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Old 10-06-2014, 01:15 PM
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Default Which VHF - SH 2150 or Lowrance Link-8??

I'm looking at both of these units online...I've seen plenty here and the respective mfr's websites and have basically concluded that I would be happy with either one except the Link 8 is a bit cheaper.

Can the peanut gallery give me some guidance and thoughts on the 2 vs each other?

Which is the better radio, better value, better support, yada yada.

My boat is a 22 ft whaler that I use mainly on LIS and sometimes out at Block Island or MV. I will be connecting to a Garmin 547 XS via NM2k for AIS and DSC purposes.

on a separate note - anybody want a West Marine flushmount vhf with a blown speaker?!
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No brainer...Standard Horizon. Any of their units from the GX1700 up to the GX2200 are excellent
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Link-8 would be easier to install since it uses NMEA 2000, this cabling is also more robust than the single wires of NMEA 183. Link-8 is loud and clear and has an intuitive user interface.
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Can't speak for the Link 8, but very happy with my SH 2150. Linked to my Furuno gp7000f and works great. Speaker is loud, clear, P/A is loud n clear also
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Probably easiest question on the forum today, Link-8 no doubt. First off the SH isn't a N2K VHF and the Link 8 is and will pick up more AIS targets than the SH, that comes from personal experience. SH makes a very good VHF, it will be great when they start making them network with N2K. I wish I had bought a Link 8.
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mahimahi99,

The GX2150 will display up to 15 of the closest AIS targets on the radio's display, however the radio will send via NMEA ALL the AIS targets within range to an AIS capable chartplotter such as the Garmin 547 XS.

The AIS Activation Range can be adjusted in the Menu from 1-50 NM.
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I suppose NM2k isn't critical as the 183 connection would do the same thing although I prefer the 2000 ease of connection...so let's say which is 'the best' as these both seem to be quality products...any experience with breakdowns, ease of updating software (do these have software updates?!) etc...

What do the electronics sales guys here think?
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Standard Horizon customer service speaks volumes.
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You will never see a Lowrance VHF on a commerce vessel. At least not in my 26 years at sea. You will see Furuno, Standard Horizon, and Icom. For pleasure use, the Standard Horizon gets my vote. Ours are on 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year

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What's the problem with Lowrance? Crappy circuits? Bad customer service? Short warranty?

What about the link 8's cousin, the Simrad r 35?
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The Link 8 is really a Simrad and although maybe not as popular as Icom or Furuno here in the US, it has been widely used commercially and in the yachting industry in Europe since the 1940's, which originally was started by making radios for the commercial fishing. That being said, don't think you can go wrong with either radio. I would just see if you can find them on display and play with them and see which one you like navigating through the best and that's the one you should get. I wouldn't worry about the customer service of the manufacture as much as the customer service of the vendor you buy it from, good vendors (like the ones on here) sometimes can take care of you faster and even pull some strings with the manufacturers that we individuals might not be able to do.
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Thanks mahi....unfortunately west marine (closest chandlery to me) doesn't carry any of these in the store so no dice...That's why I'd like to hear from our resident vendors and then buy from one of them (hint, hint!)
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Originally Posted by CaptPuddie View Post
You will never see a Lowrance VHF on a commerce vessel. At least not in my 26 years at sea. You will see Furuno, Standard Horizon, and Icom. For pleasure use, the Standard Horizon gets my vote. Ours are on 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year


I've never even seen a lowrance vhf... and I've only seen 1 or 2 garmins ever.
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I've never even seen a lowrance vhf... and I've only seen 1 or 2 garmins ever.
Exactly...
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Originally Posted by CaptPuddie View Post
Exactly...
the Link 8 is as mentioned made by Simrad - who have made VHF radios longer than MOST. (Since the end of the 1940's)

Simrad is one of the most trusted VHF radios in Europe and has been for many years on all commercial vessels. When I was working on commercial fishing boats - most had Simrad gear and Simrad VHFs. And the Lowrance Link8 is just a re-badged Simrad RS35 without the HS35 wireless interface.

I can only say my Simrad RS35 VHF is great - it is loud, clear and has amazing receive and send properties. The AIS receiver is super sensitive and receives targets > 100 miles away despite me being 12 miles inland through canals.
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Originally Posted by Standard Horizon View Post
mahimahi99,

The GX2150 will display up to 15 of the closest AIS targets on the radio's display, however the radio will send via NMEA ALL the AIS targets within range to an AIS capable chartplotter such as the Garmin 547 XS.

The AIS Activation Range can be adjusted in the Menu from 1-50 NM.
Hmm...interesting claim because I have used a GX2200 on a boat that was 3 slips away from another boat that had a Simrad RS35 both with the same Shakespeare 5225XT antennas on Hardtops of similar heights, and the RS 35 was picking up AIS targets that the SH wasn't not sure why (about 6 more), the SH was connected to a Simrad NSS 7 evo2 on 300 Marlin GW and the RS 35 was connected to a Simrad NSS 12 (on a 275 Explorer Aquasport). Either way I thought it was strange and I still think either radio is an excellent choice but I give the edge to Simrad because of the N2K networking capabilities.

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