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August 18, 1999

Garmin® Sets Sail for the Marine Market with Powerful New Handheld Radio

VHF 725 pumps up the wattage to provide greater transmitting strength

OLATHE, Kan. – Garmin International, the marine industry's leading manufacturer of navigation and communication equipment, is introducing a new must-have piece of equipment for anyone who spends time on a boat. Garmin's latest innovation is the VHF 725 -- a full featured, five-watt VHF marine band handheld radio that's waterproof to boot.

"Mariners will be able to hear the benefits of this radio loud and clear," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "If you thought its predecessor, the VHF 720 delivered a fine performance on just three-watts, wait until you hear the VHF 725."

The VHF 725 is a one- to five-watt transmitter that features a high/low power switch that helps save battery life. Like the VHF 720, you don't need two hands to operate this unit. The radio's unique "knobless" design makes adjusting the volume simple with one hand. A backlit display and keypad make operating the VHF 725 a breeze in the dark, while the radio's submersible design means you don't have to panic if you accidentally get it too close to the water. The VHF 725 is strictly a marine radio and does not contain a GPS receiver.

Significant features of the VHF 725 include:

  • 1-5 watt transmitter, with a high/low power switch to conserve battery life
  • Six hours of battery life on 6 AA alkaline batteries, 10 hours with a NiCad pack, and 13 hours with a NiMH pack
  • U.S., Canadian and International channels
  • 10 weather channels
  • Automatic weather alert that interrupts a transmission during normal unit operation
  • Waterproof construction to IEC standard 529 IPX7, immersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes
  • Tri-watch mode monitors channels 16 and 9, along with another working channel of your choice
  • Lock mode prevents accidental keystrokes

Equally impressive is the long list of accessories that come standard with the radio including a NiCad battery, charging stand, AC wall charger, AA alkaline battery tray, 12 volt charging adapter, owner's manual and quick reference guide.

The VHF 725 will be available in August 1999 at a suggested retail price of $267.