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ICOM IC-M506 Installation
|Author||Topic: ICOM IC-M506 Installation|
posted 06-11-2014 08:51 PM ET (US)
Got my Whaler back from being repowered and this afternoon installed my ICOM IC-M506 with NMEA-2000, AIS receiver, and rear microphone options--very easy to do. The NMEA-2000 interface works like a champ. There are some nice embedded functions in regard to incoming GPS data and AIS and DSC output. It took less than a minute for the 506 to receive GPS data from both my Simrad NSS-8 v3.0 and Garmin GPSMap-547sx v3.5 via my NMEA-2000 network. From the 506 you can see all the GPS data inputs from each MFD, and you can select from which unit you want to receive GPS data; or, you can choose both inputs, and the 506 will determine which is the best, most accurate data. Same with AIS data: you can choose which unit receives it from the radio, or it will send device.
I have the rear mic version so I installed it under my helm and use the new ICOM CommandMicIV. It can show all the radio's displays and manipulate the radio's functionalities.
You can see the ICOM 506 is bigger than the ICOM 504. The gray cable with the blue connector is the NMEA-2000 connection.
There you go.
posted 06-12-2014 10:09 AM ET (US)
With the ICOM IC-M506 having such a nice display, it seems a shame to not have it mounted with the display in view. And also a shame, considering the price! With the NMEA-2000 option, the radio should be much easier to integrate with other devices, particularly in Tom's case, as he has multiple displays and GNSS receivers.
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