Uniden UM415 Fixed Mount VHF Marine Radio review

Uniden UM415 Fixed Mount VHF Marine Radio review

Uniden UM415 Fixed Mount Class D VHF Marine Radio

The Uniden Oceanus UM415 is a fixed mount marine radio built with a compact JIS8 submersible-waterproof body. It is designed with a shorter chassis for easier and more versatile installations. Equipped with DSC (Digital Selective Calling) capability, the UM415 can transmit at 1 to 25 watts to various marine channels in the US, Canada, or International regions.

Are you worried about the ever-changing weather while being out on the water? The UM415 is the perfect tool that can help you predict the best time of day for your offshore boating or fishing adventures. The UM415 features NOAA weather and emergency alerts with S.A.M.E. technology. This gives you regular weather updates including informing you of the chance of rain, strong winds, storms, and other serious weather hazards in your area.

The Oceanus D UM415 is JIS8 submersible which means it can be submersed in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes without any water damage. The UM415 features a dot matrix LCD display with huge channel indicators, rugged speaker microphone, up/down, scan and 16/9 keys. Compared to older models, the display is more intuitive with all important information being displayed clearly on the main screen at a high resolution. It has many useful extra features including a public-address system, alarm clock, local time adjustment, and daylight savings time adjustment. It can even store groups of MMSI numbers to make outgoing group calls!

The UM415 purchase includes microphone hanger, mounting hardware (bracket & knobs), and a 3-year water protection warranty.

Main Features

  • 1/25 Watt Transmit Power - Low or High transmitter power selection for options to preserve battery capacity.
  • Class-D DSC (Digital Selective Calling) - Uniden Oceanus is now updated with a class D DSC rating. Class D is often used for leisure vessels. It sends pre-defined digital messages and allows distress signals to be sent faster making your fishing or offshore trips more safe and secure.
  • DSC Position Send, Request, Test Call Features - Transmit your location to another ship/vessel or equest locations of other ships.
  • All USA, Canadian, and International Marine Channels - Monitor channels from all over USA, Canada, and primary international marine channels.
  • Shorter Chassis Design - Save space with the smaller chassis design. Now you can mount your radio in a several different ways.
  • JIS8 Water Resistant + Submersible​ - Can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes without any water damage.
  • NOAA Weather Channels + Alert Tones (10 weather channels) - monitor and issue alarm for weather hazards including storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes.
  • S.A.M.E. Technology Emergency/Weather Alert - Specific Area Message Encoding. Developed by the National Weather Service during the late 1980s. Standard component of national emergency weather alert.
  • Dual/Triple Channel Watch​ - Continuously monitor distress channel CH 16 while on your working channel.
  • Programmable channel scan - Never miss a call while at sea. Channel selection also comes with brief text descriptions. Very useful and informative especially when venturing out in new areas.
  • Adjustable Squelch - Increase or decrease the squelch on your VHF radio according to how sensitive you want the receiver to be.
  • Loud and Clear Mic with Rubber Grip - High-quality microphone which also features a unique rubber grip design for convenient use. This also prevents the mic clip from breaking.
  • Large Backlit Dot Matrix LCD Display - Read information on the display easily and clearly even in low light.
  • GPS Support
  • Quik Command™ one-touch channel 16 / 9 key on mic
  • Monitor Channel
  • Power Selectable
  • Audible Button Beeps

Specifications

  • Brand: Uniden
  • Model Number: UM415
  • Dimensions: 6.58" W x 2.95" H x 5.08" D
  • Weight: 2 lbs 3 oz
  • Channels: USA, Canada, International and NOAA weather
  • Connectors: NMEA0183 Input and Output
  • Supply Voltage: 13.8 Volt DC, negative ground (10.5 - 16.0 Volt DC)
  • Current Draw @ 13.8 Volt DC: 0.36 Amp Receive / 6 Amp Transmit
  • Operating Temperature Range: -20 degrees C to 50 degrees C
  • Frequency range: 156 to 164 MHz
  • External speaker capable (40 ohms)
  • Mount: Bracket / Flush* (Flush mount kit FMB321 sold separately)
  • Available Colors: Black and White
Uniden UM415 vhf radio review

Available in black and white body


Final Thoughts

The Uniden UM415 is a well-designed, low cost, full featured VHF radio that is a good fit if you are looking for an inexpensive marine vhf radio with many of the latest features. With a JIS8 submersible waterproof rating, you don’t have to worry if it gets wet. Transmitter performance is generally good and audio quality is excellent. The controls are very intuitive and make this radio perfect for all kinds of users. Setup is also easy and requires little to no technical guidance.

Despite all the good things about this radio, there are a couple issues buyers should be aware of. For example, it doesn’t include a speaker on the mic handle and the clip that holds the mic is made of plastic instead of metal.

Overall, Uniden UM415 is a great unit for its price. It’s actually very inexpensive compared to other models giving you extra features for a great price. If you’re looking for an affordable fixed mount VHF radio that’s going to last for years, Uniden UM415 is the best choice.