ICOM VHF Handheld Compact and Lightweight Marine Transceiver - IC-M85

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A Marine and Land Mobile Radio Combined in One

Compact and Lightweight

The IC-M85 is the most compact (W×H×D: 56 × 92 × 29 mm; 2.2 × 3.6 × 1.1 in) and lightweight (weight: 246 g; 8.7 oz (with BP-290, FA-SC58V and MBB-3)) commercial grade marine and land mobile hybrid radio in the world*.

Covering 136–174 MHz Land Mobile Frequency

In addition to VHF marine channels, the IC-M85 covers 136–174 MHz land mobile channels. Up to 100 programmable channels are available for land mobile use. Each channel is programmable with CTCSS and DTCS tone.

700 mW Powerful Audio

Despite its compact body, the IC-M85 delivers 700 mW of loud audio. Clear communications is vital in noisy environments.

Private Conversation

The radio has a built-in Voice Scrambler and provides private communication between stations (32-code, compatible with UT-112 voice scrambler unit).

Automated Emergency Alarm

The IC-M85 has three emergency related functions: the MOB Alarm, Man Down and Lone Worker functions. If one of these functions are activated, the radio automatically makes an emergency alarm.

Instant Operation with Multi-Function Button

Channel group changing (marine ⇔ land mobile) or the scrambler function ON/OFF can be assigned in the multi-function button on the top panel*. The Key lock function can be activated by holding the button.

IP67 and MIL-STD Rugged Construction

The IC-M85 is built durable to endure 1 m submersion for 30 minutes and dust-tight protection. The radio also passes MIL-STD-810 specifications.

And More

  • AquaQuake™ prevents audio degradation from a water-logged speaker
  • Internal VOX capability for hands-free operation
  • 14 hours of long battery life (TX: RX: Standby=5:5:90.)
  • 5 W output power (land mobile channels for USA: 2 W)
  • Weather channel receiving
  • The self check function checks internal temperature, and connected battery voltage (over voltage detection)
  • Monitor function
  • Priority scan function
  • Dual/Tri-watch function for monitoring CH16 and/or call channel
  • Favorite channel function for quick access to often used channels

Supplied accessories

  • BP-290 battery pack
  • BC-227 rapid charger
  • BC-123S* AC adapter
  • FA-SC58V antenna
  • MBB-3 belt clip
  • Hand strap



Marine channels

Land mobile channels

Frequency coverage Tx 156.025–157.425 MHz 136.000–174.000 MHz
Rx 156.050–163.275 MHz
Usable channel groups,
Number of channels
USA, INT, CAN, WX channels 100 land mobile channels
Type of emissions 16K0G3E 16K0F3E/11K0F3E
Channel spacing 25 kHz 25 kHz/12.5 kHz
Power supply requirement 7.2 V DC nominal
Current drain
Tx 1.5 A (at 5 W) (USA)
0.9 A (at 2 W)

1.5 A (at 5 W)
Rx Max. audio 0.45 A
Antenna impedance 50 Ω
Operating temperature range -20 °C to +60 °C
-4 °F to +140 °F
-30 °C to +60 °C
-22 °F to +140 °F
Dimensions (W×H×D)
(Projections not included)
56 × 92 × 29 mm; 2.2 × 3.6 × 1.1 in(With BP-290)
Weight (approximate) 246 g; 8.7 oz
(with BP-290, FA-SC58V and MBB-3)



Marine channels

Land mobile channels

Output power (at 7.2 V DC) 5/3/1 W (USA)
2/1 W

5/3/1 W
Max. frequency deviation ±5.0 kHz ±5.0 kHz (Wide)
±2.5 kHz (Narrow)
Frequency stability ±5.0 ppm
Spurious emissions -70 dBc typical
FM hum and noise 40 dB 40 dB (Wide)
34 dB (Narrow)
Audio harmonic distortion 10% (at 60% deviation)
Modulation limiting 60-100% of maximum deviation



Marine channels

Land mobile channels

Sensitivity (at 12 dB SINAD) 0.25 μV typical
Adjacent channel selectivity 70 dB typical 70 dB typical (Wide)
55 dB typical (Narrow)
Spurious response 70 dB typical
Intermodulation 70 dB typical
Audio output power Internal SP 700 mW typical
(at 10% distortion with 12 Ω load)
External SP 700 mW typical
(at 10% distortion with 8 Ω load)

Applicable U.S. Military Specifications


MIL 810 G



Low Pressure 500.5 I, II
High Temperature 501.5 I, II
Low Temperature 502.5 I, II
Temperature Shock 503.5 I-C
Solar Radiation 505.5 I
Rain Blowing/Drip 506.5 I, III
Humidity 507.5 II
Salt Fog 509.5
Dust Blowing 510.5 I
Immersion 512.5 I
Vibration 514.6 I
Shock 516.6 I, IV

Applicable IP Rating

Ingress Protection Standard
Dust & Water IP67 (Dust-tight and waterproof protection)

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