Owner`s manual | Garmin 530HCx Two-Way Radio User Manual

Owner’s Manual
2-way radio and GPS
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May 2007
Part Number 190-00742-00 Rev. C
Printed in Taiwan
This manual instruction for using the Garmin® Rino®
520HCx or the Rino® 530HCx (Radio Integrated with
Navigation for the Outdoors).
Note: The significant differences between the
Rino 520HCx and Rino 530HCx features are
noted throughout the quick reference guide and
the owner’s manual. The Rino 530HCx contains
all of the features of the Rino 520HCx and a
seven channel NOAA weather receiver weather
alert, an electronic compass, and barometric
pressure altimeter.
Tip and Shortcuts
• To quickly return to the Main Menu from any page,
press the Quit/Page key twice.
• To extend battery life, turn off the GPS when not
using the Rino for navigation. Also, decrease the
level of the display’s backlight, by quickly pressing
and releasing the Power key.
Contact Garmin
Contact Garmin if you have any questions while using your
unit. Contact Garmin Product Support by phone: (913)
397-8200 or (800) 800-1020, Monday–Friday, 8 AM–5 PM
Central Time; or go to www.garmin.com/support/ and click
Product Support.
Product Registration
Help us better support you by completing our online
registration today! Have the serial number of your Rino
handy and connect to our Web site: www.garmin.com.
Look for the Product Registration link on our Home page
through My Garmin.
Use this area to record the serial number (8-digit number
located in the battery compartment) in case your Rino
is lost, stolen, or needs service. Be sure to keep your
original sales receipt in a safe place or attach a photocopy
inside the manual.
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Exposure to Radio Frequency Signals—Your wireless handheld radio is a low power
radio transmitter and receiver. When it is on, it receives and also sends out radio frequency
(RF) signals. In August 1996, The Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) adopted
RF exposure guidelines with safety levels for handheld wireless radios. Those guidelines
are consistent with safety standards previously set by both U.S. and international standards
bodies: American National Standards Institute (ANSI) IEEE. C95.1‑1992; National Council
on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Report 86; International Commission
on Non‑Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) 1996. Those standards were based on
comprehensive and periodic evaluations of the relevant scientific literature. For example, over
130 scientists, engineers, and physicians from universities, government health agencies, and
industry reviewed the available body of research to develop the ANSI Standard (C95.1). The
design of your radio complies with the FCC guidelines (and those standards).
For body-worn and face-held operation, this radio demonstrates compliance and meets the
FCC RF exposure guidelines for uncontrolled exposure (general population) when used with
approved accessories supplied with or designed for this product. Use of other accessories may
not ensure compliance with FCC RF exposure guidelines.
Antenna Care—Use only the supplied antenna. Unauthorized antennas, modifications, or
attachments could damage the radio and may violate FCC regulations. Do not use any radio
that has a damaged antenna, because if it comes into contact with your skin, a minor burn
can result.
Electronic Devices—Most modern electronic equipment is shielded from RF signals. However,
certain equipment may not be shielded against the RF signals from your wireless radio.
Pacemakers—The Health Industry Manufacturers Association (HIMA) recommends that a
minimum separation of six inches (6”) be maintained between a handheld wireless radio and
a pacemaker to avoid potential interference with the pacemaker. These recommendations are
consistent with the independent research by and recommendations of Wireless Technology
Research. Persons with pacemakers should ALWAYS keep the radio more than six inches from
their pacemaker when the radio is turned on, should not carry the radio in a breast pocket,
should use the ear opposite the pacemaker to minimize the potential for interference, and should
turn the radio off immediately if you have any reason to suspect that interference is taking
Hearing Aids—Some digital wireless radios may interfere with some hearing aids. In the
event of such interference, you may want to consult your hearing aid manufacturer to discuss
Other Medical Devices—If you use any other personal medical device, consult the
manufacturer of your device to determine if it is adequately shielded from external RF energy.
Your physician may be able to assist you in obtaining this information.
Turn your radio OFF in health care facilities when any regulations posted in these areas instruct
you to do so. Hospitals or health care facilities may be using equipment that could be sensitive
to external RF energy.
Vehicles—RF signals may affect improperly installed or inadequately shielded electronic
systems in motor vehicles. Check with the manufacturer or its representative regarding your
vehicle. You should also consult the manufacturer of any equipment that has been added to
your vehicle.
Posted Facilities—Turn your radio OFF in any facility where posted notices so require.
Commercial Aircraft—Many commercial airlines prohibit the use of FRS/GMRS radios on
board. Switch OFF your radio before boarding an aircraft or check the airline rules.
Blasting Areas—To avoid interfering with blasting operations, turn your radio OFF when in a
“blasting area” or in areas posted: “Turn off two‑way radio.” Obey all signs and instructions.
Potentially Explosive Atmospheres—Turn your radio OFF and do not remove your battery
when you are in any area with a potentially explosive atmosphere. Obey all signs and
instructions. Sparks from your battery in such areas could cause an explosion or fire resulting in
bodily injury or even death.
Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always clearly marked. They
include fueling areas such as gasoline stations, below deck on boats, fuel or chemical transfer
or storage facilities; vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas (such as propane or butane); areas
where the air contains chemicals or particles, such as grain, dust, or metal powders; and any
other area where you would normally be advised to turn off your vehicle engine.
