ICOM M605 Marine Trans­ceiver

Passage Maker - - Electronics Products - BY JONATHAN COOPER

In some form or an­other, a marine trans­ceiver is a must-have item for any ves­sel, no mat­ter where your cruis­ing plans take you. Like many of ICOM’s pre­vi­ous firstto-mar­ket prod­ucts (wa­ter­proof hand­helds, any­one?), the fixed-mount M605 is a trend­set­ter. Need proof? Well, it just racked up an award at NMEA’s 2017 con­ven­tion, win­ning “Best VHF Ra­dio Prod­uct.”

What sep­a­rates the M605 from oth­ers in its cat­e­gory is that the trans­ceiver is more than a sim­ple ra­dio; it’s a fully cus­tom­iz­a­ble de­vice that pro­vides users with a bevy of setup and in­te­gra­tion op­tions. With a full- color 4.3” TFT LCD dis­play that in­cludes a night mode (easy to see yet not too dis­tract­ing), op­tional AIS in­te­gra­tion, IPX8 wa­ter­proof rat­ing, noise can­cel­ing, and NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 con­nec­tiv­ity, the M605 lacks for noth­ing.

The AIS model can act as a re­ceiver that can dis­play AIS ves­sel traf­fic in­for­ma­tion on screen. It even al­lows users to di­rectly call a se­lected tar­get from the screen us­ing an in­di­vid­ual DSC call. In ad­di­tion, the M605 plays seam­lessly with ICOM’s COMMANDHEAD or COMMANDMIC, with an in­ter­com func­tion avail­able be­tween the ra­dio and re­mote con­trollers. This al­lows own­ers max­i­mum setup flex­i­bil­ity from nearly any­where on board. $1,000 West Marine (in­clud­ing GPS and AIS re­ceiver)

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