- Large backlit, dot-matrix LCD display with 10 selectable lighting levels
- Large tactile knobs, easy to use in rough marine conditions plus backlit keypad
- Separate external speaker (required and included) allows you to place the sound where it’s needed most
- 160 user programmable memory channels, each identified by either alpha characters, channel number or frequency.
- Digital Signal Processing (DSP) virtually eliminates noise and interference.
- Automatic antenna tuner AT-140 matches the transceiver to a long wire antenna.
- Monitor all 976 ITU voice and data channels, HAM bands and aircraft WX channels.
- Pass-through tuning automatically tunes for reception.
- Receive 500 kHz - 29.9999 MHz
- Multiple scanning modes
The IC-M802's front panel sports a full keypad, allowing direct frequency entry. The large dot-matrix display offers 10 levels of backlighting and is easy to see, day or night. Large dials and buttons allow for easy operation in rough seas. A first for a consumer SSB radio is the addition of an e-mail access button, allowing one-touch activation. Icom have included a headphone jack on the front panel, allowing the operator to work the radio without waking the crew.
The new Icom SSB has increased power output to 150 watts, with selectable battery-saving, low-power settings for both voice and data transmissions. The radio is factory pre-programmed with 242 international and domestic duplex ship-to-shore channels, 72 international and domestic ship-to-ship channels, 662 international and domestic data duplex channels, plus 160 user-programmable favourite frequency channels that are dealer downloaded for your specific geographic cruising areas.
State-of-the-art Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is built into the IC-M802 to meet Global Marine Distress Safety System Category (GMDSS) E guidelines. Rescue agencies throughout the world are 100% operational on high-frequency DSC, thus giving the capability to dial into any or all rescue agencies and place a data call for help. The IC-M802 ties into a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and your position is immediately relayed as part of that DSC packet. If time permits, you may also select the nature of your distress.
The DSC feature may also be used for routine calls, test calls, geographic calls to any GMDSS-equipped vessel in your area, as well as individual ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore calls. These features will be of benefit to race committees keeping track of their regatta throughout the world. Ship stations could electronically call their local yacht club over long-range frequencies without the need for anyone to monitor the frequency open channel. Calling for help will automatically activate powerful Coast Guard communications stations which are linked together by computer to alert the appropriate rescue agency to handle your “digital” call for help.
Many mariners want e-mail capabilities over marine SSB. The new IC-M802 builds in automatic filter selection without the need for additional hardware. It is e-mail ready as soon as you select your multimode data controller (a radio modem).