Garmin Rino 530HCx
Price Paid: $399
Newbie, I'm completely new to the GPS arena. So I looked at several before I finally landed on the Garmin brand because it offered everything we could possibly need. I purchased the 530Hcx for my husband and the 520Hcx for myself. He's the stronger/faster hiker, runner, biker etc. so he would be ahead almost all of the time on trails and would keep me abreast of changes. The units were easy for me to set up, which says a lot. I liked the radio feature from the get go, weather updates (which here in Colorado is a must have for hikes!). Now I just need to keep up!
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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.
- Mountain Gear
Know exactly where you are at all times with the Garmin Rino 530HCx and the precision of high-sensitivity GPS. This waterproof FRS/GMRS radio plus GPS navigator adds a barometric altimeter, electronic compass and NOAA weather radio in addition to the popular features of the Rino 520HCx - 5 watts of transmit power, a microSD card slot, brilliant color display and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver - so you'll never be lost again. Like the rest of the Rino series, Rino 530HCx offers a unique Position Reporting feature. Position Reporting lets you send your exact location to other Rino users in your group so that everyone can see your position on the map page. And, because Rino is a standard FRS/GMRS radio, you can use it to communicate with any other conventional FRS/GMRS radio around.
- Altrec Outdoors
Stay found and in-touch with Garmin Rino 530HCx. It's loaded with a new high-sensitivity chipset, two-way radio, weather radio and much more! New high-sensitivity chipset delivers super-fast signal aquisition and lock for reception in narrow valleys,dense woodlands and urban jungles. Fully functional GPS and integral radio provide two-way communications of up to 14 miles using high-power GMRS channels. Highly reflective color display provides easy viewing in almost any lighting conditions-even bright direct sunlight. Powerful GPS unit comes preloaded with North America Recreational basemaps and automatic routing capabilities. Includes MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager sofware to store, plan and manage routes, waypoints and points of interest. Follow your route, store up to 500 waypoints with graphic icons and 50 reversible routes; find your way back with TracBack(TM) feature. Trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving and overall average speed, total time, max speed and more. Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy; interface cable included. Expandable memory card slot for microSD(TM)-type cards or MapSource data cards offers multiple expansion options for maps, waypoints and routes. Peer-to-peer position reporting allows one Rino user to send their current GPS position to another Rino user within 2 miles. Electronic compass provides your current bearing; auto-compensating declination adjustment. Precise barometric altimeter states current altitude, as well as your rate of ascent. Get the latest forecast from the NOAA 7-channel weather radio; weather alert tone signals changing conditions. FRS channels utilize 0.5 watts for up to 2 miles of range; 5-watt GMRS channels provide 14 miles of transmission range (GMRS requires FCC Lic.).
Never be lost again with the Garmin? Rino? 530HCx Two-Way Radio plus high-sensitivity GPS navigator, barometric altimeter, compass, and NOAA weather radio. Features unlimited memory capability, brilliant color display, a whopping 14-mile transmission range, and a unique positioning reporter to find your friends. High-sensitivity GPS receiver pinpoints position even in heavy cover and deep canyons. Unique Position Reporting feature lets you send your location to other users, using FRS/GMRS channels. Boasts 5 W transmission power for up to 14 miles line of sight. Barometric altimeter records weather trends; NOAA radio provides weather alerts. Electronic compass tells you what direction you're headed, even when you're standing still. Bold color TFT display makes it easy to see and navigate to family or friends at an outdoor group activity. No built-in memory; unlimited expandable memory via microSD cards. Automatic routing and turn-by-turn directions with alert tones let you find an address or point of interest and drive there (with optional MapSource map data). Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 14 hr. of outdoor use. Radio features vibration mode, voice scrambler, 38 squelch codes, send/receive short text notes, external voice activation (VOX). MicroSD card slot accepts preloaded MapSource data cards with detailed maps. Box includes built-in Americas Recreational Basemap, USB cable, wrist strap, belt clip, lithium-ion battery pack and charger, AC power adapter, and manuals. Automatic track log to retrace your path. Calendar for best times to fish and hunt, plus clock, stopwatch, and alarm. External temperature reporting. External temperature reporting.