Ultra Compact Intrinsically Safe Radio
with 5 Watt Power Output

Marine’s Smallest Waterproof Handheld
The M85 is the smallest, lightest, and toughest radio on the market today! The M85 is built to MIL-STD 810 and can withstand hazardous and inhospitable environments, both on land and at sea. The IP67 waterproof rating protects the radio even if dropped in water. Yacht and commercial customers like the M85 because of the 100 programmable land mobile channels, as well as the easy-to-use built-in voice scrambler for private communications. The M85 is full of the features you need, including an automated emergency alarm.

5 W output power for hazardous locations approved by UL

* Land mobile channels for the USA version: 2 W

Intrinsically safe

Built to withstand the elements, the submersible M85UL intrinsically safe VHF handheld is perfect for commercial customers working in harsh environments. The M85UL, plus the BP292UL and HM184UL, meets the latest ANSI/TIA-4950-B, ANSI/UL 121201, and UL913 - Edition 8 requirements for:

  • Intrinsically safe: Class I, Division 1, Groups C, D;
  • Class II, Division 1, Groups E, F, G;
  • Class III. T3C.
  • Non-incendive: Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D

* When used with Icom BP-292UL battery pack

* Ambient temperature: –20°C to +60°C

Compact and lightweight commercial grade marine and
land mobile hybrid radio

Covering 136–174 MHz land mobile frequency,
in addition to VHF marine channels

700 mW powerful audio provides clear communications

Abundant Emergency Functions; Man Over Board,
Man Down, and Lone Worker Alarms

Easy switch between channel groups (Marine LMR)
with a programmable multi-function button on the top panel

IP67 and MIL-STD-810G rugged construction

AquaQuake™ prevents audio degradation from
a water-logged speaker

11 hours of long-lasting operating time
(with BP-292UL, TX: RX: Standby = 5 : 5 : 90)

Optional speaker-microphone, HM-184UL


Marine channels Land mobile channels
Frequency coverage Tx 156.025–157.425 MHz 136.000–174.000 MHz
Rx 156.050–163.275 MHz
Usable channel groups,
Number of channels
USA, INT, CAN, WX channels
(* Varies according to version)
100 land mobile channels
Type of emissions
(Channel spacing)
USA 16K0G3E (25 kHz) 11K0F3E (12.5 kHz)
EXP 16K0G3E (25 kHz) 16K0F3E (25 kHz)
11K0F3E (12.5 kHz)
Power supply requirement 7.2 V DC nominal
Current drain
Tx USA 1.5 A (at 5 W) 0.9 A (at 2 W)
EXP 1.5 A (at 5 W)
Rx Max. audio 0.45 A
Antenna impedance 50 Ω
Operating temperature range -20 °C to +60 °C
-4 °F to +140 °F
-30 °C to +60 °C
-22 °F to +140 °F
Dimensions (W×H×D)
(Projections not included)
56 × 92 × 34.1 mm, 2.2 × 3.6 × 1.3 in (With BP-292UL) 
Weight (approximate) 285 g, 10.1 oz (with BP-292UL, FA-SC58V and MBB-3)


Marine channels Land mobile channels
Output power (at 7.2 V DC) USA 5/3/1 W 2/1 W
EXP 5/3/1 W
Max. frequency deviation ±5.0 kHz ±5.0 kHz (Wide)
±2.5 kHz (Narrow)
Frequency stability ±5.0 ppm
Spurious emissions -70 dBc typical
Hum and noise 40 dB 40 dB (Wide)
34 dB (Narrow)
Audio harmonic distortion 10% (at 60% deviation)
Modulation limiting 60-100% of maximum deviation


Marine channels Land mobile channels
Sensitivity (at 12 dB SINAD) 0.25 μV typical
Adjacent channel selectivity 70 dB typical 70 dB typical (Wide)
55 dB typical (Narrow)
Spurious response 70 dB typical
Intermodulation 70 dB typical
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)
External SP 700 mW typical(at 10% distortion with 8 Ω load)

Measurements made in accordance with TIA/EIA-603.
All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Applicable U.S. Military Specifications & IP Rating

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.


Ingress Protection Standard
Dust & Water IP67 (Dust-tight and waterproof protection)

Supplied Accessories

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

* May differ, depending on transceiver version.

Catalogs / Brochures

Brochures Name Size
Marine Products 6.48MB
IC-M85UL 330KB

Instruction Manual / Guides

Name Model Name Note
Basic Manual (Spanish) IC-M85UL