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Rino 120

Rino 120

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Rino 120

Manufacturer: Garmin

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Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Sep 22, 2003 / Jan 20, 2007

Object ID: 819

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GPS-Integrated FRS/GMRS Radio. Rino is an acronym for Radio Integrated Navigation Outdoors.

The Rino 120 is state-of-the-art GPS navigation and two-way communications combined, with enough memory to download detailed mapping for driving, hiking, hunting, fishing—or just about anything else you can dream up.

It's waterproof and can "beam" your exact location to another Rino user within a two-mile range (on the FRS spectrum) using "Position Reporting". The radio functionality of the Rino 120 provides two-way communications for up to two miles (using FRS channels), and you can talk to friends or family who own conventional FRS radios. There's also a voice scrambler and a vibration mode for silent calls.

The Rino 120 has a built-in basemap consisting of American road and highway detail, along with 8 MB of internal memory for downloading additional road, street, and points-of-interest data from MapSource® MetroGuide™, Fishing Hot Spots™, Topo, or BlueChart® CD-ROMs. The PC-interface cable also comes with the Rino 120.

WAAS-enabled GPS receiver
22 communication channels: 1-14 FRS, 15-22 GMRS
38 sub-audible squelch codes per transmission channel for semi-private radio communications
Transmit distance: up to 2 miles using FRS, up to 5 miles with GMRS
External voice activation (VOX)
Ergonomic design for one-handed operation, with Call, Press-To-Talk (PTT), and Page mode buttons on the side, Power/Backlighting button on top, and Volume and Zoom buttons in front
Unique 5-way cursor for channel selection and volume adjustment in FRS/GMRS mode, and quick map panning, entering, and selecting functions in GPS mode
Voice scrambler and vibration mode for silent calls
Built in basemap consisting of American road and highway detail, along with 8 MB of internal memory for additional road, lake, marine, and points-of-interest data that can be downloaded from MapSource MetroGuide®, Fishing Hot Spots®, Topo, or BlueChart CDs

Unit Includes:
Rino® 120 receiver
Marine Point Database
Americas Highway
PC-interface cable
Wrist strap
Belt clip
User's manual
Quick reference guide



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ChuckyUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

The Rhino 120 is a great little GPS and radio with three noticeable limitations. The first is that they "gulp" batteries. The second is that the toggle device has been referred to as fragile by a number of users. Finally, the menu is so comprehensive that you have to make a serious effort to learn about it. You are not likely to get full use of it right out of the box. However, despite its limitations, it is far better than it is limited. Being able to communicate and show your location to others simultaneously is great. The radio and GPS are Garmin quality and reliable. I really like the fact that you can show multiple coordinate systems simultaneously. The size is awesome. The on/off switch is well located to preclude accidential activation or deactivation. It has a lot of features if you are willing to read about them. When used in among a group of different parties they are awesome. Keeping the limitations above in mind, they are great GPSs AND radios.
Posted Oct 19, 2003 9:45 am

FireEaterUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I cannot say enough about my Rino 120. It's gets incredible signal, battery life is excellent, and it's two units in one. Saving weight and money! Some people have issue with the toggle switch but it's really quit simple to use. It has a one button navigating button which makes switching between views a snap. The base map that comes with this model is good. I do recommend buying the Mapsource topo CDs though. Awesome program you can set way points into your rino and then down load your whole hike onto a topo map when you get home. It gives you details about speed, profile, and actual distance traveled...ect. This is a gear heads ultimate tool.
Posted Aug 13, 2005 7:37 am

travisgollaherUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I realy like the Rino. I have used it exetensively in Iraq as a personal radio and tracker to stay in touch with other team member's,while on post. The radio has great range ,and if I use the buddy tracker on the GPS ,I know were my friend's are who also have the Rino. This is not a radio that I use off post for security reason's, but it is great everwere eltse. The GPS does wear down the battrie's a lot faster so if you don't need the GPS function, you have the option to disable it and go to a stand alone radio mode. This is definetly how the GPS market will turn in the future. Intigration is key!
Posted Oct 27, 2005 4:16 pm

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