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IC-M85UL Compact Intrinsically Safe VHF Marine Transceiver


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IC-M85UL Compact Intrinsically Safe VHF Marine Transceiver


Intrinsically Safe
Compact and lightweight
Covering 136-174Mhz Land Mobile Frequency
700mW Powerful Audio
Private Conversation
Automated Emergency Alarm
Instant Operation with Multi-Function Button
IP67 and MIL-STD Rugged Construction
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

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The M85UL can withstand hazardous and inhospitable environments at sea and on land. Commercial customers like the full set of the features you need including an automated emergency alarm, 100 programmable LM channels, and the waterproof rating.

Output Power:

Marine: 5/3/1W Land Mobile: 2/1W

Battery Life:

2010mAh Li-ion battery, up to 14 hours Typical operation; Tx:Rx:Stand-by duty ratio = 5:5:90

Waterproof Rating:


Intrinsically Safe

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 and HM184UL, meets the latest ANSI/TIA-4950-B, ANSI/UL 121201, and UL913 – Edition 8 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
UL Listed E475176  

Full Featured

The M85UL 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 M85UL also includes a continuous 20-position rotary selector and ON/OFF volume knob, which is tilted for easy access. For emergency situations the M85UL includes the MOB Alarm, Man Down and lone worker functions. If one of these functions is activated, the radio automatically makes an emergency alarm.

Land Mobile Use

In addition to VHF marine channels, the M85UL 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.

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 Marine Rx Land Mobile Tx/Rx 156.025–157.425 MHz 156.050–163.275 MHz 136.000–174.000 MHz
Usable channels Marine Channels Tx/Rx Land Mobile Channels Tx/Rx INT, USA, CAN, WX channel 100 LMR channels
Type of emissions (Channel spacing) Marine LMR 25 kHz 12.5 kHz
Antenna Impedance 50Ω
Current drain Marine Tx Land Mobile Tx Rx Max. audio 1.5A (at 5W) 0.9A (at 2W) 0.45A
Power supply requirement 7.2 V DC nominal
Operating temperature range Marine LMR –20 °C to +60 °C; –4 °F to +140 °F –30 °C to +60 °C; –22 °F to +140 °F
Antenna Impedance 50Ω
Dimensions (W×H×D) (Projections not included) 56 × 92 × 34.1 mm; 2.2 × 3.6 × 1.3 in (With BP-292UL)
Weight (approx. with BP-227) 285g, 10.1 oz (with BP-292UL, FA-SC58V and MBB-3)
  Marine channels LMR channels 5/3/1W 2/1W
Max. frequency deviations Marine channels LMR channels ±5.0 kHz (Wide) ±5.0 kHz (Wide) / 2.5 kHz (Narrow)
Frequency stability ±5.0 ppm
Spurious emissions -70 dBc typical
Hum and noise Marine channels LMR channels 40 dB 40 dB (Wide) / 34 dB (Narrow)
Audio harmonic distortion 10% (at 60% deviation)
Modulation limiting 60–100% of maximum deviation
Sensitivity (at 12dB SINAD) 0.25 µV typical
Adjacent Channel Selectivity Marine channels LMR channels 70 dB typical 70 dB typical (Wide) / 55 dB typical (Narrow)
Spurious response 70 dB typical
Intermodulation 70 dB typical
Hum and noise Marine channels LMR channels 40 dB 40 dB (Wide) / 34 dB (Narrow)
Audio output power Internal SP External SP 700 mW typical (at 10% distortion with 12Ω load) 700 mW (at 10% distortion with 8Ω load)
Measurements made in accordance with TIA/EIA-603. All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.
Ingress Protection Standard
Dust & Water IP67 (Dust-tight and waterproof protection)

Supplied Accessories

  • Battery Pack, BP-292UL
  • Rapid Charger, BC-227
  • AC Adapter, BC-123S
  • Antenna, FA-SC58V
  • Belt Clip, MBB-3
  • Hand Strap
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