Garmin’s Rino 520 and 530
Hunting- 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 which should be more than enough for your hutning needs. 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. Definite must have pieces for your hunting gear collection.
“Whether being used for an outdoor emergency, hunting trip 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. This is the perfect tool for those taking young hunters into the woods. 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. No word on a camo unit yet for hunting.
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
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.
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices - most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, Rino, eTrex, eTrex VistaMapSource, City Select and BlueChart are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability dates are based on management's current expectations and are not guaranteed.
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