Hunting parties benefit greatly from the Garmin Rino line of GPS/handheld two-way radio combinations. The Rino line is designed with hunters, hikers and outdoor lovers in mind. What sets the Rino line apart from other handheld GPS units is the ability to talk with the other members of your party as well as "beam" your location to them via the radio function. Garmin offers three different versions of the Rino, each with a proprietary set of functions. The folks at Double U Hunting Supply, www.duspply.com, carry the full range of the Rino line.
Garmin introduced the Rino line in the mid 1990s with the 110 and 120. These early models used the "ClikStik" control device; proprietary to the Kansas based company. Over the years the Rino line has undergone some big changes with many of them a result of trickle-down technology from smart phones and touch screen style devices and electronics. The modern line-up begins with the Rino 520 and moves up to the advanced Rino 655T. The current line-up uses quad-helix antennas and receivers. These help solve the problem of getting satellite reception under dense cover that the earliest models of GPS units were troubled with.
With the different models in the Rino line-up, it isn't always clear what the best model is for your trip and hunting needs. The current Rino line-up begins with the starter model 610 and goes up through the hyper-advanced 665T.
Captain Kirk himself could not have imagined such an advanced communication or navigation device like the Rino 650. The 650 is where the Rino line-up really goes high-tech. A large 3.5-inch glove-sensitive touch screen lets hunters keep their fingers warm and in the gloves as they use the various functions of this sophisticated handheld GPS/radio/hunting computer.
The quad-helix antenna, 3-axis electronic compass, barometric altimeter, and 5W FRS/GMRS radio, the Rino keeps and maintains your location accurate to within 3 meters even in dense cover or canyons. This is a boon to any hunter who works the dense woods or tight canyons. Like all Rinos, locations can be shared with others on the same frequency and maps from all over the world can be uploaded as necessary. The 650 is equipped for wireless uploads and downloads as well as transferring any accrued data from trips and hunts. The 650 is equipped with a 5MP camera to get photos of the game during your hunt.
Garmin's Rino 650 enjoys these functions:
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 2.4" x 7.5" x 1.8" (6.0 x 19.0 x 4.5 cm)
Display size, WxH: 1.43" x 2.15" (3.6 x 5.5 cm); 2.6" diag (6.6 cm)
Display resolution, WxH: 160 x 240 pixels
Display type: transflective, 65-K color TFT
Weight: 11.3 oz (320 g) with battery pack
Battery: removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
Battery life: 14 hours (up to 18 hours with optional AA battery pack)
Waterproof: yes (IPX7)
Interface: high-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible
Built-in memory: 1.7 GB
Accepts data cards: microSD™ card (not included)
Track log: 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads):
Electronic compass: yes (tilt-compensated, 3-axis)
Unit-to-unit transfer and ANT+™ compatible
Garmin recognizes the safety aspect of a healthy battery in these units and equips all of the line-up with a lithium-ion battery capable of up to six hours of continued use, or 12 hours of stand-by and sporadic use. A charger is included with each Rino, letting users plug in and charge up after each day's hunt or adventure. No need to keep buying batteries as the enclosed and self-contained battery can be recharged up to 2000+ times.
Computer Interfacing and Map Printouts
All of the Garmin Rinos have some method of getting the stored data onto a computer or laptop. This is through Bluetooth wireless or a USB connection. Once the mapping data and information is transferred users can print out the maps overlaid with the hunt's tracks, waypoints, even the exact coordinates of where the animal was taken. If you have to cache meat or the carcass for a recovery, drop a waypoint then print a map. It is as simple as pushing some buttons. In addition to the map and print functions, each Garmin Rino "timestamps" the waypoint, track or in the case of the 650 and 665T, the GPS coordinates of any picture taken with the camera. Users can transfer this timestamp data as well, helping to augment all of the hunt information gathered during the trip.
Garmin posts this to its website, giving users a comprehensive over view of the Rino's abilities:
"View multiple contacts on 1 screen, so even if you're far away, you can see where your friends are in relation to you"
"Customize Rino to be as well-rounded as you with different profiles, based on what you're doing"
"Record (and time stamp) notes you receive from contacts for later review, or forwarding"
"Use the track manager to keep tabs on who you've been following"
"Create more dashboards in more places with 1 touch access to the icons you want"
Tested by Pros
The staff at Double U Hunting Supply use the products they sell, including the Rino line of GPS radios. Should you have any questions about what Rino is the best fit for your needs, need an extra testimonial or two or just need to find out about some specifics, give them a call or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-482-8339. Someone will be there to handle any of your questions or needs and get your outfitted with the perfect Rino at the best price.
Double U Hunting Supply wants to build long term relationships with its customers through exemplary customer service and the most competitive and aggressive prices. Double U Hunting Supply knows how valuable your free time is and that you probably want to spend as much of it hunting versus shopping. That is why the staff is ready to get your set up with the walkie-talkie GPS Rinos as quick as possible so you can get out into the field and enjoy the hunt. Time is always better spent outside.
Take advantage of the online website but know that Double U Hunting Supply is your "local" outfitter. Customer satisfaction is what keeps people coming back and is the cornerstone of our ethic. With us you get helpful and professional knowledge. We hunt and we love it. When we recommend something like one of the Rino GPS units, the recommendation is based on our use and experience, not from just reading the box the unit comes in.
With professional service, prompt shipping and an old-fashioned mentality of "the customer is always right", why would you want to shop for your hunting supplies anywhere else? If something is not in stock, special order it. Double U Hunting Supply keeps a full inventory of Garmin products, including the Rino line-up.
Rino 650 combines a 5 W FRS/GMRS radio with a 2.6" glove-friendly color touchscreen GPS packed full of powerful features like a barometric altimeter, 3-axis electronic compass and NOAA weather radio.
Pinpoint Your Position
With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and quad helix antenna, Rino 650 quickly finds your position and maintains it – even in heavy cover. Plus, a built-in barometric altimeter and 3-axis compass make it easy to get your bearings without the need to hold it level.
See Your Surroundings
The device comes with a worldwide basemap with shaded relief, so you can navigate anywhere with ease. Adding more maps is easy with Garmin's wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps. With its microSD™ card slot, Rino 650 lets you load TOPO U.S. 24K maps and hit the trail or plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water. The device also supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, Rino 650 is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.
Find Your Friends
Rino 650’s unique Position Reporting capability lets you send your exact location to other Rino users so they can see it on their map page. Plus, improved audio performance means it’s easy to communicate with any other conventional FRS/GMRS radio in the area. It can be useful in an emergency, or just a handy way to keep tabs on your hunting party, hiking partner, family or friends.
Stay in Touch
With plenty of transmit power, Rino 650 also lets you send unit-to-unit text messages to other Rino users in your area – it's ideal for loud or windy conditions, or just when you don't want to disturb the wildlife. It also lets you share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin handheld devices.
View Weather Watches and Warnings
For added safety, Rino 650 features a built-in NOAA weather radio that can help you avoid hazardous weather. The radio supports Specific Area Message Encoding, which allows you to see National Weather Service warnings and watches displayed county-by-county on the map screen.
Plan Your Next Trip
Take charge of your next adventure with BaseCamp™, software to view and organize your maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks and send them to your Garmin device. This free trip-planning software displays topgraphic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription as well as geotag photos, or associate them with specific waypoints.