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November 3rd

Standard Horizon HX870, handheld VHF/GPS/DSC powerhouse

Posted by // November 3, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Written by Ben Ellison on Nov 3, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I was impressed with Standard Horizon’s original HX850 and I’ve been happily using the slightly upgraded HX851 model above for several years. It’s a fine handheld 6 Watt VHF (if you don’t mind the size) plus it’s always ready to place a DSC distress call and/or navigate a life raft (or tender or kayak or…). But, wow, look what they did with the new HX870 model: The screen is at least twice as large, the interface seems usefully updated with soft keys and icons, the battery is substantially larger, and more…

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Despite the change from 1,380 to 1,800 milliamp internal lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, the HX870 still floats.

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May 29th

Korean marine electronics tour, w/ apps & gadgets

Posted by // May 29, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Written by Ben Ellison on May 29, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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The original idea was to finish this entry during the Chicago stop of the very long journey seen on the nifty FlightTrack app screen above, but travel mistakes were made and O’Hara airport had less connectivity than one might presume in this day and age.  Is anyone surprised to hear that the Tokyo and Seoul airports are much friendlier to the traveler trying to stay in touch?  So, yes, I’m already in  Korea and will soon begin a writer’s tour that is being hosted by Intellian Technologies and that is intended in part to show us the state of recreational boating in this “technology-led” country…

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Of course I brought some mobile gadgets both to use and test.…

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