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IC-M15 - Handheld VHF Marine Transceiver


Quick Specs:
Handheld VHF marine transceiver
RX/TX: all USA and international marine channels 01 to 88
RX only: 10 weather channels
Output power: 5 W
Modes: FM
Receiver sensitivity: 0.35 µV (FM, 12 dB SINAD)



Waterproof communications.
On the water, reliable communications is of critical importance; a life-line to the outside world. Your boat may be seaworthy, but is your VHF handheld transceiver? The IC-M15's rugged construction can weather all the demands of the marine environment with the important distinction of being waterproof!* Add simple operation with advanced features and you have marine communications that won't let you down.
*Up to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.

Waterproof with rugged construction
Waterproof protection over a die-cast aluminum frame provides the durability and dependability you need in all situations.

All marine and weather channels + 24 memory channels and 1 call channel
You can operate on all marine and weather channels and store often-used channels in 24 memories for easy recall and convenient scanning. In addition, a programmable call channel is provided for instant recall of your most-used-channel (eg. CH 9, the non-commercial calling channel).

A variety of scans
Four different scan functions are available: regular channel scan and memory channel scan with both of these having a selectable priority scan function. Choose your scan and find out what's going on around you.

Selectable dual watch/tri-watch
Dual watch monitors the distress channel (CH 16) while operating on another channel; tri-watch monitors both channel 16 and the call channel while operating on another channel. You can be sure of receiving important calls using either of these watch systems.

Optional voice scrambler unit
For private communications, an optional UT-79 VOICE SCRAMBLER UNIT is available. Both easy-to-install and easy-to-use; 128 scramble codes provide privacy in communicating secret fishing spots, etc.


Detailed Specifications


  • Frequency Range:
  • All international VHF marine channels 01 to 88
  • All U.S.A. VHF marine channels 01A to 88A
  • Weather channels 01 to 10
  • Mode: FM (16K0G3E)
  • Channel Spacing: 25 kHz
  • Current Drain (at 12.5 V):
  • Tx high 3.0 A max., low 1.5 A max
  • Rx max. audio 600mA, power saved (squelched) 15 mA typical
  • Power Supply Requirement: CM-138 or CM-139
  • Useable Temperature Range: -20deg.C to +60deg.C (-4deg.F to +140deg.F)
  • Frequency Stability: +/-0.0005% (-20deg.C to +60deg.C)
  • Dimensions: 62(W) x 150(H) x 44(D) mm, 2.4(W) x 5.9(H) x 1.7(D) in (with CM-138; projections not included)
  • Weight: 460 g; 16.2 oz (with CM-138)
  • Antenna Impedance: 50 ohms (unbalanced)


  • Output Power: High 5 W, low 0.7 W
  • Modulation System: Variable Reactance Phase Modulation
  • Max. Frequency Deviation: +/-5.0 kHz


  • Receive System: Double-Conversion Superheterodyne
  • Sensitivity (12 dB SINAD): 0.35 µV for 12 dB SINAD)
  • Squelch Sensitivity (at threshold): Less than 0.3 µV
  • Audio Output Power: 500 mW with an 8 ohm load

Other great features

  • One-touch access to CH 16 & the call channel
  • Power-saver function to save your battery
  • Easy-to-read LCD with backlighting
  • Lock function to prevent accidental input
  • Powerful 5 W of output power
  • Comes with battery pack, charger, antenna, belt clip and handstrap

IC-M15 Options

  • AD-43, Battery Charge Adapter
    For regular charging of battery packs (15 hours). (Same as supplied.)
  • BM-95U/E/V, AC Adapter
    Connects to an AC outlet for use with the AD-43. (Same as supplied.)
  • BM-103, Desktop Charger
    For rapid charging of battery packs. (1 to 2 hours)
  • CM-1, Cigarette Lighter Cable
    Connects to a 12 V cigarette lighter socket for use with the BM-103 or AD-43.
  • CM-138, Battery Pack
    • Rechargeable Ni-Cd battery pack. (Same as supplied.)
    • Output: 7.2 V
    • Capacity: 900 mAh
    • Height: 57 mm (2.2 in)
  • CM-139, Battery Pack
    • Rechargeable Ni-Cd battery pack. Long-life type.
    • Output: 7.2 V
    • Capacity: 1200 mAh
    • Height: 72 mm (2.8 in)
  • FA-S54V, Flexible Antenna
    Has an SMC type connector. (Same as supplied.)
  • MB-24, Mounting Bracket
    Hanger-type. For hanging the transceiver, via belt clip, to the inside door panel of a vehicle.
  • MB-25, Mounting Bracket
    Wall-type. For hanging the transceiver, via belt clip, to a bulkhead or similar flat surface.
  • UT-79, Voice Scrambler Unit
    Provides private communications among members of a group. 128 codes are available.
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