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ICOM 94D with AIS

The successor to the popular 93D, previously one of the best VHF radios, ICOM’s latest handheld unit hits it out of the ballpark with the 94D. This is the first handheld VHF radio with a built-in AIS receiver.

An ocean cruising backup or mobile unit, a primary waterway option as well as an excellent ditch-bag VHF, the 94D does what its predecessor did and more.

With tri-watch, DSC & AIS, MOB button and the flashing feature, safety and peace of mind are made better.

It’s easy to use and has all the right features and accessories to make marine activities safer. There’s a reason both kayakers and sailors have been praising this VHF.

There’s always banter between older sailors and newer mariners about the virtues of a chart plotter. The old-school comment, “can’t you read a map” doesn’t always reflect the trouble of navigating in fog or with so much boat traffic.

The 94D adds a simplified navigation system, one that fixed units have had for some time. We think this greatly improves the tools of safety for boaters in waterways and in tricky weather.

An AIS will show the location of other ships around, and at the same time reveal your position to them (albeit on AIS “B”), which commercial vessels can ignore.

With a 1500mW speaker that’s clear, even after a dunk in the drink–thanks to the AquaQuake and Float and Flash functions–and a directional control pad for easy navigation, the 94D is user-friendly and reliable.

This is the newest and possibly the best handheld VHF marine radio available. The price reflects that.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Things we like:

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    AIS is great when standing at the bow in fog
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    Directional control pad is nice
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    PTT button sits in the right spot
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    Battery life is good
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    The dimmable LCD screen is easy to see in both sunlight and darkness
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    Floats and Flashes even when turned off
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    Up to 50 waypoints is good for fishing
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    The most complete package of features in a handheld unit
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    The included rapid charger is the new standard

Things we don't like:

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ICOM 94D with AIS

Specs & Features

  • Output: 1W or 6W
  • Battery: 2400mAh Li-ion (7-10 hours)
  • Waterproofing: IPX7
  • GPS: Yes
  • DSC: Yes
  • AIS: Yes
  • Dimensions: 2.4’’ x 5.7’’ x 1.7’’
  • Weight: 12.6 oz.

Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    AIS is great when standing at the bow in fog
  • check-mark
    Directional control pad is nice
  • check-mark
    PTT button sits in the right spot
  • check-mark
    Battery life is good
  • check-mark
    The dimmable LCD screen is easy to see in both sunlight and darkness
  • check-mark
    Floats and Flashes even when turned off
  • check-mark
    Up to 50 waypoints is good for fishing
  • check-mark
    The most complete package of features in a handheld unit
  • check-mark
    The included rapid charger is the new standard

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNothing yet

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