Standard Horizon HX300 Owner Manual

Standard Horizon HX300 Owner Manual
HX300
Floating VHF FM Marine Transceiver
Owner’s Manual
HX300
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Quick Reference Guide..................................................................................................................................... 3
1. GENERAL INFORMATION......................................................................................................................... 4
1.1
INTRODUCTION............................................................................................................................ 4
1.2
SAFETY INFORMATION............................................................................................................... 5
2. ACCESSORIES........................................................................................................................................... 6
2.1
PACKING LIST............................................................................................................................... 6
2.2
OPTIONS........................................................................................................................................ 6
3. ABOUT THIS RADIO................................................................................................................................. 8
3.1
ABOUT THE VHF MARINE BAND............................................................................................. 8
3.2
ABOUT WATER RESISTANCE.................................................................................................... 8
3.3
DISTRESS AND HAILING (CHANNEL 16)................................................................................. 8
3.4
CALLING ANOTHER VESSEL (CHANNEL 16 OR 9)................................................................ 9
3.5
OPERATING ON CHANNEL 13................................................................................................. 10
3.6
OPERATING ON CHANNEL 67................................................................................................. 10
3.7
SIMPLEX / DUPLEX CHANNEL USE......................................................................................... 10
3.8
AUTOMATED RADIO CHECK SERVICE...................................................................................11
4. GETTING STARTED................................................................................................................................ 12
4.1
RADIO CARE................................................................................................................................ 12
4.2
BATTERIES AND CHARGERS................................................................................................... 12
4.2.1 BATTERY SAFETY.......................................................................................................... 13
4.2.2 BATTERY INSTALLATION / REMOVAL........................................................................... 14
4.2.3 BATTERY CHARGING..................................................................................................... 15
4.3
BELT CLIP INSTALLATION / REMOVAL.................................................................................... 16
HAND STRAP INSTALLATION................................................................................................... 16
4.4
INSTALLATION OF OPTION...................................................................................................... 17
4.4.1 FBA-44 ALKALINE BATTERY CASE............................................................................. 17
5. CONTROLS AND INDICATORS............................................................................................................. 18
5.1
CONTROLS AND SWITCHES.................................................................................................... 18
5.2
LCD INDICATORS....................................................................................................................... 21
6. BASIC OPERATION................................................................................................................................. 23
6.1
PROHIBITED COMMUNICATIONS............................................................................................. 23
6.2
INITIAL SETUP............................................................................................................................ 23
6.3
RECEPTION................................................................................................................................. 23
6.4
TRANSMISSION........................................................................................................................... 24
6.4.1 TRANSMIT TIME-OUT TIMER (TOT)............................................................................... 24
WATER ENABLED LIGHT............................................................................................................ 24
6.5
USA, CANADIAN, AND INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS........................................................... 25
6.6
KEYPAD LOCK............................................................................................................................ 25
6.7
NOAA WEATHER CHANNELS................................................................................................... 25
6.7.1 NOAA WEATHER ALERT................................................................................................. 26
6.7.2 NOAA WEATHER ALERT TESTING................................................................................. 26
6.8
PRESET CHANNELS (0 ~ 9): INSTANT ACCESS.................................................................... 27
6.8.1 PROGRAMMING.............................................................................................................. 27
6.8.2 OPERATION...................................................................................................................... 27
6.8.3 DELETING A PRESET CHANNEL................................................................................. 27
6.9
SCANNING................................................................................................................................... 28
6.9.1 PROGRAMMING SCAN MEMORY................................................................................ 28
6.9.2 SELECTING SCAN TYPE............................................................................................... 28
6.9.3 OPERATION...................................................................................................................... 29
6.9.3.1 Priority Scan........................................................................................................ 29
6.9.3.2 Memory Scan...................................................................................................... 30
6.10
DUAL WATCH.............................................................................................................................. 30
6.11
TRI-WATCH.................................................................................................................................. 31
7. MENU (“SET”) MODE............................................................................................................................... 32
8. MAINTENANCE......................................................................................................................................... 34
8.1
GENERAL..................................................................................................................................... 34
8.2
REPLACEMENT PARTS............................................................................................................. 34
8.3
FACTORY SERVICE.................................................................................................................... 35
8.4
TROUBLESHOOTING CHART.................................................................................................... 35
9. VHF MARINE CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT.............................................................................................. 36
10. WARRANTY.............................................................................................................................................. 42
11. SPECIFICATIONS..................................................................................................................................... 45
11.1
GENERAL..................................................................................................................................... 45
11.2
TRANSMITTER............................................................................................................................ 45
11.3
RECEIVER.................................................................................................................................... 45
12. FCC AND CANADA RADIO LICENSE INFORMATION...................................................................... 46
13. FCC NOTICE............................................................................................................................................ 47
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Quick Reference Guide
This transceiver is equipped with the E2O (Easy-To-Operate) system. You
can do the basic operation in numerical order of the illustration below.
Press and hold the
key to turn on or off the radio.
Press the
key (“VOL” indicator blinks), then press the
/
key to
adjust the speaker audio volume.
Press the
/
key to selects the operating channel.
Press the
key two times (“SQL” indicator blinks), then press the
key to squelch or press the
key to un-squelch the radio.
Press the
key to toggle the transmit power between High (5W) and
Low (1W).
Press the
key briefly to recall channel 16.
key for two seconds to recall channel 9.
Press and hold the
key again to revert to the last selected channel.
Press the
Place your mouth about 1 inch (2.5 cm) away from MIC hole and speak
in a normal voice level while pressing the PTT switch.
MIC Hole
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1. GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1 INTRODUCTION
Congratulations on your purchase of the HX300! Whether this is your
first portable marine VHF transceiver, or if you have other STANDARD
HORIZON equipment, the STANDARD HORIZON organization is committed to ensuring your enjoyment of this high performance transceiver, which
should provide you with many years of satisfying communications even in the
harshest of environments. STANDARD HORIZON technical support personnel stands behind every product sold, and we invite you to contact us should
you require technical advice or assistance by calling (800)767-2450 Monday
through Friday 8AM to 5PM Pacific time.
The HX300 is a Submersible Floating 5-Watt portable two way marine transceiver. The transceiver has all allocated USA, International, or Canadian
channels. It has emergency channel 16 which can be immediately selected
key. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atfrom any channel by pressing the
mospheric Administration) Weather channels can also be accessed immediately by press and holding the
key.
The HX300 includes the following features: Memory Scanning, Priority Scanning, Dual and Tri-watch, NOAA Weather Alert, easy-to-read large LCD display, Battery Life displayed on LCD, the Water Enabled Light which blinks
automatically when the radio comes in contact with water even if the radio is
turned off, and a transmit Time-Out Timer (TOT).
The HX300 transmitter provides a full 5 Watt of transmit power and also is
selectable to 1 Watt to assist the user in ensuring maximum battery life.
We appreciate your purchase of the HX300, and encourage you to read this
manual thoroughly, so as to learn and fully understand the capabilities of the
HX300.
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1.2 SAFETY INFORMATION
Your wireless handheld portable transceiver contains a low power transmitter. When the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button is pushed, the transceiver sends out
radio frequency (RF) signals. In August 1996, the Federal Communications
Commission adopted RF exposure guidelines with safety levels for handheld wireless devices.
This device is authorized to operate at a duty factor not to exceed 50% (this
corresponds to 50% transmission time and 50% reception time).
WARNING: To maintain compliance with the FCC’s RF exposure guidelines,
this transmitter and its antenna must maintain a separation distance of at
least 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) from your face. Speak in a normal voice, with
the antenna pointed up and away from the face at the required separation
distance.
Use only the supplied antenna. Unauthorized antennas, modifications, or attachments could damage the transmitter, and may violate FCC regulations.
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2. ACCESSORIES
2.1 PACKING LIST
When the package containing the transceiver is first opened, please check it
for the following contents:








HX300 Transceiver
CAT460 Antenna
FNB-122LI 3.7 V, 1560 mAh Li-ion Battery Pack
PA-54B USB Wall Charger (100-240 VAC, Type-A plug)
Charger Cable (Type USB “A” plug to Type USB mini “B” plug)
CLIP-22 Belt Clip
Hand Strap
Owner’s Manual
2.2 OPTIONS
CAT460
CN-3
FNB-122LI
FBA-44
CLIP-22
PA-54B/C
Antenna: AY139X001
Radio-to-Ship’s-Antenna Adapter
3.7 V, 1560 mAh Li-ion Battery Pack
Alkaline Battery Case (3 x “AAA” Cell Size)
Belt Clip: CP9672002
USB Wall Charger
: “B” suffix has a Type-A plug, and “C” suffix has a Type-C plug. Both versions of the USB Wall Charger are available in 100-240 VAC.
Please see page 34 for replacement parts.
