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Description: Garmin Rino 130 Bilingual GPS and Two-Way Radio (24MB memory)


The Rino 130 is the most feature-rich unit in the Rino family, with a built-in electronic compass, barometric sensor, weather receiver for seven NOAA weather channels, and 24 MBs of internal memory. This handheld radio has a built-in electronic compass to give a heading while the user is standing still, and a barometric altimeter to provide extremely accurate elevation and pressure information, which will assist users in identifying weather data.The Rino 130 provides two-way radio communication with a transmission range of up to two miles using FRS channels and up to five miles with GMRS. The integration of two-way radio and GPS enables users to transmit their position with a simple button press, allowing others to navigate to their position. The Rino 130 also has a polling feature, which allows a user to manually request GPS location information from other Rino units.


The the most feature-rich device in the Rino family, Garmin's Rino 130 (bilingual edition) 2-way FRS/GMRS radio and GPS receiver comes fully loaded with an electronic compass, a barometric sensor, a weather receiver for 7 NOAA weather channels, and 24 MB of internal memory for downloading and storing MapSource detail--including data from products like U.S. Topo 24K, U.S. Topo, Recreational Lakes, BlueChart, and MetroGuide (MapSource products sold separately). The Rino 130 is also outfitted with a marine-point database and a basemap of North and South America. The database includes nautical navaids for North and South America. The Americas Highway basemap includes the United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America, and covers an area from W180 to W30 Longitude and S60 to N75 Latitude. Also included is a high-level worldwide map with political boundaries and major cities. Among many other included elements are oceans, rivers, and lakes (greater than 30 square miles), principal cities and many smaller cities and towns, major interstates and principal highways, and political boundaries (state and international borders). The Rino 130 also offers 10,000 tracklogs versus 2,048 with the Rino 120. The 130 also comes ready with a massive 24 MB of memory unlike the Rino 120 with 8MB. Lastly the 130 shines with the very useful electronic compass, altimeter, glide ratio, glide ratio to destination, and vertical speed to destination features that the Rino 120 lacks.
Integration has its advantages: the Rino 130 sends and receives GPS locations using FRS channels and shows them on the map. The GPS device is a 12-channel, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver. WAAS, which stands for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), is the global-positioning-system of choice for mariners. The handheld's built-in electronic compass give a heading while you're standing still, and its barometric altimeter provides accurate elevation and pressure readings to help you identify and analyze weather conditions.


The Rino 130 also provides two-way radio communication with a transmission range of up to two miles using FRS channels and up to five miles with GMRS (be aware that use of GMRS requires an FCC license). The integration of two-way radio and GPS lets you transmit your position with a simple button press, so others can easily navigate to your position. The Rino 130 also has a polling feature so you can manually request GPS location information from other Rino units.


You get 14 FRS channels, 8 GMRS channels, and 8 GMRS repeater channels, as well as 38 sub-audible squelch codes per transmission channel for semi-private radio communications.


The unit's ergonomic design grants single-handed operation, with its Call, Page mode, and Press-To-Talk (PTT) buttons mounted on the side, Power/Backlighting button on top, Volume and Zoom buttons on front, and a Thumb Stick positioned in the center. The thumb stick allows channel selection and volume adjustment in FRS/GMRS mode, as well as quick map panning, enter, and selection functions in GPS mode.


Other features include a backlit display (160 x 160 pixels), external voice activation (VOX), waterproof construction to IPX-7 standards (immersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes), storage for up to 500 waypoints with graphic identification and 20 reversible routes, 10,000 trackpoints and up to 20 saved tracks to retrace your path or a companion's path via the location-reporting feature, trip computer with speed tracking, sunrise/sunset read out, trip time, and trip distance, and multiple grid formats including MGRS and Loran TD. The Rino 130 even sends and receives short text notes for quiet communication.


The Rino 130 has a battery life of 14 hours (typical use) on 3 AA alkaline batteries (not included).


The WAAS difference
WAAS is a system of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections, giving you even better position accuracy. How much better? Try an average of up to five times better. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time. And you don't have to purchase additional receiving equipment or pay service fees to utilize WAAS.


How it Works
WAAS consists of approximately 25 ground reference stations positioned across the United States that monitor GPS satellite data. Two master stations, located on either coast, collect data from the reference stations and create a GPS correction message. This correction accounts for GPS satellite orbit and clock drift plus signal delays caused by the atmosphere and ionosphere. The corrected differential message is then broadcast through one of two geostationary satellites, or satellites with a fixed position over the equator. The information is compatible with the basic GPS signal structure, which means any WAAS-enabled GPS receiver can read the signal.


Who benefits from WAAS?
Currently, WAAS satellite coverage is only available in North America. There are no ground reference stations in South America, so even though GPS users there can receive WAAS, the signal has not been corrected and thus would not improve the accuracy of their unit. For some users in the U.S., the position of the satellites over the equator makes it difficult to receive the signals when trees or mountains obstruct the view of the horizon. WAAS signal reception is ideal for open land and marine applications. WAAS provides extended coverage both inland and offshore compared to the land-based DGPS (differential GPS) system. Another benefit of WAAS is that it does not require additional receiving equipment, while DGPS does.


Includes: Rino 130 receiver, a PC-interface cable, a wrist strap, a belt clip, a user's manual, and a quick-reference guide.



