At the 2014 NMEA® International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo Icom's IC-M506 was awarded the title of 2014's Best Marine VHF Radio. It received the award based on its advanced options for NMEA 2000 connectivity, integrated AIS and intuitive user interface.
The prestigious NMEA event is held annually and took place at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Fla. from October 8-11.
The IC-M506 secured the title based on its NMEA 0183/2000 plug-and-play functionality and integrated AIS receiver (select M506 models). The M506 was also recognized for its new intuitive user interface, which promotes fast access to radio functions and settings like Class D DSC. Other award-winning features include "Last Call" voice recording/rewind function, enhanced audio and active noise cancelling and the unit's large 132x96-pixels dot matrix display. Information regarding the award and other categories is available on the NMEA website.
The IC-M506 was designed over the last five years to make sure it implemented every feature Icom’s customers wanted and needed. Icom strive to continually help improve the commercial and recreational marine industry through constant innovation and superior technology.
Icom is a recognized leader in marine communications and receives accolades from industry organizations and publications worldwide. Winning products include the classic M127 fixed mount, the celebrated M604 fixed mount, the rugged M88 handheld and the M802, the marine industry's standard for SSB communications. Icom products are known for their quality: all products are built to rugged MIL-STD specifications and newer models are rated to at least IPX7. Trendsetting features include Float 'n Flash and AquaQuake™.