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Garmin Rino 520 GPS and Garmin Rino 530 GPS Released


Just as we had broke the news on yesterday, Garmin has released their Garmin Rino 520 and Garmin Rino 530 GPS systems. You heard it here first!

Garmin today introduced the Rino 520 and Rino 530, two powerful new additions to its line of two-way radios integrated with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. The Rino 520 and Rino 530 boast up to a 12-mile communication range, large color display, mini-USB interface, and built-in auto-routing basemap. The Rino 530 has the same features as the 520, plus a seven-channel weather receiver, electronic compass and barometric altimeter.

“Whether being used for an outdoor emergency or for rounding up the family at an amusement park, the Rino series is an invaluable tool in any outdoor activity,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. “With nearly three-times more communication range than earlier Rino models, the Rino 520 and 530 offer the best all-in-one GPS and two-way radio communication unit.”

The patented location-reporting feature combines the unique integration of navigation and communication technologies in the Rino series, enabling users to “beam” their location to other Rino users over the Family Radio Service (FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) spectrum. Other users can then see the location of the sender on their map display, which shows the distance and direction between the sender and those receiving the broadcast location. Rino units may also be used for location-polling. Utilizing this feature, a user can send out a polling request to a specific Rino radio within range, and the unit will automatically transmit back its location. These features have been lauded for their life-saving potential in search-and-rescue operations and other outdoor emergencies.

The Rino 520 and 530’s navigation is similar to the eTrex® Vista C. It offers a detailed basemap of North and South America, which displays cities, highways, railways, rivers, lakes and borders. When combined with Garmin’s optional MapSource® City Select® CDs, it performs automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions with alert tones, and icon-driven menus for finding points of interest. The mini-USB port and 56 MB of internal memory enable users to download map data rapidly from a variety of Garmin MapSource® CD products, including U.S. Topo 24K, U.S. Topo, Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots™, and BlueChart®.

Like all Rino units, the blue colored Rino 520 and gray colored Rino 530 maintain Garmin’s traditional tough, lightweight and waterproof design to handle the rigors of any outdoor adventure. The clean, uncluttered face has a minimum number of keys located on the side and top of the unit, which make these units simple to operate in any condition.

Other specific features of the Rino 520:

  • GPS accuracy: 10 feet or less when WAAS-enabled
  • High resolution, 176 x 220 color TFT display with backlighting (display size: 2.2″)
  • Battery power: Lithium-ion battery pack, 8.4V
  • GMRS TX power: 5 watts (2 watts Canadian models)
  • FRS TX power: 0.5 watts
  • Battery life: 16 hours
  • Calendar: Shows best hunting and fishing times, plus clock, stopwatch and alarm functions
  • Trip computer with speed tracking, sunrise/sunset read out, trip timer and trip distance
  • Waterproof: IPX-7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 mins.)
  • Storage of up to 500 waypoints, with graphic identification, and 20 reversible routes
  • User adjustable squelch
  • Exterior temperature reporting
  • Robust track log: 10,000 trackpoints and up to 20 saved tracks to retrace user’s path or companion’s path via location-reporting feature
  • Lightweight design: 10.4 oz (with batteries).

Additional specific features of the Rino 530:

  • 7 channel NOAA weather receiver with weather alert detection
  • Electronic Compass
  • Barometric Altimeter

The use of GMRS frequencies in the United States requires a license from the FCC. Applicable regulatory agencies should be consulted prior to using the Rino radio outside the United States and Canada.

The Rino 520 is expected to be available in September 2005 and has an estimated retail price of $450. The Rino 530 is expected to be available in September 2005 and has an estimated retail price of $500.

2 Responses

  1. I purchased the Rino 530HCx and use it daily while driving a tractor trailer in the Northeastern USA. Although it doesn’t do well routing a truck and it does get confused and try to turn me around the wrong way etc. I like it. I’m sure all GPS units have quirks and are subject to programming variables we consumers may never understand. It will on occasion take me the way I want to go and I’m an experienced tractor trailer driver (21 years) so I know well enough to ignore it when it’s playing stupid. Having said that it is amazing what the technology has progressed to in just a few short years. 20 years ago none of us had a computer let alone a GPS unit, now look at all of us.

    Also I wanted to comment on the software I bought with this unit. I got both the Topo U.S. 2008 and the City Navigator NT North America DVD’s. I have found quite by accident that the Topo software is lousy for street navigation. I love it for Geocaching and all in all am pleased with Garmin in general. I would recommend this unit to all who are considering a hiking/hunting handheld that is waterproof and would do double duty as a motorcycle/automobile/truck unit. Awesome…!

    If you do as I did and get both the Topo and City Navigator software then do as I did and get two Micro SD cards for it. This way you can transfer a memory card and it goes from Hiking/Hunting use to City Navigation use with ease. I also downloaded the POI loader software from the Garmin site and use it to keep my “Custom POI’s” organized for delivery/backhaul waypoints on both my home PC and the Rino 530HCx. I went with 4Gb cards and may have been able to do with 1 or 2Gb cards instead, but they aren’t that much more $, so go for the larger size if you can.

    Now something the above article doesn’t mention at all which I thought was the cat’s ass for a feature is that this unit will send a location to another Rino unit on the FRS/GMRS frequencys. In other words if I met you on the trail and told you about a cave I found and you had a Rino I could transfer the location info from my Rino to yours via the walkie talkie feature. For me that is awesome as I save locations for delivering freight for my job and or picking up at backhaul locations. So anyone with another Rino unit can transfer Lat/Long info at the push of a button to another. What will the next milestone be? Don’t waste money on an inferior GPS handheld get a Rino! :-) < smiling from ear to ear!

    Norm Cobb Jr N1SJK - September 15th, 2008
  2. You said you used a 4gb Micro SD card in your Rino 530HCx? Did everything work ok? I’ve been searching all over the web to see if a 4gb card would work in the unit. I have so many 1 and 2gb SD cards around I thought I would try to buy bigger cards that’ll work in multiple devices so I wouldn’t have to bring so many cards with me. Just to confirm the 530HCx can handle the 4gb cards? Do you know if it’ll take an 8gb card as well? Thanks a lot!

    Jordi - February 20th, 2010

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