Note: Before operating the HX300 for the first time, it is recommended that
the battery be charged. Please see section “4.2.3 BATTERY CHARGING”
for details.
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MEMO
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3. ABOUT THIS RADIO
3.1 ABOUT THE VHF MARINE BAND
The radio frequencies used in the VHF marine band lie between 156 and 158
MHz with NOAA Weather stations available between 161 and 163 MHz. The
marine VHF band provides communications over distances that are essentially “Line of sight” Actual transmission range depends much more on antenna type, gain and height than on the power output of the transmitter. On a
fixed mount 25 W radio transmission expected distances can be greater than
15 miles, for a portable 5 W radio transmission the expected distance can be
greater than 5 miles in “Line of sight”.
The user of a Marine VHF radio is subject to severe fines if the radio is used
on land. The reasoning for this is you may be near an inland waterway, or
propagation anomalies may cause your transmission to be heard in a waterway. If this occurs, depending upon the marine VHF channel on which you
are transmitting, you could interfere with a search and rescue case, or contribute to a collision between passing ships. For VHF Marine channel assignments refer to section “9 VHF MARINE CHANNEL CHART ASSIGNMENT”.
WARNING
This radio is capable of transmitting on Marine VHF.
The FCC allows the use of VHF Marine band on water areas only. However the FCC does not allow the use of the VHF Marine band when
on land. If persons use the VHF Marine Band on land and interfere
with others communicating, the FCC will be notified and search for the
interference. Responsible parties found to be transmitting on the VHF
Marine Band on land could be fined up to $10,000 for the first offense.
3.2 ABOUT WATER RESISTANCE
The HX300 is only submersible※ when the Battery Cover is latched and the
Charge (CHG) Cover is snapped closed.
※ IPX8 Specification for submersibility: 5 ft. (1.5 m) for 30 minutes.
3.3 DISTRESS AND HAILING (CHANNEL 16)
Channel 16 is known as the Hail and Distress Channel. An emergency may
be defined as a threat to life or property. In such instances, be sure the transceiver is on and set to “Channel 16”. Then use the following procedure:
1. Press the PTT (Push-To-Talk) switch and say “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. This is _____, _____, _____” (your vessel’s name).
2. Then repeat once: “Mayday, _____” (your vessel’s name).
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3. Now report your position in latitude/longitude, or by giving a true or magnetic bearing (state which) to a well-known landmark such as a navigation aid or geographic feature such as an island or harbor entry.
4. Explain the nature of your distress (sinking, collision, aground, fire, heart
attack, life-threatening injury, etc.).
5. State the kind of assistance your desire (pumps, medical aid, etc.).
6. Report the number of persons aboard and condition of any injured.
7. Estimate the present seaworthiness and condition of your vessel.
8. Give your vessel’s description: length, design (power or sail), color and
other distinguishing marks. The total transmission should not exceed 1
minute.
9. End the message by saying “OVER”. Release the PTT switch and listen.
10. If there is no answer, repeat the above procedure. If there is still no response, try another channel.
3.4 CALLING ANOTHER VESSEL (CHANNEL 16 OR 9)
Channel 16 may be used for initial contact (hailing) with another vessel.
However, its most important use is for emergency messages. This channel
must be monitored at all times except when actually using another channel.
It is monitored by the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards and by other vessels. Use of channel 16 for hailing must be limited to initial contact only. Calling should not exceed 30 seconds, but may be repeated 3 times at 2-minute
intervals. In areas of heavy radio traffic, congestion on channel 16 resulting
from its use as a hailing channel can be reduced significantly in U.S. waters
by using Channel 9 as the initial contact (hailing) channel for non-emergency
communications. Here, also, calling time should not exceed 30 seconds but
may be repeated 3 times at 2-minute intervals.
Prior to making contact with another vessel, refer to the channel charts in this
manual, and select an appropriate channel for communications after initial
contact. For example, Channels 68 and 69 of the U.S. VHF Charts are some
of the channels available to non-commercial (recreational) boaters. Monitor
your desired channel in advance to make sure you will not be interrupting
other traffic, and then go back to either channel 16 or 9 for your initial contact.
When the hailing channel (16 or 9) is clear, state the name of the other vessel you wish to call and then “this is” followed by the name of your vessel
and your Station License (Call Sign). When the other vessel returns your
call, immediately request another channel by saying “go to”, the number of
the other channel, and “over”. Then switch to the new channel. When the
new channel is not busy, call the other vessel.
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After a transmission, say “over”, and release the PTT (Push-To-Talk) switch.
When all communication with the other vessel is completed, end the last
transmission by stating your Call Sign and the word “out”. Note that it is not
necessary to state your Call Sign with each transmission, only at the beginning and end of the contact.
Remember to return to Channel 16 when not using another channel. Some
radios automatically monitor Channel 16 even when set to other channels or
when scanning.
3.5 OPERATING ON CHANNEL 13
Channel 13 is used at docks, bridges and for maneuvering in port. Messages
on this channel must concern navigation only, such as meeting and passing in restricted waters. In emergencies and when approaching blind river
key will change the power
bends, High power is allowed. Pressing the
output from Low Power (1 Watt) to High (5 Watts). When you change from
this channel then return to it, low power will be automatically selected.
3.6 OPERATING ON CHANNEL 67
When channel 67 is used for navigational bridge-to-bridge traffic between
ships, Normal, High or Medium power may be used temporarily (in the USA
key. When you select this channel again, the
band) by pressing the
transceiver will revert to low power.
3.7 SIMPLEX/DUPLEX CHANNEL USE
Refer to the section “9 VHF MARINE CHANNEL CHART ASSIGNMENT” for
instructions on use of simplex and duplex channels.
NOTE
All channels are factory-programmed in accordance with FCC (USA),
Industry Canada and International regulations. The mode of operation cannot be altered from simplex to duplex or vice-versa. Simplex
(ship to ship) or duplex (marine operator) mode is automatically activated, depending on the channel and whether the USA, International
or Canadian operating band is selected.
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3.8 AUTOMATED RADIO CHECK SERVICE
In areas across the country, Sea Tow offers boaters a way to conduct radio
checks. To use Sea Tow’s free Automated Radio Check service, simply tune
your VHF radio to the appropriate channel for your location and conduct a
radio check as you typically would. Upon releasing your radio’s microphone,
the system will play an automated message and relay your transmission
back to you, thereby letting you know how your signal will sound to other
boaters.
The Automated Radio Check Service is currently available in the areas listed
below.
West Coast
Sea Tow Newport/LA - Ch. 27
Sea Tow San Diego - Ch. 27
Northeast
Sea Tow Portland-Midcoast (Maine) - Ch. 27
Sea Tow Boston - Ch. 27
Sea Tow South Shore (Mass.) - Ch. 28
Sea Tow Rhode Island - Ch. 24
Sea Tow Eastern Long Island - Ch. 27
Sea Tow Huntington (N.Y.) - Ch. 27
Sea Tow Manasquan (N.J.) - Ch. 28
Mid-Atlantic
Sea Tow Northern Chesapeake (Md.) - Ch. 28
Sea Tow Central Chesapeake (Md.) - Ch. 27
Sea Tow Hampton Roads (Va.) - Ch. 28
North Carolina
Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach - Ch. 28
Sea Tow Ocean Isle Beach - Ch. 28
Florida
Sea Tow Sebastian - Ch. 28
Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale - Ch. 27
Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor - Ch. 24
Sea Tow Tampa Bay - Ch. 27
Sea Tow Horseshoe Beach - Ch. 27
Sea Tow Carrabelle/St. Marks - Ch. 27
Sea Tow Pensacola/Orange Beach (Ala.) - Ch. 27
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4. GETTING STARTED
4.1 RADIO CARE
CAUTION
Before following the instructions below, insure the battery pack is in
place and the cover is latched. Care must be taken if the radio was
dropped and a close inspection may be needed to insure the radio
case and gaskets are in adequate condition.
After using the HX300 in salt water environment is recommended to clean
the radio with fresh by rinsing the radio under a sink faucet or by dunking the
radio in a bucket of fresh water. After washing, use a soft cloth and thoroughly dry all parts of the radio. This is to keep the rubber switches and speaker
grill clean and in top operating condition.
4.2 BATTERIES AND CHARGERS
If the radio has never been used, or its charge is depleted, it may be charged
by connecting the PA-54B USB Wall Charger with the Charge Cable, see
section “4.2.3 BATTERY CHARGING”. The PA-54B will charge a completely
discharged FNB-122LI battery pack in about 6 hours.
If the USB port is available (such as your personal computer), You may
charge the FNB-122LI battery pack by connecting the supplied Charge Cable between the HX300 and USB port.
The FNB-122LI is a high performance Li-ion battery providing high capacity
in a compact package.
