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GARMIN 010-00564-01 Rino 530HCx 2-Way Radio With GPS/FRS/GMRS
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Product Description

Know exactly where you are at all times with 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.

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.
Like the rest of the Rino series, the Rino 530HCx offers a unique Position Reporting feature, which lets you send your exact location to other Rino users in your group so that everyone can see your position on the map page. No more worrying about the lagging hikers in your group each time you reach a fork in the trail. Plus, because the 530HCx is a standard FRS/GMRS radio, you can use it to communicate with other conventional FRS/GMRS radios in the area.

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.
Perhaps the most important feature, however, is the crystal-clear 256-color TFT display, which clearly shows attributes from the built-in basemap, including lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads, and coastlines--in short, a host of helpful details for your outdoor adventures. Users can also expand the mapping possibilities via the microSD card slot, which accepts cards preloaded with MapSource data for your land and sea excursions. Just insert a MapSource card with detailed street maps and the Rino 530HCx will provide step-by-step or turn-by-turn directions to your destination.

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.

Features:
  • 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

Customer Reviews:

  • Great start poor endind
    This is a great powerful GPS given the right conditions. I praised the improvements from the rino 130. Great features and options.

    Unfortunately my GPS battery wont re-charge after the first use. there goes 50 in one battery pack.

    To my surprise i could not load the routes from the computer to the GPS. OK, the routes would load but an error would come up when I tried to use the roads. This feature was no problem with the rino 130

    Maybe it is an defect in my system or the battery pack.

    I was initialy pumped and impressed and ended up disappointed....more info
  • Garmin Rino 530HCX
    best thing going for keeping track of your buddies as long as everyone has a Rino. Reception can be a problem in rough terrain but I heard and tracked someone on a mountain 76 miles away. uses battery power fast so I recommend the AA battry pack backup. It's big and ugly but it works....more info
  • Garmin Rino 530HCX
    best thing going for keeping track of your buddies as long as everyone has a Rino. Reception can be a problem in rough terrain but I heard and tracked someone on a mountain 76 miles away. uses battery power fast so I recommend the AA battry pack backup. It's big and ugly but it works....more info
  • Garmin Rino 530HCX GPS/radio
    I bought this unit for a Deer hunt in Utah. While there are many things to like about it, my unit had a number of negatives that ended up being a dealbreaker with me. I would also like to preface this review by saying that I have extensive experience with marine GPS units, starting with the first small black and white Garmin unit I purchased 18 years ago to the latest top of the line Garmin 5212 GPS Chartplotter. Because of this, I feel that my hopes were set too high and perhaps I had unrealistic expectations for this unit.
    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. I don't know what other radios this can communicate with, so if others in your party are not similarly equipped, you may be just as well off with the radioless 520 model. It's funny, the use of these UHF frequencies require the user to obtain and FCC LICENSE...there was never any mention of this in anything I have read re this unit, nor in the owners manual. Speaking of which, the owners manual is (typical for this type of equipment...) not well written and missing critical details. Too bad, because this unit is not what I would describe as intuitive, and can be downright confusing to operate without several days for intensive familiarization.
    The most glaring issue I had with this unit is that it switched itself off for no apparent reason 6-7 times in the course of only 2 days use. I called Garmin on this issue and they postulated that it was "probably some kind of software glitch". They further stated that I "sounded unhappy" and actually encouraged me to return the unit. I felt this was an odd response for such a large company. From the number of "refurb" units I see for sale, this strikes me a probably not an isolated instance. ...more info
  • Field use of 530hcx
    I have used man GPS receivers and 2 way radios. I have to say I am most impressed with the function of the 530 HCX. IT does an amazing job at locating others. I used it primarily at a music/art event called Burning Man in the Nevada desert. There is no cell coverage there so 2 way radios are the only way to communicate. I was able to place on in my wife's purse and one in our mobile art car. In the past 2 way radios only worked if both people were trying to find each other. With the 530hcx, when separated, I could page out "Poll" my wife and see just where she or our art car were. The party on the other end of the device does not need to have any knowledge as to how it works. I would then walk to where she was on the map, look around and in most cases find her within 25 feet.

