- Size (LWH): 2.3 inches, 7.5 inches, 1.8 inches
- Weight: 10.24 ounces
Garmin Rino 530HCx 2-Way Radio with GPS/FRS/GMRS
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- High-Sensitivity, WAAS-Enabled GPS Receiver
- Electronic Compass Displays Accurate Heading While Standing Still
- Barometric Sensor With Automatic Pressure Trend Recording
- Features Built-In Quad Helix Receiving Antenna & Basemap With Automatic Routing Capabilities
- 5W Of Transmit Power Using Gmrs Frequency Up To 14-Mile Range
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The 530HCx navigator/2-way radio is compact and lightweight, with a 10.3-ounce housing that won't slow you down on the trail.
The 530HCx is also equipped with a built-in electronic compass that provides bearing information even when you're standing still, along with a barometric altimeter that tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. You can even use the altimeter to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions. And thanks to the NOAA weather radio, you'll know well in advance when a storm is advancing.
Receive detailed mapping information on the navigator's 1.3-by-1.7-inch, 256-color TFT display.
Other details include a USB interface, 500 waypoints and 50 routes, a hunt/fish calendar, hands-free voice activation (requires separately sold headset), a voice scrambler, and external temperature recording. The Rino 530HCx, which includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that runs for up to 14 hours per charge, measures 2.3 by 5.1 by 1.8 inches (W x H x D) and is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Rino 530HCx radio, Americas Recreational basemap, wrist strap, belt clip, USB cable, lithium-ion battery pack and charger, MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager, AC adapter, quick-start guide, user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
The satellite positioning seems to be right on and positioning after start-up was quick. I used the unit to mark several deer trails, rub lines, and possible stand placements and I was able to return to those areas very easily. I used the averaging feature to fine tune the locations and was able to get within 5-7 feet of everything I marked.
Everyone in the group said that radio transmission was crystal clear, they could hear my transmissions better than anyone elses. Don't get me wrong the Garmin in definetly a GPS first and radio second but I was very pleased with its two-way capabilities. It performed as well, if not better, than the midlands and motorolas in the group.
I also invested in TOPO US 2008 to install on the unit. I wasn't that impressed with the TOPO map but area detail is alot better than the basemap. We make several trips to Fort Campbell every year and all roads, creeks, and even fire
With a fully charged, brand new rechargable battery as supplied with the unit, I got 40 hours of continuous use. I turned off the radio during all but 1 hour of this time but had the WAAS enabled. During this time, I took it with me while I ran errands, took 2 short day hikes, and went to work, but did not carry it on my person around the home. With 4 brand new, high quality brand name AA batteries (using the separately purchased alkaline battery pack), I got 19 hours of continuous use under similar conditions. After reading Hinch's book on GPS use, I did turn off the WAAS after about 8 hours into this trial. I did not have the radio on at all during the alkaline battery trial, although I did "fiddle" with the pages and settings more often than the rechargable trial (was reading the Hinch book simultaneous with the alkaline trial, so I tried a couple of the tasks in the book during this time).
The base map supplied with the unit provides minimal street information and (as with any map from any source) some inaccuracies. Lists our grade school parking lot as "Black Partridge Park" -- which is actually a very large prairie/forest preserve located just outside of our little town.
Be aware: you cannot load any map onto this unit except those specifically provided/sold by Garmin.Read more ›
First off, I think the display is too small. I found myself constantly zooming in and out. When you zoom out to a certain point, roads disappear. Funky battery pack design: It's an add-on module affair. It was designed to be changed out for the alkaline battery pack (available as an accessory from Garmin). I realize it was designed to prevent water intrusion , but the battery pack should and could easily be designed so that it is fully internal in the main case of the unit, as it is on nearly all handheld (and now fully submersible) Marine VHF radios. Battery life of the Li ion battery is OK if you are using just the GPS. Use of the radio will rapidly deplete the battery. In just one day of hunting, (4hrs morning, 4hrs evening) the battery was half discharged after very minimal radio use. Better you make sure that you get the (optional at extra cost) car charger. BTW, the charger connects to the unit via a super-funky (and easily lost...) clip-on adapter.
Garmin states that the radio has a 14 mile range set at 5W. I found that, in the mountainous area we were hunting in, that 2-3 miles is about the best you could hope for. Radio transmissions were crispy and clear though.Read more ›
I took my kids on what was supposed to be a short quad ride in the mountains and left my wife at the truck.
About 2 miles into this trail in an area I've never been, one quad runs out of Oil, and the big quad almost out of Gas. Sun goingd down quick, no idea where we were, and no way to communicate back to base.
We decided after this event was over, look for decent communication gear for these types of situations.
I created a simple checklist:
1. Longer range comm. (Keep this in perspective, I'm happy with a couple miles)
3. Ability to send position.
4. Ability to Poll position. What if I fell and broke my neck? Better yet, what if I lost it :)
So, I researched and found these bad boys! I bought 2.
Though they are somewhat expensive, safety is well worth it.
Out of the box, they feel rugged enough, but not so rugged I can throw them off the roof. They come with the strap, belt clip, charger, and USB cable(I'll get to this).
Supposedly they carry a charge long enough for 14 hours of use. I've used them for over 4 and had well over half left.
Range: So far I've got around 2 miles in town(housing) using GMRS. The keying isn't instant, you have to hold the transmit for just under a second then talk.
Screen: Not the greatest in the world, nowhere close to what you'd get off of a dedicated car GPS, but definitely usable. There are settings to turn off clutter which helps since the screen is smaller..
Buttons: The only thing I wonder about is the navigation stick. Time will tell how well this holds up, but so far so good.
Back to the USB cable:
You can connect this device to a computer for updates and map loads.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Way better than the newer version (600 series); however, I like the molded casing of the new version. The older version has way more features!Published 16 months ago by vabchman
The walkie-talkie portion of this Garmin leaves something to be desired. My Rino 120's have better distance and clarity. Disappointed.Published 22 months ago by Terry Molnar
Can anyone help me with this. I am looking for a handheld for my nephew. He just graduated from college and is a marine biologist. Read morePublished on August 16, 2014 by CJCinAL
The review is for a 530, not the HCx version although they are very similar. To start with the belt clip is doomed to fail. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Joe Chester
I cannot recommend this unit highly enough. It does everything imaginable and the accuracy and ability to acquire satellites is remarkable, even under wet tree canopy or inside a... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Blain Anderson