Featured Product: Icom IC-M35 Buoyant VHF
A marine VHF radio enables boat owners to listen to important broadcast messages, to call other ships or shore stations, and to broadcast distress, urgency and safety messages.
We took this popular model - kindly supplied by manufacturers Icom UK - down to Salterns Brokerage in Poole, Dorset, to find out how easy it was to use. As this radio is billed as a ‘buoyant marine handheld transceiver’ and has a nifty 'AquaQuake draining function' we felt compelled to submerge it in the water and see what happened!
Product Information: Buoyant VHF Marine Transceiver
The IC-M35 is a buoyant marine handheld transceiver that comes with a useful new feature that all boat users will love - Clear Audio Boost!
Clear voice boost (Clear Voice + Voice Boost)
In marine environments there are many sources of noise that can affect the quality of your communications, such as engine noise, roar of the waves etc. The IC-M35 automatically adjusts the outgoing voice and the incoming audio to compensate for the ambient noise level: whether you're in a loud environment or in a quiet area, the IC-M35 ensures your radio conversation is sent and received as clearly as possible.
When you need an instant boost in the volume, a simple push of the LOUD button gives you full volume immediately. In addition, holding the LOUD button mutes the audio output.
Noise cancelling microphone
The sub-microphone on the rear panel inverts phase and cancels out ambient noise from the main microphone. As a result, the IC-M35 reduces the affect of background noise (particularly trebly noise) from the transmitted signal and makes it easier to catch voice communication.
Automatic volume adjustment
In a high noise environment, the sub-microphone detects the ambient noise and the IC-M35 automatically increases the volume output to suit the surrounding environment.
700mW audio output
The IC-M35 employs a bridge-tied load (BTL) audio amplifier to increase the audio output power. The internal speaker delivers a loud 700mW (typical) audio output with clear sound even in noisy environments.
And yes, it floats too!
Just like the IC-M33, the IC-M35 floats in the water. If the radio is dropped over the side, it will come to the surface so you can retrieve it. As the radio has a rugged, waterproof body, it will keep on working even after it has been submerged.
* 1m depth for 30 minutes, equivalent to IPX7. The IC-M35 is not designed to be used under the water.
IC-M35 Additional Features
- Keypad backlighting
- Waterproof construction equivalent to IPX7 (1m depth for 30 minutes)
- Optional battery case for use with alkaline cells (The IC-M35 floats flat when this battery case is connected)
- Dual/Tri-watch functions
- 4-step battery life indicator
- Auto scan function
- Instant access to Ch 16 or programmable call channel
- Soft flexible antenna supplied
- Quick channel selection with Favourite channel function
- AquaQuake draining function
Click here for details of the new IC-M506 Marine Radio with AIS Receiver.