      Comments about VHF460 Floating Class D GPS/Handheld VHF Radio:

      I have just purchased the 460 to wear on my inflatable life preserver harness. A portable radio is required equipment for racing in the SF Bay races.

      The instruction guide has small print and benefits from printing from the pdf for easier reading.

      The guide says that the accessory battery pack can use NiMH batteries which implies that the battery pack can be recharged on the base charger. An email to WM tech services and their call to Uniden support reveals that alakaline batteries are supposed to be used in the battery pack accessory and therefore no recharging on the base unit. Uniden needs to modify the system to allow recharging the accessory battery pack on the provided charger.

      I also found that the "belt clip" is just that for belts as it does NOT fit my 1 7/8" wide harness strap - therefor attaching the radio to the harness is impossible. Further, when experimenting with the "belt clip" it tends to release very easily - even after you firmly clip in place - this makes it easy to lose/drop.

      Otherwise, at this price point the radio performs as you would expect, GPS locations is fast enough, use of the keys in the menu is fine etc.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


      Good Radio - W-Good Accesories

      By BlackBeard

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer


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


        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Camping

        Comments about VHF460 Floating Class D GPS/Handheld VHF Radio:

        This is a good handheld VHF radio. I got the expected range and great audio (Remember: It's a handheld - If you need better range install a fixed mount). The memory Scan is nice. The DSC is a must in our harbor. Great accessories for the value. The radio is made by Uniden. Overall good radio with must have features. I am pleased.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (12 of 32 customers found this review helpful)


        Not like the standard horizon hx 861 dsc

        By wanhanlu

        from fl

        Comments about VHF460 Floating Class D GPS/Handheld VHF Radio:

        Tiny hard to read manual.
        No presets

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