(KIRKLAND, Wash.) — Icom America wins Best Marine VHF Radio at the 2014 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo. Icom's M506 VHF marine transceiver received the award based on its advanced options for NMEA 2000 connectivity, integrated AIS and intuitive user interface. The prestigious NMEA event is held annually and took place at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Fla. from Oct. 8-11.
In the NMEA category for Best Marine VHF Radio, Icom's M506 captured the title based on its NMEA 0183/2000 plug-and-play functionality and integrated AIS receiver (select M506 models). The M506 was also recognized for its new intuitive user interface, which promotes fast access to radio functions and settings like Class D DSC. Other award-winning features include "Last Call" voice recording/rewind function, enhanced audio and active noise cancelling and the unit's large 132×96-pixels dot matrix display. Information regarding the show is available on the NMEA website.
Icom's M506 VHF radio was also awarded the Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award, presented by Ocean Navigator magazine at the 2014 Annapolis Show earlier this month. The M506 was awarded the best of show honor for its superior marine technology. Award information can be obtained on the Ocean Navigator website.
Icom is a recognized leader in marine communications and receives accolades from industry organizations and publications. Winning products include the classic M127 fixed mount, the celebrated M604 fixed mount, the rugged M88 handheld and the M802, the marine industry's standard for SSB communications. Icom products are known for their quality: all products are built to rugged MIL-STD specifications and newer models are rated to at least IPX7. Trendsetting features include Float 'n Flash and AquaQuake.
For more information on the award-winning IC-M506 radio and a photo of the NMEA award plaque, visit the Icom America M506 product page online.