FNB-122LI Rechargeable Battery Pack
Capacity
Nominal Voltage
Temperature Range
Charge
Discharge
Storage
1560 mAh
3.7 V
Minimum
°C
°F
5
41
–20
–4
–10
14
Maximum
°C
°F
35
95
60
140
35
95
CAUTION
To avoid risk of explosion and injury, FNB-122LI battery pack should
only be removed, charged or recharged in non-hazardous environments.
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4.2.1 BATTERY SAFETY
Battery packs for your transceiver contain Li-ion batteries. This type of battery stores a charge powerful enough to be dangerous if misused or abused,
especially when removed from the transceiver. Please observe the following
precautions:
DO NOT SHORT BATTERY PACK TERMINALS: Shorting the terminals
that power the transceiver can cause sparks, severe overheating, burns, and
battery cell damage. If the short is of sufficient duration, it is possible to melt
battery components. Do not place a loose battery pack on or near metal surfaces or objects such as paper clips, keys, tools, etc. When the battery pack
is installed on the transceiver, the terminals that transfer current to the transceiver are not exposed. The terminals that are exposed on the battery pack
when it is mounted on the transceiver are charging terminals only and do not
constitute a hazard.
DO NOT INCINERATE: Do not dispose of any battery in a fire or incinerator.
The heat of fire may cause battery cells to explode and/or release dangerous
gases.
Battery Maintenance
For safe and proper battery use, please observe the following:
 Battery packs should be charged only in non-hazardous environments;
 Use only STANDARD HORIZON-approved batteries;
 Exceeding the specified temperature limits;
 Reversing charge polarity. Use only the proper charger. If this is tampered with or another charger is used, permanent damage may result;
 Use only a STANDARD HORIZON approved charger. The use of any
other charger may cause permanent damage to the battery.
 Follow charging instructions provided with the chargers.
 Submersing the battery in water, or attempting to open the battery casing.
 Keep the battery contacts clean.
Battery Storage
When a battery pack is not used for a long time, please remove it from the
transceiver. Also, while in storage, the charge will drain slightly over time and
the battery should be recharged each six months.
Store the batteries in a cool place to maximize storage life. Since batteries are
subject to self-discharge, avoid high storage temperatures that cause large
self-discharge rates. After extended storage, a full recharge is recommended.
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Battery Recycling
DO NOT PLACE USED BATTERIES IN YOUR REGULAR TRASH!
LI-ION BATTERIES MUST BE COLLECTED, RECYCLED
OR DISPOSED OF IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
MANNER.
The incineration, land filling or mixing of Li-ion batteries with the municipal
solid waste stream is PROHIBITED BY LAW in most areas.
Return batteries to an approved Li-ion battery recycler. This may be where
you purchased the battery.
Contact your local waste management officials for other information regarding the environmentally sound collection, recycling and disposal of Li-ion batteries.
4.2.2 BATTERY INSTALLATION / REMOVAL
 Open the Battery Cover Latch on the bottom of the radio, then remove
the Battery Cover from the radio while pulling the bottom side of the Battery Cover.
 Install the FNB-122LI Battery Pack into the radio, by carefully mating the
battery’s two alignment tabs on the top side
of the Battery Pack with their corresponding
alignment slots in the Battery Nest of the radio, then gently press the bottom side of the
Battery Pack until it locks in place.
 Install the Battery Cover by carefully aligning the two tabs on the top of the cover with
the slots on the radio, then gently press the
bottom side of the Battery Cover. Confirm
that a Rubber Gasket of the Battery Cover
is installed correctly.
 Close the Battery Cover Latch until it locks
in place with a “Click”.
CAUTION
To insure the HX300 will not have a problem
with water intrusion, make sure the battery
cover is properly installed and the battery
latch is closed.
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4.2.3 BATTERY CHARGING
1. Turn the transceiver off.
2. Slide the CHG cover button (with arrow)
up to open the CHG cover, then connect
the supplied Charge Cable to the CHG
jack on the HX300.
3. Connect the other side plug of the supplied Charge Cable to the PA-54B, then
plug the PA-54B into the AC line outlet.
4. If the connection is correct, the “
”
and “
” icon will appear in the display.
A fully-discharged pack will be charged
completely in approximately 6 hours.
5. When charging is completed, the “
”
icon disappears and “FL” will appear
in the display. Disconnect the Charge Cable from the HX300 and close
the CHG cover securely (make sure a click is heard), then unplug the
PA-54B from the AC line outlet.
CAUTION
Ÿ When using the radio, make sure the CHG cover is completely
closed to insure water integrity.
Ÿ The PA-54B is NOT designed to be waterproof. Do not attempt to
charge in water hazardous locations.
NOTE
Ÿ The HX300 may also be charged by connecting the USB cable to
the radio and a USB connector on a PC. It will take about 6 hours
to charge the battery and FL will be shown on the HX300 display
when charging is completed.
Ÿ The PA-54B is only designed for the charging of the HX300’s battery pack, and is not suitable for other purposes. The PA-54B may
contribute noise to TV and radio reception in the immediate vicinity, so it do not recommend its use adjacent to such device.
Ÿ When carefully maintained, a pack should be useful for about 300
charge/discharge cycles.
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4.3 BELT CLIP INSTALLATION / REMOVAL
r To install the Belt Clip: align the
Belt Clip to the groove of the
Battery pack, then press the Belt
Clip downward until it locks in
place with a “Click”.
r To remove the Belt Clip: press
the Belt Clip Tab away from the
battery pack to unlock the Belt
Clip, then slide the Belt Clip upward to remove it.
é
ê
Belt Clip Tab
HAND STRAP INSTALLATION
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4.4 INSTALLATION OF OPTION
4.4.1 FBA-44 ALKALINE BATTERY CASE
FBA-44 is a Battery Case that holds three “AAA” size Alkaline Batteries and
is used with the HX300 transceiver.
CAUTION
To insure the HX300 will not have a problem with water intrusion, make
sure the battery cover is properly installed and the battery latch is closed.
IMPORTANT NOTE
The power output will be reduced to “Low Power” (1 W) automatically
when using the FBA-44.
rInstall the three “AAA” size Alkaline Batteries into the
FBA-44 Battery Case with the Negative (–) side of the
batteries touching the spring connections inside the
FBA-44 Battery Case (Figure 1).
r Turn over the FBA-44 Battery Case, then insert the
FBA-44 Battery Case into the Battery Compartment,
by a same manner of the installation of the FNB-122LI
(Figure 2).
r Re-install the Battery Cover (Figure 3), then close the
Battery Cover Latch until it locks in place with a “Click”
(Figure 4).
Figure 1
Figure 2
Figure 3
Figure 4
NOTE
Ÿ The FBA-44 is designed for use only with “AAA” size Alkaline
Cells. Do not attempt to install any rechargeable battery cell.
Ÿ If you do not use the HX300 for a long time, remove the Alkaline
batteries from the FBA-44, as battery leakage could cause damage to the FBA-44 and/or HX300.
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5. CONTROLS AND INDICATORS
5.1 CONTROLS AND SWITCHES
NOTE
This section defines each control of the transceiver. For detailed operating instructions, refer to section “6 BASIC OPERATION”. Refer to
illustrations for the location of the following controls, switches, and
connections.
ANT Jack (Top Panel)
The supplied CAT460 flexible antenna is attached here.
PTT (PUSH-TO-TALK) Switch (Left Side Panel)
When pushed activates the transmitter.
LCD Display
This display shows current operating conditions, as indicated on the
page 21.
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Keypad
Key
Pressing this key immediately recalls channel 16 from any channel location. Holding down this key recalls channel 9. Pressing this key again
reverts to the previous selected working channel.
Key
Press to stop the Scan, Priority Scan, Dual or Tri-Watch feature.
Secondary use:
Press and hold this key to immediately recall the last-used NOAA (National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Channel from any
channel location. Recalls the previously- selected working channel when
the
key is pressed again.
Advanced use:
key is held and the
key is pressed, the radio will
When the
change the marine band between the USA, International, and Canadian
channels.
Key
Press this key to toggle the transmitter output power between “High”
(5 Watts) and “Low” (1 Watt) power. This key does not function on the
“Transmission Inhibited” and “Low power only” channels.
Secondary use:
,
and PTT
Hold down this key to lock the keypad (except the
” Keylock icon
keys) so that they are not accidentally changed. The “
will appear at the top left on the display, to indicate that the functions are
locked. Hold down this key until the “ ” Keylock icon disappears to unlock the radio.
Key
Press this key to change the operating channel, receiver volume level,
and squelch threshold level.
Press the key momentarily, the channel (or level) will increase one step.
Holding the key, the channel (or level) will increase continuously.
Key
Press this key to change the operating channel, receiver volume level,
and squelch threshold level.
Press the key momentarily, the channel (or level) will decrease one step.
Holding the key, the channel (or level) will decrease continuously.
Key
Press and hold this key for two seconds to turn the radio “on” or “off”.
