Smallest and Lightest VHF handheld radio now available

Measuring just under 13cm in height, the IC-M23 is the smallest and lightest buoyant handheld in the market* and can match the audio and battery performance of comparable models. What’s more, the IC-M23 sports a bright red LED which flashes if dropped in water, even if the radio is turned off, making it easy to find, day or night.

The Icom IC-M23 buoyant VHF Marine Transceiver is powered by Icom’s most “eco-friendly” marine battery yet. The BP-266, a compact 3.7V, 1500 mAh Lithium-Ion battery pack helps reduce the overall volume and weight of the IC-M23. Yet thanks to a newly developed PA circuit within the radio, boat users can still expect a full 5 Watts of transmit power and up to 10 hours of typical operating time.

An impressive 600mW (typ.) of audio output makes this radio easy to hear, even when in a loud cabin or out in stormy conditions. There are volume loud/mute functions that temporarily change the IC-M23’s volume to the maximum/minimum level with two touches of a button. Depending on the background noise level, you can easily change the volume level to capture the received message.

The IC-M23 contains well known Icom features including favourite channel feature, dual/tri watch, one-touch “Tag” scanning and a 4-step battery life indicator. It also contains Icom’s unique AquaQuake feature, which uses low-frequency sound waves to clear water away from the speaker grille.

The IC-M23 is available now with a suggested retail price of £192.00 (inc.VAT). An optional extended 3 year waterproof warranty is available when customers register at

* As of December 2010, researched by Icom