Rino 130

Written by Scott Martin
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The Rino 130 by Garmin is a GPS-integrated FRS/GMRS hand-held radio. While this may be a small package, it holds many sophisticated technologies. In addition to your basic GPS and radio functions, this unit includes a barometric sensor, electronic compass, and the ability to receive weather channels.

Rino 130 Radio Features

With the Rino 130, you can maintain radio communications with up to a two-mile range on the FRS channels. When you use the GMRS channels, you can get up to five-miles of reception. The radio includes 14 FRS channels, 8 GMRS channels, and 8 GMRS repeater channels, and has 38 sub-audible squelch codes for each of the transmission channels in order to provide semi-private communications between you and other parties. Another benefit of the radio is that it is has external voice activation.

This unit has built-in basemaps for both North and South America. In addition, it has 24 megabytes of memory available for downloading other maps. Some commonly used maps include MapSource®'s US Topo 24K and Recreational Lakes as well as BlueChart, and MetroGuide. One novel feature of the Rino 130 is the ability to gather GPS location from other Rino users in your area.

The memory can also store many details about your adventures. You can keep track of up to 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes. Additionally, you can log 10,000 trackpoints and use the location-reporting feature to review a previously taken course. Moreover, you can record trip times and distances.

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