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Old 02-10-2014, 06:14 PM   #11
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I think I may have gotten a better deal then I originally anticipated. I got the Elite 5X-DSI for 279.00. Not sure whats different about it (the 'X" part) but whatever. Under 300.00 and it's just what I was looking for. Thanks guys!!

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Old 02-10-2014, 06:34 PM   #12
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Glad it worked out for you!

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Old 02-11-2014, 02:27 AM   #13
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Not as well as I originally thought…. I read… a LOT and I research, a LOT. Kind of a dorky I.T. thing I guess, I’m a computer scientist.

Turns out the “X” is NOT the GPS model that I asked for, it’s the medium, (better than the “Mark 5” models) but the “X” does not have GPS. Taking it back tomorrow…The Elite 5 is the better unit. Only posting this so others can learn the difference. This information is not easy to come by; I looked for hours until I found this. -
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A friend of mine bought an Elite model and I don't think his had GPS either, I know it doesn't support DSC. My Lorance model ? does have GPS an supports DSC which I have connected to my VHF. These units cost ~$700 and are combos GPS, Chartplotter, & Fishfinder. Mine has 2 transducers, 1 of sonor, 1 with a paddel wheel/ temp sensor.

Correction looked up my friends Elite-5 model and it does have GPS but does not support DSC.

BTY my unit is a LMS-525C
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:51 PM   #15
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I had to look up DSC = Displays DSC Distress and Position report calls received from a DSC VHF radio. Not something I'm really interested in because I'm in Omaha On big water this would be a must I suppose.

I returned the Elite 5X-DSI model this morning and purchased their last Elite 5-DSI/with GPS. All is well now...... Chartplotter, Fishfinder. (DSI -down scan imaging) transducer with temp sensor and speed from GPS.
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Great glad you were able to get what you wanted.

DSC = Digital Select Calling. Sends GPS data and MMSI. The data base looks up MMSI and Coast Guard gets all the info you supplied on database, boat info, your info, emergency contact. This helps them identify you boat when on sight and who to contact if you are are hurt. The system also switches to a VHF channel the CG will try to contact you on
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Since we are on the subject of electronics, Cobra, makes a hand held vhf radio that is 100% waterproof, floats and has bluetooth so you can put away your non-waterproof, doesn't float cell phone in the cabin.

Just like using your bluetooth in your car you use your vhf radio for your incoming and out going phone calls. Around $150.00 in price. 1, 3 or 5 watt for your power setting. As long as your cell phone is within a 30 foot radius of the vhf radio it will pick up the boothtooth signal.

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That's awesome Roger, SAFETY FIRST!! Where's the link is this fabulous device?
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I have not had any luck with shoot through the hull transducers thus why I like put them on the transom.I go 5 or 35 I have a reading.
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I haven't tried any others. I have a 2nd through-hull transducer from the PO, but the device it plugged into is long gone. I use the crappy OEM one. That thing shows whole feet only, so If I'm in 4' or 4' 11" it shows 4 feet. Plus there is no offset. I can't tell you the number of times I've jumped in thinking I was up to my neck and was only up to my thighs. It the number of times I thought i was in up to my chest and was in over my head.

Adn don't get me started on 50% of the time it shows no reading at all. Then 20', 20', 4', 20' . That damn thing gets my heart racing somtimes.
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Darren go to......www. cobra.com.

Look at vhf marine radio

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