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Icom Handheld Radio GM1600 GMDSS VHF Transceiver

Icom Handheld Radio GM1600 GMDSS VHF Transceiver


The GM1600 Marine VHF handheld is designed for GMDSS compliant survival craft communications. The radio is engineered to survive and function in the extreme environmental conditions common in marine emergencies and brings the latest Search and Rescue technology to the marketplace. The GM1600’s shock-resistant housing is constructed of a brightly colored dye-injected polymer assuring this essential piece of emergency equipment will always be easy to find in a survival bag, in a life raft, or any other place when you need to find it quickly.

Output Power:


Battery Life:

 3300mAh Lithium battery, up to 8 hours & 750mAh Ni-Cd battery
Typical operation; Tx:Rx:Stand-by duty ratio = 5:5:90

Waterproof Rating:


Survival Craft Radio

The GM1600 meets temperature, thermal shock, vibration and drop resistant (from 1 m height) requirements. After passing those environmental tests, the GM1600 sustains 1m depth waterproof construction specified with IMO resolutions A.809(19), A.694(17) and IEC 61097-12. The BP-234 battery can operate even at –4ºF.

Easy Operation

All knobs are sized for quick operation and the large, well-labeled buttons feature a positive action "feel" with a programmable beep tone for sure operation. The front panel includes one touch access to Channel 16 and call channel.

Additional Features

  • Operation instructions are printed on the rear panel
  • All operation can be made with one hand
  • Bright LED indicator on the top of panel
  • Optional VOX headset for on-board use


Frequency Range (Tx/Rx)156.300–156.875MHz
ModeFM (16K0G3E)
Power supply requirement7.5/7.2V DC nominal

Current drain

(at 7.5/7.2V DC)

Tx2W output1.0A
 1W output0.7A
RxAF max.200mA

Operating temperature range

-20°C to °60°C; -4°F to +140°F
Antenna Impedance50Ω (SMA fixed type)

Dimensions (W×H×D)

(Projections not included)

65 × 145 × 44 mm;

29/16 × 523/32 (H) × 123/32 in

Weight (approx.)385g; 13.6oz (with BP-234)
Output power2W/1W (Hi/Low)
Max. frequency deviation±5.0kHz

Frequency Error


Spurious emissions

-70dBc typical
Adjacent channel power70dB
FM Hum and noise ratio40dB
Audio harmonic distortionLess than 10% (at 60% mod.)



0.25µV (at 12dB SINAD)

Squelch sensitivity

0.35µV typ. (at threshold)

Adjacent Channel Selectivity


Spurious response


Intermodulation Rejection

70dB typ.
Hum and noise ratio40dB

Audio output power

0.35W typ.
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