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Old 09-04-2014, 07:13 AM
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Looking for some input on the Lowrance Link-8 VHF. I know it's pretty much the same as the Simrad RS35 but without the wireless mic capability which I don't need.

I've read of some issues with weather channels specifically.

I will be networking with Simrad units.

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Old 09-04-2014, 12:34 PM
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i just bought the unit for the same setup and for the same reasons. as soon as its installed i will let you know! Ive seen mostly good reviews, with very little negative feedback.
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Originally Posted by Roosty View Post
i just bought the unit for the same setup and for the same reasons. as soon as its installed i will let you know! Ive seen mostly good reviews, with very little negative feedback.
Outstanding, please post up your results here to this thread if you'd be so kind. I looked at the ICOM M506 but that joker is twice the price and for Mr. Recreational Boater, it is not that nice lol. I'd buy the RS35 first.

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I have the Link-8, no issues so far. Mine is networked to my HDS gen2 unit.
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Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
Looking for some input on the Lowrance Link-8 VHF.
I tested a Lowrance LINK-8 radio. See my findings at

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/ref...rtPlotter.html

The article is really more about the general interconnection of DSC radios and chart plotters, but you may find the information it contains about the Lowrance LINK-8 VHF Marine Band DSC radio to be useful.

The principal attraction of the Lowrance LINK-8 radio is the provision of a NMEA-2000 network interface. This greatly simplifies the integration of the radio with a chart plotter and GNSS receiver.

The LINK-8 radio was introduced about a year ago. There were some initial problems, but they seemed to have been resolved by evolution of the radio firmware. At the price-point of the LINK-8 there is presently no competition. Lowrance has experience with NMEA-2000 devices. They seem to have implemented the NMEA-2000 network interface in the radio without any problems. I would not normally look to Lowrance to be a supplier of VHF Marine Band radios, as I don't think that is their strong suit, but given the lack of other manufacturers with a NMEA-2000 VHF Marine Band DSC radio, and the aggressive price of the LINK-8, it is becoming a popular choice.
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Simrad has a long story when it comes to VHF radios, they actually started converting surplus military radios after WW2 for use by the Norwegian fishing fleet. Link-8 is almost identical to Simrad RS35.
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James and Vidar, thanks very much.

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