1 Bewicke St, Wallsend, NE28 6SR



RRP £416.65 excl. VAT

IC-M506GE VHF/DSC marine radio with NMEA 2000 connectivity and AIS receiver.  The IC-M506GE is packed full of features including integrated AIS receiver and GPS receiver built-in, NMEA2000 connectivity, ‘Last Call’ voice recording function, ‘Active Noise Cancelling’ technology plus Icom’s new intuitive menu-driven user interface and large dot matrix display making it really easy to use.

Integrated AIS Receiver

With an integrated AIS receiver, the IC-M506GE can show real-time AIS vessel traffic information on the display.  The AIS target call function allows you to easily set up a DSC individual call.  The Plotter, Target list and Danger list can be toggled on the display.

NMEA Connectivity

With the plug-and-play functionality of NMEA 2000, the IC-M506GE can receive and transmit GPS (position, course (COG) and speed (SOG)), AIS report and DSC call information data and transmit radio frequency and PGN list data on the network.  Using this function, the IC-M506GE can convert NMEA 0183 GPS data to NMEA 2000 data for other equipment.

Last Call Voice Recording

The last call voice recording function automatically saves the last two minutes of the last incoming call.  You can re¬play the received call, and not miss any incoming call.

Active Noise Cancelling

Using digital signal processing technology, the built-in bidirectional active noise cancelling provides superb performance.  It reduces background noise to up to 90% in the received signal and 30% fixed in the transmitting signal.  The function OFF setting is also possible.

Intuitive Menu-Driven User Interface

The intuitive software key functions provide easy and fast operation to control the multiple functions of the IC-M506GE.  The bottom line of the dot-matrix display shows the software key functions which can be toggled with the left and right buttons.

25W Two-Way Hailer

When connected to an external hailer horn, you can talk to people on the deck or shore from the radio’s microphone and can hear people’s reply via the hailer speaker.  The RX hailer function allows you to monitor the received audio from the hailer horn. The 25W amplifier increases your talk power making your communication loud and clear.

Built-in Horn (Automatic & Manual)

Foghorn feature is built-in via the external Hailer horn.  Four horn patterns are selectable for the automatic horn function.

ITU Class D DSC (Meets ITU-R M493-13)

The built-in DSC watch function monitors Ch. 70 (DSC channel) activity, even while you are receiving another channel.  DSC functions include: distress, individual, group, all ships, urgency, safety, position request/report, polling request and DSC test calls.  Up to 100 DSC address IDs can be programmed.

GPS Receiver Built-in

A built-in GPS receiver with external antenna provides your location, bearing and speed by using information from GPS and GLONASS. the acquired position information can be used for DSC calls.

Rear Microphone Version*

With this version, the microphone connector is drawn from the rear panel and a 6.1m (20ft) microphone extension cable is supplied to allow you clean and neat panel installation.

* Ask your dealer for details.

IPX8 Advanced Waterproof

The IC-M506GE and supplied HM-205B/RB microphone can withstand 1m (3.2ft) depth of water for 60 minutes.

Other Features
  • Simple remote control speaker-microphone, HM-205B/RB
  • 15W audio output power (with external speaker)
  • AquaQuake™ draining function
  • Optional voice scrambler, UT-112 for private conversation
  • MA-500TR AIS transponder and MarineCommander™ compatible

This product comes complete with a simple plastic flush mount kit. Stainless steel flush mount kits are available as an option.

Optional COMMANDMIC™ for 2nd Station Capability

Full Control and Intercom

The optional COMMANDMIC, HM-195B/ SW provides 2nd station capability for using the IC-M506GE from up to 18.3m (60ft)* away such as a separate cabin or tower. Most functions including DSC and AIS functions can be controlled from the COMMANDMIC and can be used as an intercom with the IC-M506GE. One COMMANDMIC can be used.

* Two optional OPC-1541 extension cables required.

IPX7 Waterproof Construction

The HM-195B/SW withstands submersion in up to 1m depth of water for 30 minutes.

Same Menu-Driven User Interface with IC-M506GE

The HM-195B/SW provides same user interface with the IC-M506GE. The directional keypad and softkey buttons allow you to perform various operations and settings. The audio and backlight levels can be set independently from the IC-M506GE.

Other Features
  • External speaker connection
  • Remote power ON/OFF function
  • Black and super white color version

IC-M506GE complies with the latest maritime ITU standard “ITU-R M493-14” or EN301 025 V2.2.1 , this standard, in essence requires an external GPS antenna. ITU-R M493-14 will be compulsory from November 2018. All maritime class D fixed radios manufactured from this date will need to comply.



Frequency range

Marine channels

VHF (TX 156.0000 – 162.0000 MHz, RX 156.0000-163.4250 MHz) (RX CH70 – 156.5250 MHz)

AIS (161.975, 162.025MHz)

Power output


Programmable buttons

4 front panel soft keys (programmable)

Emergency button

Yes, referred to as a distress button on the front of the panel


Yes, for common feature access, Menu, Vol/Sql, 16/C, Fav, soft keys, the fist mic also has H/L, 16/C and UP and Down controls


Large clear back lit styled display, high contrast and full dot-matrix LCD aids readability and large character size



Dimensions H x W x D

Main unit – 113.9mm x 178.9mm x 131.1mm


System types

Conventional analogue marine band, instant access to channel 16 or a programmable call channel.  DSC capable, AIS and GNSS via integrated receivers.

Scan types

Dual and Tri-watch functions

Call types

Standard PTT calling

Speech Encryption

32 code analogue voice scrambling option available to purchase

User Environment

Special Function(s)

AquaQuake draining function, DSC capable (Class D), integrated AIS receiver, can show real time AIS vessel traffic information on the display.  AIS target call function allows you to easily setup a DSC individual call.  The Plotter, Target list and Danger list can be toggled on the display.  NMEA 2000 connectivity.  Last call voice recording.  Four horn patterns are selectable for the automatic horn function (when connected to the optional P-37 horn speaker.

IP Rating

IPx8, (1.0m depth of water for 60mins).


Standard warranty

1 years

Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Please see our comprehensive SLA options.  SLA’s are normally customised to a customer’s needs and not to ours.


What we think

Jason from Service Team: “A great all-round performer with some good options.  The unit comes in three versions:- IC-M506GE VHF NMEA2000 AIS, IC-M506GE NMEA2000 AIS Receiver Rear Mic, IC-M506GE UK VHF NMEA2000 c/w CB2000 AIS TX/RX”

ICOM IC-M506GE Leaflet


ICOM IC-M506GE Manual


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