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Table of Contents
Contact Garmin.......................................................... i
Product Registration.................................................. i
Getting Started........................................................1
Main Display Pages................................................... 4
Operating the Rino.................................................... 5
Status Bar Overview................................................. 6
Using Detailed Mapping Data................................... 7
Transferring Data to a microSD Card...................... 8
Basic Operation......................................................9
Radio Page................................................................. 9
Setting the Channel and Code............................... 10
Setup Tones............................................................. 15
Turn Radio/GPS On/Off........................................... 17
Radio Page Status Indicators................................. 18
Using the Rino Radio Features.............................. 19
Map Page..................................................................21
Compass Page......................................................... 27
Using Sight ‘N Go . ................................................. 29
Altimeter Page ........................................................ 30
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Main Menu.............................................................34
Satellite Page........................................................... 34
Trip Computer Page................................................ 35
Finding a Waypoint................................................. 40
Finding a Geocache................................................ 40
Finding a City........................................................... 41
Finding an Interstate Exit....................................... 41
Finding an Address................................................. 41
Intersections............................................................ 42
Searching for a Point of Interest............................ 42
Tracks Page............................................................. 43
Navigating a Route.................................................. 47
Setup Menu.............................................................. 50
Proximity Waypoints............................................... 55
Calendar................................................................... 55
Alarm Clock............................................................. 55
Calculator................................................................. 55
Sun and Moon.......................................................... 56
Hunt & Fish..............................................................56
Games Menu............................................................ 56
Specifications.......................................................... 57
Standard Accessories............................................. 59
Optional Accessories.............................................. 59
Transferring MapSource Data................................ 60
Caring for the Rino.................................................. 63
Interface Information............................................... 64
FCC Compliance Information................................. 64
FCC Licensing Information.................................... 65
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Getting Started
Getting Started
The Rino 520HCx or 530HCx is a FRS/GMRS radio
with a 12 channel GPS receiver. It has integrated radio
functionality to provide two-way communications for up
to two miles using FRS (Family Radio Service) channels.
The Rino also provides 15 high-performance GMRS
(General Mobile Radio Service) channels and 8 GMRS
repeater channels (US versions only) for communication
up to 14 miles.
NOTE: GMRS channels are limited to 2 watts
of power when used in Canada. GMRS repeater
channels are not approved for use by the Canadian
government, so they are disabled on Rino 520HCx
and Rino 530HCx units sold in Canada.
the Rino prior to the first use to ensure accurate battery
capacity reporting. Follow the charging instructions in the
Rino Quick Reference Guide.
The unit contains a built-in North American basemap
that includes interstate and state highways and exit
information. The Rino uses MapSource™map data
software (not included). Using a microSD card, the Rino
can display a variety of detailed map data.
WARNING: See the Important Safety and Product
Information guide in the product box for product
warnings and other important information.
The Rino has three user-selectable GMRS power levels:
0.5 W, 2.0 W, and 5.0 W (US versions only). Keep in
mind that FRS channels only transmit at 0.5 W. The Rino
has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack with charger.
Fully charge the lithium-ion battery while attached to
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Using the Rino Keypad
TFT Display
Enter/Rocker key “Thumb Stick”:
Press in to Enter a selection or data
Power key:
Press and hold to turn the unit on/off
Call key:
Press to send out a call tone
Move up, down, right or left to move
through lists, select fields, on-screen
buttons, icons, enter data, or move the
map panning arrow
Sends position when released (if enabled)
Press and hold to open a Shortcuts Menu
Talk key:
Press and hold to talk
Zoom/Map (Z) key:
Press to adjust contrast and backlighting
From the Map page, press to open Zoom
control window
Sends position when released (if enabled)
Page/Quit key:
Press to cycle through main pages
From any other page, press to open the
Map page and press again to open Zoom
Used to quit or escape menu items
Volume (V) key:
Press to open volume/squelch control
Press and hold to mute/unmute the speaker
Press and hold to turn the electronic
compass on/off (Rino 530HCx only)
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Back of the Rino
GPS antenna
Upper - wrist strap attachment point
2-way FRS/GMRS antenna
Mini USB port with weather cap
Belt clip/bike/auto mount connector
(Use a hex wrench to tighten the Belt Clip Button when
installing on the connector.)
Battery pack locking D-ring
Headset connector with weather cap
Lithium-ion battery pack
Battery charger contacts
Lower - Wrist strap attachment point
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Main Display Pages
All of the information needed to operate the Rino is found on five default main pages (only four for the Rino 520HCx).
Press and release the Page/Quit key to cycle through the Radio page, Map page, Active Route page*, Compass page,
Altimeter page (Rino 530HCx only), and Main Menu page. Access the Main pages by pressing the on-screen Main page
button . Customize the Main page sequence by using the Page Sequence Setup (see page 51).
Active Route Page
*Active Route page appears in the main page sequence only
when navigating a route or when on a Go To.
Radio Page
Map Page
There are two types of Active Route pages: one with TurnBy-Turn directions when following roads and one with a list of
points when navigating off road.
The Altimeter page is
shown only for the Rino
Main Menu
Altimeter Page
Compass Page
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Operating the Rino
For best results, calibrate the compass and altimeter
contained in the Rino 530HCx before use. Refer to
the “Calibrating the Compass” and “Calibrating the
Altimeter” sections.
To use the Rocker:
• Press in to enter selected options and to
confirm messages.
• Move up, down, right or left to move through
lists, select fields, on-screen buttons and icons,
enter data, or move the map
panning arrow.
• Press in and hold to open the
Shortcuts Menu.
To use the Page Option Menu:
1. Select the Option Menu on-screen button
the top of the display screen, and then press Enter
to open the menu.
2. Select a menu option and press Enter.
3. To close without making a selection, move the
Rocker to the right.
To close a feature or setting page:
Select the Close
button at the top of the page
and press Enter, or press the Page/Quit key.
Shortcuts Menu
The Shortcuts Menu, accessed by holding the Rocker key
in, provides quick access to frequently used features and
the Lock Keys option.
To lock/unlock the keys:
1. Press Enter to access the Shortcuts Menu. Select
Lock Keys. Only the Call and the Press To Talk
keys are functional.
2. To unlock, press and hold the Page/
Quit key until “Keylock Disabled” is
shown (about 5 seconds).
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Status Bar Overview
As you move around any of the Main pages, the page’s
title briefly appears (3 seconds) and then is replaced by
the Status Bar. The Status Bar shows current settings and
operational icons and contains the Main page
page option menu
The available icons are:
Speaker Muted
Weather Alert On (Rino 530HCx only)
Current Radio Channel
Adjust the backlight level by pressing the POWER key
and releasing, then tapping the POWER key or press the
Rocker up/down to cycle through the levels of backlight
Using External Power
Receiving Radio Signal
Transmitting Radio Signal
On-screen Messages
When operating the Rino, an on-screen message advises
you of an occurrence. In each case, the condition is
described and often a remedy provided. Press Enter to
acknowledge the message and close the window.