    The reason I did not give it 5 stars is that the polling feature is buried deep within several levels of menus. It would be nice to make it available on the top level. Many of the features require a day or two of use to become fluid with. Be sure to practice before you need anything in a real life emergency....more info
  • Garmin Rino 530HCX GPS/radio
    I bought this unit for a Deer hunt in Utah. While there are many things to like about it, my unit had a number of negatives that ended up being a dealbreaker with me. I would also like to preface this review by saying that I have extensive experience with marine GPS units, starting with the first small black and white Garmin unit I purchased 18 years ago to the latest top of the line Garmin 5212 GPS Chartplotter. Because of this, I feel that my hopes were set too high and perhaps I had unrealistic expectations for this unit.
    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. I don't know what other radios this can communicate with, so if others in your party are not similarly equipped, you may be just as well off with the radioless 520 model. It's funny, the use of these UHF frequencies require the user to obtain and FCC LICENSE...there was never any mention of this in anything I have read re this unit, nor in the owners manual. Speaking of which, the owners manual is (typical for this type of equipment...) not well written and missing critical details. Too bad, because this unit is not what I would describe as intuitive, and can be downright confusing to operate without several days for intensive familiarization.
    The most glaring issue I had with this unit is that it switched itself off for no apparent reason 6-7 times in the course of only 2 days use. I called Garmin on this issue and they postulated that it was "probably some kind of software glitch". They further stated that I "sounded unhappy" and actually encouraged me to return the unit. I felt this was an odd response for such a large company. From the number of "refurb" units I see for sale, this strikes me a probably not an isolated instance. ...more info
  • Rino 530
    Love the product. Was here very fast and was the best deal i could find anywhere by 20%. would give 4.5 stars if i could, the only complaint is that it i was not aware that you needed to purchase the mini SD card before you could download or save anything to the GPS. If there could be any improvement, perhaps a warning or note to the affect that the SD card is not included. Other than that I'm Verry happy. Thanks Amazon!...more info
  • Great Upgrade to the base 530 version!
    I wish I had waited 6 months last time when I bought the base Rino 530 - that was not expandable. For $20 I was able to get a 2 GB memory card that goes into this one and can hold every map I could ever need.

    Now with 2 units I can keep track and keep in touch with other members of our party when we are out enjoying nature!...more info
  • Extensive capability in one package
    The integrated radio with polling feature is outstanding. The amount of features is extensive and you can customize how you use these features. I've had this unit in the rain at 50 degrees and in 20 degree cold with the wind blowing, nothing seems to affect it's performance. This is one tough unit....more info
  • Great Product?
    I recently purchased a Garmin Rino 530HCX, it is a great product, I am having a problem using the peer to peer with the Rino 120, in a dense forest the position updates take longer than I would like but i dont think this is because of the 530HCX, its most likely the fault of the rino 120. It gets bad reception even at a 1/4 mile from a moving vehicle, and unless it has a clear pathway to the 530 it doesnt seem to update. I would assume that if both parties had the 530HCX the recpeption and the peer to peer would be better, this is a case of "your only as strong as your weekest link" and in this case its the 120....more info
  • Excellent Handheld GPS
    I have had this GPS now for about 2 months. Primarily purchased it for use with backpacking although I have now been geocaching with it as well. The screen is easy to see and controls are fairly straightforward. The added radio works well (although to use GMRS, you need a FCC license) and picks up NOAA weather easily. You can create your own topo maps for this GPS, not the easiest to do, but gives you the most freedom. I have loaded a few topos I've made myself into the GPS. Connection to a computer is simple. Battery works well, lasts ~14hours before giving out. I have used the optional alkaline (NiMH) pack and gotten about 10 hours with it. Note that this does not include transmitting on the radio. The really neat option is being able to transmit your position and reading in other RINO positions which I have done.

    One drawback is indeed the documentation. You will learn to use it the most just by using it and using the guide as a starting point.

    Overall, good GPS with lots of options....more info
  • Rino 530
    Love the product. Was here very fast and was the best deal i could find anywhere by 20%. would give 4.5 stars if i could, the only complaint is that it i was not aware that you needed to purchase the mini SD card before you could download or save anything to the GPS. If there could be any improvement, perhaps a warning or note to the affect that the SD card is not included. Other than that I'm Verry happy. Thanks Amazon!...more info