Icom launched their next generation of marine
VHF models at the London Boatshow in January 2012.
Both the IC-M423 Compact Fixed Mount VHF and
IC-M91D Handheld VHF models share a new common user interface and noise cancelling
Fixed Mount VHF with DSC
The IC-M423 benefits from a new user interface
which makes driving this Icom fixed mount incredibly simple.
The IC-M423 has an easy to use interface that
will be incorporated into future Icom radios. The common Marine Family User
Interface provides simple operation for the boat owner. A rotary selector,
directional keypad provides intuitive operation. The high definition dot matrix
display allows all information to be clearly viewed. Boasting and packing a
proverbial punch with its audio of 10W from its loud speaker makes sure you
will clearly hear calls.
The IC-M423 also has a Public Address & Fog
Horn function so when attached to a hailer horn will expand the usefulness of
this new radio. A compact radio that will fit easily into any console, size
does not mean a loss of performance.
Another common feature that the IC-M423 shares
with the IC-M91 is the use of Active Noise Cancelling technology. The
intelligent electronics featured in both radios will reduce background noise by
up to 90% making you heard when you really need to such as when the weather
conditions are poor or if engines are running.
The IC-M423 can itself be remotely controlled by
the optional HM-195 CommandMic. This allows operation of all radio functions
including DSC, radio, foghorn, hailer horn from the cockpit or fly bridge. The
HM-195 also provides an intercom facility between itself and radio which is
really useful for dual station control. The HM-195 utilises the same user Man Machine
Interface used on the IC-M423 making control of the radio very straightforward.
The IC-M423 can be integrated with the Icomís
MA-500TR Class B AIS Transponder allowing you to transmit DSC individual calls
to a selected vessel instantly without manual MMSI entry; very handy if you are
waiting to contact vessels on the AIS screen, an essential safety feature in an
Handheld VHF with DSC/GPS
The IC-M91D is Icomís first marine handheld VHF
with integrated DSC/GPS, comparable with model.
This handheld VHF has a subset of DSC functions,
most importantly Distress alerting with position data from the integrated GPS.
A directional keypad provides simple, intuitive operation. The high definition
dot matrix display allows all information to be clearly displayed.
This handheld VHF radio is featuring a loud
700mW internal speaker that will give extra clarity to those calls you receive.
Secondly it utilises active noise cancelling technology that uses a digital processor
to reduce background noise by up to 90% making sure your call is clearly heard.
Icom IC-M91D Handheld VHF radio, dependant on
the size of your vessel, could provide a central or back up radio communication
The Icom IC-M423 and the IC-M91D will be
available from Icom stockists at the start of the season.