Narrowband  |  2023-05-10

Icom Introduces High-Performance, Extendable Black Box VHF Radio

Curated by: Gert Jan Wolf - Editor-in Chief for The Critical Communications Review

Icom Japan, today announced a high-performance, extendable black box VHF radio that supports communications and safety on water.

The IC-M510BB consists of a multi-piece, CommandMic™ and black box configuration. All operations including DSC, can be made from the CommandMic™, HM-195, and the RF unit can be installed in an out-of-sight place, up to 60 ft (18.3 m)* away from the CommandMic™. Up to three CommandMic™ stations are available with the IC-M510BB providing access to the VHF radio and Intercom functions. When using the Intercom function, you can select either one-to-all or one-to-one communication.

THe NMEA 2000™ network provides plug-and-play data communication to inter-connect with other marine equipment such as an MFD (Multi-Function Display). The radio can send GNSS (GPS) position, AIS, DSC call, and radio channel to other equipment.

Furthermore, the integrated AIS receiver helps you to find ships heading toward your boat and gives you an alert for collision avoidance. You can make an individual DSC call to a selected ship from the AIS screens.

The IC-M510BB has a dedicated DSC Remote Control (EN 300 338-8 Compatible) terminal, allowing connection to a PC console software or external device. You will be able to centralize emergency communications control.

More features of the all new IC-M510BB can be found here