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ICOM M605 Review – New Premium Class VHF Marine Radio

ICOM M605 review
ICOM M605 review
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ICOM M605 is the new flagship VHF fixed mount radio in the Icon line up. This is a fully featured high end radio that allows a lot of flexibility connecting additional devices. You will find a powerful commercial grade class D DSC receiver (more about it later), integrated GNSS receiver (GPS, Glonass and SBAS), beautiful 4.3" color LCD display with night mode, built in AIS, 30W 2-way Hailer with Horn function, NMEA 2000 backward compatible with NMEA 0183 and ability to connect up to three controllers! As I said, this radio has pretty much every feature you may wish for. Let's review some of those features.

4.3" Color LCD Display - First in its class!

ICOM M605 is the first VHF fixed mount radio with a color LCD. DOT matrix displays are nice, but after you look at this 4.3" display with wide viewing angles, it will be hard for you to go back to other radios, they will feel outdated. ICOM included NIGHT MODE for operation at night which changes background to dark background and displays text and icons in dark red. This color LCD can finally display nice graphics, making navigation through menu more intuitive. 

Connect up to 3 Controller Devices

If you have a larger boat, you may want to have additional controllers that can control ALL functions on ICOM m605 VHF radio. ICOM M605 can be connected to 3 external controllers. You can use RC-M600 (works ups to 50m away) with its beautiful display or connect a more portable HM-195 handheld controller (works up to 18.3m away). Put one on flybridge and another in office corner or sleeping area, and you will always have communication by you. Intercom function is included so you can use it to talk between external controllers and the main unit.

ICOM RC-M600

ICOM HM-195 - check on AMAZON.com

Integrated AIS receiver

As we previously covered in our ICOM M506 review, AIS is a must have when you navigate through heavy traffic areas. The AIS plotter screen will display nearby vessels, and you could also choose a target on this display and call them directly using DSC without having to enter MMSI code (requires AIS transponder).

Integrated GNSS Receiver

ICOM M605 has the latest GNSS receiver which works with included UX-241 antenna. You no longer have to get an external GPS device to fully take advantage of AIS and DSC functions.

Some of the additional features include:

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    4.3" Color LCD​​​
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    25W or 1W of output power
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    Class D DSC receiver 
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    Hailer with 30W power
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    Horn and Foghorn
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    Weather channel with weather alerts
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    Dual Watch/Tri-watch
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    Adjustable backlight
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    AquaQuake water draining
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    Intercom function
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    Voice auto recorder - last 120 seconds
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    Active noise cancelling
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    IPX8
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    274 (W) × 114 (H) × 121.5 (D) mm

But what do actual users say about this radio? Are they actually happy with their purchase? Let’s find out the pros, cons and what reviewers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

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    Great screen
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    Excellent audio quality
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    Compact
  • minus
    Expensive, yet nobody else makes such a beautiful display
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ICOM IC-M424G Review – Compact Marine VHF Radio with Hailer

ICOM IC-M424G Compact Marine VHF Radio
ICOM IC-M424G Compact Marine VHF Radio

The ICOM IC-M424G is a compact fixed mount marine VHF radio for boaters who want all the high end features in a compact package. Large backlit LCD with intuitive interface makes it easy to read important messages on the screen as well as navigate through the menu. Active noise cancelling and bidirectional microphone is able to filter up to 90% of unwanted background noise. Integrated GPS receiver shows your current location and can be used making DSC calls.

Some of the features include:

  • All USA, International, and Canada Channels
  • All NOAA weather channels
  • IPX7 Submersible Protection to 1m for 30 minutes
  • NMEA Interface for GPS/NAV
  • Active noise cancelling
  • Built-in class D DSC
  • 10W loud audio with public address and foghorn
  • 1 / 25 Watt Switchable
  • Backlit Easy to Read LCD Display
  • Limited 3 Year Warranty
  • Dimensions - 7.09 x 3.22 x 4.72 in.

What do actual users say about this radio? Are they actully happy with their purchase? Lets find out the pros, cons and what reviwers are saying about this radio. Below are the most common pros and cons that people have stated in their reviews on Amazon.

  • 4.8 out of 5 Stars
  • 5 Total Customer reviews
  • 80% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
  • Large Easy to Read Display
  • Reliable
  • Great sound quality 
  • Prime Shipping Eligible
  • No rubber gasket for panel mounting in the package
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If you have bought or used this radio please feel free to leave a comment with your expirence below to help others who may have questions.

Standard Horizon GX2200 Vhf Radio Review

Standard Horizon GX2200 vhf two way marine radio

The GX2200 comes from Standard Horizon; a very progressive and forward-thinking company. The GX2200's predecessor the GX1700 put a GPS into VHF marine radios. The next evolution, the GX2200 combines AIS (automatic tracking system) which is the primary method of collision avoidance for boats. The radio also contains a built-in GPS antenna meaning that the radio only needs a VHF antenna which drastically simplifies the installation. While the GX2200 is not the  cheapest radio considering all the features it contains it is a great buy.

The Standard Horizon GX2200 is packed with high-end VHF radio features: 2 integrated AIS receivers, integrated 66 Channel GPS receiver and full AIS/GPS matrix display. If you are someone who is constantly boating in high traffic areas, the AIS feature is a must. The 30 Watt PA/Loud hailer is useful for communicating with other vessels and is preprogrammed . The model is a little larger than your typical radio, yet you will enjoy the bigger display and the layout of the front panel. You can also get optional RAM3 Mic for it as well and the external speaker.This is a must have accessory if you need to operate the radio from a fly bridge or different area of the boat than where it is mounted.

Some of the features include:

  • AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver
  • 66 Channel WAAS GPS antenna
  • Programmable collision avoidance alarms
  • Class D DSC
  • 30 Watt PA/Loud Hailer (preprogrammed fog signals and listen back functions)
  • ClearVoice noise cancelling
  • GPS Compass
  • User customizable keys for easy operation
  • Backlit display and keys
  • Connection for RAM3+ second station remote microphone
  • Submersible IPX7 front panel
  • 3 Year warranty

PRO'S:

  • 4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • 23 Total Customer reviews
  • 96% of Customers Rated the Radio 5 Stars
  • Large Easy to Read Display
  • High end features
  • Easy installation

CON'S:

    • Not the cheapest option
    • External RAM3 remote controller is not included with this package
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