ICOM IC-M605 VHF
Starting at $800; icomamerica.com
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.