Standard Horizon’s new Explorer GPS (GX1700) makes DSC easy. With an internal 12-Channel GPS built into the front panel, there’s no need to hassle with wiring the radio to a GPS for DSC. Out of the box and ready to go, DSC calling, position sharing, waypoint navigation and distress calls can all be performed with a few simple steps. The GX1700 is capable of entering and saving up to 100 waypoints, which can be selected and navigated to by using a unique compass display that shows your vessel’s SOG, COG, BRG (Bearing) and DST (Distance) to the waypoint.
The GX1700 is an ITU-R M493 Class D class VHF with a separate Channel 70 receiver, which allows DSC calls to be received even when listening to communications. The distress function transmits a digital mayday, including vessel identification, Latitude/Longitude and time to facilitate prompt response. In addition, you can easily share position information with other DSC-equipped vessels using the position request and position reporting functions.
For those who need to use the VHF remotely from the cockpit, the GX1700 is RAM3 remote mic capable and features Clear Voice Noise Reduction Technology. The Explorer GPS has an ultra thin, compact rear case and is only 3.5” in depth–half the depth of comparable VHF radios on the market.
For more information, go to www.standardhorizon.com.