Radio On
Peer-To-Peer On/Location Ready to Send
Keylock On
Alarm Clock On
Battery Level
On-screen message
GPS On, 3D Position Fix
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Using Detailed Mapping Data
Many of the Rino features require detailed mapping data
to be fully operational, so you may want to transfer maps
before using the unit. The microSD card (not provided
with your unit) can be loaded with detailed maps and
mapping data from optional MapSource CDs for a
computer. This enhances the versatility of your Rino.
With selected MapSource detailed mapping data, you can
view listings of nearby restaurants, lodging, shopping
centers, attractions and entertainment, and addresses and
phone numbers for any listed location.
Map data transfer requires the USB interface cable
provided with the unit to transfer MapSource data from
a computer to the microSD card in the Rino. Inserting
the microSD card in a standard SD card adapter and card
reader allows for faster transfer.
Once installed in your Rino, the microSD card is used for
storage of mapping data, tracks, and as a mass storage
device for other types of data.
A Data Card Information page is available to view
statistical data about the microSD card. You can
determine how much card space is used for maps, tracks,
and for miscellaneous data. You can also view the amount
of free space available and the total space currently being
used. When purchasing a microSD card for your unit,
take into consideration the amount of data you plan to
store on the card.
Note: Waypoints stored on the microSD card
cannot be used by the Rino. Waypoints transferred
using MapSource are stored on the unit memory, and
are used by the Rino.
To purchase high capacity microSD cards and preloaded map data sets from Garmin. Visit the Garmin
Web site: www.garmin.com/cartography/ for compatible
MapSource products.
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Transferring Data to a microSD Card
To install or remove the microSD card:
1. Remove the battery pack from the back of the unit
by turning the locking D-Ring and lifting up.
2. Locate the card tray at the center of the battery
3. If you want to install the card, slide the tray cover
forward, then lift up to insert the card in the tray. Be
certain the card contacts are facing down.
To transfer map data to the microSD card:
1. Lift the weather cover from the USB port on the
upper back of the unit. It is recommended that you
use the USB port rather than the serial connection
port for faster data transfer.
2. Connect the USB cable provided with the unit to
the USB port on your computer and to the miniUSB port on the back of the unit.
3. Follow instructions for selecting and downloading
maps provided with the MapSource® map data
disk. See page 60.
USB Port - under weather cover
microSD card tray is located beneath the
battery on the back of the unit.
Slide the tray cover back to OPEN,
then lift to remove or insert the
microSD card. Close and slide back
to LOCK.
Detail of microSD card tray
in Battery Compartment
Back of Rino
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Basic Operation
Radio Page
The Radio page provides the user interface for FRS
(Family Radio Service) and GMRS (General Mobile
Radio Service) radio operations. Rinos work with third
party FRS/GMRS radios using standard FRS/GMRS
frequencies. To take advantage of all of the Rino features,
communication with other Rinos is necessary.
The Radio page also provides access to the Weather
Radio (available in Rino 530HCx only), which provides
a constant update of current weather conditions by
receiving NOAA weather broadcasts for your area. The
Weather Alert feature further enhances the Weather Radio
by automatically notifying you of any weather alerts,
even when the Weather Radio is not used and the FRS/
GMRS radio is not transmitting or receiving an audio
transmission. These features are helpful while outdoors or
when planning trips or activities.
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Radio Page
Initializing the Rino
When using the unit for the first time or you are more
than 600 miles from your last used location, the GPS
receiver must be initialized.
To initialize the unit:
Take the Rino outside where there is an
unobstructed view of the sky and turn it on to
search for satellite signals. A Satellite Signal graph
is shown on the Radio page.
Basic Operation
Using Name and Symbol Fields
Use the Name field to enter a name that appears on other
Rino units as you communicate with them. The Symbol
field lets you choose a face icon from a list to further
personalize your identity.
To enter a name:
1. Using the Rocker, select the Name field. Press
Enter to activate the field and open the keyboard.
2. Move the Rocker up, down, left, or right to select
the Clear field, then press Enter to clear the
default Name.
3. Enter a new name, using the Rocker to move the
cursor to select a character (letter, number, or a
space). Press Enter to select that character.
4. After you enter your new name, select OK.
To change the user symbol:
1. Use the Rocker to select the face symbol on the
left. Press Enter to show face icons.
2. Press Enter to change the symbol.
Setting the Channel and Code
The Rino has 22 channels (not including GMRS repeater
channels) and 38 codes to select from using the Channel
and Code fields. Channels 1–7 and 15–22 are GMRS
channels, 8–14 are FRS channels, and 15R–22R are
GMRS repeater channels (repeater channels are available
on US units only and are disabled by default). To
communicate with other Rino and FRS/GMRS users, stay
on the same channel and code. Garmin Rino units work
with third party FRS/GMRS radios, if the other radios
are using standard FRS/GMRS frequencies. See the
Appendix for a chart of Rino frequencies.
Squelch codes allow you to hear calls from only specific
persons. Thirty-eight (38) codes (called Continuous
Tone Controlled Squelch System or CTCSS) allow your
Rino to ignore unwanted calls from other people using
the same channel. Select the same code (number) as
selected by the other person(s) with whom you plan to
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Setting the code to 0 (code off) allows you to hear all
activity on the selected channel, but you must be set to
the same code as the other person(s) to transmit back. See
the “Appendix” for a table listing all of the 38 codes and
their frequencies.
Select from FRS 8–14, GMRS 1–7 & 15–22,
and 15R–22R GMRS repeater channels
(with repeater channels enabled).
NOTE: Codes do not cause your conversation to be
private. They only allow you to filter out other users
on the same channel, so you only hear the radio(s)
you want to hear. Codes on are not a scrambling
system! Refer to page 14.
As you change channels, the Rino remembers the last
channel/code combination used. For example, you can
set the unit channel to 5 and code to 21, then change the
channel to 8 and code to 2. If you change the channel
back to 5, the code changes back to its previous setting
of 21.
