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Waterproof Radio Ratings & How To Ensure You're Choosing The Right Radio For Your Application

Waterproof Motorola Radio Plunging into water

As an expert in wireless two-way radio communications, Birch's Communications is always looking for ways to educate customers on the latest technology and products available. One important aspect of radio technology is waterproof ratings, which determine how well a radio can withstand exposure to water and other elements. In this blog post, we will discuss the various waterproof ratings and what they mean for users.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has established a set of standards, known as IP ratings, that classify the degree of protection provided by electrical enclosures against the intrusion of foreign objects (including dust) and moisture. The first digit in an IP rating indicates the level of protection against solid particles, while the second digit indicates the level of protection against liquids.

For example, a radio with an IP67 rating would be completely dust-tight and able to withstand immersion in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, a radio with an IPX6 rating would be protected against powerful water jets, but not able to withstand complete submersion.

When choosing a waterproof radio, it's important to consider the specific needs of the user. A construction worker or someone who spends a lot of time outdoors in rainy conditions may require a radio with a higher waterproof rating, while a radio used primarily indoors may not need as high of a rating.

Off-Roading, Camping, and Hiking

We all know that Mother Nature can be unpredictable, so it's important to have communication equipment that can withstand any weather. When you're out off-roading, camping, or hiking, turn to Icom's two-way radios. Our V3MR model, with its IP54 rating, is perfect for hobbyists who want to stay connected while out in nature. But for those who want extra insurance against the elements, consider the V10MR with its IP67 rating.


When you're out on the water kayaking, cruising, or fishing, having VHF communications is a must. And the last thing you want is for your main source of communication to succumb to water. That's why our VHF handheld marine radios are rated for water immersion and some even float above water like the M94D with its IPX7 rating. For those that don't float, they have a higher IP rating to handle accidental drops under water, like the M85 with its IP67 rating.

First Responders

When it comes to public safety, durability is key. Icom's P25 radios are built to withstand even the toughest conditions that first responders face. Water from hoses or other debris is no problem for our F7000 series radios, all of which have an IP68 rating.


Construction sites can be tough environments for communication equipment, but Birch's Communications has got you covered. Most, if not all, of Icom's land mobile radios are suitable for construction sites, with the durability to withstand falls on concrete and metal frames. For wet environments, seek out a radio with at least an IP67 rating, while an IP54 rating is perfect for unexpected water surprises. Check out our full list of land mobile radios here.

At Birch's Communications, we take pride in offering superior communication solutions to a variety of industries, from public safety to hospitality. As a family-owned and operated business with over 40 years of experience, we believe in providing cost-effective solutions and exceptional customer service. Whether you're looking for a two-way radio for your hobby or your job, we can help you find the perfect solution. Contact us today at our location in Dorothy, NJ.

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