Standard Horizon HX40 VHF

Compact handheld provides full functionality.

The HX40 provides a wealth of features in a compact package.Courtesy Standard Horizon

Measuring just 3.74 inches high and 2.05 inches wide and weighing 8.1 ounces, Standard Horizon's new HX40 handheld VHF is certainly compact. The unit transmits at 6 watts and comes with 600 megawatts of audio output. Anglers can preset up to 10 favorite channels; the HX40 also comes with dual- and triple-watch operation. The VHF costs $119.99; an optional ­flotation-case accessory costs $15.