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Icom Marine’s Smallest Waterproof Handheld Radio M85 / M85UL (IS) VHF Marine

Icom Marine’s Smallest Waterproof Handheld Radio M85 / M85UL (IS) VHF Marine


Marine’s Smallest Waterproof Handheld

The M85 is the smallest, lightest and toughest radio on the market today!

The M85 can withstand hazardous and inhospitable environments at sea and on land, as it is built to MIL-STD 810. The IP67 waterproof rating protects the radio, even if dropped in the water. Yacht and commercial customers like the M85 because of the 100 programmable land mobile channels, as well as the easy to use built-in voice scrambler for private communications. The M85 is full of the features you need including an automated emergency alarm.

Output Power:

 Marine: 5/3/1W
Land Mobile: 2/1W

Battery Life:

 2010mAh Li-ion battery, up to 14 hours
Typical operation; Tx:Rx:Stand-by duty ratio = 5:5:90

Waterproof Rating:



 Standard version or intrinsically safe version

Full Featured

The M85 user-friendly display includes icons and indicators like transmit power, VOX ON/OFF, battery status, scan, weather channel and more. These icons and indictors improve the user-experience and operation. The M85 also includes a continuous 20-position rotary selector and ON/OFF volume knob, which is tilted for easy access.

For emergency situations the M85 includes the MOB Alarm, Man Down and lone worker functions. If one of these functions is activated, the radio automatically makes an emergency alarm.

The M85* built-in voice scrambler provides private communications between stations. The multi-function button on the top of the radio can be assigned to the scrambler function for easy activation. Or use the multi-function button to simply change from marine to land mobile frequencies.

*The M85UL does not include the built-in voice scrambler.

Land Mobile Use

In addition to VHF marine channels, the M85 covers 136–174MHz land mobile frequencies. Up to 100 programmable channels are available for land mobile use at 2W output power. Each channel is programmable with CTCSS and DTCS tone. Proper licensing is required to operate within the above land mobile frequencies.

Intrinsically Safe Version

Built to withstand the elements, the submersible M85UL intrinsically safe VHF handheld is perfect for commercial customers working in harsh environments. The M85UL plus the BP292UL, HM184UL all meet ANSI/TIA-4950-A, ANSI/UL 121201 requirements for:

  • Intrinsically safe: Class I, Division 1, Groups C, D;
  • Class II, Division 1, Groups E, F, G;
  • Class III. T3C.
  • Non-incendive: Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D


Additional Features

  • AquaQuake™ prevents water-logged speaker
  • Internal VOX capability for hands-free operation
  • Weather channel receiving
  • Self check function checks internal temperature and connected battery voltage
  • Priority scan function
  • Dual/tri-watch function for monitoring CH16 and/or call channel
  • Favorite channel function for quick access to often used channels
  • Built-in voice scrambler (32 codes)*

  *Not available on M85UL


Frequency coverage
  Marine Tx
  Marine Rx
  Land Mobile Tx/Rx
156.025–157.425 MHz
156.050–163.275 MHz
136.000–174.000 MHz
Usable channels
  Marine Channels Tx/Rx

  Land Mobile Channels Tx/Rx

INT, USA*, CAN, WX* channel
(* Varies according to version)
100 LMR channels
Type of emissions (Channel spacing)
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
Antenna Impedance50Ω
Current drain
  Marine Tx
  Land Mobile Tx
  Rx Max. audio

1.5A (at 5W)
0.9A (at 2W)
Power supply requirement7.2 V DC nominal
Operating temperature range

–20 °C to +60 °C; –4 °F to +140 °F
–30 °C to +60 °C; –22 °F to +140 °F
Antenna Impedance50Ω
Dimensions (W×H×D)
(Projections not included)

Dimensions (W×H×D)
(Projections not included)

56 × 92 × 29 mm;
2.2 × 3.6 × 1.1 in (With BP-290)

56 × 92 × 34.1 mm;
2.2 × 3.6 × 1.3 in (With BP-292UL)
Weight (approx.; with BP-227)

Weight (approx.; with BP-227)

246 g; 8.7 oz (with BP-290, FA-SC58V and MBB-3)

285g, 10.1 oz (with BP-292UL, FA-SC58V and MBB-3)
  Marine channels
  LMR channels

Max. frequency deviations
  Marine channels
  LMR channels

±5.0 kHz (Wide)
±5.0 kHz (Wide) / 2.5 kHz (Narrow)
Frequency stability±5.0 ppm
Spurious emissions-70 dBc typical
Hum and noise
  Marine channels
  LMR channels
40 dB
40 dB (Wide) / 34 dB (Narrow)
Audio harmonic distortion10% (at 60% deviation)
Modulation limiting60–100% of maximum deviation
Sensitivity (at 12dB SINAD)0.25 µV typical
Adjacent Channel Selectivity
  Marine channels
  LMR channels
70 dB typical
70 dB typical (Wide) / 55 dB typical (Narrow)
Spurious response70 dB typical
Intermodulation70 dB typical
Hum and noise
  Marine channels
  LMR channels
40 dB
40 dB (Wide) / 34 dB (Narrow)
Audio output power
  Internal SP
  External SP

700 mW typical (at 10% distortion with 12Ω load)
700 mW (at 10% distortion with 8Ω load)
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