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ICOM IC-M506 21

Having a good fixed mount VHF on your boat when cruising is an established bit of wisdom by now. This marine two-way radio doesn’t disappoint. It has the features to get you out, around and home from ocean excursions (or Great Lakes adventures for that matter). With NMEA 2000 input this VHF interfaces beautifully with other devices like GPS giving you AIS mapping. ICOM makes some of the most dependable radios on the market and this one lives up to that reputation.

Our Overall Review

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

4.6

Things we like:

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    User interface is simple
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    Works with a 2nd station microphone
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    Great audio

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNo integrated GPS
  • check-markA little pricey

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ICOM IC-M506 21

Specs & Features

  • Dimensions: 13 x 9 x 7 inches
  • 1w/25w output transmission
  • AIS and GPS compatible (requires connection to chartplotter)
  • NOAA Weather information channels
  • Foghorn and hailer function
  • DSC
  • All USA, Canada and international channels

Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

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

4.6

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    User interface is simple
  • check-mark
    Works with a 2nd station microphone
  • check-mark
    Great audio

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNo integrated GPS
  • check-markA little pricey

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