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Key
Press this key to toggle the operation mode from Speaker Volume adjustment, SQL adjustment, and Channel selection.
Secondary use:
a. Press and hold this key to open the squelch, allowing you to monitor the operating channel. Release the key to resume normal (quiet)
monitoring.
b. Setup mode may be enabled. Refer section “7. MENU (“SET”)
MODE” for details
Key
Starts scanning and priority scanning of channels programmed into
memory. Refer to section “6.9.1 PROGRAMMING SCAN MEMORY”.
Secondary use:
a. Press and hold the
key for two seconds to activate the Dual
Watch feature.
b. Used to program channels into Scan memory. Refer to section “6.9.1
PROGRAMMING SCAN MEMORY”.
Key
Immediately recalls one of up to 10 user preset memories for each band
(shown as “P0” - “P9” on the LCD). Refer to section “6.8.2 OPERATION”.
Secondary use:
Used top program channels into the Preset Channel memory. Refer to
section “6.8.1 PROGRAMMING”.
Speaker
The internal speaker is located here.
CHG (Charge) Cover/Jack (Left Side Panel)
This mini-USB (Type-B) jack allows to connection to the supplied PA-54B
USB Wall Charger with the supplied Charge Cable.
Microphone
The internal microphone is located here.
When transmitting, position your mouth about 1/2 to 1 inch (1.2 ~ 2.5 cm)
away from the small mic hole. Speak slowly and clearly into the microphone.
Water Enabled Light
When the HX300 comes in contact with water, the light will blink red to
assist finding the radio in low light conditions. This feature operates when
the radio is on or off. To setup the blinking of the light refer to section “7.
MENU (“SET”) MODE”.
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Water Enabled Light Terminals
These terminals are used to detect water to enable the Water Enabled
Light.
When these terminals touch water, the Water Enabled Light blinks. Keep
these terminals clean.
Battery Cover Latch (Bottom side)
Open the battery cover lock latch allows access to remove the LithiumIon battery or optional Alkaline battery tray.
5.2 LCD INDICATORS
“
” Keylock Indicator
When the “
” Keylock icon is shown on
the LCD, all keys are
disabled except for the
PTT, , and
keys.
“
” Indicator
This indicator appears
during transmission.
“
” Indicator
This indicator appears
when a signal is being received or the radio is un-squelched.
“U/I/C” Indicator
These indicators show the “band” of operation. “U” indicates the USA
band; “I” indicates the International band; and “C” indicates the Canadian
band.
“SCN” Indicator
This indicator appears when the Scan is activated.
“
“
“
“
“
” Battery Indicator
”: Full battery
”: Lower battery
”: Battery is very low
(Blinking)”: Prepare to charge the battery
“PRESET” Indicator
Shown when the channel is programmed into the Preset Channel memory.
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“PRI” Indicator
This indicator shows the channel is in the “Priority Channel”.
“CHG” (Charge) Indicator
This indicator appears during battery charging.
“M” Indicator
This indicator shows the channel is in the transceiver’s “Scan Memory”.
“ ” Indicators
This indicator shows the TX output power is “Low” (1 Watt) power.
NOTE
When the “
” icon is not shown the power is set to 5 Watts.
“WX ALT” Indicator
“WX”: NOAA weather channel is selected.
“WX ALT”: “Weather Alert” is received.
“TW DW” Indicator
“TW”: Tri-Watch is activated.
“DW”: Dual Watch is activated.
VOL Indicator
This indicator shows the receive audio volume level.
SQL Indicator
This indicator shows the squelch level.
Channel Display
The operating channel is shown on the LCD in both the transmission and
reception modes.
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6. BASIC OPERATION
6.1 PROHIBITED COMMUNICATIONS
The FCC prohibits the following communications:
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False distress or emergency messages:
Messages to “any boat” except in emergencies and radio tests;
Messages to or from a vessel on land;
Transmission while on land;
Obscene, indecent, or profane language (potential fine of $10,000).
6.2 INITIAL SETUP
1. Install the battery pack on the transceiver (see section “4.2.2 BATTERY
INSTALLATION/REMOVAL”).
2. Install the antenna onto the transceiver; hold the bottom end of the antenna, then screw it onto the mating connector on the transceiver until it
is snug. Do not over-tighten.
6.3 RECEPTION
1. Press and hold the
key for two seconds to turn the radio “on”.
key twice (“SQL” will be blinking).
2. Press the
key until the
3. While “SQL” is blinking, press the
” indicator will appear on the display, then
“
press the
key.
key (“VOL” will be blinking).
4. Press the
5. While “VOL” is blinking, press the
/
key until
the noise or audio from the speaker is at a comfortkey.
able level, then press the
6. Activate the squelch adjusting mode by pressing the
key twice (the “SQL” indicator blinks). Press the
key until the random noise disappears, then
press the
key. This state is known as the “Squelch
Threshold”.
5. Press the
or
key to select the desired channel. Refer to section “9. VHF MARINE CHANNEL
ASSIGNMENTS” for available channels.
6. When a signal is received, adjust the volume (press
the
key, followed by the
/
key) to the desired listening level. The “
” indicator in the LCD
is displayed indicating that the channel is being used
or the radio is not squelched.
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6.4 TRANSMISSION
1. Perform “6.3 RECEPTION” discussion above.
2. Before transmitting, monitor the channel and make sure it is clear.
THIS IS AN FCC REQUIREMENT!
3. For communications over short distances, press the
key to select the Low power (1 watt: “ ” icon appears).
Note: Transmitting on Low power prolongs battery life.
Low power should be selected whenever possible.
4. If using Low power is not effective, select High power (5
watts: “ ” icon is not shown) by pressing the
key.
5. When receiving a signal, wait until communications
stops before transmitting.
NOTE
The transceiver cannot transmit and receive simultaneously.
6. Press the PTT (Push-To-Talk) switch to transmit. Dur” indicator will appear on
ing transmission, the “
the display.
7. Position your mouth about 1/2 to 1 inch (1.2 ~ 2.5 cm)
away from the mic hole on the top right above the display. Speak slowly
and clearly into the microphone.
8. When the transmission is finished, release the PTT switch.
6.4.1 TRANSMIT TIME - OUT TIMER (TOT)
While the PTT switch is held down, transmission time is limited to 5 minutes.
This prevents prolonged (unintentional) transmissions. About 10 seconds
before automatic transmitter shutdown, a warning beep will sound from the
speaker. The transceiver automatically switches to the receiving mode, even
if the PTT switch is held down. Before transmitting again, the PTT switch
must first be released, then wait 10 seconds and then pressed again. This
Time-Out-Timer (TOT) prevents a continuous transmission that would result
from an accidentally stuck PTT switch.
WATER ENABLED LIGHT
When the HX300 comes in contact with water a red light will blink to
assist retrieving it in low light conditions. The light will automatically
turn off in about 15 seconds when it is removed from water.
The HX300 has a menu selection to enable, disable and select different blinking light times. Refer to Menu Mode Item “FL (WATER ENABLED LIGHT)” on page 33 for details.
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6.5 USA, CANADIAN, AND INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS
1. To change from US to International or Canadian Marine Channels, hold
down the
key and press the
key. The band will change from USA,
to International, and to Canadian with each press.
2. “U” appears on the LCD for the USA band, “I” appears for the International band, and “C” appears for
the Canadian band
3. Refer to the marine channel charts in section “9. VHF MARINE CHANNEL ASSIGNMENTS” for allocated channels.
6.6 KEYPAD LOCKING
In order to prevent accidental channel change, the HX300’s keypad may be
locked.
key to lock the keypad (except the
Hold down the
PTT,
, and
keys) so that they are not accidentally changed. The “ ” icon will appear on the channel
number of the display, to indicate that the functions are
locked.
Hold down the
key until the “
” icon disappears to unlock the radio.
6.7 NOAA WEATHER CHANNELS
1. To receive a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather broadcast, press and hold the
key for two seconds.
The transceiver changes to the weather channel
mode and the radio will be set to the last used NOAA
weather channel. This mode consists of a preset
memory bank containing the NOAA weather channels.
2. Press the
or
key to change to other weather channels.
3. To exit from the weather channel mode, press and hold the
key for
two seconds. The transceiver will revert to the channel you were using
prior to switching to the weather channel mode.
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6.7.1 NOAA WEATHER ALERT
To set the radio to decode a NOAA Weather Alert while on a channel:
1. Press the
key, the press the
or
to choose the weather channel in your area.
2. Press the
key.
The HX300 can be set up to alert while in Scan or Priority scan modes. To
memorize the weather channel:
1. Press and hold the
key, then press the
or
key to select the weather channel in your area.
2. Turn the radio off by pressing and holding the
key.
3. Press and hold the
key, then press and hold the
key. The display will show “
” in the top left
corner of the display.
4. Confirm the WX channel selected in step on is shown
and press the
key to memorize the WX channel
(“ ” is shown to the right of the channel number).