Channel code list
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To change the Channel or Code:
Scanning and Monitoring
To adjust the Volume and Squelch Level:
When the Rino is scanning and it receives an incoming
signal, the Rino automatically decodes the code used by
the incoming signal and uses that code when it transmits
1. Using the Rocker, select the Channel or Code
field, and then press Enter to show a list of
available channels/codes.
2. Move the Rocker up or down to scroll through
the selections. Because not all the items fit in the
window, a slider bar on the right side indicates your
current position in the list.
3. Select one of the selections, and press Enter.
1. Press the Volume Control (V) key to open the
Volume/Squelch Level Control window.
2. Move the Rocker up or down to adjust the volume
3. Use the Rocker to set the squelch level by moving
the slider all the way to the left to unmute the
background noise (weak signals that you do not
want to hear). Then slowly move it to the right until
the background noise stops. The squelch is set.
Use the Scan option to scan through the available
channels for activity. As the unit scans and detects
activity on a channel, it pauses on that channel/code for
a few seconds, then continues scanning. If you transmit
during that pause, the transmission is on that channel.
However, if you transmit when the scan has not paused,
the transmission uses the channel set before scanning.
Use the Set Scanlist option to pick which channels/codes
to scan. Selecting specific channels/codes reduces the
scan time and helps prevent missing a transmission. The
Scanlist has option menu choices to Scan Current Codes
or Scan All Codes. Choosing Scan Current Codes scans
only the channel and code combination in memory.
Use the Monitor option to listen to a single channel for all
activity on the current channel. Using the Monitor option
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temporarily turns off the squelch, allowing you to hear
the open channel. If you see an “Activity...” message,
there is activity on the selected channel, but the incoming
signal is not audible if it does not match the code. Choose
“monitor” to hear all the activity on a channel.
Radio Page Option Menu
Use the Radio page option menu to customize aspects of
your Rino such as setting up the radio, programming call
and ring tones, and setting up a scanlist.
To scan or monitor a channel:
1. Select the Scan or Monitor button. Scan starts
searching through the available channels.
Monitor opens the channel to listen to any radio
transmissions on that channel.
2. To stop using either option, select the button.
To set up a Scanlist:
1. Open the option menu and select Setup Scanlist.
2. To add or remove a channel from the list, select
the channel and press Enter to add or remove the
check mark in front of the name. Only channels
that are checked are scanned.
3. To select all channels or clear all channels, select
either the Select All or Clear All.
4. To Scan Current Codes, select the option menu,
choose a setting, and press Enter.
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Setup Radio
• Scramble—adds a level of privacy to your
conversations. When On, the voice transmission
sounds garbled to other non-scrambled radios.
NOTE: When Scramble is set to On, in order for
peer-to-peer and Send Location features to work, the
receiving radio must have Scramble enabled also.
Setup Radio Page
The Setup Radio option opens the Radio Setup page.
• Send Location—enables/disables the peer-to-peer
positioning feature.
• Allow Polling—enables/disables your ability to
respond to a polling request from another Rino.
• GMRS Power—sets the power level used to
transmit GMRS channels (1-7, 15-22 and repeater
channels 15R-22R, if applicable) 1/2 watt is used
for FRS channels 7-15. If the battery is too low
for higher power levels, it decreases the transmit
power and sends a message.
• Repeater Channel—use this option to turn On/Off
GMRS repeater channels 15R–22R. GMRS
repeater channels are not available in Rino units
sold in Canada.
• Weather Alert—when Weather Alert is enabled
(see Weather Radio section), the receiver is set
to look for weather alert tones either only on the
current channel or on all channels.
• Headset Type—chooses which accessory headset
or microphone you are using with the unit, or
allows the unit to automatically detect the type.
If you use more than one type of headset or
microphone, set the unit to “Ask When Detected”
before changing accessories.
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NOTE: If the headset has a PTT (Push to Talk)
button, it must be pressed for the unit to detect the
• VOX Level—controls the sensitivity level of any
Voice Operated Transmission (VOX) accessory.
VOX accessories allow you to use the unit handsfree. A lower VOX setting is recommended for
quiet environments whereas a higher VOX setting
should be used in noisy environments. Setting
the VOX level to 5 is recommended, but it can be
necessary to adjust the level to achieve the voice
trigger level. You can hear yourself talking in the
headset when transmitting successfully using VOX.
• Microphone Sensitivity—set the sensitivity of
the internal microphone and the sensitivity of a
headset microphone. When selected, a sensitivity
adjustment slider appears. Adjusting the sensitivity
requires the assistance of another radio user to
advise of the voice quality received while adjusting
the slider.
Setup Tones
• Call Tone—when the Call key is pressed, an
attention tone is transmitted. Choose from 10 tones.
• Roger Tone—when the Talk key is released, a tone
is sent to signify the end of the transmission. This
option allows you to choose one of four tones, or
set the tone to Off.
• Ring Tone—when an incoming transmission is
received, an attention tone sounds. This option
allows you to choose one of 10 tones or set the tone
to Off. The Ring tone does not sound again until
there has been 45 seconds of radio inactivity.
• Vibrate—choose from On or Off to have the unit
vibrate when an incoming transmission is received.
Once received, the unit does not vibrate again until
there has been 45 seconds of radio inactivity. The
unit also vibrates at Power On when set to do so.
• Message Beep—Choose from 19 options or off
to have the unit emit a tone when a message is
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• Key Beep—choose from four tones or off to emit a
tone when a key is pressed.
• Power Beep—enable or disable the unit on and off
• Turn Warning (Early)—choose from 19 tones or
off to signal an upcoming turn on a route.
• Turn Warning (Final)—Choose from 19 tones or
off to signal the final turn on a route.
• Proximity Alarm Tones—access by selecting the
options menu. (See page 55 for details.)
A “Set Quiet Mode” option is available in the options
menu to mute all tones, except proximity alarm tones.
Setup Scanlist
Refer to “Scanning and Monitoring” for complete
information about this feature and the options in
this page.
Use Weather Radio
Available for the Rino 530HCx only, the Weather Radio
provides a constant update of the weather conditions. The
Weather Alert feature further enhances the Weather Radio
by automatically detecting any weather alert tones if you
are not actively transmitting or receiving with the radio.
