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VHF460 Floating Class D GPS/Handheld VHF Radio

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Model # 14078554 | Mfg # VHF460

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

 

Specs

VHF460 Floating Class D GPS/Handheld VHF Radio

Battery Life 10 Hours
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Color Black
Dimensions 2 3/8" Width x 6 1/4" Height x 1 5/8" Depth
Display Type Dot Matrix LCD
Features Floating
GPS
Waterproof
Weather Alert
Material Polycarbonate
Scanning Modes Memory Scan
Dual-Watch
Tri-Watch
Transmit Power 6/2.5/1 Watt
Warranty Details Three Years Waterproof
Flat Rate
Weight 8.4 Ounces

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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West Marine VHF460 Floating Class D GPS/Handheld VHF Radio
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (5)
  • Accurate (4)
  • Clear signal (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)
    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/directions (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Radio - W-Good Accesories

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Belt clip is worthless! Good radio but dont use belt clip

Not a cheap radio but you may not want to ever use the belt clip ... Unless you want your radio to end up in the water! Radio will come right off clip...Read complete review

Not a cheap radio but you may not want to ever use the belt clip ... Unless you want your radio to end up in the water! Radio will come right off clip 9/10 times and very easily!
WM should really come up with a fix as this should be a deal breaker for me!

Reviewed by 11 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just figuring the unit out seems straight forward.

By Blitzer

from Ventura

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Intuitive Menu
  • Quick Navigation
  • Reliable Reception
  • Simple Controls

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Bought because it was waterproof. and needed a handheld for deck and dingy

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The guys at the store in Easton, MD, were extremely helpful

      By John

      from Easton, MD

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          It was a gift. It will be used to navigate on the Mediterranean Sea April to October, 2016.

          • How are you with directions:
          • Great w/Directions
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I love the safety features

          By Saltwatermax

          from Tucson,AZ

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Intuitive Menu
          • Quick Navigation
          • Quick Signal
          • Simple Controls

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              My husband and I sail and plan on clipping these to our life jackets. If one of us goes overboard we hope to use it to contact the other. We sail where it is remote and hope this adds extra safety. Works great, battery lif is good. The belt clip is a bit easy to snap off and they have come off the radio a couple times. We will need to come up with a safety back up so we don't lose them. Otherwise it's a great device.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Great

              • How are you with directions:
              • Great w/Directions
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              all i can say is i am extremely happy an stisfied

              By matt

              from staten island new york

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Intuitive Menu
              • Quick Navigation
              • Quick Signal
              • Reliable Reception
              • Simple Controls

              Cons

              • havent had no problems

              Best Uses

              • havent had a promblem at all love it

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

              love it,,thats a fact ..its grate

              • How are you with directions:
              • Great w/Directions
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Safety First

              By Ship Name Amaliyah

              from North MIami Beach Florida

              About Me Professional/Guide

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Emergencies

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

                This Radio Was Purchased With Safety in Mind. If You Don't Think Safety First You Don't Need To Own A Boat It Can And Will Save if Not Your Life Anothers

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Belt clip is worthless! Good radio but dont use belt clip

                By Manny

                from MD

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Clear Signal
                • Good Audio
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Boating

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

                  Not a cheap radio but you may not want to ever use the belt clip ... Unless you want your radio to end up in the water! Radio will come right off clip 9/10 times and very easily!
                  WM should really come up with a fix as this should be a deal breaker for me!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                   
                  5.0

                  Great radio

                  By ?

                  from Orange beach al

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Boating

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

                    Good radio

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A step up from the capable VHF125

                    By johninca

                    from Watsonville, CA

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Signal
                    • Good Audio
                    • It FLOATS
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                    • Complicated Controls

                    Best Uses

                    • Boating

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

                    A very good unit. Not all functions are apparent (takes some education), but it's got a lot of functionality and very good performance.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    VHF GPS Floating radio

                    By Westsailor Jay

                    from Alameda, CA

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about West Marine 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

                        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good Radio - W-Good Accesories

                        By BlackBeard

                        from Charleston, SC

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Boating
                          • Camping

                          Comments about West Marine 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

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