5. Refer to programming 6.9 Scanning to program additional channels and selecting Memory Scan or Priority Scan.
When a “Weather Alert” is received on a weather chan” icon
nel, the transceiver emits a beep tone and “
is shown on the display. Press the
key to stop the
beep tone and listen to the weather reports.
NOTE
Options for the Weather Alert feature are available, refer to Menu
Mode Item “AL (WX ALERT)” on page 33 for details.
6.7.2 NOAA WEATHER ALERT TESTING
In the event of a major storm or other appreciable weather condition requiring
vessels at sea (or other bodies of water) to be notified, the NOAA (National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) broadcasts a 1050 Hz tone
that some VHF radios, including your transceiver, can detect for “Weather
Alarm” purposes (refer to section “6.7.1 NOAA WEATHER ALERT” for a
discussion of how to use this feature). The 1050 Hz tone, when detected,
will produce a loud beep in the speaker of the transceiver, to signal that a
Weather Alert Broadcast is being received.
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In order to test this system, NOAA broadcasts the 1050 Hz tone every
Wednesday sometime between 11 AM and 1 PM local time. You may use this
opportunity to test your transceiver periodically to confirm that the Weather
Alert feature is working, or for training crew members on how to configure
the transceiver to receive the NOAA Weather Alerts.
6.8 PRESET CHANNELS (0 ~ 9): INSTANT ACCESS
Ten user assigned channels can be programmed for instant access. Pressing
the
key activates the user assigned channel bank (Preset Channel Bank).
6.8.1 PROGRAMMING
1. Select the desired channel to be assigned into the
Preset Channel Bank using the
or
key.
2. Press and hold the
key until the “
” icon
blinks at the left of the channel number on the display.
3. Press the
or
key to select the desired Preset
Channel (“P0” ~ “P9”).
key to program the current channel into
4. Press the
the Preset Channel Bank.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 to program the other channel into Preset Channels, if desired.
6.8.2 OPERATION
key to recall the Preset Channel. The
1. Press the
“
” icon and Preset Channel Number will appear on the display.
2. Press the
or
key to select the desired Preset
Channel (“P0” ~ “P9”).
key again to return to the last selected
3. Press the
channel. The “
” icon will disappear from the
display.
6.8.3 Deleting a Preset Channel
key to recall the Preset Channel.
1. Press the
or
key to select the Preset Chan2. Press the
nel to be deleted.
key until the “
” icon is
3. Press and hold the
blinking.
4. Press and hold the
key until “
” icon indication is removed from the display.
5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 to delete the desired channels from Preset Channels “P0” ~ “P9”.
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6. To finish the deleting the Preset Channel, press the
turn to the last selected normal channel.
key again to re-
6.9 SCANNING
The HX300 allows the user to select the scan type from “Memory Scan” or
“Priority Scan”. “Memory Scan” scans the channels that were programmed
into Scan Memory and also channels stored in the Preset Channel (“P0” ~
“P9”). “Priority Scan” is similar to the “Memory Scan” scan, however it scans
the priority channel (channel 16) and dual watches to channels programmed
in memory scan and preset channel memory. When an incoming signal is
detected on one of the channels during scan, the radio will pause on that
channel, allowing you to listen to the incoming transmission.
6.9.1 PROGRAMMING SCAN MEMORY
1. Turn the transceiver off by press and holding the
key.
2. Hold down the
key, and then turn on the transceiver while still holding down the
key. “
” icon
will appear on top right of the display.
3. Press the
or
key to select desired channel to
key. The “ ” icon apbe scanned, then press the
pears on the display, which indicates the channel has
been selected to the scan channel.
4. Repeat step 3 for all desired channels to be programmed into scan memory.
5. To DELETE a channel from the scan memory, select the channel by
pressing the
or
key, then press the
key. The “ ” icon disappears from the display.
6. When you have completed programming scan memory, turn the transceiver off and on by press and holding the
key.
6.9.2 SELECTING SCAN TYPE
key.
1. Turn the transceiver off by press and holding the
2. Hold down the
key, and then turn on the transceivkey.
er while still holding down the
3. “
” icon will appear on the display, indicating the
Menu (“Set”) Mode has been activated.
4. Press the
key until “SC” is shown in the bottom
right of the display.
5. Press the
or
key to select “PS (Priority Scan)”
or “MS (Memory Scan)”. The factory default is “PS
(Priority Scan)”.
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Priority Scan: Scans the Scan Memory Channel,
Preset Channel, and the Priority
Channel (Channel 16).
Memory Scan: Scans the Scan Memory and channels programmed into the Preset
Channel memory.
6. After completing your selection, turn the transceiver
key.
off and on by press and holding the
Priority Scan
Memory Scan
6.9.3 OPERATION
The operation of the “Priority Scan” or “Memory Scan” is determined via the
section “6.9.2 SELECTING THE SCAN TYPE”
6.9.3.1 Priority Scan
key two times until the “SQL” indicator blinks, to activate
1. Press the
/
key until the backthe squelch adjusting mode, then press the
ground noise disappears.
2. Press the
key to start scanning, a “
” icon and
blinking “
” and “ ” icons will appears on the display during scanning.
3. When the HX300 receives a transmission on a working channel, it will stop on the working channel and
“Dual Watch” (described in next chapter) to the priority channel until the incoming signal disappears, then
start scanning again.
4. When the HX300 receives a signal on the Priority
channel it will stay on this channel until the incoming
signal disappears, then start Priority scanning again.
key.
5. To stop the scanning, press the
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6.9.3.2 Memory Scan
key several times until the “SQL” indicator blinks, to acti1. Press the
/
key until the
vate the squelch adjusting mode, then press the
background noise disappears.
key to start scanning, a “
” icon and
2. Press the
blinking “ ” icon will appears on the display during
scanning.
3. When the HX300 receives a transmission, it will stop
on the channel until the incoming signal disappears, then start scanning
again.
key.
4. To stop the scanning, press the
6.10 DUAL WATCH
The Dual Watch feature allows the radio watch the Priority Channel (Channel
16) and one other channel.
1. Select the desired channel using the
or
key.
key for two seconds to acti2. Press and hold the
” icon will appear
vate the Dual Watch feature. A “
on the display when the Dual Watch feature is activated.
3. When a transmission is received on the “Priority
Channel”, the radio receives the “Priority Channel”
until the incoming signal disappears.
4. When the HX300 receives a transmission on the working channel, the radio will dual watch between the
working channel and Priority Channel (Channel 16).
5. The Dual Watch feature will resume when the incoming signal disappears at the end of the transmission.
6. To stop the Dual Watch feature and return to normal
operation, press and hold the
key for two seconds again.
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Dual Watch
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6.11 TRI-WATCH
You may change the Dual Watch feature to Tri-Watch via the Menu (“Set”)
Mode. Refer to Menu Mode Item “dt (DUAL WATCH MODE)” on page 33 for
details.
The Tri-Watch scans Channel 16, 9, and one other channel. When enabled,
” icon will appear on the display when the Dual Watch feature is actia“
vated.
/
key to select the channel to scan along with Channel
1. Press the
9 and 16.
2. Press and hold the
key for two seconds to activate the TRI-Watch feature. “
” icon will appear on
the display when the Tri-Watch feature is activated.
3. When a transmission is received on the channel 16,
HX300 will stay on the channel 16 until the incoming
signal disappears.
4. When a transmission is received on the channel 9,
the HX300 will Dual watch between the channel 16
and channel 9.
5. When the HX300 receives a transmission on the
working channel, the HX300 will Tri-watch between
the working channel, channel 16, and channel 9.
6. To stop the Tri-watch feature and return to normal opkey.
eration, press the
Tri Watch
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7. MENU (“SET”) MODE
The HX300’s Menu Mode allows a number of the HX300 operating parameters to be custom-configured.
The Menu Mode is easy to activate and set, using the following procedure:
key.
1. Turn the transceiver off by press and holding the
key, and then turn on the transceiv2. Hold down the
er while still holding down the
key.
” icon appears on the display let go of both
3. After “
keys.
key when pressed scrolls through each menu
4. The
item:
LP - Lamp mode,
bP - key beep,
SC - Scan Mode,
dt - Dual watch or Tri-Watch mode,
FL - Water Enabled Strobe Menu,
AL - Weather alert
5. Press the
or
key will change the selection of
the selected menu item.
6. Press the
key to save the menu selection.
7. After completing your adjustment, turn the transceiver off and on by
key.
press and holding the
LP (LAMP MODE)
Function: Selects the Lamp illumination method for the
LCD/Keypad.
Available Values: on / ky / oF
Default: kEY
on: Illuminates the LCD/Keypad continuously.
ky: Illuminates the LCD/Keypad for 5 seconds when any key is pressed.
oF: Turns off the backlight for the LCD and keys.
bP (BEEP)
Function: Enable/Disable the Keypad beeper.
