Start­ing at $800; ico­mamer­ica.com

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW ELECTRONICS -

The ICOM IC-M605 fixed-mount VHF im­proves on­board com­mu­ni­ca­tion and it starts with a full-color, 4.3-inch TFT LCD dis­play that of­fers read­able char­ac­ters and un­der­stand­able icons view­able from wide an­gles. The IC-M605 trans­mits a sig­nal at 25 watts, and works on all U.S., Cana­dian, In­ter­na­tional, and weather band chan­nels. With a built-in GNSS re­ceiver, the VHF pro­vides its own po­si­tion in­for­ma­tion, elim­i­nat­ing the need for an in­staller to con­nect it to an ex­ter­nal GPS. This is a crit­i­cal fea­ture that lets the user get the safety ben­e­fits of Class D Dig­i­tal Se­lec­tive Call­ing, in­clud­ing the one-touch dis­tress but­ton be­hind the spring-hinge door on the face of the unit. Avail­able with an in­te­grated AIS re­ceiver ($1,000), the IC-M605 can be a one-stop unit for com­mu­ni­ca­tions and col­li­sion avoid­ance. Other fea­tures in­clude voice record­ing that saves up to two min­utes of the last in­com­ing call, noise can­cel­ing, an op­tional 30-watt, two-way hailer, and con­nec­tiv­ity to NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 sys­tems to in­te­grate with the rest of the helm. The VHF can also work with up to three re­mote mi­cro­phone sta­tions, in­clud­ing the RC-M600 Com­mand Head ($500) and the HM-195 Com­mandMic ($200), al­low­ing the user to re­al­ize the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and safety ben­e­fits of mul­ti­ple helms and on­board lo­ca­tions.

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