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jimh posted 10-27-2006 12:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
The new VHF Marine Band CLASS-D DSC radio from ICOM, their model M504, has been presented the 2006 NMEA industry award in communications for excellence in design, performance and reliability. Marine electronics dealers, distributors, and other industry professionals who are NMEA members are the decision makers in this competition.

ICOM has not yet updated their website with the news, but I am sure they will soon have more information on this award.

The Submersible PLUS
Marine VHF with Class D DSC

As I have mentioned numerous times, Class-D DSC radios are the minimum recommended radio for use in U.S. waters by the U.S. Coast Guard.

For more information on DSC capabilities, see:

Other winners were:

NMEA 2006 Industry Award Winners

Autopilot: Simrad AP25 Series VF Autopilots

Entertainment: KVH Tracvision M3

Fish Finding: Furuno FCV585

Marine Specialty:
First Place - Navionics Platinum Electronic Charts
Second Place - Simrad WR20 Remote Commander

Navigation: Raymarine E120 w/Platinum Cartography & RS125

Radar: Furuno Navnet VX2 18/19x4 Series

Best of Show: Raymarine - RayTech 6.0

Manufacturer of the Year - Support: Furuno

contender posted 10-29-2006 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
ICOM That[']s the only radio you will find on my boats.
jimh posted 10-29-2006 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If ICOM is the only radio you use, then I guess you have been waiting for several years for them to come out with a CLASS-D DSC radio that was reasonably priced. They were the absolute last manufacturer to have a Class-D DSC radio in their line that didn't cost a small fortune.
Chuck Tribolet posted 10-29-2006 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Icom still hasn't figured out human factors.

On my Standard Horizon Spectrum, when you get a DSC call from
one of your buddies, you just pick up the mike and talk.

On an M-504, you:

Push [CLR] to stop the beep, then push [DIAL•ENTER] to
reply the call and select the channel specified by the calling
station for voice communication (depending on your replying
condition see p. 28 for individual acknowledgement call
procedure for details.); push [CLR] to ignore the individual


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