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Old 23 February 2015, 12:24   #1
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ICOM M506 price drop

ICOM have finally seen sense on the price of their VHF/AIS/NMEA2000 kit:

Fixed VHF: Icom IC-M506 Fixed VHF / DSC Radio with Built in AIS and NMEA 2000 (M506)
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Old 23 February 2015, 12:46   #2
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Noooooooooooo


I've just shelled out on a M423, considered the 506, but the price put me off.

Maybe something to do with the new model coming out in March with the built in GPS.?
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There is also a lesser known 506 without ais but with nmea 2000 at under 300 plus vat
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Just an extra observation: The M506 supports NMEA0183 and 2000 - however, the AIS data is only exported to plotters over NMEA2000. That said, it is shown on the dot matrix display on the unit itself.

There is a flush mount kit included in the box.
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It's still way more expensive than the Lowrance Link 8 which also has AIS and NMEA2000. Just saying.......
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It's still way more expensive than the Lowrance Link 8 which also has AIS and NMEA2000. Just saying.......
Yeah, for sure. I'm not selling them, just spreading the love

There are a couple of things though. First off is build quality. I've had my mitts on both and there is a noticeable tactile difference - the Icom just feels sturdier. It also has a higher IP rating than either the Lowrance or the Standard Horizon. The "playback" feature also appeals to me - I often miss a call and would love to hear it again. So a few extra benefits for the few extra quid.
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Yeah, for sure. I'm not selling them,...
Hey, I wonder if I keep this up would they comp me one?
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Hey, I wonder if I keep this up would they comp me one?
All your Redbay tarting never got you a free Redbay - and you really work at that - so I doubt it ;-)

But you might get a loan of one for a weekend if you try hard enough and promise not to break it off the side of Gigha!
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All your Redbay tarting never got you a free Redbay - and you really work at that - so I doubt it ;-)
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The Airmiles were pretty impressive though!
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