Originally Posted by sailingdog
Valiente—Have you figured out how to tell how much battery life is left in the damn HX471?? I've had one for over a year and still have no idea how you're supposed to tell. UGH. The people I bought the radio from, fairly knowledgable folks.. couldn't figure it out either, and one of them has owned hers for even longer.
No, I've just had it a day, and it took me a call to the vendor to figure out to remove that white plastic disc in the base to reveal...ta-dah!...the NMEA cord that will attach to my basic Raymarine 420 plotter so I can play with that "last GPS position before Skipper went on deck and fell into the drink" function.
I was able to raise a fair bit of aircraft chatter, though. I can't try transmit because I'm on the hard. I charged the battery fully and will let you know when it tells me it's hungry.
I think the general idea is that it's supposed to live in the charger, which is suppose to be plugged in to a 12 VDC socket aboard. I also have an SH HX260S, which is three times the size and six years old now, but is still going strong. I wanted this for the FRS band, the DSC and GPS functions and the fact that I could wear it without needing a Wichard clip.
Have you tried the strobe? It's pretty cool, actually. I'll still use the HX260S in the cockpit, because it's got a vast power reserve and I can leave it on 16 all day, but my "carry" VHF is going to be this one.
Giu, that's a nice watch, but I'm cruising-oriented and want a decent barometer function, rather than stop/start and other round-the-buoys functions.
I suppose the ideal barographic yachtsman's watch would have the ability to not only record and graph a six, 12 and 24 hour trendline, but would sound an alarm at a preset rate of rise or fall, say for 2 mb/hour. You could get a sense of when to "pre-reef" with a relatively stale weatherfax or GRIB, because you could plot your position vis a vis the advancing trough.
I don't actually see this as being technologically challenging, certainly less so than putting a GPS in a watch, but I don't know if I can get a wristwatch that will "beep" to alert me better than my own weather sense (I can "smell" storms, like a lot of sailors) that wind is imminent.