Available Values: HI / Lo / oF
Default: HI
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SC (SCAN TYPE)
Function: Selects the Scan mode.
Available Values: PS (Priority Scan) / MS (Memory
Scan)
Default: PS (Priority Scan)
dt (DUAL WATCH MODE)
Function: Selects dual or tri-watch as desired.
Available Values: du (Dual Watch) / tr (Tri Watch)
Default: d (Dual Watch)
tr (Tri Watch):
The HX300 watches the activity of
Channel 16, Channel 9, and the current channel.
du (Dual Watch): The HX300 watches the activity of the current channel and
the Channel 16.
FL (WATER ENABLED LIGHT)
Function: Enables the water enabled light when the
HX300 comes in contact with water with the radio on or
off. The light will turn on with the radio off or turned on.
Available Values: F1 / F2 / F3 / F4 / SO (SOS) / OF (OFF)
Default: F1
F1: Blinks slowly.
F2: Blinks fast.
F3: Blinks Medium.
F4: Blinks Rapidly.
SO: Blinks “S.O.S” Morse Code (ŸŸŸ --- ŸŸŸ).
OF: Disables the Water Enabled Light.
AL (WX ALERT)
Function: Enable/Disable the Weather Alert feature.
Available Values: on / oF
Default: on
on: Enables the Weather Alert function.
oF: Disables the Weather Alert function.
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8. MAINTENANCE
8.1 GENERAL
The inherent quality of the solid-state components in STANDARD HORIZON
radios will provide many years of continuous use. Take the following precautions to prevent damage to the radio.
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To prevent corrosion of electrical contacts and keep the water resistance,
keep the battery cover latched and the charge cover closed while boating.
Never press the PTT switch unless an antenna or suitable dummy load is
connected to the antenna receptacle.
Use only STANDARD HORIZON-approved accessories and replacement
parts.
8.2 REPLACEMENT PARTS
Occasionally an owner needs a replacement part. Items can be ordered from
our Parts Department by writing or calling (in USA or Canada), or Standard
Horizon/Vertex Standard authorized dealers (outside USA or Canada).
YAESU USA
6125 Phyllis Drive, Cypress, California 90630
Telephone (800) 767-2450
Commonly requested parts, and their part numbers are listed below.
 CAT460 Antenna: AY139X001
 PA-54B USB Wall Charger: Q9500197
 Charger Cable: T9101606
 Battery Cover: RA1377600
 CLIP-22 Belt Clip: CP9672002
 Hand Strap: S6000418
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8.3 FACTORY SERVICE
In the unlikely event that the radio fails to perform or needs servicing, please
contact the following:
For repairs In USA
Standard Horizon
Attention Marine Repair Department
6125 Phyllis Drive, Cypress, California 90630
Telephone (800) 366-4566
For repairs in Canada
Westcom Marine
488 East 62nd Avenue
Vancouver BC V5X2G1
Phone (604)327-6280
An “RA” Return Authorization number is not necessary to send a product in
for service. Include a brief note describing the problem along with your name,
return address, phone number, and proof of purchase.
8.4 TROUBLESHOOTING CHART
SYMPTOM
PROBABLE CASE
The
key does not start the No channel memorized.
scan.
Cannot select between USA,
INTL, Canadian bands.
Speaker audio is not heard
when the
key is press and
hold.
Some keys does not operate.
“
” indicator on the LCD does
not appear while charging.
HX300
REMEDY
Enter desired channels into the
transceiver’s Scan memory. Refer
to section 6.9.1 “PROGRAMMING
SCAN MEMORY”.
Squelch is not adjusted. Press the
key several times
until the “SQL” indicator blinks,
then press the
key until the
“
” icon disappears. Further
adjustment of the squelch level
may eliminate incoming signal.
Proper operation not fol- Hold down the
key and press
lowed.
the
key.
Low battery.
Charge battery. Refer to section
4.2.3 “BATTERY CHARGING”.
Audio volume is too low. Press the
key several times
until the “VOL” indicator blinks,
then press the
key several
times.
Key lock is on.
Hold down the
key for 2 seconds to turn the Key Lock off.
Detective battery FNB- Contact your Standard Horizon
122LI.
dealer.
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9. VHF MARINE CHANNEL ASSIGNMENTS
Tables on the following columns list the VHF Marine Channel assignments
for USA. and International use. Below are listed some data about the charts.
1. VTS. Where indicated, these channels are part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s
Vessel Traffic System.
2. Alpha channel numbers, that is, channel numbers followed by the letter A
(such as Channel 07A) are simplex channels on the USA. or Canadian
channel assignments whose counterparts in the International assignments are duplex channels. International channels do not use “alpha”
numbers. If you call the Coast Guard on Channel 16, they will sometimes
ask you to “go to channel 22 Alpha.” This is a channel assigned to USA,
and Canadian Coast Guards for handling distress and other calls. If your
radio is set for International operation you will go to Channel 22 instead
of 22A, and will not be able to communicate with the Coast Guard. To
use Channel 22A, your radio must be set for USA or Canada operation,
usually by a U/I/C (USA/International/Canada) control or combination of
controls. Channel 22 (without an “A”) is an International duplex channel
for port operations. Some radios indicate an “A” adjacent to the alpha
channels on the display; on others “alpha” is not indicated but the proper
channel is selected based on the U/I/C setting.
3. Bridge-to-Bridge channels (for example, Channel 13) are for use by
bridge operators on inter-coastal waterways and rivers. It is also used by
marine vessels in the vicinity of these bridges for navigation and for communicating with the bridge operators. Note that a limit of 1 Watt is specified for these channels.
4. The S/D column on the chart indicates either S (simplex) or D (duplex).
Simplex means transmitting and receiving on the same frequency. Only
one party at a time can talk, unlike a telephone. Be sure to say “over”
and release your microphone push-to-talk switch at the end of each
transmission. Duplex operation involves the use of one frequency for
transmitting and a separate frequency for receiving. On channels specified as duplex on the charts, correct mode of operation is established automatically by your radio when you select a channel; you cannot change
the mode. And you still must release the push-to-talk switch after each
transmission in order to listen to the radio.
5. Channels normally used by recreational boaters are those that include
the term “non-commercial” in the Channel Use column of the chart.
Some of these are shared with other users and some are used only in
certain geographic regions.
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6. Marine vessels equipped with VHF radios are required to monitor Channel 16.
7. 156.050 MHz and 156.175 MHz are available for port operations and
commercial communications purposes when used only within the U.S.
Coast Guard designated Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) area of New Orleans, on the lower Mississippi River from the various pass entrances
in the Gulf of Mexico to Devil’s Swamp Light at River Mile 242.4 above
head of passes near Baton Rouge.
8. 156.250 MHz is available for port operations communications use only
within the U.S. Coast Guard designated VTS radio protection areas of
New Orleans and Houston described in Sec. 80.383. 156.250 MHz is
available for intership port operations communications used only within
the area of Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors, within a 25- nautical
mile radius of Point Fermin, California.
9. 156.550 MHz, 156.600 MHz and 156.700 MHz are available in the U.S.
Coast Guard designated port areas only for VTS communications and
in the Great Lakes available primarily for communications relating to the
movement of ships in sectors designated by the St. Lawrence Seaway
Development Corporation or the U.S. Coast Guard. The use of these frequencies outside VTS and ship movement sector protected areas is permitted provided they cause no interference to VTS and ship movement
communications in their respective designated sectors.
10. Use of 156.875 MHz is limited to communications with pilots regarding
the movement and docking of ships. Normal output power must not exceed 1 watt. 5: 156.375 MHz and 156.650 MHz are available primarily for
intership navigational communications. These frequencies are available
between coast and ship on a secondary basis when used on or in the
vicinity of locks or drawbridges. Normal output power must not exceed 1
watt. Maximum output power must not exceed 10 watts for coast stations
or 25 watts for ship stations.
11. On the Great Lakes, in addition to bridge-to-bridge communications,
156.650 MHz is available for vessel control purposes in established
vessel traffic systems. 156.650 MHz is not available for use in the Mississippi River from South Pass Lighted Whistle Buoy “2” and Southwest
Pass entrance Mid-channel Lighted Whistle Buoy to mile 242.4 above
Head of Passes near Baton Rouge. Additionally it is not available for use
in the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal, and the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal, except to aid the transition
from these areas.
12. Use of 156.375 MHz is available for navigational communications only
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13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
in the Mississippi River from South Pass Lighted Whistle Buoy “2” and
Southwest Pass entrance Mid channel Lighted Whistle Buoy to mile
242.4 above head of Passes near Baton Rouge, and in addition over the
full length of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal from entrance to its
junction with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and over the full length
of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal from its junction with the Mississippi
River to its entry to Lake Pontchartrain at the New Seabrook vehicular
bridge.
