With its integrated GPS receiver, Lowrance Link-9 has four ways to ensure GPS reliability in the event of an emergency. A GPS antenna in the face of the radio allows for open-air installations, and the SMA connector can be coupled with a GPS-500 antenna. NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 connections allow sharing of GPS data from a chart plotter or from another antenna that’s already in the system.
Lowrance Link-9 also has a built-in dual-channel AIS receiver that lets the user monitor the position of nearby AIS-equipped vessels to assist in collision avoidance. The information is clearly viewable on the Link-9’s built-in screen or can be overlaid on top of a chart or radar through a compatible multifunction display. Users can also share recreational cruises and fishing trips with up to five friends using Track Buddy, which requests the location of another VHF radio using a digital selective calling (DSC) position request.
Other features include Navigation mode, which displays speed and course, and Man Overboard (MOB) function, which drops a waypoint in the current location and provides distance and steering instructions to retrieve a person in the water. The waypoint is also transmitted over NMEA 2000 to the rest of the network.
Lowrance Link-9 is simple to install with a low-profile, front-mount design. A start-up wizard, easy channel scan and a “favorites’”option enhance the user-friendly functionality of the large, clear white dot-matrix LCD screen.