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ICOM M88 Submersible Handheld VHF Radio

Model # 3757010Mfg # M88 01

$299.99

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Product Description

Not just another marine radio!

Compact size and reliability sets the M88 apart from the rest. It’s a great choice for commercial fishermen and weekend anglers because of a small, rugged design that’s easy to slip in your pocket, and its waterproof construction. ICOM’s self-check feature constantly monitors the radio for water intrusion, internal temperature and over voltage to ensure your radio is operational when you need it. It also includes a 1700mAh Li-ion battery which supplies 20 hours of continuous operation. ICOM rates the sealed shell waterproof to IPX7 standards, so it will still operate if dropped in water. 22 free channels reserved for land mobile use with CTCSS & DCS signaling built-in.

  • Material: Aluminum chassis, ABS case
  • Controls: Volume knob, backlit pushbuttons
  • Scanning Modes: Priority, tag, dual- and tri-watch
  • Weather Alert: Yes
  • Antenna: SMA
  • Transmit Power: 5W/3W/1W
  • Battery Life Li-ion: 20 hrs.
  • Receiver Performance: Sensitivity: 0.25┬ÁV; Rejection: 70dB
  • Battery Life Alkaline: 19 hrs.
  • Waterproof: Mfr-rated submersible IPX7
  • Dimensions: 3 13/16"H x 2 7/16"W x 1 17/32"D
  • Display Type: Backlit LCD
  • Screen Size: 1.25" x .63"
  • Weight: 9.9oz.
  • Included Equipment: Charger, AC adapter, swivel belt clip, hand strap
  • Warranty: Three-year waterproof.

Specs

M88 Submersible Handheld VHF Radio

Battery Life 15 Hours
Battery Type Li-Ion
Display Type Segmented LCD
Dimensions 2.44"W x 3.81"H x 1.53"D
GPS/DSC Not GPS Enabled
Floating Non-Floating
Features Can use standard AAA
Multiband Not Multiband
Scanning Modes Priority Scan
Tag Scan
Dual-Watch
Tri-Watch
Material Die-Cast Aluminum
Transmit Power 1/3/5W
Warranty 3 Years Waterproof
Waterproof Mfgr. Rated IPX-7
Weather Alert Yes - Weather alert

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IcomM88 Submersible Handheld VHF Radio
 
3.3

(based on 4 reviews)

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50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear signal (3)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Primary use:
        • Business (3)

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      5.0

      Icom M88

      By Capt. Chris

      from San Diego

      About Me Professional/Guide

      Pros

      • Battery Last Forever
      • Clear Signal
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Audio
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating

        Comments about M88 Submersible Handheld VHF Radio:

        I love this little radio! It has great clarity and the battery lasts forever! I see people bashing the M88 but have had none of these problems. It's compact & simple to use.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        My M88 died

        By Johnny

        from Washington state

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great battery life
        • Great Size

        Cons

        • Volume Knob Leaked

        Best Uses

          Comments about M88 Submersible Handheld VHF Radio:

          If you get on of these make sure to take care of the volume knob. Mine got very loose and salt water got into the case. Dead radio.

          For a year prior, I had battery contact issues or something. I had to smack the radio hard for it to come on.
          I think that this radio is too expensive for its durability.
          I had been using it as my only radio in my PFD pocket for kayaking.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          High end Price poor quality

          By Jones

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Military/Law Enforcement

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Signal
          • Good Audio
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about M88 Submersible Handheld VHF Radio:

              Battery charger is cheaply done and fails early and often. The replacements are very expensive and an alkaline battery case seems to be the most reliable, but is also very expensive usually around 40 dollars.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Two Flaws

              By true

              from east coast

              About Me Professional/Guide

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear Signal
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Audio
              • Lightweight
              • Small Size

              Cons

              • Delicate volume knob
              • Transmit delay

              Best Uses

              • Recreation

              Comments about M88 Submersible Handheld VHF Radio:

              I am divided on how to rate this radio. It really has it's pros, the sound is great, battery life is amazing, the audio is above average, and the small size is fantastic.

              Using the radio almost everyday however, I have found two major flaws:

              1. The volume knob is flimsy, currently loose, and will break very soon. If you look at the M72, you will see this has been addressed. They have now protected the knob with a shield.

              2. There is a delay between pressing the TX button, and when the radio actually starts transmitting. No matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to train myself to get used to it. When things are happening quickly (shipdocking) I forget about the delay. The tugs will miss the beginning of my transmission, which typically denotes which tug I am speaking to. When purchasing a higher end handheld you shouldn't have to think about something like this. Maybe others are more trainable than myself, and will think to wait 1-2 seconds before speaking into it.

              These are two things that are specific to my application and line of work. I am rough on the radio. It is constantly going in and out of my pocket, float coat, and up and down gangways and pilot ladders. I will keep this radio as a backup, and would definitely recommend it for lighter, recreational uses.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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