Gear: Standard Horizon’s HX40 handheld VHF Radio

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Standard Horizon’s new HX40 handheld VHF radio is not only compact—its case measures just 2in x 3.75in x 1.33in—it’s also packed with handy features, like instant access to NOAA weather channels, multi-watch scanning and a preset key that calls up 10 commonly used channels. Maximum transmit power is 6w. It doesn’t float, but for another $15 you can purchase a flotation jacket for it. With such a compact size, it’s ideal for a ditch bag or for taking on dinghy rides. $119. Standard Horizon,

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