To access the Weather Radio, select the Weather button
and press Enter or select the Radio page Option Menu
button. Press Enter when Use Weather Radio is selected
to turn on the weather radio. You can also access the
Weather Radio through the Shortcuts Menu.
When the Weather Radio is on, a “Ready To Receive
Weather” message appears if no signal is present or the
squelch is set too high. A “Receiving Weather” message
is shown if weather is being received, if squelch is too
low, or monitor is on. The Weather Radio has a separate
squelch setting from the FRS/GMRS radio.
Change the Weather Radio channel in the same manner as
changing the FRS/GMRS radio channel. There are seven
Weather Radio channels (1 through 7) available.
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Selecting the “Seek” button increments the radio to the
next active weather channel. Selecting the “Monitor”
button monitors the selected channel for activity.
Use Weather Alert
When the radio is on, Enable Weather Alert is at the
bottom of the option menu. Press Enter when Enable
Weather Alert is selected to turn it on. You can turn the
Weather Radio off and continue radio operations. When a Weather Alert tone is detected, the Rino
automatically turns on the Weather Radio and broadcasts
the Weather Alert if you are not actively transmitting or
receiving on the radio. The volume changes to 3/4 the
maximum when a Weather Alert is broadcast. Select
Disable Weather Alert to turn off this feature.
To turn the weather radio off, press Enter when Use
FRS/GMRS Radio is selected. This switches back over
to the FRS/GMRS radio operation. Weather Alert is
disabled whenever the FRS/GMRS and Weather Radio is
Turn Radio/GPS On/Off
Press Enter for either of these two options to toggle them
from on to off. For example, to turn GPS off, press Enter
when Turn GPS Off is selected.
Status Window
The Status Window on the bottom half of the Radio page
shows current GPS and radio status, and radio actions.
GPS Status
The GPS signal bars indicate the strength of satellite
arrays overhead. More bars mean more satellites in view.
Radio Transmission/Reception Status
As the radio transmits and receives, a variety of messages
appear and indicate the type and status of the transmission
or reception.
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Radio Page Status Indicators
The Radio page status bar shows icons and the status window shows both messages and icons to describe current
operating conditions, depending on what you are doing. See below for an explanation of messages and icons.
Radio Status
GPS Status Status Bar
A signal is being received, but doesn’t
match the code
The 2-way radio is turned Off
FRS channel is selected and
you can transmit
GMRS channel is selected
and you can transmit
You are receiving a transmission on the
selected channel
Set to a weather channel and waiting
to receive weather broadcast
Receiving a weather broadcast
Radio feature off
Transmit power at 1/2 watt
GPS receiver off
Radio on
Acquiring satellites
Weakest signal
Transmit power at 2 watts
2D GPS location
Transmit power at 5 watts
3D GPS location
3D GPS location
Strongest signal
Peer-to-peer on
position ready
to transmit
GPS on Position Ready
Weather Alert
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Using the Rino Radio Features
Your Rino provides many features, such as transmitting
your location and receiving contact information.
Peer-to-Peer Positioning
The Rino’s most unique feature is being able to send its
location to another Rino, which is called Peer-to-Peer
positioning. With peer-to-peer positioning enabled (see
the “Setup Radio” section) and a GPS position, whenever
you press and release either the Call key or the Talk
key, the unit automatically sends out its location. This
information is available to all other Rino users that are
monitoring the same channel and squelch code. You can
track the movement of other Rino users and navigate to
their location. Locations can only be sent once every 30
seconds due to FCC restrictions.
To transmit your location to other Rino users:
1. Enable Send Location (see “Setup Radio”).
2. Press and release either the Talk or Call key. A
bright flag on the Status Bar indicates the unit
is ready to transmit its position. A dimmed flag
indicates the unit is waiting for the 30 second delay.
New Contact Page Overview
The first time that a signal is received from another
Rino user, a New Contact page is shown. From the New
Contact page you can show their location on your Map,
Go To their location, or select OK to add it to the contact
list. Press the Page/Quit key to disregard the contact.
Name and
Contact Page
Contact information
The Rino can manage up to 50 contacts at any time. Each
time you receive a signal from a contact, your map is
updated showing the new position. A track log of their
movement is created and shows on your map (see the
“Track Logs” section). After a contact is established, a
“<contact name> Updated” message briefly appears at the
bottom of your display each time the contact updates.
All contacts are listed on the Find Contact page and
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are also shown in the contact bar on the Map page.
Contacts behave like waypoints and count towards the
500 maximum waypoint total. If the contact did not
have a GPS location on the last transmission, the last
known position appears overlaid by a question mark in
the location field. To view the contact details, use the
Rocker to move to the next data field to add or change
To accept a new contact:
1. When a new contact is received, the New Contact
page automatically appears.
2. Select OK. If you do not select OK, the contact is
not saved.
To review a contact and contact details:
From the Map page, select the selected contact on
the Contact Bar and press Enter. As you select the
contacts on the Contact Bar, the Map page shows
its name, direction and distance
To change contact details:
The Elevation, Position, and Note fields can be
manually edited.
Use the Rocker to view or edit
different contact data.
Sending a Location
Use the Rino to send a specific location to other Rino
users. You can send any point found from the Find menu.
If the unit needs to wait until 30 seconds elapse since the
last position transmission, a “Waiting to send location...”
message appears until the Rino is able to transmit. If a
location is sent more than once, a number is automatically
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added to the end of the name (for example: CAMP,
CAMP 1, CAMP 2, etc.).
To send a location:
1. Press and hold Enter until the Shortcuts Menu
2. Select Find.
3. Select the wanted category and press Enter.
4. Depending on which category you choose, select
an item to view the Information page.
5. From the information page, open the option menu.
6. Select Send Location and press Enter again. The
unit now sends the point to the other Rino users on
your channel/squelch code.
Map Page
The Map page shows your present position and direction
of movement using a triangular Position Icon that is
shown on the map. As you travel, the map display leaves
a “trail” (track log) of your movements.
The Map page can show a higher level of detail than the
basemap provided with the unit (i.e. residential streets,
parks, etc.), if optional Garmin MapSource data is used.
