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Old 30 October 2013, 05:42   #1
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Daft Idiot Question

Had my lowrance gps plotter (vintage 2004!) hooked up to a Raymarine VHF. Just had an ICOM VHF installed. Can anyone tell me which wire goes where - I have the cable from the plotter which was detached from the Raymarine hanging out of the console but I can't for the life of me work out which colour does what. I know I could solve it by trial and error but its raining.....



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Old 30 October 2013, 05:54   #2
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Im about to do the same thing with my Garmin and Standard Horizon. Ive googled it and found its not that simple.

This website may help:

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Old 30 October 2013, 05:55   #3
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Can you download the manual or get a wiring diagram off the net?
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Old 30 October 2013, 07:59   #4
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Yes. Can download the Lowrance manuals. Going remarkably far back if I'm not mistaken . Just search Google for your model & "manual"...

Sounds like yours is similar vintage to mine. I'm on my phone at the mo - so this is totally from memory- there should be 2 or 3 multi cord cables coming out a huge multi pin plug. One is power, one is NMEA0183. (the thin 4core one).

Of those 4 cables. One is earth, one is data in, one data out. The other is either <in or out, I forget which> 2.

Might depend on what model you have- I guess all used the same physical connector at that time?
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Old 30 October 2013, 10:22   #5
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Model numbers would help us help you...

As I recall, On Lowrance plotters, the NMEA 0183 wires were left bare from the factory. No connectors.

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Old 31 October 2013, 11:09   #6
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The other is either <in or out, I forget which> 2.
I think it's In 2, which should allow the (multi function compatible) display to take an input from Engine data, Depth Sounder or whatever the other input is you want to attach. I could be wrong, but think I remember correctly!

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