Features:


Combination portable 2-way radio and GPS receiver with built-in electronic compass, barometric altimeter, and weather receiver
Radio specs: 14 FRS channels for 2-mile range, 7 GMRS channels for 5-mile range, 38 subcodes per channel, hands-free VOX
GPS specs: 12-channel, WAAS-enabled receiver, up to 500 waypoints, trip computer with speed tracking
Marine-point database and basemap of North and South America includes major cities and highways; 24 MB of memory for downloadable maps
Features bilingual (English and Spanish) packaging


Technical Details
Model: Rino 130
Color: 2-toned gray
Basemap: Built-in Americas Highway basemap with oceans, lakes, rivers, cities, interstates or major motorways, principal and major thoroughfares, and political boundaries; factory-preloaded with Marine Point Database
MapSource compatibility: Compatible with most Garmin MapSource products including MapSource BlueChart marine cartography, MetroGuide, and Fishing Hot Spots; accepts up to 24 MB of downloaded map detail
Channels: 22 (1-14 FRS, 15-22 GMRS)
Transmit power: 1 watt on high power (for GMRS channels), .5 watt for low power (FRS channels)
FCC license required: Yes (using GMRS requires FCC license)
Squelch codes: 38
Range: Up to 2 miles on FRS channels; 5 miles on GMRS
Modes: Channel scan with programmable scan list; channel monitor
Call tones: 10 call and ring tones, 4 roger tones
Vox: External Voice Activation with sensitivity selection
Other radio features: Alarm, calculator, calendar, clock, lap timer, stopwatch, games
GPS user ID: 10-character name with graphic symbol
Location sending: 1-button press with Call or Talk button (location sending/receiving only available on FRS channels; minimum time between updates is 30 seconds as specified by FCC)
Location receiving: Automatic; keep track of up to 50 Rino contacts
Contact GoTo: Navigation data automatically updated to contact's latest location
Contact TracBack: Retrace the path of up to 20 contacts
Contact Quick View: Quickly center all contact locations on map
Contact Assembly: User and contacts can send and navigate to a common destination
Proximity alarm: Alerts you if contact moves out of a specified distance radius or if you are within a specified distance of a waypoint
Waypoints/icons: 500 with name, graphic symbol and notes
Routes: 20 (reversible)
Tracks: Automatic track log; 20 saved tracks let you retrace your path in both directions
Trip computer: Current speed, average speed, time of sunrise/sunset, resettable maximum speed, trip timer, and trip distance
Tables: Built-in celestial tables for sun and moon rise/set, best times to fish and hunt (based on date and location)
Map datums: More than 100
Position format: Lat/Lon, UTM/UPS, Maidenhead, MGRS, Loran TDs, and other grids
Compass accuracy: +/- 2 degrees with proper calibration (typical); +/- 5 degrees in extreme northern and southern latitudes
Compass resolution: 1 degree
Barometric altimeter accuracy: 10 feet with proper calibration (user and/or automatic calibration)
Altimeter resolution: 1 foot
Altimeter range: -2,000 to 30,000 feet
Elevation computer: Current elevation, resettable minimum and maximum elevation, ascent/descent rate, total ascent/descent, average and maximum ascent/descent rate
Pressure: Local pressure (mbar/inches HG), 12-hour automatic pressure trend recording -2,000 to 30,000 feet
GPS receiver: WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites to compute and update your position
Acquisition times: Warm: approximately 15 seconds; cold: approximately 45 seconds; AutoLocate: approximately 5 minutes
Update rate: 1/second, continuous
GPS accuracy: Position: less than 15 meters, 95 percent typical (subject to accuracy degradation to 100m 2DRMS under the U.S. Department of Defense Selective Availability Program); velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state
DGPS (USCG) accuracy: Position: less than 3 meters, 95 percent typical; velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state
Dynamics: 6g's
Interfaces: RS232 with NMEA 0183, RTCM 104 DGPS data format and proprietary Garmin
Antenna: Quad-helix
Power source: 3 AA batteries (not included)
Battery life: GPS only: 28 hours; FRS only (5, 5, 90 duty cycle): 20 hours; FRS (5, 5, 90 duty cycle) and GPS: 15 hours
Display: 1.4 x 1.4 inches (3.6 x 3.6 cm), 160 x 160 pixels, high-contrast LCD with bright backlighting
Case: Waterproof to IEC 529 IPX7 standards
Temperature range: 5 degrees F to 158 degrees F (-15 degrees C to 70 degrees C)
User data storage: Indefinite, non-volatile; no memory battery required
Item width: 2.3 inches
Item height: 4.5 inches (7 inches with antenna)
Item depth: 1.6 inches
Item weight: 7.6 ounces (236 g) with batteries
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor
In the box: Rino 130 receiver, a PC-interface cable, a wrist strap, a belt clip, a user's manual, and a quick-reference guide
Keywords: Garmin Rino 130 Bilingual GPS Two-Way Radio


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Anonymous
Review Date: Fri January 18, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid (per item)?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Feature-packed, professional equipment, accurate, compact
Cons: Expensive, somewhat durable, short battery life, had some compatibility issues

I carried a GPS and a two-way radio around a lot when I did a bunch of solo work out in the woods. I became mindful of the extra weight and need to carry extra batteries when many times I would rarely use either one. I also had problems using my radios in wet environments. I knew the Rino was about the only waterproof radio on the market so I watch and waited for them to become available and finally snatched one up. I chose the 130 for the weather band and some other features. I have been generally pleased with the unit and wouldn't mind a second for my wife. I've taken it in some pretty harsh environments and it's held up. I got water in the battery case somehow and had to clean it out but it's fine. I'll watch it closer. It's good for an accidental splash but I wouldn't push your luck on swimming with it.


I dropped it once and the battery cover broke but Garmin sent me a new one. The rubber latex grip is peeling but it's not too bad. I purchased TopoUSA and added it to my Rino and it's made a big difference. Any serious outdoor person should expect to do the same. I primarily use it for environmental field work and it's great for communication with partners and establishing accurate locations. It's very user-friendly but it has so many functions it can take a while to get to know it inside and out. I would highly recommend it to anyone needing a serious unit. Battery life is marginal and they're not cheap.


 
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