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Icom’s best selling transceiver, the IC-M31 now comes with a Lithium-ion battery as standard. The introduction of the BP-241 1150mAh Li-Ion battery pack and the BC-162 single desktop rapid charger as standard accessories means that customers now have the opportunity of purchasing an Icom Lithium-Ion marine handheld at an unbeatable price. A waterproof handheld (1m depth for 30 minutes), means neglible repair costs. Other features include:

Large backlit LCD display, 5W output, 70 programmable channels, simple operation with Tag Scanning System, Dual/Tri-Watch




The IC-M71 VHF marine handheld transceiver is designed as the successor to the immensely popular IC-M1EuroV and builds on the ‘ground breaking achievements’ of its predecessor by setting new standards in design, waterproofing and battery technology. Highest available power output, an incredible 6 Watts. Other features include:

600mW audio output makes this radio audible in the noisiest of environments,

Wide viewing angle LCD display

30% shorter antenna making it more comfortable when worn on the belt

Compact design, horglass bodyshape makes it easy for one handed operation.


Compact Submersible Fixed VHF Transceiver

Compact in size and easy to use, the IC-M401 is ideal for anyone new to marine radio, anyone that wants to upgrade to a DSC solution at a later date or anyone wanting a waterproof transceiver where space is at a premium.

The IC-M401, together with its optional DSC controller (DS-100) is rated JIS-7 submersible and is really ideal for small boats, like RIB’s, where space is at a premium and where water ingress on communication equipment has been a traditional problem. It has a flush mount body and compact front panel that make it ideal for installation in a steering panel or bulkhead.

The uncomplicated display, found also on the IC-M501Euro, is a move by Icom to put usability at the top of the agenda. A large LCD (27 x 43mm) is incorporated into the design allowing easy viewing of the channel display and the scrolling 10-character channel name system even in direct sunlight, or when water has been splashed on the screen. In addition, the 4-step amber backlight for both the LCD and buttons allows the set to be seen in low-light conditions.

Along with DSC compatibility, the IC-M401 also has other essential facilities, such as all channel access, dual and tri-watch and fast scanning. The radio comes with a standard waterproof remote function microphone which provides instant channel selection. The optional DS-100 DSC controller is an independent ‘Class D’ DSC unit with built-in Ch70 watchkeeping receiver. The 160-character display and large, clearly labelled controls lend themselves to simple, intuitive operation allowing the user to make routine individual group and all ship calls with ease.

The IC-M401 is extremely compact measuring only 153(W) x 67(H) x 141.3(D) mm. The IC-M401Euro has a newly designed large speaker grille, which gives excellent audio quality from the front-mounted speaker. This results in clear reception, even over wind or engine noise.



IC-F110M Base Station

Icom is pleased to announce the launch of the new cost effective IC-F110M marine base station. This base station is perfect for any organisations that wish to communicate with vessels from the shore. Its applications are varied and can be used for marshalling races and coordinating marina and harbour traffic to name but a few. The IC-F110M is also a useful back up for voluntary organisations such as National Coast Watch during offshore emergencies.

The IC-F110M uses AC power by converting 240V AC voltage to 13.5V DC, and can be programmed for individual user’s marine requirements. This fully approved unit has an adjustable power level and a simple display makes it easy to use.