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New, Entry-Level Icom M412 Marine VHF Offers Class D DSC and Total Icom Performance

Bellevue, WA (October 15, 2010) Icom America announces the new M412, a medium-sized fixed mount that offers top-end performance in an economical, Icom-durable package.

“It may be Icom’s most economical marine VHF, but it’s every inch an Icom”, says David McLain, Icom’s National Marine Sales Manager. “The M412 offers great Icom ruggedness, features and performance for under $200 And it has Class D DSC.”

The M412 is built using a one-piece, die-cast aluminum chassis for ruggedness, signal clarity, and durability. The chassis and its precision-mounted components are well protected by a watertight, tough polycarbonate housing. The M412 is rugged enough to pass military specifications.

“It’s a no-nonsense radio that offers superior performance and reliability, and has the features most boaters want”, says McLain. “There may be cheaper radios, but you get what you pay for. Out on the water, we don’t think a radio’s the right place to skimp.”

The M412 carries many of the features that boaters have come to expect in an Icom: Large LCD with highly readable channel numbers and scrolling channel names; One-touch channel selection; TAG scanning; One-touch channel 16 and easy access to channel 9 selection; Normal/priority scan selections; And dual/tri watch. NMEA input wires on the rear panel allows for simple, third party GPS connections for DSC position request and position reports.

The M412 offers a front-facing speaker for loud output, and Icom’s Force 5 Audio™ for crisp, clear communications. Icom’s unique AquaQuake™ feature is built-in, using low frequency sound to remove water from the speaker grille, allowing clearer audio. The hand mic comes with channel up/down buttons and a high/low power selection button. And the M412 survives IPX7 submersion tests – under 3 feet of water for 30 minutes without damage to the radio.

Of course, all U.S., Canadian and international channels are built-in, and there’s easy access to weather channels to monitor for impending storms or national crisis reports.

The radio is available in black or super-white and comes with a color-matching mounting bracket and power cord. The M412 will commonly be found for well under $200 retail. Options for the M412 include an easy to use flush mount bracket and a variety of external speakers.

Icom began as an engineering and manufacturing company, making advanced, compact solid-state radio equipment for use by amateur radio enthusiasts. Icom has since grown to become an industry leader with a product line that includes state-of-the-art communications equipment for land mobile and marine use as well as avionics. Icom America's headquarters are in Bellevue, Washington. www.icomamerica.com