Within 120 km (75 miles) of the United States/Canada border, in the area
of the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its approaches,
157.425 MHz is half of the duplex pair designated as Channel 88. In this
area, Channel 88 is available to ship stations for communications with
public coast stations only. More than 120 km (75 miles) from the United
States/Canada border in the area of the Puget Sound and the Strait of
Juan de Fuca, its approaches, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence
Seaway, 157.425 MHz is available for intership and commercial communications. Outside Puget Sound area and its approaches and the Great
Lakes, 157.425 MHz is also available for communications between commercial fishing vessels and associated aircraft while engaged in commercial fishing activities.
When the frequency 156.850 MHz is authorized, it may be used additionally for search and rescue training exercises conducted by state or local
governments.
The frequency 156.850 MHz is additionally available to coast stations on
the Great Lakes for transmission of scheduled Coded Marine Weather
Forecasts (MAFOR), Great Lakes Weather Broadcast (LAWEB) and
scheduled Notices to Mariners or Bulletins. F3C and J3C emissions are
permitted. Coast Stations on the Great Lakes must cease weather broadcasts which cause interference to stations operating on 156.800 MHz
until the interference problem is resolved.
The frequency 157.100 MHz is authorized for search and rescue training exercises by state or local government in conjunction with U.S. Coast
Guard stations. Prior U.S. Coast Guard approval is required. Use must
cease immediately on U.S. Coast Guard request.
The duplex pair for channel 20 (157.000/161.600 MHz) may be used for
ship to coast station communications.
Available for assignment to coast stations, the use of which is in accord
with an agreed program, for the broadcast of information to ship stations
concerning the environment.
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HX300
CH
01
01A
02
03
03A
04
U
X
X
04A
C
X
X
X
X
05
05A
06
07
X
X
X
X
07A
08
09
X
X
X
X
X
X
10
11
12
13
14
15
15
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
16
17
18
18A
19
19A
19A
20
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
20A
21
21A
X
X
22
22A
X
X
23
23A
24
25
26
27
28
X
X
X
X
X
X
HX300
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
VHF MARINE CHANNEL CHART
I S/D
TX
RX
CHANNEL USE
X D 156.050 160.650 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
S
156.050
Port Operation and Commercial.
VTS in selected areas
X D 156.100 160.700 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
X D 156.150 160.750 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
S
156.150
U.S. Government Only, Coast Guard
X D 156.200 160.800 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
S
156.200
Pacific coast: Coast Guard, East Coast:
Commercial fishing
X D 156.250 160.850 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
S
156.250
Port operation. VTS in Seattle
X S
156.300
Inter-ship Safety
X D 156.350 160.950 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
S
156.350
Commercial
X S
156.400
Commercial (Inter-ship only)
X S
156.450
Boater Calling channel, Commercial &
Non-commercial (Recreational)
X S
156.500
Commercial
X S
156.550
Commercial. VTS in selected areas
X S
156.600
Port operation. VTS in selected areas
X S
156.650
Inter-ship Navigation Safety (Bridge-to-bridge)
X S
156.700
Port operation. VTS in selected areas
S
--156.750 Environmental (Receive only)
X S
156.750
Commercial, non-commercial,
ship movement (1 W)
X S
156.800
International Distress, Safety and Calling
X S
156.850
State Controlled (1 W)
X D 156.900 161.500 Port operation, ship movement
S
156.900
Commercial
X D 156.950 161.550 Port operation, ship movement
S
156.950
US: Commercial
S
156.950
Coast Guard
X D 157.000 161.600 Canadian Coast Guard Only,
International: port operations and shipment
S
157.000
Port operation
X D 157.050 161.650 Port operation, ship movement
S
157.050
U.S. Government Only,
Canadian Coast Guard
X D 157.100 161.700 Port operation, ship movement
S
157.100
US and Canadian Coast Guard Liaison
and aritime Safety Information Broadcasts
announced on channel 16
X D 157.150 161.750 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
S
157.150
U.S. Government Only
X D 157.200 161.800 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
X D 157.250 161.850 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
X D 157.300 161.900 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
X D 157.350 161.950 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
X D 157.400 162.000 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
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CH
60
61
U
C
X
61A
X
X
62
62A
X
63
63A
X
64
64A
X
X
X
X
65A
66
X
X
66A
67
X
X
X
X
68
69
X
X
X
X
70
X
X
71
X
X
72
73
X
X
X
X
74
X
X
75
76
77
77
78
X
X
X
X
X
X
78A
79
79A
X
X
X
X
65
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VHF MARINE CHANNEL CHART
I S/D
TX
RX
CHANNEL USE
X D 156.025 160.625 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
X D 156.075 160.675 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
S
156.075
Public Coast: Coast Guard;
East Coast: commercial fishing only
X D 156.125 160.725 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
S
156.125
Public Coast: Coast Guard;
East Coast: commercial fishing onl
X D 156.175 160.775 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
S
156.175
Port Operation and Commercial.
VTS in selected areas
X D 156.225 160.825 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
S
156.225
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
X D 156.275 160.875 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
S
156.275
Port Operations
X D 156.325 160.925 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
S
156.325
Port Operations
X S
156.375
US: Commercial.
Used for Bridge-to-bridge communi-cations in
lower Mississippi River. Inter-ship only,
Canada: Commercial fishing, S&R
X S
156.425
Non-commercial (Recreational)
X S
156.475
US: Non-commercial (Recreational),
Canada: Commercial fishing only,
International: Inter-ship, Port operations and
Ship movement
X S
156.525
Digital selective calling
(voice communications not allowed)
X S
156.575
US, Canada: Non-commercial (Recreational),
International: Port operations and Ship
movement
X S
156.625
Non-commercial (Inter-ship only)
X S
156.675
US: Port Operations,
Canada: Commercial fishing only,
International: Inter-ship, Port operations and
Ship movement
X S
156.725
US: Port Operations,
Canada: Commercial fishing only,
International: Inter-ship, Port operations and
Ship movement
X S
156.775
Port Operations (Inter-ship only) (1W)
X S
156.825
Port Operations (Inter-ship only) (1W)
S
156.875
Port Operations (Inter-ship only) (1W)
X S
156.875
Port Operations (Inter-ship only)
X D 156.925 161.525 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship-movement
S
156.925
Non-commercial (Recreational)
X D 156.975 161.575 Port operation and Ship movement
S
156.975
Commercial
HX300
CH
80
80A
81
81A
U
C
X
X
X
81A
82
82A
83
83
83A
84
85
86
87
87A
88
88A
WX01
WX02
WX03
WX04
WX05
WX06
WX07
WX08
WX09
WX10
X
X
VHF MARINE CHANNEL CHART
I S/D
TX
RX
X D 157.025 161.625
S
157.025
X D 157.075 161.675
S
157.075
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
S
D
157.075
157.125 161.725
S
157.125
D
D
S
157.175 161.775
157.175 161.775
157.175
D
D
D
S
S
S
S
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
157.225 161.825
157.275 161.875
157.325 161.925
157.375
157.375
157.425
157.425
--162.550
--162.400
--162.475
--162.425
--162.450
--162.500
--162.525
--161.650
--161.775
--163.275
CHANNEL USE
Port operation, ship movement
Commercial
Port operation, ship movement
U.S. Government Only Environmental protection operations
Canadian Coast Guard Only
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator),
Port operation, ship movement
U.S. Government Only,
Canadian Coast Guard Only
Canadian Coast Guard Only
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
U.S. Government Only,
Canadian Coast Guard Only
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Port operation, ship movement
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Port operation, ship movement
Commercial, Inter-ship Only
Weather (receive only)
Weather (receive only)
Weather (receive only)
Weather (receive only)
Weather (receive only)
Weather (receive only)
Weather (receive only)
Weather (receive only)
Weather (receive only)
Weather (receive only)
NOTE: Simplex channels, 03A, 21A, 23A, 61A, 64A, 81A, 82A and 83A CANNOT be lawfully
used by the general public in U.S.A. waters.
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10. WARRANTY
Marine Products Limited Warranty
PLEASE NOTE
The following “Limited Warranty” is for valid for products that have
been purchased in the United States and Canada. For limited Warranty details outside the United States, contact the dealer in your country.
STANDARD HORIZON (a division of YAESU USA.) warrants, to the original purchaser only, each new Marine Communications Product (“Product”)
manufactured and/or supplied by STANDARD HORIZON against defects
in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of
time from the date of purchase as follows:
Fixed Mount and Portable Transceivers
1 year - if purchased before 01/01/91
3 years - if purchased between 01/01/91 and 01/01/94
3 years Waterproof - if purchased after 01/01/94
Loud hailers
1 year - if purchased before 01/01/91
3 years - if purchased after 01/01/91
Associated Chargers
1 year - if purchased before 01/01/91
3 years - if purchased after 01/01/91
Associated Batteries - 1 year. Note: Batteries will be deemed defective only
if storage capacity drops below 80% of rated capacity or if leakage develops.
