What Sets It Apart: The LHR also incorporates GPS, making it a dual-purpose tool. A simple plotter with Great Circle waypoint navigation offers a basic graphical view; 500 waypoints can be stored. Like the Standard Horizon, DSC functionality provides man-overboard alerts with position, accessed via a single button.
Our Experience: DSC ensures that distress calls on GPS-enabled radios go out with your latitude and longitude for those in range listening on a DSC VHF. We liked the basic chart plotter, as it gave us a sense of position. The LHR also tracked a buddy’s position, pinpointing his location and displaying the coordinates, as well as transmitting our position. The hinged door cover over the distress button seems a little easier to access in tense emergencies. The adjustable contrast on our test radio, however, never seemed to make the display as distinct as we would like.
Bottom Line: $219; lowrance.com