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Old 06-08-2011, 03:00 AM
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New Garmin Rinos released

Don't know if you all saw that Garmin updated it's Rino series of combination radio/GPS. Would love it if someone would post a first impression or review if they buy one. Pretty pricey though and I'm particularly concerned about any tradeoffs of trying to combine radios and GPS in one.

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Old 06-08-2011, 09:23 AM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

I use a rino. Most of the guys I hunt with do as well. They work better the more guys that have them, not the radio but gps. Its handy if you are picking some one up along a road or trying to figure out where they are at. I'll have to look at them. Once you are used to them its hard to go back.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:45 AM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

We had a group of 5 guys that had them and we all got rid of them. GPS works fine as stated above but the radio part sucks.

I was standing less than 1/2 mile from another guy with a radio and had a clear line of sight and you could only catch about 3/4 of what was said. Not worth the $500 at Bass Pro. If you cand find them for under $300, you can't go wrong due to the quality of the GPS.

Others may have had better luck... I sold mine for under $300 for what it's worth.
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:28 PM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

If the GPS workt better in that 530 Rino than the radio= Its a pile so far. I put the Wyoming BLM overlay chip in it and have yet to get it to work anywhere near satisfactory. Put the chip back in the old Nuvi 350 and can track the property lines down to within a couple feet.
Gonna try to have have someone look at it, I might not have the setting right?

The main reason the Rhino interested me was the fact that we can keep track of each other with GPS waypoints unit to unit so we know where our party members are.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:41 PM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

Hope it works better for you MachV. My buddies ended up with two that they really like as far as the gps goes.
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:31 AM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

I'm hoping the radios can reach farther than the Rino 530, especially in thick cover or mountainous terrain.

I think it will do better than the 530 because the 530 had 5.0 watts, GMRS (US) which they said was good for up to 14 miles. The 650 and 655t are good for up to 20 miles.
From my experience that translates to 2 miles in mountainous terrain, so I'm hoping the 650 radio can reach out to 3 or 4 miles in the mountains.

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Old 06-10-2011, 06:53 AM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

Unless Garmin has negotiated something different with the FCC, GMRS is restricted to 5 watts. What some people also don't realize is that GMRS requires a license. It's easy to get, but costs about $70 for five years.

FMRS is 1 watt if I remember correctly and can be used without a license.

All that said, Garmin may have done things to make the new radios work more effectively and still be 5 watt GMRS radios... (i.e. better batteries, antenna, etc.)
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