GMDSS MF/HF system for commercial vessels
Icom’s GM800 MF/HF Transceiver with CLASS A DSC is claimed to provide a complete GMDSS MF/HF communication system for Commercial SOLAS regulated vessels.
The radio and all its components meet MED 96/98/EC, “wheel mark” requirements for European merchant ships.
The transceiver has been designed to be fitted on any commercial bridge and blend in with other instrumentation and displays. It features a waterproof remote head that can be installed either flush or with its trunnion bracket while the ‘black box’ controller will mount out of sight. The controller can be interfaced with other equipment including GPS, PC or e-mail modems to make a complete communication system.
The 4.3-inch colour TFT LCD provides almost 180-degree wide viewing angle and displays high-resolution characters and function icons. Icom says that when the radio is installed in the instrument panel, the operator can clearly recognise the display information from various viewing angles and the night mode display ensures good readability in low light conditions. Most used functions are assigned to soft keys (at the bottom of the display) for quick one push function access.
Ian Lockyer, Marketing Manager of Icom UK Ltd, said, ’The GM800 is a feature-rich, yet user-friendly transceiver. Together with the matching GM600, the GM800 provides a complete GMDSS VHF, MF and HF radio station for vessels that require wheel marked SOLAS equipment.’
The IC-GM800 is now available from all Icom Commercial Marine dealers.
By Jake Frith
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