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Re: Horizon HX870. Anyway to get data from gps and have it plotted on a smart phone?

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Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but to me, it sounds like the OP is concerned about unwanted tracking of his movements via DSC, not that he wants to tether his phone to his radio.
That was how I read his post, and formulated my reply accordingly. Now I'm not sure.

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Yikes, all of those functions work fine on our HX851. We use position reporting, DSC calls, waypoints, and routing all the time with it (in the dinghy).
Those functions all work fin on my HX870 - not sure what is wrong with Eherlilys, but if mine didn't work I would send it back - they are expensive handhelds.
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Re: Horizon HX870. Anyway to get data from gps and have it plotted on a smart phone?

Before you go there; I am running Firmware rev 2.03 on the HX870.

As I said, I find most of these features too clumsy to use on a handheld. Most of these features are available, and more intuitive to use on my chart plotter (Raymarine eS78) and fixed-mount VHF (Ray50).


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Before you go there; I am running Firmware rev 2.03 on the HX870.

As I said, I find most of these features too clumsy to use on a handheld. Most of these features are available, and more intuitive to use on my chart plotter (Raymarine eS78) and fixed-mount VHF (Ray50).
For sure. But you don't have your chart plotter or fixed-mount in the dinghy.

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For sure. But you don't have your chart plotter or fixed-mount in the dinghy.

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Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but to me, it sounds like the OP is concerned about unwanted tracking of his movements via DSC, not that he wants to tether his phone to his radio.
No; I don't care if I'm tracked. I'm first time sailing ICW, or, any salt-water ever. So, I just want a way mainly to send out a distress signal and be found should something go awry. Tracking of my friends back home is something I wanted to share with my family.

I downloaded the mx mariner app for my droid. Looks like that will give me what I want (except, having trouble downloading the correct map for KW).
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If by KW you mean Key West, that can be found in the NOAA - USA Charts REGION_08.


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...I just want a way mainly to send out a distress signal and be found should something go awry...
That's what the distress button is for. However, in order to use it, you MUST register for a MMSI and enter the MMSI into the radio. If your use is US only you can get a MMSI from one of the commercial websites (BoatUS used to be free, but I hear you need to be a member now). If you plan to use it overseas, you need a international MMSI which involves radio license and fees. But either way, you really must do it or all the safety benefits of DSC are unavailable to you.

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