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Icom’s New VHF – The M605


VHF Marine Transceiver

The M605 is not just a radio. It’s a system that allows the user choices on how to set up the radio with up to three stations

Fixed Mount VHF with Flexible System Configurations

The M605 is not just a radio. It’s a system that allows the user choices on how to set up the radio with up to three stations. Boaters can now add an exclusive complete display as another station on the vessel along with two COMMANDMICS™. Customers will appreciate the radios large bright display that includes night mode to view easily in the dark. The full featured M605 also gives customers the option of the radio with an integrated AIS receiver. The best just got better!

Output power 25W
Hailer 30W listen back hailer
Horn/Foghorn Built-in
GPS GNSS antenna included
Waterproof rating IPX8
Versions Radio without AIS receiver

Configuration flexibility

The M605 gives the user flexibility in setting up their radio system on their boat. Remotely control up to three controllers using all the M605 functions with the HM-195 series COMMANDMIC™ and/or the RC-M600 Command Head. Either option can be used as an intercom between the radio and the unit, as well.

Large color display

Bring on the color. The M605’s large 4.3” color TFT LCD display provides nearly a 180 degree viewing angle. The high resolution characters and function icons along with the directional keypad and soft keys provide an intuitive user interface. The night mode screen provides comfortable operation in the dark. Most used functions are assigned to soft keys (at the bottom of the display) for quick one push function access. The large ten-key pad enables users to smoothly enter channel numbers, MMSI numbers with ID names and much more.

NMEA 2000™ and NMEA 0183 connectivity

Using NMEA 2000™ connectivity, the radio can exchange GNSS, AIS reports, DSC call information data, radio frequency, and PGN list data on the network. NMEA 0183/-HS GNSS position data can also be converted to NMEA 2000™ data for other equipment.

Integrated AIS receiver

The M605 with the integrated AIS receiver can show AIS vessel traffic information on the display. The AIS combo screen enables you to monitor the AIS plotter during basic operation. The M605 also allows the user to directly call a selected AIS target from the AIS screen using an individual DSC all.

Key Features

Active noise cancelling
Last call voice recording saves the last two minutes of the last incoming call or start recording manually
Integrated GNSS receiver
Class D DSC
Weather & alert channels
AquaQuake® draining function
Instant access to channel 16 and channel 09 call channel

WOW! Standard Horizon – Marine VHF with GPS makes DSC easy!

The new Standard Horizon GX1700 makes DSC easy. With an internal 12 Channel GPS built into the front panel, there is no need to hassle with wiring the radio to a GPS for DSC. Out of the box and ready to go, DSC calling, position sharing, waypoint navigation, navigation to DSC distress calls can all be performed with just a few simple steps.

Mounting a VHF radio has never been easier. The Explorer GPS has an ultra thin, compact rear case, only 3.5” in depth or half the depth of comparable VHF radios on the market.

The Built-In WAAS GPS reciever and antenna mounted in the front panel also gives the flexibility to flush mount the radio in tight areas.

The GX1700 is capable of entering and saving up to 100 waypoints. These waypoints may be selected and navigated to by using a unique navigation compass display that shows your vessels SOG, COG, BRG (Bearing) and DST (Distance) to the waypoint with the internal 12 channel WAAS GPS.

The GX1700 is an ITU-R M493 Class D class VHF with a separate Channel 70 receiver, which allows DSC calls to be received even when listening to communications.

The DSC DISTRESS function when activated transmits a digital MAYDAY including vessel identification, Latitude / Longitude and time (with GPS connected), to facilitate prompt response. Additional calls that can be made are Individual, Urgency, Safety, Position Report and Send.

Need to remotely control the VHF from your cockpit of fly bridge? The GX1700 is RAM3 remote mic capable to control all VHF, DSC functions at a second station.
There is no question about it. With a big, bold display there is no mistaking the information. The contrast and brightness can be adjusted for situations where the radio cannot be mounted directly in front of you.
You can easily share position information with other DSC equipped vessels using the position request and position reporting functions. With the push of a few buttons you can request the position of another vessel, or simply send your position information to the vessel you select.

The GPS Position of a received DSC Distress or Position Request call can be shown on a compatible GPS Chart plotter simply by connecting 2 NMEA wires – included.

In addition, the GX1700 may be setup to automatically poll the GPS position of up to 4 stations.

The GX1700 features Clear Voice Noise Reduction Technology eliminating unwanted background noises like engines and wind during transmission. This assures transmissions are crystal clear along with dedicated 16/9, H/L keys and channel selection.

The GX1700 is supplied from the factory preloaded with description of the use of Marine channels (16-Distress, 22A-USCG, 71-Pleasure…). The channel names may be customized to easily understand the use of each channel.

10 NOAA and Canadian Weather channels are pre-programmed and easily selectable using the dedicated WX key. In addition, the GX1700 can be set to monitor WX channels and provide an audible alert to inform of pending storm advisories.
Most impressive, if the GX1700 fails for any reason (including water damage) during normal use for the first 3 years of ownership, STANDARD HORIZON will repair or replace it free, without hassles or charges. If it fails for anytime thereafter in normal use, for as long as the original purchaser owns the radio, STANDARD Horizon’s Lifetime Flat Rate and Customer Loyalty Service Programs will cover it.


