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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Garmin Rino 530HCX Two-Way Radio and GPS
Amazon.com Product Description Hit the trail in confidence with the Garmin Rino 530HCx, which combines a two-way FRS/GMRS radio with a high-sensitivity GPS navigator. The waterproof unit offers 22 channels and 5 watts of transmit power, so you can contact friends or rescue crews from up to 14 miles away (line of sight) over GMRS channels or up to 2 miles over FRS channels. The high-sensitivity GPS receiver, meanwhile, locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover. The advantage is clear: whether you're traipsing through thick woods or strolling near tall buildings and trees, you can count on the Rino 530HCx to help you find your way when you need it the most. The combined radio and navigator functions make the device a must-have for mountain climbing, alpine camping, back-country skiing, and a host of other outdoor activities.
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.
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I got the Rino530HCX so that I could load topo and street maps on it. I had a little trouble to begin with loading the map but Garmin's support was great. They haven't outsourced it to India and there wasn't any problem understanding them. The problem that I had was because I had an unlock code for the 530 that I traded in. The Garmin rep had to get permission from a supervisor and called me back instead of putting me on hold. She was right on the money and I have no trouble with the new unlock code.
The only map that I have had a chance to use is the City Navigator. I work for the Dallas Fire Department and the GPS on our equipment is all but useless. The Rino is great. It's easy to use and so far accurate. I was driving down a street that I've known as a kid. The Rino called it's name as Bryan but I just knew I was on Beltline. I mean I've been driving this street since the 60's. I looked over at a street sign and sure enough I was on Bryan. It warns you by beeping when you get close to a turn and it double beeps when you are there. The screen is easy to read both day and night and it has an automatic zoom feature that enlarges the map when you need it.
I have been very impressed with this unit and can't wait to get it on the trail. I'm sure it will take a long time to learn everything it can do but it is a huge help already.
When you call Garmin, they no longer service them.
It's an expensive unit to be considered disposable.
They said they would give me a 20% discount towards a new one. My thought on that is that with some searching, you can buy a new one online or somewhere for that discount or greater.
For me it's a big letdown by Garmin. There are 5 of us that hunt together. We all have the Rino 530 hcx. Love the unit. They are all worried about theirs. Actually of the five of us, 3 are cracking. Mine is the worst.
We will be looking for another company and looking at how they service their units.
I even called Garmin...explaining our problem. They went over a few things with us to make sure we had thing set for optimal range (which we did) and then suggested that if they didn't work for us that we should return them.
Too bad someone doesn't make radios like this with more power.
it does need some upgrades though and i hope that the garmin engineers are working on it.
First, it needs to have a VHF radio. no one monitors the GMRS emergency band--- nor coast guard, police department or SAR... also, everyone in Alaska tends to use VHF radios as a standard measure of communication so i have to actually carry two radios with me.
Second, the unit needs an automatic feature to send your position. when you are in the midst of a stalk, who is going to remember to push the transmit button to let your buddy know where you are. that is what is required... you have to push a button everytime you want to update your position and let others know where you are. it needs an automatic feature so i can set it to update me every 1,3,5,10,20 minutes.... what if we are stalking the same deer? i want to know where he is and i want him to know where i am...also, what if he falls and can't push the transmit button?
if garmin made those updates, i'd give the unit 5 stars.