Icom’s next generation of marine VHF models has been launched at the 2012 London Boat Show. Both the IC-M91D GPS Marine VHF/DSC Handheld and IC-M423 Compact Fixed Mount VHF/DSC models share a new common user interface and noise-cancelling technology that are designed to set a benchmark for future marine VHF radios.

The IC-M91D is Icom’s first marine handheld VHF with integrated DSC/GPS, giving you the facility to send and receive DSC calls. The integrated GPS provides another important benefit in that the waypoint/compass function allows you to steer a desired route to a given waypoint. A Man Over Board (MOB) function also enables you to record time and position of the MOB just in case the worst happens.uk.boats.com

The IC-M91D even aims to solve the problem of hearing a message in difficult conditions, firstly by virtue of a loud 700mW internal speaker and secondly by means of the ‘Active Noise Cancelling’ technology, which uses a digital processor to reduce background noise by up to 90 per cent. Like its predecessors, it features Float’n Flash for easy recovery if it goes overboard - but it also features a new generation MMI (Man Machine Interface), making the radio really easy to control. A directional keypad provides simple, intuitive operation and the high definition dot matrix display ensures excellent legibility. The IC-M91D will be available from Icom stockists at the start of the 2012 season with a likely selling price of up to £349.95. Fore more details see Icom.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.