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KVH DataScope is Practical Sailor Magazine’s “King of the Hand-Bearing Compasses”


Reviewers applaud the DataScope’s superior accuracy and wide range of convenient features

MIDDLETOWN, RI – March 18, 2008 – Even in our age of high-tech gadgets and dependence on technology for everyday activities, hand-bearing compasses remain a critical piece of equipment on every boat. Luckily for sailors, several quality, reliable compasses are available – the only difficult part is choosing the right one to suit your needs. Need help? No problem. Practical Sailor magazine honored the DataScope® monocular compass from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) as their “Best Choice” following independent tests of several popular compasses, calling the product “our reigning king of the hand-bearing compasses.”

According to Practical Sailor, “The KVH DataScope delivered the most accurate bearings in all conditions… The unit proved as useful, accurate, and user friendly at night and in rough conditions as it was on a sunny, calm day.” Speaking about the DataScope’s unique features, Practical Sailor says, “Not only does the chip technology afford recording of nine bearings and an automatic averaging capability, but there’s a nifty built-in range calculating function, chronograph and other valuable features.”

The reviewers’ final verdict? “The top performer and PS Best Choice is the KVH DataScope, our reigning ‘king of the hand-bearing compasses.’ Its accuracy and numerous features make it a very handy navigational tool.”

“The KVH DataScope is a product that sailors rely on every day,” says Jim George, KVH’s director of satellite sales. “Practical Sailor conducts some of the toughest, most unbiased gear testing in the sailing industry, and we are very proud that the DataScope has earned top honors and high praise in this demanding product comparison. The DataScope is a model of consistency, reliability, and durability that continually performs just as it is designed and advertised. We are quite pleased that it continues to be a key navigational tool for so many sailors.”

The DataScope combines a 5x30 monocular, a digital compass, an electronic rangefinder, and a chronometer in one handheld unit, making it the most versatile navigational instrument available today. It is ideal for sailors, boaters, hikers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts because it accurately computes the range and bearing to an object with just the push of a button. Lightweight, waterproof, and small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, the DataScope offers precision navigation for a wide range of applications.

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About KVH Industries, Inc.

Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles. Winner of the prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, 2 CES Innovation Awards, 23 National Marine Electronics Association “Best Product” awards, the DAME Award in the Marine Electronics category, and a finalist for the Automotive News PACE Award, KVH’s mission is to connect mobile customers with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their home and offices.

KVH and DataScope are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

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