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SH GX2200 vs Lowrance Link 8

Old 08-19-2017, 09:50 AM
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My current setup is Lowrance HDS 7 & 12 Touch G2 as my main units. I also have sonar hub, tm260, b175hw, 4g radar, and outboard pilot. I have a Raymarine 55 VHF connected nmea 0183 and it's been good, but I want to add AIS so I can see those vessels on my screen outside of my radar range. I'm trying to decide between the Standard Horizons GX2200 or the Lowrance Link 8 (or Simrad rs35). I understand that the GX2200 has it's own GPS and I would only be able to connect it via nmea 0183. The link 8 has no GPS, but would easily network with my existing nmea 2000 network. I want to know if one is a better quality radio as I don't wan't to give up any signal quality for a feature as I often go 50-70 miles offshore in the Pacific. The GX2200 is about $100 more.
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Having had both, I think the SH is a better built product.

My early software version Link8 was troublesome
Old 08-19-2017, 11:33 PM
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Having a Link-8 connected to your HDS via N2K enables some features like being able to call DSC vessels from the HDS.

I would check if the SH radio has N2K or NMEA0183. N2K is much easiry to set up.
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I have a Link 8 and a Shakespeare 5225 (West Marine branded) antenna. Works great. There is a new software update that just came out (2.91) and I'm not sure what it changes or improves. I'm happy with it.
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Having a Link-8 connected to your HDS via N2K enables some features like being able to call DSC vessels from the HDS.

I would check if the SH radio has N2K or NMEA0183. N2K is much easiry to set up.

Is the DSC calling the same as what Lowrance is calling "track your buddy"? Does the other boat need to have a Lowrance/Simrad VHF for this buddy tracking to work? Most of my friends don't have a Lowrance VHF, but most do have the DSC set up for emergencies. Is anyone able to track you or is only if you give them your MMSI? I don't want to be giving up my fishing spots to uninvited guests.
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Track your buddy is a DSC function that sends a position request to "your buddy" using their MMSI number. You have to know their MMSI number before you send the requst.

If they are broadcasting their AIS you don't need to track them as they are already telling everyone where they are.

So you need to ask them for their number. You can the set up the request to auto ask every 15 minutes or more and when the reply comes you will see their location display on your chart (if you have Navico radio and MFD).

If you are receiving the requst you have the option to ignore them, manualy reply or set it to auto reply. If you don't want anyone tracking you don't give out your number and/or turn off DSC auto reply.

It is a good way for you to keep an eye out for your buddy so they don't get lost.
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Thanks guys. I went with the SH GX2200 as it appears that it will allow me to send a DSC position request (seems like the same thing as buddy tracker)

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