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Lowrance HDS-8 Article Index
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posted 11-06-2011 10:30 AM ET (US)
I have written a number of long articles about the Lowrance HDS-8. This article is an index to those other articles about the Lowrance HDS-8.
Lowrance HDS GPS Data Display
Lowrance HDS Update to v4.0
Lowrance HDS7 v. HDS8
Lowrance GPX Export
Also there is this good discussion on interfacing of the Lowrance HDS-8 to a GX2100 radio with an AIS receiver.
HDS-8 to GX2100 Connections
posted 11-10-2011 08:01 PM ET (US)
Information about the Lowrance HDS-8 is given in the articles about the Lowrance HDS-8 that are linked above in the index listing of articles about the Lowrance HDS-8.
posted 01-02-2012 12:38 PM ET (US)
Information about connecting an HDS-8 to an AIS receiver using a 38,400-BPS MNEA-0183 serial data connection is given in a REFERENCE article about AIS and ship spotting. See:
AIS Ship Spotting
posted 01-02-2012 12:44 PM ET (US)
More information on connecting an HDS-5 or HDS-7 to an AIS receiver, particularly an AIS receiver that is part of a Standard-Horizon VHF Marine Band radio, can be found in
Connecting AIS Receiver to Lowrance HDS-5 or HDS-7
These devices have only one serial port, unlike the HDS-8 or HDS-10, which can be configured to have two serial ports.
posted 02-13-2012 01:16 PM ET (US)
For information on the latest system software update for the HDS series, see
Lowrance HDS Series Software Update v4.1
posted 02-18-2012 05:02 PM ET (US)
How to import routes to a HDS chart plotter from files stored in the .GPX format:
Exchanging Navigation Data Among Different Chart Plotters
posted 04-20-2012 08:04 AM ET (US)
HDS Menu Map
This reference article documents the menu structure of the Lowrance HDS-8.
HDS: Phantom LORAN
HDS: Battery Voltage v. Supply Voltage
posted 06-23-2012 12:36 PM ET (US)
New articles about the HDS include:
Lowrance HDS: TRAILS
posted 09-18-2012 11:25 AM ET (US)
Jim--this is an excellent reference set, and being an owner of a HDS-8, I thank you for it. The capability of the unit is impressive indeed.
[Thank you for the kind words--jimh]
posted 09-23-2012 10:41 AM ET (US)
Since its initial appearance, my on-line hypertext guide to the HDS menu structure has been continually updated. I have been expanding the detail of various menus, exploring more deeply into them, and including more screen captures. The menu information is now quite comprehensive. Again, this on-line hypertext guide is available at:
HDS User Interface
posted 10-26-2012 12:41 PM ET (US)
HDS NMEA-2000 Parameter list
The above article lists the NMEA-2000 parameter group numbers that the HDS can support in either send or receive.
posted 04-02-2013 10:25 PM ET (US)
Unlike all of the above articles, the article linked below is not written by me, but is from Lowrance. It is a good presentation that explains how the HDS series of multi-function devices can be networked at three levels: NMEA-0183, NMEA-2000, and proprietary Lowrance Ethernet. This presentation is an excellent overview of the three network systems and details what data can be exchanged between devices on the three networks:
HDS System Overview
posted 04-08-2013 11:33 AM ET (US)
HDS: Viewing Photo Images
The above article describes in detail how to add photo images to the memory of an HDS unit. This can be useful for storing images of harbors or other points of interest.
posted 09-10-2013 11:06 PM ET (US)
This interesting article and thread show the impressive accuracy of the GPS receiver in the HDS-8 while simultaneously showing charts from major electronic chart publishers NOAA, Garmin, Navionics, and Lowrance to have some considerable errors:
Electronic Charts for Isle Royale
This is the twenty-first article I have written about the Lowrance HDS-8. I hope you have enjoyed them all.
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