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  # 313

2012 London Boat Show



ICOM - World's First
IC-M91, GPS Marine VHF/DSC Handheld with Man overboard feature!
The IC-M91 is Icom’s first marine handheld VHF with integrated DSC/GPS. The integrated GPS provides other important benefits while the waypoint/compass function allows the boat owner to steer their way to waypoints within a route or to pick up a man overboard (MOB).

Trying to listen to someone calling in the worst weather conditions can be quite difficult. The IC-M91 solves this problem two-fold. Firstly, featuring a loud 700mW internal speaker that will give extra clarity to those calls you receive. Secondly it utilises Active Noise Cancelling Technology that uses a digital processor to reduce background noise by up to 90% making sure your call is clearly heard, the same technology as used by airline pilot comm's and those top quality 'Bose' headphones.

Like its predecessors, the IC-M91 features Float’n Flash. What this means is if the radio falls into the water, it will float on its back with the LCD, backlit keypad and distress button flashing, thus making the radio easier to retrieve.

The IC-M91 features a new generation of controls making the radio really easy to use, the shape of things to come with all Icom DSC marine radios in the future providing simple operation for the user. A high definition dot matrix display allows all information to be clearly displayed. Like all Icom marine models the IC-M91 comes with useful standard features onboard like Dual Watch /Tri- Watch. The Aquaquake draining function emits a vibrating tone and clears water away from the speaker grill. Like the rest of Icom’s range, this radio is ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) Programmable.

Although the radio is jam packed with features, it has excellent ergonomics ensuring it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The radio is waterproof to IPX-7 and meets military specification of durability….this is a radio that will not let you down.

Ian Lockyer, Marketing Manager of Icom UK Ltd said, ‘Handheld DSC radio was first thought of as a safety device for smaller boat owners including sea kayakers and jet skiers mainly because of its limited range and use. Compare the cost of MOB distress beacons on the market which may run into several hundred pounds and then see what you are getting in the IC-M91 with MOB capability, you not only see a fully featured radio, but great value for money.’

The IC-M91 will be available from Icom stockists at the start of the season with a target selling price of sub £349.95 inc.VAT.

Jan 2012

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