Associated Accessories - 1 year. Includes: Microphones/Handsets, External Speakers, Antennas, Carrying Accessories, Power Supplies, and Signaling Boards.
To receive warranty service, the purchaser must deliver the Product, transportation and insurance prepaid, to STANDARD HORIZON (a division of YAESU
USA.). Include proof of purchase indicating model. serial number, and date
of purchase. STANDARD HORIZON will return the Product to the purchaser
freight prepaid. Products purchased prior to January 1, 1991 will bear the
STANDARD HORIZON warranty terms in effect prior to that date.
In the event of a defect, malfunction or failure of the Product during the warranty period, STANDARD HORIZON’s liability for any breach of contract or
any breach of express or implied warranties in connection with the sale of
Products shall be limited solely to repair or replacement, at its option, of the
Product or part(s) therein which, upon examination by STANDARD HORIPage 42
HX300
ZON, appear to be defective or not up to factory specifications. STANDARD
HORIZON may, at its option, repair or replace parts or subassemblies with
new or reconditioned parts and subassemblies. Parts thus repaired or replaced are warranted for the balance of the original applicable warranty.
STANDARD HORIZON will not warrant installation, maintenance or service
of the Products. In all instances, STANDARD HORIZON’s liability for damages shall not exceed the purchase price of the defective Product.
This warranty only extends to Products sold within the 50 States of the United States of America and the District of Columbia.
STANDARD HORIZON will pay all labor to repair the product and replacement parts charges incurred in providing the warranty service except where
purchaser abuse or other qualifying exceptions exist. The purchaser must
pay any transportation expenses incurred in returning the Product to STANDARD HORIZON for service.
This limited warranty does not extend to any Product which has been subjected to misuse, neglect, accident, incorrect wiring by anyone other than
STANDARD HORIZON, improper installation, or subjected to use in violation
of instructions furnished by STANDARD HORIZON, nor does this warranty
extend to Products on which the serial number has been removed, defaced,
or changed. STANDARD HORIZON cannot be responsible in any way for ancillary equipment not furnished by STANDARD HORIZON which is attached
to or used in connection with STANDARD HORIZON’s Products, or for the
operation of the Product with any ancillary equipment, and all such equipment is expressly excluded from this warranty. STANDARD HORIZON disclaims liability for range, coverage, or operation of the Product and ancillary
equipment as a whole under this warranty. STANDARD HORIZON reserves
the right to make changes or improvements in Products, during subsequent
production, without incurring the obligation to install such changes or improvements on previously manufactured Products.
The implied warranties which the law imposes on the sale of this Product are
expressly LIMITED, in duration, to the time period specified above. STANDARD HORIZON shall not be liable under any circumstances for consequential damages resulting from the use and operation of this Product, or from
the breach of this LIMITED WARRANTY, any implied warranties, or any contract with STANDARD HORIZON. IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF
ITS PRODUCTS, STANDARD HORIZON MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED AS TO THE MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR OTHERWISE, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET
FORTH HEREIN.
HX300
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Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the
above limitations or exclusions may not apply. This warranty gives specific
legal rights, and there may be other rights which may vary from state to state.
ONLY PRODUCTS SOLD ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1991 ARE COVERED UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS LIMITED WARRANTY.
ON-LINE WARRANTY REGISTRATION
THANK YOU for buying STANDARD HORIZON (a division of YAESU
USA.) products! We are confident your new radio will serve your
needs for many years!
Please visit www.standardhorizon.com to register the HX300 Marine
VHF. It should be noted that visiting the Web site from time to time
may be beneficial to you, as new products are released they will appear on the STANDARD HORIZON Web site.
Product Support Inquiries
If you have any questions or comments regarding the use of the
HX300, you can visit the STANDARD HORIZON Web site to send
an E-mail or contact the Product Support team at (800) 767-2450 ext
6300 M-F 8:00-5:00PST.
In addition to the warranty, STANDARD HORIZON includes a lifetime
"flat rate" program to provide service after the warranty period has expired. If you wish to obtain the flat rate price for out-of-warranty repair,
you must include the information on the Owner’s Record with the unit
when you return it to your Dealer or to STANDARD HORIZON.
Lifetime Flat Rate Service Program: For the original Owner only, for
the lifetime of the unit, STANDARD HORIZON will repair the unit to
original specifications.
Note: The flat rate amount is payable by the Owner only if STANDARD HORIZON or the STANDARD HORIZON Dealer determines
that a repair is needed. After the repair, a 90-day warranty will be in
effect from the date of return of the unit to the .Owner.
This service program is not available for equipment which has failed
as a result of neglect, accident, breakage, misuse, improper installation or modification, or water damage (depending on the product).
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HX300
11. SPECIFICATIONS
Performance specifications are nominal, unless otherwise indicated, and are
subject to change without notice.
11.1 GENERAL
Frequency Ranges:
Channel Spacing:
Frequency Stability:
Emission Type:
Antenna Impedance:
Operating Voltage:
Current Consumption:
Battery Life (Approx.):
Operating Temperature:
Case Size (W x H x D):
Weight (Approx.):
11.2 TRANSMITTER
RF Power Output:
Modulation Type:
Maximum Deviation:
Spurious Emission:
Microphone Impedance:
11.3 RECEIVER
Circuit Type:
Intermediate Frequencies:
Adjacent Channel Selectivity:
Intermodulation:
Hum & Noise Ratio:
Sensitivity:
Selectivity:
AF Output (Internal SP):
TX: 156.025 MHz - 157.425 MHz
RX: 156.050 MHz - 163.275 MHz
25 kHz
±5 ppm
(–4 °F to +140 °F [–20 °C to +60 °C])
16K0G3E
50 
3.7 V DC, Negative Ground
330 mA (Receive, Typical at AF MAX.)
20 mA (Standby)
2.3 A / 0.9 A (TX: 5 W / 1 W)
10 hours (5/5/90 duty cycle)
–4 °F to +140 °F (–20 °C to +60 °C)
2.3” x 5” x 1.3”
(59 x 128 x 33 mm)
(w/o knob & antenna)
8.4 oz (240 g)
(with FNB-122LI, Belt Clip, & Antenna)
5 W / 1 W (@3.7 V )
Variable Reactance
±5 kHz
–75 dBc typical
2 k
Double-Conversion Superheterodyne
1st: 21.7 MHz, 2nd: 450 kHz
70 dB typical
68 dB typical
40 dB typical
0.25 µV for 12 dB SINAD
25 kHz (–70 dB)
600 mW @8  for 10 % THD (@3.7 V)
Measured in accordance with TIA/EIA-603.
HX300
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12. FCC AND CANADA RADIO LICENSE INFORMATION
Standard Horizon radios comply with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and Industry-Canada requirements that regulate the Maritime
Radio Service.
MARITIME STATION LICENSE
An FCC ship station license is no longer required for any vessel traveling in
U.S. waters which uses a VHF marine radio, RADAR or EPIRB, and which is
not required to carry radio equipment. However, any vessel required to carry
a marine radio on an international voyage, carrying a HF single side band
radiotelephone or marine satellite terminal. FCC license forms, including applications for ship (605) and land station licenses can be downloaded via the
Internet at www.fcc.gov/Forms/Form605/605.html. To obtain a form from the
FCC, call (888) 225-5322.
MARINE RADIO CALL SIGN
Currently the FCC does not require recreational boaters to have a Ship Radio Station License. The USCG recommends the boats registration number
and the state to be used.
CANADIAN SHIP STATION LICENSING
You may need a license when traveling in Canada. If you do need a license
contact their nearest field office or regional office or write:
Industry Canada
Radio Regulatory Branch
Attn: DOSP
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, KIA 0C8
FCC / INDUSTRY CANADA INFORMATION
The following data pertaining to the transceiver is necessary to fill out the license application.
FCC Type Accepted:.............................................................................. Part 80
Output Power with FNB-122LI:........................................ 1.0/5.0 W (Low/High)
Emission:........................................................................................... 16K0G3E
Frequency Range:.......................................................156.025 to 163.275MHz
FCC Type Number:..................................................................... K6630493X20
Industry Canada Type Approval:............................................. 511B-30493X20
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HX300
13. FCC NOTICE
NOTICE
Unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment may void
compliance with FCC Rules. Any change or modification must be
approved in writing by STANDARD HORIZON, a division of YAESU
USA.
NOTICE
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits
for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
 Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
 Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that
to which the receiver is connected.
 Consult the dealer or an experienced marine electronics technician for help.
CAUTION
This device is intended for general population use to satisfy FCC RX
exposure compliance. See section “1.2 SAFETY INFORMATION” for
specific operating requirement.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the condition that this device does not cause harmful interference.
Part 15.21: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly
approved by YAESU MUSEN could void the User’s authorization to
operate this device.
HX300
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