Si-Tex signs VHF radio deal

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Si-Tex Marine Electronics announced that it reached an agreement with Danish marine electronics manufacturer Thrane & Thrane to provide the high-performance Sailor 6216 VHF DSC Class D radio to U.S. recreational and light commercial marine markets.

“We believe these to be the finest-performing Class D VHF radios in the world, and for a long time, recreational and light commercial mariners have had very limited access to them,” Si-Tex vice president of sales Allen Schneider said in a statement. “Rather than simply adding new features and functions to its radios over the years, Thrane & Thrane has focused its engineering efforts on superior communications performance under the toughest conditions. We’re excited about the opportunity to bring this performance to American boaters and to help them experience this communications difference for themselves.”

Prior to the agreement, Riverhead, N.Y.-based Si-Tex subjected the Sailor 6216 to rigorous testing aboard several Ohio River towboats. According to Schneider, this is one of the toughest places on the planet for marine VHF radio performance. Off large riverfront cities such as Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky., VHF radios on towboats typically are overwhelmed by interference from land mobile networks, he said.

“These captains told us that, regardless of what radio they used, they just had to learn to deal with all the noise and interference — usually by turning up the squelch, with a corresponding loss of performance,” Schneider said, adding that the Sailor 6216 performed well in the tests.

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