Subsea Model 5180

Subsea model 5180 is a compact, wireless, through-water, medium range communication system designed specifically for communications between small submersibles where space is at an absolute premium and surface vessels for distances up to 3 km at 27 kHz.

Subsea Model 5180’s is unequalled in the industry in terms of:

  • Clarity of speech
  • Compact size for versatile installation locations ( L = 18.8cm, W = 12cm, H = 8.2cm Less connectors and controls ( 7.4” x 4.7” x 3.2” )
  • Range up to 3 km at 27 kHz
  • Clear communications in strong currents and around obstacles
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability in professional use
  • Many frequency options available

Advanced technology contributes to the superior quality of communications from the Subsea Model 5180. Sophisticated electronic circuitry and filtering techniques are utilized to enhance speech clarity and reduce extraneous noises, thereby providing optimum clarity under adverse conditions. The Subsea Model 5180 — like all of Subsea Import's products — employs crystal-controlled single side band (SSB) ultrasonic techniques. Subsea’s SSB technology provides distortion free transmissions and extended battery life. Operators will enjoy clear communications even in strong currents or waters crowded with ships and obstacles.

The Subsea Model 5180 has the capability to support two transducers, one facing upward and one facing downward. This optimizes communication from both above and below the submerged vehicle.

The Subsea Model 5180 is designed for applications in small submersibles, where the underwater vehicle is always at a distance less than 3 km from the surface vessel.

The Subsea model 5180 provides the most affordable, high quality communications capability in a compact cabinet on the market today.


  • Very compact size
  • All controls and connectors are sealed and waterproof
  • Range of up to 3 km at 27 kHz
  • Option for hand microphone or headset with boom microphone. With headset / boom microphone option the user also has the option of VOX ( voice activation ) of the transmitter
  • Many frequency options available
  • Operation for up & down transducers
  • Transmitter pinger mode for location and emergency situations

Companion Products

The Scubaphone 1080SX is recommended as the portable, waterproof, surface station for the Subsea Model 5180.

Optional Model 470 noise cancelling headset with boom microphone to supply the surface operator with privacy and the ability to communicate under extremely noisy surface conditions.

Remote speaker model 2210 (Please note the Subsea Model 5180 does not have a built in speaker).