Icom commercial DSC marine transceiver

22 Feb 2017

Icom's new GM600 is designed for Class A DSC operation

Icom's new GM600 is designed for Class A DSC operation

Japanese marine electronics company Icom has launched a new VHF/DSC marine transceiver to its commercial maritime line up.

The new GM600 is designed for Class A DSC operation and
provides a complete GMDSS VHF communication system as required for Commercial
SOLAS regulated vessels engaging in international voyages.

The GM600 is ideal for any commercial vessel that demands
reliable, easy to use and high performance communications, crucial to the daily
running of a commercial operation. It would be ideally suited to cruise liners,
tankers, offshore tugs, salvage vessels and deep sea fishing vessels. The GM600
has an independent DSC receiver, which constantly monitors Channel 70 whilst
using another VHF channel. The DSC allows crew to call other ships or coast
stations directly as well as all ships in their geographical area. The GM600
meets the Marine Equipment Directive 2014/90/EU ‘wheel mark’ approval for
European merchant ships.

The GM600 has been designed to fit comfortably on any
commercial bridge and blend in with other instrumentation whilst its power
supply discretely mounts out of the way and out of sight. A large 4.3 inch
colour TFT LCD provides a user-friendly display and quick recognition of screen
information. Day and night modes can be selected according to the lighting conditions.

The GM600 features a combination of directional keypad and
soft keys providing simple operation. The main 12 functions are assigned to
soft keys (at the bottom of the display) and toggled with the left and right
keys. The clearly labelled keypad provides straightforward entry.

The GM600 is now available from authorised Icom Commerical
Marine Dealers. Together with the GM800 GMDSS MF/HF radio, it can provide a
complete MF/HF/VHF GMDSS communications station. The IC-GM1600E survival craft
radio completes Icom’s new GMDSS line up.

By Jake Frith

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