Given the current glorious weather, it’s not surprising to discover that lots of people are taking to the sea. While most of us are sensible enough to don a lifejacket, not everyone remembers to take a means of communication. If you’re staying near to the shore, then you might just about get away with using a mobile phone, but a safer option is to use a VHF radio.
When the folks at Maplin kindly offered to send us a product to play with, we decided this would be an opportune time to check out their offering of marine radios – specifically the TTI TX-150 (RRP £79.99). This handheld VHF, which is waterproof to IP54 standard, features a Li-ion battery, which gives good life without the weight of a Ni-MH battery and a drop in rapid charger for quick and easy charging. It also comes with 6/1 watt switchable power to maximise battery life.
A large, clear LCD with backlighting and backlit buttons makes night time operation equally simple. The TX-150 has all the functions you would expect to find on a marine VHF such as dual watch, triple watch, LCM, and aforementioned high/low power option.
If you’re interested to see exactly what you get with the TX-150 then check out our ‘unboxing’ YouTube video below:
This video was possible thanks to the support of Maplin. However, the views are our own and any future editorial coverage of this company will not be influenced as a result of this arrangement.