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Icom M506 VHF / AIS Radio




The M506 is a full featured VHF fixed mount radio with an integrated AIS receiver, plus NMEA 2000 connectivity. The M506 is packed full of features including a 'Last Call' voice recording function, 'Active Noise Cancelling' technology plus Icom's new menu driven user interface and large dot matrix display.

  • Icom's M506 has received the NMEA Best VHF Radio Product Award for 3 straight years 2014-2016.
  • Includes a 25W listen back hailer and horn / foghorn
  • Optional extenal GPS / Nav interface via NMEA0183 or NMEA2000
  • IP8X Waterproof rating - subermersable
  • Available as front mic or rear mic version
  • Commandmic compatible

Integrated AIS receiver - The M506's integrated AIS receiver can show AIS vessel traffic information on the display or on a connected chartplotter. The AIS target call function allows you to easily set up an individual DSC VHF call to the vessel. The Plotter, Target list and Danger list can be toggled on the display.

NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 connectivity- With the plug and play functionality of NMEA 2000, the M506 can easily connect to a NMEA 2000 network and interconnect with other equipment. Also the NMEA 0183 input/output can be used for external GPS/NAV interface.

Second station option - The optional COMMANDMIC, HM-195B/SW provides second station capability for using the M506 from a separate location. Most functions including DSC and AIS functions can be controlled from the COMMANDMIC and can be used as an intercom between the radio and the COMMANDMIC.


Icom is our premiere radio of choice - the build quality and components are very good, and they have a good assortment of features, such as horn, 2 way hailer and command mic functions.
The M506 is an excellent example, with a big screen and with NMEA2000 integration makes it very easy to hook up to your chartplotter.
Be careful when comparing prices for this model as some parallel importers are importing the cheaper, non NMEA2000, non AIS version.
These radios are also available in Rear Mic versions, which we mainly use for integration into the Setcom intercom systems. Call us for details.


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