Lowrance has introduced its new fixed-mount, 25-watt Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radio, the Lowrance Link-5. Class D compliant for global use, the new VHF touts high-quality performance and features without a high price. The microphone has six quick keys for simple and reliable helm operation, plus a built-in speaker that delivers clear audio that is easy to hear – even with the ambient noise typically associated with boating.
Designed for clear and simple Class D DSC operation, the Link-5 radio has an intuitive and efficient rotary knob interface for easy channel changing, menu navigation and setting control. Clear display of GPS lat/lon data is presented on a 1 x 1.8 in (2.6 x 4.6 cm) LCD display with adjustable backlighting. The Lowrance Link-5 features an extra large Channel 16 key, dedicated volume and squelch knobs, weather keys, selectable Dual and TriWatch modes, local and distant functions, and three user-selectable channels.
The Link-5 marine VHF system boasts an ultra-rugged waterproof chassis designed to complement the colour and styling of the new Lowrance HDS® Gen2 multifunction displays. Equipped with memory retention, the radio logs up to 10 distress calls and 20 individual DSC calls. DSC control keys include (priority) 16/9, WX, 3CH/+/- for quick channel changing, CALL, EXIT, SCAN and MENU. Additional system features include a rotary volume control with power on/off, all-channel priority and memory channel scans, 20 user-programmable names with MMSI, and a second receiver for Channel 70.
Offering selectable 25/1-watt transmit power and NMEA 0183 compatibility, the Link-5 includes a flush-mount kit, wires for 4-watt external speakers, and optional stainless-steel and nylon mounts for 2.4m and 1m fibreglass antennas.
The Link-5 VHF radio is protected by a two-year limited warranty, and backed by the five-year Advantage Service Program. The Link-5 VHF radio will be available for purchase in early 2013. RRP in Australia is AU$249.