When using MapSource data, the word “mapsource”
appears below the map scale whenever you zoom in to
view map details.
At the top of the page, you can choose to show either
the Contact Bar, Data Fields, Guidance Text, or only the
Selecting the contact on the Map page and pressing the
Call key polls the contact.
In many instances the map shows an Accuracy Circle
surrounding the Position Icon. The Rino uses both map
resolution and GPS accuracy in defining your location
within the circle.
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Use the Pan Map feature (accessed from the Map page
option menu), to move a small outline arrow (Map
about the page to select and identify map
items or to scroll the map and view areas not shown.
Status bar
Option Menu and Main
Page menu buttons
To change scales on the Map Page:
Accuracy circle
Contact bar
Map scale
Position Icon
To view a Contact from the Map Page:
1. Select the Contact icon using the Rocker. As you
select the contacts on the Contact Bar, the Map
page shows its name, direction, and distance.
2. Press Enter to view the details of the contact.
3. Press the Rocker to the left or right to re-center the
map on your current position.
The scale can be changed from 20 feet to 500 miles. A
lower zoom scale shows less area but more map detail,
while a higher zoom scale shows you a larger area with
less map detail. The Z (Zoom) key on the front right of
the unit and Rocker allow you to zoom in and out on the
map. Press the Z (Zoom) key from any page (other than
the Map page) to open the Map page.
1. Press the Z (Zoom) key to open the Zoom window.
2. Use the Rocker key to change the map scale in
order to show more map area with less detail or
less map area with more detail.
3. Press and hold up or down on the Rocker to
zoom the map scale rapidly. Press Enter or in any
direction to close the Zoom window.
The map scale in the lower left hand side of the display is
shown in units of measurement selected in the Units field
of the Unit Setup page (accessed through the Main Menu
Setup page). If you zoom in too far and the resolution is
exceeded, the word, “overzoom” appears.
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Map Page Options
Map page options allow a variety of operating and
custom features for your Rino. The Map page options are:
• Pan Map—moves the Panning Arrow (Map
Pointer) about on the map. Refer to the “Using the
Pan Map Option” section for complete instructions.
• Stop Navigation—stops navigation of a Go To,
Route or Track in progress. When you are not
navigating to a destination, the Stop Navigation
option is “grayed out” and is non-functional.
• Recalculate—recalculates the current route.
• Show... Data Fields—shows two, three, or four
navigation data fields or one or two wide fields,
Map Only, and Contacts. Data fields can be
programmed to show various data options.
• Guidance Text—shows guidance information such
as direction to turn at the next intersection. It can
be set for Always Show, Never Show, or Show
When Navigating.
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• Setup Map—opens the Setup Map pages, which
allow you to tailor the map to your needs such as
changing text size, map orientation, and map detail.
Refer to the “Setting up the Map” section for
complete instructions.
• Measure Distance—shows the distance from one
point on the map to another.
• Turn Declutter On—turns the Declutter feature on to
reduce the amount of map details when zoomed out.
• Restore Defaults—returns the Map page to the
original factory settings.
Using the Pan Map Option
The map panning function is activated from the option
menu. Use the Rocker to move the map pointer.
Press Enter to mark the arrow location or view the map
item information page. The option menu allows you to:
send the location of that item, project a waypoint from it,
save it as a waypoint, set a proximity circle around it, add
it to a route, or view the Sun & Moon phase or view Hunt
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& Fish information for that location. On-screen buttons at
the bottom of the page allow you to Go To the map item,
show it on the map or to select OK and return to the Map
page. Press the Page/Quit key to stop panning the map.
To Find an item near the map pointer:
1. Press and hold Enter in to open the Shortcuts
2. Select Find to view items. Select the category
you want to search (waypoints, contacts, etc.).
The Rino then searches for the items nearest the
location of the map pointer.
Map page with
panning arrow
Programming the Data Fields
Select Show... Data Fields to view from one wide, two,
two wide, three, or four optional data fields at the top of
the screen that can be programmed to provide a variety of
travel and navigation information.
To program a data field:
1. Use the Rocker to select the data field and then
press in to view the list of data options.
2. Select to select the option and then press Enter to
change the data field type.
Data Field Options
The data field options apply to the Map page data fields
and the Trip Computer data fields.
Guidance Text
The Guidance Text option indicates upcoming
intersections, points, or direction to navigate. The three
options are: Always Show, Never Show, and Show When
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Setting up the Map
The Setup Map option shows the six Map Setup pages,
each accessed by an on-screen button.
Sub-page buttons
Setup items
Marine data setup
Map data setup
Text setup
Points setup
Tracks setup
General setup
To use Map Setup options:
1. Select Setup Map from the options menu and then
press Enter to open the Map Setup page.
2. Press right or left on the Rocker to select the
selected sub-page button, which shows the options
for that sub-page.
3. Press up or down on the Rocker to select an item
on the list. Press right to return to the sub-page
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4. Use the Rocker to select the preferred option and
then press it in to activate.
General Setup
• Orientation—Track Up or North Up; fixes the top
of the map display to the current track heading or
to a north heading.
• Below—sets the map scale at which Track Up
appears. Above that scale the map reverts to North
• Auto Zoom—On or Off; automatically scales the
map to show both your current location and the
next point to which you are navigating.
• Detail—Most, More, Normal, Less, or Least;
controls how much map detail you see.
• Lock on Road—On or Off; available only if
MapSource data is loaded. When on, the triangle
icon locks to the road that you are traveling.
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Tracks Setup
• Saved Tracks and Track Log—(Scale options)
Off, Auto, or 20 ft–500 miles, sets the maximum
scale at which the feature should appear on the
screen. Some types of data appear only at certain
zoom scales.
• Track Points—select the number of track points
per track. Up to 10,000 active Track Points allowed.
• Go To Line—Bearing to or Course line shown on
a Go To route.
Map Points Setup
• Map Points, User Waypoints, Street Label, and
Land Cover—Off, Auto, or 20 ft–500 miles; sets
the maximum scale at which that feature should
appear on the screen. Some types of data appear
only at specific zoom scales.
Text Setup
• Map Points, User Waypoints, Street Label, and
Land Cover—None, Small, Medium, or Large;
control the size of the text shown.
