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Old 02-24-2013, 05:53 AM
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Anyone have one? What do you think about them?
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:01 AM
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There are two new models that just been released.

The Link 5 DSC/VHF

The Link 8 DSC/AIS/VHF with both NMEA 0183/N2k data connectivity

http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Products/VHF-AIS/
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:25 AM
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The models are just introduced so there is very little if any user experience with the Link models yet.

I will buy a Simrad RS35 before the boating season starts here. RS35 is the Simrad version of Link-8, the only difference in addition to the front bezel is the support for wireless handset for RS35. I've been waiting for a modest priced VHF with integrated AIS receiver and NMEA 2000 interface for a couple of years now.

According to what I've heard the new models is a clear step up quality wise from the previous Navman based radios previously sold with Simrad brand.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:35 AM
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The one i located was lvr-880u. VHF with fm radio. I have never heard of a set up like that. They still have that model on Lowrance web site. I look on the BOE Marine site and they don't carry that model. Could be a reason why!!
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Go for one of the new Link models.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:24 AM
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Regarding VHF Marine Band radios sold by Lowrance, I would say that I have not been impressed with them, up to now. As mentioned, NAVICO has introduced what appears to be a new generation of VHF Marine Band radios, including the LINK-8 in the Lowrance brand. I think a lot of people are waiting for this radio to be delivered, to be installed, and to hear some reports about how it works. If the LINK-8 is able to combine the innovation of NMEA-2000 with top-tier radio performance, it will be a very popular radio choice.

As for prior radios made by Lowrance, I don't see anything special about them. The one you mentioned, the LVR-880, cannot be legally sold in the USA at the moment because it fails to meet minimum FCC standards. I would not buy one.
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The DSC Class D version LVR-880E has been sold in Europe for several years, in US a SC-101 version was previously sold. Strange they don't have a Class D version for US.
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Great info. on the lvr-800 thanks
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:31 PM
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Ok guys what about the Simrad rs25 vhf. Any info.??
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:41 PM
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RS25 is one of the old rebranded Navman radios, the new model is RS12. RS12 has NMEA 2000 so the interfacing is much simpler and more reliable.

http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US...dio-en-us.aspx
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
The DSC Class D version LVR-880E has been sold in Europe for several years, in US a SC-101 version was previously sold. Strange they don't have a Class D version for US.
Lowrance made the USA version have a receiver for Commercial FM Broadcast Service, 88-MHz to 108-MHz. I think they figured their customers would like that because they could listen to NASCAR races while fishing.
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Originally Posted by jhebert View Post
Lowrance made the USA version have a receiver for Commercial FM Broadcast Service, 88-MHz to 108-MHz. I think they figured their customers would like that because they could listen to NASCAR races while fishing.
The Euro Version has the receiver too...

I use one each on my two boats and like them
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Originally Posted by divefreak View Post
The Euro Version [of the LVR-880] has the [FM Broadcast Band] receiver too.
That is interesting. I did not know that. Perhaps the only real difference was the certification with the FCC. Maybe Lowrance figured it was not worth the expense to certify the radio as Class-D with the FCC's specifications. Maybe they knew they'd have a better radio coming in a year, anyway.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:11 PM
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I have the Link-5 and I really like it. The Link-8 has many more bells and whistles that are no beneficial to my style of boating, so I saved a few duckets and bought the 5.

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I have one of the older units with DSC; NMEA 0183 linkage. It works fine, and I think the display is easy to read in the overhead electronic box. I'd love to upgrade to the LINK models, but mine works. When I do replace my radio, it will have NMEA 2000, just because it is my backbone and I wouldn't need a separate link.
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