Furuno introduces FM4800 VHF radiotelephone


(CAMAS, Wash.) — Furuno has introduced the FM4800 VHF radio, a new all-in-one marine VHF radiotelephone with built-in Class D DSC, GPS receiver, AIS receiver, and simplified loud hailer with intercom. The unit is waterproof to an IP68 standard, the highest waterproof rating for this class of marine electronics. That means it can withstand testing of full immersion for over 30 minutes, making the unit an ideal candidate for vessels with an exposed bridge, where it can be bracket or flush mounted, or mounted overhead.

The FM4800 is not only a 25-watt VHF with built-in DSC, it also features a host of other features that add to its versatility. With its built-in GPS receiver, the FM4800 does not require an external GPS source to enable its DSC functionality, and the unit can be used as a backup source of GPS positioning for other onboard electronics. Its built-in AIS receiver can be used to overlay AIS targets with networked GPS plotters or MFDs, such as Furuno's NavNet TZtouch and NavNet TZtouch2, or its new GP1871F/GP1971F combo units. Users can also share GPS, DSC and AIS information via NMEA0183 or NMEA2000. What's more, when connected via NMEA2000 to any NavNet TZtouch2 MFD, DSC calling can be initiated directly from the TZtouch2 display by tapping on the AIS/DSC target and selecting "DSC Call." Additionally, when MOB (man overboard) is activated on a TZtouch2 MFD, the FM4800 enters a special mode where users can initiate a distress call by pushing the rotary knob.

The FM4800 can operate as a simplified loud hailer with eight patterns of alert sounds. Loud hailer, foghorn and warning signal features are all available, enhancing onboard safety and communications while navigating in the dark or fog. When connected with the second-station handset, its intercom feature is available, allowing communications between the two devices. Additionally, the horn speaker can be used to collect external sounds and transmit them through the built-in speaker with a function called Listen Back. In this way, a person on the deck can easily communicate with the bridge, a particularly useful feature for a variety of fishing vessels and workboats.

To learn more about Furuno's new FM4800, or the complete line of Furuno marine electronics, see your local Furuno dealer or visit www.furuno.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff