ICOM M85UL Ultra Compact Handheld VHF Marine Radio

ICOM M85UL Ultra Compact Handheld VHF Marine Radio

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M85UL Ultra Compact Intrinsically Safe Handheld VHF Marine Radio with 5W Power Output

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.

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


Frequency coverage
Marine Tx 156.025—157.425 MHz
Marine Rx 156.050—163.275 MHz
Land Mobile Tx/Rx 136.000—174.000 MHz
Usable channels
Marine Channels Tx/Rx INT, USA*, CAN, WX* channel (* Varies according to version)
Land Mobile Channels Tx/Rx 100 LMR channels
Type of emissions (Channel spacing)
Marine 25 kHz
LMR LMR 12.5 kHz
Antenna Impedance 50?
Current drain
Marine Tx 1.5A (at 5W)
Land Mobile Tx 0.9A (at 2W)
x Max. audio 0.45A
Power supply requirement 7.2 V DC nominal
Operating temperature range
Marine —20 °C to +60 °C; —4 °F to +140 °F
LMR —30 °C to +60 °C; —22 °F to +140 °F
Antenna Impedance 50?
Sensitivity (at 12dB SINAD) 0.25 µV typical
Adjacent Channel Selectivity
Marine channels 70 dB typical
LMR channels 70 dB typical (Wide) / 55 dB typical (Narrow)
Spurious response 70 dB typical
Hum and noise
Marine channels 40 dB
LMR channels 40 dB (Wide) / 34 dB (Narrow)
Audio output power
Internal SP 700 mW typical (at 10% distortion with 12 load)
External SP 700 mW (at 10% distortion with 8 load)