Toronto Boat Show Top Questions

While at the Toronto Boat Show this past week, I noticed a trend among the boating community that visited our Booth.  The trend was easy to pick up. The number one question was ‘Do I need a licence for my VHF?’ and secondly ‘I need to update my VHF radio and was wondering what the DSC meant?’

Well, the first answer to needing a license is NO, it is not a licence but rather a certificate that is needed. Industry Canada (the governing body for radio use in Canada) has delegated the ROC (M) to the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) and courses are available in many areas. Further information can be found on the CPS website.  This is a much needed instructional interactive course that will teach you how to use your radio and how to react to emergency operation while under emotional stress.  This will allow you to operate your radio effectively and enable a quick response time from the emergency response teams (Canadian Coast Guard or other operators nearby).

DSC means Digital Selective Calling.  VHF-DSC maritime radios function as a normal VHF radio, but are also capable of sending and receiving digital messages on VHF channel 70. By lifting the red cover and then pressing the red distress button for at least 5 seconds, a digital distress call will be sent to the Canadian Coast Guard and vessels in the vicinity that are also equipped with VHF-DSC. If you connect your GPS to your VHF-DSC, this digital distress call will contain your up-to-date fix or your current longitude/latitude position. Certain models of VHF-DSC can also respond to position polls from other VHF-DSC radios

Updating an outdated VHF maritime radio means you need to buy a new radio equipped with the DSC function. All maritime VHF radios today are sold with this function. While at the boat show a Canadian Coast Guard official was discussing a chart with me when he over-heard a customer ask another Radioworld employee about the MMSI registration. The Official stated that it is absolutly necessary to register your new radio. You will need to obtain your MMSI number which stands for Maritime Mobile Service Identity and is used for radios with the digital selective calling feature. You can obtain an MMSI number free-of-charge from any Industry Canada office. The application forms are also available from Industry Canada (see above link).



Update and Upgrade: Be Prepared

With water levels dropping in the Great Lakes these past two years, it may be time to update or upgrade your Chartplotter. Water level changes may result in repositioning or changes in navigation buoys, beacons and lights, not to mention changes in shoreline or shallow water depths.

For the latest in charts, check out Navionics or C-Map on our website.  We have all the latest software versions for your Chartplotters and GPS Fishfinders. Along with using your Chartplotter for navigation it is always a great idea to check your VHF for daily reports on chart datum. These reports are broadcast on the VHF weather channels multiple times a day (by the Coast Guard) and are to be recorded as a guide to your marine chart information. As an example this past summer the radio reports for Georgian Bay  detailed water levels to be .7′ below chart datum (1984). If you are not up to date on your charts, old data could result in serious problems.

If you have the DSC (Digital Selective Calling) feature on your VHF radio (mandatory on all new radios), it needs to be interfaced with your GPS. You will also have to get a Mobile Marine Service Identity (MMSI). The MMSI data includes all your boating identification such as your boat’s name, description, home port and owner info as well as your current GPS position. In the event of an emergency, the push of the red button will send all this information instantly to the Coast Guard and all stations.

Remember, for your own safety, ensure your VHF and GPS are interfaced and you register with Industry Canada for your MMSI number and then check our web site for all your electronic navigational needs. ‘Be Prepared’ by updating and upgrading should be top-of-mind!


NMEA 2000: Upgrading made easy!

For years plying the waters of our Great Lakes took skill and relied solely on
paper charts and the crackle of the ole marine radio! Nothing was more stressful
than plotting a dead reckoning on a raster chart during a 30 knot wind pushing
you closer to the rocks that you were trying to avoid in the first place!

Today, we enjoy and rely on electronic devices to solve our navigational and
communication problems. Take the new version of the maritime VHF radio! It
allows us to communicate our safety concerns within a third of a second for all
stations to hear. We can communicate with each other for a multitude of
reasons. We rely on radar, marine GPS Chartplotters and weather maps in one or
more marine devices.

Prices and competitive retail advantages have allowed all boaters the opportunity to own and enjoy all of these simple electronic pleasures. NMEA 2000 now makes hooking up all these devices a breeze. NMEA 2000 combines electrical and data specifications to set up a marine data network for communication between marine electronic devices such as radar, depth gauges, GPS – nautical chartplotters, navigation instruments, engine gauges, multiple tank level sensors and laptops. It has been defined by, and is controlled by,
the US based National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). More and more
electronic manufactures are making their products to this standard.

Next time you are in the store looking for a new addition to your boat’s marine
electronics package, look for the label NMEA 2000 compliant. NMEA 2000 makes it easier to install, reduces costs and allows boaters to mix electronic manufacturers so they can enjoy the best equipment on the market. The NMEA 2000 system is based on a single backbone cable that sends messages and data in both directions.

The above drawing illustrates how a NMEA 2000 backbone can connect a power boats’
electronic device such as a GPS, VHF, compass, engine data, navigation system,

I know what I’m doing in the Spring! My Carver’s electronic devices need an
upgrade and there is no better way to do it. Come in and see us to discuss your
NMEA networking needs.


1984 Carver 3207