• GMDSS Portable for Survival Craft

    The GM1600 Marine VHF handheld is designed for GMDSS compliant survival craft communications. The radio is engineered to survive and function in the extreme environmental conditions common in marine emergencies and brings the latest Search and Rescue technology to the marketplace. The GM1600’s shock-resistant housing is constructed of a brightly colored dye-injected polymer assuring this essential piece of emergency equipment will always be easy to find in a survival bag, in a life raft, or any other place when you need to find it quickly.

    Output Power:


    Battery Life:

    3300mAh Lithium battery, up to 8 hours & 750mAh Ni-Cd battery
    Typical operation; Tx:Rx:Stand-by duty ratio = 5:5:90

    Waterproof Rating:


    Survival Craft Radio

    The GM1600 meets temperature, thermal shock, vibration and drop resistant (from 1 m height) requirements. After passing those environmental tests, the GM1600 sustains 1m depth waterproof construction specified with IMO resolutions A.809(19), A.694(17) and IEC 61097-12. The BP-234 battery can operate even at –4ºF.

    Easy Operation

    All knobs are sized for quick operation and the large, well-labeled buttons feature a positive action "feel" with a programmable beep tone for sure operation. The front panel includes one touch access to Channel 16 and call channel.

    Additional Features

    • Operation instructions are printed on the rear panel
    • All operation can be made with one hand
    • Bright LED indicator on the top of panel
    • Optional VOX headset for on-board use


  • General
    Frequency Range (Tx/Rx) 156.300–156.875MHz
    Mode FM (16K0G3E)
    Power supply requirement 7.5/7.2V DC nominal

    Current drain

    (at 7.5/7.2V DC)

    Tx 2W output 1.0A
      1W output 0.7A
    Rx AF max. 200mA

    Operating temperature range

    -20°C to °60°C; -4°F to +140°F
    Antenna Impedance 50Ω (SMA fixed type)

    Dimensions (W×H×D)

    (Projections not included)

    65 × 145 × 44 mm;

    29/16 × 523/32 (H) × 123/32 in

    Weight (approx.) 385g; 13.6oz (with BP-234)
    Output power 2W/1W (Hi/Low)
    Max. frequency deviation ±5.0kHz

    Frequency Error


    Spurious emissions

    -70dBc typical
    Adjacent channel power 70dB
    FM Hum and noise ratio 40dB
    Audio harmonic distortion Less than 10% (at 60% mod.)



    0.25µV (at 12dB SINAD)

    Squelch sensitivity

    0.35µV typ. (at threshold)

    Adjacent Channel Selectivity


    Spurious response


    Intermodulation Rejection

    70dB typ.
    Hum and noise ratio 40dB

    Audio output power

    0.35W typ.

    To comply with the requirements of GMDSS survival craft radio, the primary battery pack, BP-234, is required.

    Measurement made in accordance with TIA/EIA-603 and FCC part 80.271 for USA version. All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

    Supplied Accessories

    • Battery pack, BP-234
    • Battery pack, BP-252
    • Battery charger, BC-173
    • AC adapter, BC-147SA
    • Belt clip, MB-103Y
    • Antenna, FA-S61V
    • Neck strap