Map Information Setup
• Show—check box; check mark determines if map
data is used or not. Option Menu allows you to
choose to show all, show none, or show specific
MapSource Data.
Marine Setup
• Marine Colors, Spot Soundings, Light Sectors,
and Symbol Set—Options for categories are On,
Off, and Auto.
Measuring Distance
To use the Measure Distance option:
1. Select Measure Distance from the option menu and then press Enter to show the Panning Arrow.
Ref appears under the arrow.
2. Use the Rocker to move about on the Map page
until you reach the point to which you want to
measure. A field appears showing the location of the
pointer and the direction and distance.
3. To begin measuring from a different point, press
Enter at the selected location.
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Compass Page
Use the Compass page to provide active guidance with
a compass ring that shows your course (heading) while
you are moving and a bearing pointer to indicate the
current direction to your destination (bearing) relative
to the course. Data fields at the top of the page provide
navigation information.
The Compass Ring functions as a magnetic compass
when you are stationary (Rino 530HCx feature only).
Selectable data
Bearing pointer
Compass ring
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Using the Compass Page
The two main components of the Compass page are the
bearing pointer and compass ring. The bearing pointer
always points directly to the destination, no matter
what your current location might be. The compass ring
indicates your heading. While you are navigating a route,
the bearing pointer indicates the direction (a bent arrow)
of the turn to the next point in the route as well as the
direction to the current point.
For example, if the arrow is pointing straight up, you
are going directly to your destination. If it points any
direction other than up, turn and move towards the
direction the arrow is pointing until it points up, and
then continue in that direction. If you are using the
course pointer option instead and you drift away from
the original line of travel to your destination, the course
deviation indicator (CDI) provides graphic indication of
drift (right or left) and shows the distance off course.
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When you are not on an active Go To, track, or route (in
other words, not traveling to a recorded destination), the
compass ring shows your heading while you are moving,
but the data fields at the top of the page do not show any
destination related data, such as estimated time of arrival.
CDI scale
Compass page with course pointer
and course deviation indicator (CDI)
scale active.
To stop navigating:
1. Open the option menu of the Compass, Highway,
or Map page.
2. Select Stop Navigation.
Compass Page Options
• Sight ‘N Go—use the Sight ‘N Go feature to locate
a landmark visually and then lock in a magnetic
heading to it. (Rino 530HCx feature only.)
• Stop Navigation/Resume Navigation—cancels/
resumes navigation.
• Recalculate—recalculates the active route.
• Bearing Pointer/Course Pointer—toggle between
bearing (always directed toward your destination)
and course (shows amount of correction needed to
get back on course.)
• Show Data Fields—toggle to show data fields on
the display or removing the data fields.
• Calibrate Compass—calibrates the electronic
compass. Follow the on-screen instructions. (Rino
530HCx feature only.)
• Restore Defaults—return options and data field
choices to factory designations.
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Using Sight ‘N Go
Available for the Rino 530HCx only, use this feature to
visually locate an object and navigate to it.
6. Follow routing directions on the Map page or use
the compass for bearing or course navigation.
Sighting marks
To use Sight ‘N Go to navigate:
1. Use the Page/Quit key to access the Compass
page and then use the Rocker to access the option
2. Use the Rocker to select Sight ‘N Go and press in.
The compass ring with pointer is in-line with the two
sighting marks on the case.
3. Hold the Rino 530HCx at eye level and line up
the two sighting marks on the case with a distant
object. Press Enter to lock direction. The Sighting
page opens.
4. Select Set Course to open the Compass page.
5. Select Project Waypoint to open the Project
Waypoint page. Enter an estimated distance and
then select GoTo to navigate to the point using the
Map page.
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for Sight ‘N Go
To view your destination as a waypoint, select
Project Waypoint and press Enter. To re-sight the
destination, press Enter when Re-Sight is selected.
Calibrating the Compass
When you first use the Rino 530HCx, the electronic
compass must be calibrated outdoors and away from
metal objects. The accuracy of the electronic compass
is adversely affected if the unit is held near items that
generate magnetic fields. Recalibrate after significant
events such as location or temperature changes.
Basic Operation
To calibrate the Electronic Compass:
1. From the Compass page, use the Rocker to select
the Option Menu button and press Enter.
2. Select Calibrate Compass to view the Calibration
3. Press Enter to activate the Start button and then
follow on-screen directions.
Calibrating the compass: Hold the unit face up and
level while slowly rotating it.
• If a “Calibration Failed” message appears,
repeat the process.
• When successfully calibrated, a “Calibration
Completed” message appears.
To turn the compass on and off:
Press and hold the Z (Zoom) key.
Altimeter Page
Available for the Rino 530HCx only, use the Altimeter
page to view the current elevation, rate of ascent/descent,
a profile of elevation changes over distance or time, or a
profile of pressure changes over time. Use the Altimeter
page’s option menu to select from a variety of display
options such as plotting over time, plotting over distance,
showing the zoom ranges of measurement, viewing
elevation or pressure points, and resetting data displays.
There are two data fields to view a variety of current and
recorded pressure and elevation related data.
NOTE: To achieve the greatest accuracy, the
altimeter should be calibrated. Refer to page 33 for
information on calibrating the altimeter.
The Status Window is located at the bottom of the page
and shows the current elevation and your current rate of
ascent or descent when moving. It also shows the ambient
or the barometric pressure.
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The Plot or Profile Field is located in the center of the
page, configure it to show either elevation or ambient
pressure or barometer plots as selected from the Altimeter
page option menu.
Data fields
Status window
Altimeter Page Options
• Plot Over Time/Distance—plots the changes in
elevation over a length of time or over a distance.
When Plot Over Distance is selected, Plot over
Time is shown in the option menu (and vice versa).
• View Pressure/Elevation Plot—shows a record of
changes in barometric pressure or elevation for a
set period of time.
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• Plot Ambient/Barometer—changes between
plotting ambient pressure* versus time and
barometric pressure versus time.
• Zoom Ranges—sets the zoom range for elevation,
distance, or time.
• Pan Plot—scrolls through the collected data plots
to view elevation, time of day, and date a specific
point was created.
