What Sets It Apart: Simplicity. This is your classic floating, submersible handheld VHF, able to auto-scan, instantly access channels 9 and 16, and receive weather alerts. “Extra” functions err on the side of practicality. Both outgoing voice and incoming audio compensate for ambient noise.
Our Experience: The M36 did a nice job of canceling out background noise, even when perched in front of a cranking sound system, resulting in loud, crisp transmissions. According to Icom, a submicrophone on the back of the radio “inverts phase” to cancel ambient noise at the main microphone. It comes into play when you’re trying to be heard over an engine or wind. You can also “burp” the speaker to clear water; deep tones are produced to vibrate water out of the speaker. Hunt around and you can find the unit for 30 percent less than the listed retail price.
Bottom Line: $310; icomamerica.com