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Link your VHF radio to your cellphone with Icom's new M510 AIS — a communications dynamo on your dash!

Icom M510 AIS

Icom M510 AIS

We all know and trust our VHF radios for offering the most reliable communications. But we all talk on our cellphones most of the time. What if you could do both at once? The latest offering from Icom allows you to do just that.

The Icom M510 AIS fixed-mount transceiver, coupled with the free RS-M500 app, allows you to transmit and receive through your iOS or Android smart devices as well as change channels, adjust squelch, and use other basic functions. The M510 AIS also has all the latest VHF functionality including built in GPS, NMEA2000/0183 functionality, an AquaQuake microphone, and a full color 3.5-inch TFT LCD screen that displays AIS targets and real-time vessel traffic information (non-AIS versions are also available).

IC-M510 VHF Marine Transceiver

As an added bonus, the M510 AIS requires just about half the depth of the M506 it eclipses, greatly expanding your mounting options and allowing for installation in more confined spaces. It is waterproofed to meet IP68 standards. $799 ($699 without AIS) |

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