Compact and Lightweight

The IC-M85E is an ultra-compact and powerful Marine Handheld with LMR Features. Don't let the small size fool you. The IC-M85E is the most compact (56W × 92H × 29D mm) and lightweight at only 246g (with BP-290, FA-SC58V and MBB-3) commercial grade marine and land mobile hybrid radio in the world*. The Professionals Choice!
(* As of November 2021, researched by Icom)

Covering 136–174 MHz PMR Frequency

In addition to VHF marine channels, the IC-M85E covers 136–174 MHz PMR channels. Up to 100 programmable channels are available for PMR use. Each channel is programmable with CTCSS and DTCS tone.

700 mW Powerful Audio

Despite its compact body, the IC-M85E delivers 700 mW of loud audio. Clear communications is vital in noisy environments.

Private Conversation

The radio has a built-in Voice Scrambler and provides private communication between stations (32-code, compatible with UT-112 voice scrambler unit).

Automated Emergency Alarm

The IC-M85E has three emergency-related functions: the MOB (Man Over Board) Alarm, Man Down and Lone Worker functions. If one ofisese functions are activated, the radio automatically makes an emergency alarm.

Instant Operation with Multi-Function Button

Channel group changing (Marine ⇔ PMR) or the scrambler function ON/OFF can be assigned in the multi-function button on the top panel*. The Key lock function can be activated by holding the button.

IP67 and MIL-STD Rugged Construction

The IC-M85E is built durable to endure 1 m submersion for 30 minutes and dust-tight protection. The radio also passes MIL-STD-810 specifications.

And More

  • AquaQuake™ prevents audio degradation from a water-logged speaker
  • Internal VOX capability for hands-free operation
  • 21 hours of long battery life with BP-294 (TX: RX: Standby=5:5:90.)
  • 5 W output power
  • The self check function checks internal temperature, and connected battery voltage (over voltage detection)
  • Monitor function
  • Priority scan function
  • Dual/Tri-watch function for monitoring CH16 and/or call channel
  • Favorite channel function for quick access to often used channels

 Accessories Included

  • BP-294 battery pack
  • BC-227 rapid charger
  • BC-123SV AC adapter
  • FA-SC58V antenna
  • MBB-3 belt clip
  • Hand strap





  Marine channels PMR channels
Frequency coverage Tx 156.000–161.450 MHz 136.000–174.000 MHz
Rx 156.000–163.425 MHz
Usable channel groups,
Number of channels
INT, USA* channels
(* Varies according to version)
100 PMR channels
Type of emissions 16K0G3E (EUR, UK)

Channel spacing 25 kHz (EUR, UK)
25/12.5 kHz

20/12.5 kHz
Power supply requirement 7.2 V DC nominal
Current drain
Tx (at 5 W) 1.5 A
Rx Max. audio 0.45 A
Antenna impedance 50 Ω
Operating temperature range -15 °C to +55 °C -25 °C to +55 °C
Dimensions (W×H×D)
(Projections not included)
56 × 92 × 36.2 mm (With BP-294)
56 × 92 × 29 mm (With BP-290)
Weight (approximate) 281 g (with BP-294, FA-SC58V and MBB-3)
246 g (with BP-290, FA-SC58V and MBB-3)


  Marine channels PMR channels
Output power (at 7.2 V DC) 5/3/1 W 5/3/1 W
Max. frequency deviation ±5.0 kHz (EUR, UK)
±5.0 kHz (Wide)
±2.5 kHz (Narrow)

±4.0 kHz (Wide)
±2.5 kHz (Narrow)
Frequency stability ±1.5 kHz
Spurious emissions 0.25 μW (≤2 GHz),1.0 μW (>2 GHz)
Residual modulation 40 dB 40 dB (Wide)
34 dB (Narrow)
Audio harmonic distortion 10% (at 60% deviation)
Modulation limiting 60-100% of maximum deviation


  Marine channels PMR channels
Sensitivity (at 20 dB SINAD) -4 dBμ emf typical -4 dBμ emf typical (Wide)
-2 dBμ emf typical (Narrow)
Adjacent channel selectivity 70 dB 70 dB (Wide)
60 dB (Narrow)
Spurious response 70 dB
Intermodulation 68 dB 65 dB
Hum and noise 40 dB 40 dB (Wide), 34 dB (Narrow )
Audio output power Internal SP 700 mW typical
(at 10% distortion with 12 Ω load at 1 kHz)
External SP 700 mW typical
(at 10% distortion with 8 Ω load at 1 kHz)

Measurements made in accordance with EN 301-178 or EN 300 086.
All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Applicable U.S. Military Specifications

Standard MIL-810 G
Method Procedure
Low Pressure 500.5 I, II
High Temperature 501.5 I, II
Low Temperature 502.5 I, II
Temperature Shock 503.5 I-C
Solar Radiation 505.5 I
Rain Blowing/Drip 506.5 I, III
Humidity 507.5 II
Salt Fog 509.5
Dust Blowing 510.5 I
Immersion 512.5 I
Vibration 514.6 I
Shock 516.6 I, IV

Also meets equivalent MIL-STD-810-C, -D -E and -F.

Applicable IP Rating

Ingress Protection Standard
Water IP67
(Dust-tight and waterproof protection)
Model # IC-M85E
Brand Icom
Shipping Weight 0.7500kg
Shipping Width 0.100m
Shipping Height 0.500m
Shipping Length 0.100m
Shipping Cubic 0.005000000m3

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