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HX270E

VHF/FM Marine

Handheld Transceiver

Owner's Manual

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. GENERAL INFORMATION ........

2

5.5

USA, CANADIAN, AND

 

2. ACCESSORIES ..........................

3

 

 

INTERNATIONAL BANDS ......

15

2.1

PACKING LIST ...................................

3

5.6

SCAN ...............................................

15

2.2

OPTIONS ............................................

3

5.7

PROGRAMMABLE

 

3. BATTERY ...................................

4

 

 

PRIORITY SCAN ....

16

3.1

BATTERY CHARGING .......................

4

5.8

DUAL WATCH .................................

16

3.2

BATTERY REMOVAL/

 

5.9

EMERGENCY

 

 

INSTALLATION .....

4

 

 

(CHANNEL 16 USE) ....

17

3.3

USING THE NC-88

 

5.10

CALLING ANOTHER

 

 

BATTERY CHARGER ....

5

 

 

VESSEL (CHANNEL 16 OR 9) ....

17

3.4

FBA-25A ALKALINE

 

5.11 OPERATING ON CHANNEL 13 ....

18

 

BATTERY CASE ....

5

5.12

OPERATING ON CHANNEL 67 ....

18

3.5

BATTERY SAFETY ............................

6

5.13

PRESET CHANNELS (1 ~ 8):

 

4. CONTROLS AND INDICATORS ....

7

 

 

INSTANT ACCESS ....

19

4.1

CONTROLS AND CONNECTIONS ...

8

5.14

SIMPLEX/DUPLEX

 

4.2

INDICATORS ...................................

10

 

 

CHANNEL USE .....

19

5. OPERATION .............................

12

5.15

SETUP MODE ...............................

20

5.1

INITIAL SETUP ................................

12

6. MAINTENANCE........................

22

5.2

RECEPTION ....................................

13

7. CHANNEL ASSIGNMENTS .....

24

5.3

TRANSMISSION .............................

14

8. SPECIFICATIONS ....................

26

5.4

TRANSMIT TIME-OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIMER (TOT) .....

14

 

 

 

 

RF Exposure Safety Statement

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 hand-held 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.

If you use a headset accessory for this radio, with the radio worn on your body, use only the STANDARD HORIZON belt clip for this transceiver, and ensure that the antenna is at least 1 inches (2.5 centimeters) from your body when transmitting.

Use only the supplied antenna. Unauthorized antennas, modifications, or attachments could damage the transmitter, and may violate FCC regulations.

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Congratulations on your purchase of the HX270E! 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.

We appreciate your purchase of the HX270E, and encourage you to read this manual thoroughly, so as to learn and understand the capabilities of the

HX270E fully.

ABOUT VHF MARINE RADIO

The radio frequencies used in the VHF marine band lie between 156 and 158 MHz with some shore stations available between 161 and 163 MHz. The marine VHF band provides communications over distances that are essentially “line of sight” (VHF signals do not travel well through objects such as buildings, hills or trees). Actual transmission range depends much more on antenna type, gain and height than on the power output of the transmitter. The approximate distance a portable 5W radio may communicate is about 5 miles in if there are no obstructions (buildings, hills etc.) restricting line of sight transmission.

Attention in Case of Use

This transceiver works on frequencies which are not generally permitted. For frequency allocation, apply for a licence at your local spectrum management authority. For actual usage con- tact your dealer or sales shop in order to

get your transceiver adjusted to the allocated frequency range.

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1.GENERAL INFORMATION

1.1INTRODUCTION

The HX270E is a submersible, miniature 5-Watt portable two-way VHF marine transceiver. The transceiver has all allocated USA, international, or Canadian channels. It has an emergency channel 16 which can be immediately selected from any channel by pressing the 16/9 key.

The transceiver includes the following features: Memory Scanning, Programmable Priority Scanning, Battery Saver, easy-to-read large LCD display, EEPROM memory back-up, Battery Life displayed on LCD, and a transmit Time-Out Timer (TOT).

The transmitter provides a maximum of 5 Watts output, and has the selection of 2.5 Watts and 1 Watt to assist the user in ensuring maximum battery life.

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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:

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Transceiver

FNB-83 7.2 V, 1400 mAh Ni-MH Battery Pack

NC-88C/U 230 VAC Overnight Charger

CD-26 Charger Cradle

FBA-25A Alkaline Battery Case

CAT460

Antenna

E-DC-19A DC Cable with 12 V Cigarette Lighter Plug

CLIP-14 Belt Clip with screw

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2.2 OPTIONS

CD-26

Charger Cradle

FBA-25A

Alkaline Battery Case

FNB-83

7.2 V, 1400 mAh Ni-MH Battery Pack

E-DC-19A

DC Cable with 12 V Cigarette Lighter Plug

NC-88B/C/U

120 or 230 VAC Overnight Charger

E-DC-6

DC Cable; plug and wire only

VAC-370B/C/U

Rapid Charger

CE68

PPS Software

CT-111

Cable SET for CE68

CAW230

Radio-to-Ship’s-Antenna Adapter

Note: Before operating the HX270E for the first time, it is recommended that the battery be charged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. BATTERY

The FNB-83 is a high performance rechargeable battery providing high capacity in a compact package.

