A new full-function, fixed mount, 25-watt Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radio is a “perfect performance radio for cost-conscious consumers” with the latest VHF functionality and high quality construction, says its manufacturer.
The VHF (very high frequency) radio has been unveiled by marine electronics brand, Lowrance which hopes that its new Lowrance Link-5, designed for clear and simple Class D DSC operation, will deliver high quality performance and features at a reasonable price.
“The Lowrance Link-5 VHF radio offers the most functional and easy to use radio for a great price," said Greg Konig, Product Line Director at Lowrance.
“Meeting the latest international compliance standards, the Link-5 delivers ultimate reliability and performance for unparalleled safety and communication on the water, anywhere in the world.”
The Lowrance Link-5’s features include a best-in-class microphone, six quick keys for simple and reliable helm operation, and a built-in speaker which delivers clear audio that is easy to hear – even with the background noise typically associated with boating.
The Link-5 radio also has an intuitive rotary control knob for easy channel changing across all international marine channels, and simple menu navigation for quick use in scenarios where safety is a concern.
Safety is also covered with memory retention, the radio logs up to 10 distress calls and 20 individual DSC calls. DSC control keys include (priority) 16/9, 3CH/+/- for quick channel changing.
Its GPS latitude and longitude data is presented on a 1 x 1.8 in (2.6 x 4.6 cm) LCD display with adjustable backlighting.
The radio also has an easy-grip rubber moulding cover for secure holding and operation, and boasts an ultra-rugged waterproof case construction designed to complement the colour and styling of the new Lowrance HDS® Gen2 multifunction displays.
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, weather channels with a 1050 Hz tone alert and a second receiver for channel 70, the VHF band.