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Old 05-13-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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My Icom decided not to come out of winterization this year. What is everyones thoughts on the LOWRANCE LVR-250? I have the HDS GPS/FF system so connecting would be a breeze but how are they in comparison to other units and would I be able to connect it directly to my Shakesphere antenna using the existing coaxial cable?
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Your antenna will connect - no issue.

The LVR 250 is a SC-101 DSC unit, if I recall. A full class D DSC unit has a separate receiver built in that continually monitors CH 70. There are decent Std Horizon, Raymarine and ICOM units available for less than $200.

Lowrance GPS units may or may not be able to plot position requests on the screen...do a search and see what you find....
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It seems to be the easiest connection right to the GPS instead of splitting wires. I am far from knowledgeable when it comes to doing electronics and that might be my easy way out for safety concerns. I had an Icom but was not impressed, standard horizon seems nice but I'd like to install simply to the GPS and the unit has a port right for the radio
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The LVR 250 is NMEA 0183, not NMEA 2000 so it wouldn't be any easier to hook up than any other VHF radio out there. As others have stated you can pick up a good DSC class D for about the same price. I have a Lowrance LVR 880 that I picked up for ease of of hook-up (NMEA 2000) but I knew going in that it is not fully class D capable.

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The LVR 250 is NMEA 0183, not NMEA 2000 so it wouldn't be any easier to hook up than any other VHF radio out there. As others have stated you can pick up a good DSC class D for about the same price. I have a Lowrance LVR 880 that I picked up for ease of of hook-up (NMEA 2000) but I knew going in that it is not fully class D capable.

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The LVR 250 is NMEA0183, but the wiring harness has a plug on it to connect directly to an HDS unit. If you were connecting it to another GPS, my guess is you would have to cut the plug off and then direct wire it.

If the OP wants plug and play to his HDS, then yes, the LVR 250 may be the way to go.
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What do you mean by a class d?
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Class D dsc units have a dedicated second receiver in the VHF that continuously monitors CH 70. SC-101 units utilze one receiver which scans for DSC calls, but if you set up your radio to scan other channels, the receiver has to do both tasks.
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I fish inshore, my goal is to hit the mudhole this year which is about 15 miles out. I only have a 22 foot center console do you think the upgrade is necessary? I am equipped with a GPS/FF and a secondary Nav unit. Obviously when replace there will be a VHF as well.

Also when I get a new unit will I need a new Identification number or punch in my old one that I have received from sea tow? I am young but electronics are nothing more than a pain if you ask me however necessary. My favorite piece is my cell phone which I can wash off with a hose
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Your cell is not gonna work at the mudhole. Last year mine lost signal at about 10 miles.
What are you looking to catch there? Are the initials BFT?
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You got me there, anything ending in T is my goal this year. I have my HMA and want to make sure I put it to use this year. I'd also like to add some mahi in the mix with my lofty goal of a mako. Next week is the first boat trip if I can get my trim tab issue corrected to start sea bass season off with a bang. Hopefully last years sleeper spots hold strong to start this year off.
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The MMSI belongs to you....program it into your new radio.
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I I only have a 22 foot center console do you think the upgrade is necessary?
Don't know what to tell you about the "full" DSC Class D and the other way, which is the single receiver doing both jobs. Although I went for the "full" when I bought a new radio a while back, in your case, I think you'll be fine without it. I say this recognizing that the "plug and play" ability is really important to you, and have seen a lot of guys here have trouble making the connections without the P&P (and no, it shouldn't be that big a deal but for many -- probably including you -- it is.)

The "really big" DSC feature, transmitting your alarm when you are in trouble to summon rescue, works exactly the same on either one, so you will give up nothing there. About the receiving, how often are you going to be receiving an alarm and then what will you do about it? What I mean is that the pretty small chance of missing a call on Ch. 70 (which will probably be repeated anyway) is not really the big deal. The big deal, as I said, is getting yourself in shape to send a distress call. Plus with the lower-end unit you WILL get all calls on Ch. 70, unless your receiver is doing something else at the time.

If the Lowrance plug and play will do that for you (and it will) I'd say go for it and don't worry about it.
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My wires are already run from the Nav to the radio unit. Being a 22' the console like to shake and bounce around so the 2 little wires always seem to pull/get loose and every year I pull the connections out the wires pull clean and have to re crimp the following year. That being said the single cord seems easier.
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