3.1 BATTERY CHARGING

If the radio has never been used, or its charge is depleted, it may be charged by connecting the NC-88 battery charger (see figure 2 on page 5). If 12V DC power is available, the optional E-DC-6 or the E-DC-19A DC adapter with cigarette plug may be used for charging the battery. The NC-88, E-DC-6 and E-DC-19A will charge a completely discharged FNB-83 battery pack in about 10 hours.

3.2 BATTERY REMOVAL/INSTALLATION

1.Turn the transceiver off.

2.To remove, open the Battery Pack Latch on the bottom of the transceiver, then slide the battery downward and out from the transceiver.

3.To install, insert the battery pack into the battery compartment on the back of the transceiver, then close the Battery Pack Latch until it locks in place with a “click.”

 

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Battery

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Close the

Battery Pack Latch

Figure 1

Important Notice

To avoid the ingress of water between the transceiver body and battery pack/case, close the Battery Pack Latch until it locks in place with a “click” while pressing and holding the battery pack/case in toward the top panel (secure the upper edge of the battery pack/case snugly against the upper edge of the battery nest).

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3.3 USING THE NC-88 BATTERY CHARGER

1. Install the supplied FNB-83 battery pack on the rear of the HX270E. Ensure that the transceiver is switched off.

2. Plug the NC-88 Overnight Charger into the

AC line outlet, then insert the cable plug into the jack located on the side panel of

the CD-26 Charger Cradle. 3. Insert the transceiver and battery pack into

the CD-26; the antenna jack should be at the left side when viewing the charger from

the front.

4. If the transceiver and battery pack are inserted correctly, the Red indicator on the CD-26 will glow. A fully-discharged pack will

be charged completely in 10 hours.

Figure 2

Important Notes:

ΠThe NC-88 is not designed to power the transceiver for operation (reception or transmission).

ΠDo not leave the charger connected to the transceiver for continuous periods in excess of 24 hours. Long term overcharging can degrade the Ni-MH battery pack and significantly shorten its useful life.

ΠIf using a charger other than the NC-88/CD-26, or if using a battery pack other than the FNB-83, follow the appropriate instructions provided with the charger/battery. Contact your Dealer if you have any doubts about the appropriateness of the particular charger or battery pack you intend to use.

3.4 FBA-25A Waterproof Alakline Battery Tray

FBA-25A is a battery case that holds six alkaline batteries and is used with the HX270E transceiver.

When installing batteries, insert the (–) end first, then press in the (+) end so the battery snaps into place. Always replace all six batteries at the same time, paying attention to the polarity indicated inside the case.

The FBA-25A must not be used with rechargeable cells. The FBA-

25A does not contain the thermal and over-current protection circuits (provided in the "FNB" series of Ni-MH Battery Packs) required when utilizing Ni-Cd and Ni-MH cells.

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3.5 BATTERY SAFETY

Battery packs for your transceiver contain Ni-MH 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 to 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.

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.

Caution

Never short-circuit the connection terminals on the battery or charger !

CONTAINS NICKEL-METAL-HYDRIDE BATTERY.

MUST BE RECYCLED OR DISPOSED OF PROP-

Ni-MH ERLY.

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4. CONTROLS AND INDICATORS

NOTE

This section defines each control of the transceiver. For detailed operating instructions, refer to section 5 of this manual. Refer to Figure 3 for the location of the following controls, indicators, and connections.

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Figure 3

Controls and Connectors

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4.1 CONTROLS AND CONNECTIONS

Antenna Connector

The supplied CAT460 flexible antenna is attached here.

POWER SWITCH/VOLUME CONTROL

Turns the transceiver on and off, and adjusts the volume.

PUSH-TO-TALK (PTT) SWITCH

Activates transmission.

SQUELCH (SQL) SWITCH

Sets the point at which random noise on the channel does not activate the audio circuits but a received signal does. This point is called the Squelch threshold. Further adjustment of the squelch control will degrade the reception of wanted transmissions.

BUSY/TX INDICATOR

This indicator glows green when a signal is being received and red when transmitting.

UP (S) KEY

Used to select a desired channel. Each press increases the channel number. When held down, the channels increase continuously.

DOWN (T) KEY

Used to select a desired channel. Each press decreases the channel number. When held down, the channels decrease continuously.

16/9 KEY

Immediately recalls channel 16 from any channel location. Holding down this key recalls channel 9. The 16/9 key is also used to revert to the channel selected before pressing the 16/9 key.

Example: select Ch68, press 16/9 key (Ch16 appears), press the 16/9 key again and Ch68 is shown.

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