Excerpt: The latest generation of push-to-talk GPS, the Garmin Rino 530HCx enables communication and navigation using the same device 20-channel FRS-GMRS compatibility allows you to stay in contact within a 12-mile maximum range and points the way with a bold color screen, a MicroSD slot for MapSource cards and easy route retracing Features: Provides 2-way radio communication with a transmission range of up to 2 miles using FRS (Family Radio Service) channels and up to 12 miles...
Garmin Rino 530HCx: Two-way Radio, 'Find Others' Features
13 November 2007
Conclusion: Ever wish you knew the exact location of friends and family while on a skiing or hunting trip, or at an amusement park? Now you can, with the Garmin Rino 530 HCx, which provides full color map handheld GPS functionality, plus a powerful two-way radio, plus NOAA weather radio, and more. But its position reporting feature is its unique factor.
Pros: Combines two-way radio and mapping GPS in one unit., Unique "polling" feature lets you locate other Rino users on your map., Sturdy, waterproof construction., Micro SD card for easy data/map transer., Weather radio.
Cons: Menu and rocker/enter key system takes time to learn., Small plastic charger adapter required to charge unit. Could be broken or lost.
Summary: The ability to keep in constant contact and have your buddy’s location and GPS information available makes for a very informed approach to being in the outdoors. Whether you’re on a hunt a hike or on a long trip on a bike, the coordination capabilities add an extra dimension to what you are able to accomplish outdoors. It’s not hard to imagine that having your party equipped with a RINO may just save your life.
Excerpt: The Garmin Rino 530HCx is a handheld GPS that includes a two-way radio, and the ability to track another Rino user on your screen. Updating the Rino 530 , the HCx model adds a high-sensitivity chipset and a micro-SD card slot for adding topo or highway maps (which must be purchased separately). The Rino has a bright, sunlight-readable screen, and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery rated at up to 14 hours.