• Reset…—clears recorded data from the page to
begin recording new data.
• Calibrate Altimeter—increases the accuracy of
the altimeter. You must know your elevation or
pressure to calibrate the altimeter. See page 33.
• Restore Defaults—returns to the original factory
* Ambient Pressure is the actual pressure at your location. Barometric Pressure
is the ambient pressure measured relative to sea level.
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Viewing Pressure/Elevation Plots
Select the View Elevation Plot option, to plot a profile
of elevation changes that occur as you navigate over a
set distance or period of time. Use View Pressure Plot to
view a record of changes in the ambient or the barometric
pressure for a set period of time.
To adjust zoom ranges:
1. Select the type of plot you want to show and use
the Rocker to select Zoom Ranges from the option
menu and press Enter.
2. Move the Rocker up or down to adjust the vertical
distance and left or right to adjust either the time or
distance. Press Enter to return to the plot.
To view elevation or pressure plots:
1. Use the Rocker to select the preferred option from
the option menu and then press in to view the plot.
2. Adjust the time and distance measurement using
the Elevation Plot Zoom Ranges feature.
3. To clear the plot and start a new one, you must
clear the track log.
Zoom range selection
Adjusting the Zoom Ranges
Set the zoom ranges for elevation, distance, or time when
you use the View Elevation Plot. Change the ranges for
the horizontal and vertical scales.
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Pan Plot
Use the Pan Plot option to view a single point along
an elevation or pressure profile. When the pointer is
stopped at a location along the profile, the page shows the
elevation, time of day and date the point was created.
Calibrating the Altimeter
Because the Rino 530HCx relies on the barometric
pressure to determine the elevation and the pressure at
any given elevation can fluctuate, calibrate the altimeter
to increase its accuracy. You must know the elevation
(from a map point or other reliable data) or the pressure
(calibrated to sea level) for your current location.
To manually calibrate the altimeter:
Pan Plot Option Page
To use the Pan Plot option:
1. Use the Rocker to access the option menu.
2. Select the View Points option to view the View
Points page and use the Rocker to scroll the
profile past the pointer in the center of the page.
As the profile moves past the pointer, the status
window at the top of the page changes to show the
date, time, and altitude for the point indicated.
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1. Use the Rocker to access the option menu.
2. Select the Calibrate Altimeter option to open the
Calibration page.
3. At the message asking “Do You Know The Correct
Elevation?” select Yes to enter your elevation.
When finished, select OK to return to the Altimeter
page. If you don’t know your current elevation,
select No to move to the pressure calibration page.
At the message asking, “Do You Know The Correct
Pressure?” select the on-screen Yes button to
enter your pressure. When finished, select OK.
Main Menu
Main Menu
Press the Page/Quit key to cycle to the Main Menu or
use the Main Page button at the top of each main page.
Satellite Page
The Satellite page provides a picture of satellite signal
tracking, tells you when the unit is ready for navigation,
and shows your location coordinates.
To access the Satellite Page:
1. Press the Page/Quit key or the Main Page button
to open the Main Menu.
2. In the Main Menu, scroll down and select Satellite.
Accuracy and location
Overhead satellite map
Signal strength bars
Satellite Strength
At least three satellite signals are needed to determine
your location, otherwise the unit shows a “Poor Satellite
Reception” message with four options:
• Use with GPS Off—select this option if you want
to turn GPS off.
• New Location—select this option if you have
moved more than 600 miles (from where you last
used the unit).
• Restart Search—select this option if today is not
the date provided.
• Continue Acquiring—select this option if no other
option applies.
Satellite Page Options
• Use With GPS Off—use this option when you are
indoors or your view of the sky is obstructed to
save battery power.
Satellite Page
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• Track Up/North Up—orient the satellite skyview
by selecting ‘Track Up’ (direction of travel) or
‘North Up’ (satellite skyview oriented to the north).
• Display Color Options—you have two color
options for showing the satellite array and signal
strength bars, Single or Multicolor.
• New Location—if you are more than 600 miles
(from where you last used the unit), select the
New Location and then the Use Map options to
approximate your location. Once a location fix has
been made, this option is grayed out.
• GPS Elevation—use to view the elevation at your
current location as calculated by the GPS receiver.
To enter a new location:
1. Select the option menu at the top of the page and
then press Enter.
2. Select New Location to view choices of Auto or
Use Map.
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Trip Computer Page
The Trip Computer page shows, by default, eight
different types of navigation data. Choose Big Numbers
to arrange the page in three large data fields.
Trip Computer page,
small numbers
Trip Computer page,
big numbers
Each data field is selectable and contains one of many
data information options. When the data field title is
selected, press Enter to select a new data field choice.
Trip Computer Page Options
Use the option menu to reset the Trip Computer data
when you are ready to start a new trip, choose between
Big or Small Numbers, and Restore Defaults.
Main Menu
Mark Waypoint Page
Use the Mark Waypoint page to mark and record your
current location as a waypoint. It shows the waypoint, a
waypoint symbol, date and time, location coordinates,
approximate elevation, and direction and distance from
your current location. The Rino can store 500 waypoints.
Waypoint name
Mark Waypoint Page
To mark your current location and open the
Mark Waypoint Page:
1. Press and hold Enter to open the Shortcut Menu.
2. Select Mark Waypoint to save your current
location as a waypoint.
3. If you do not want to save it as a new waypoint,
select the Close button and press Enter to cancel.
Creating Waypoints
To create a waypoint for a map feature
contained in the Find feature:
1. Access the Find Menu from the Main Menu and open
a categories list to select a map item.
2. Press Enter to view the map item information
3. Use the Save button to save the item as a
To create a waypoint using the map panning
1. With the Pan Map feature active (refer to the Map
page section of this manual), move the panning
arrow (map pointer) on the map to the location or
map item you want to mark, then press Enter.
2. Select Yes when asked you if you want to save the
location as a waypoint.
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Averaging a Waypoint
Averaging a waypoint location increases the accuracy of
a waypoint at your current location by taking multiple
position readings and averaging the results.
To average a waypoint:
Select Average Location from the options list or
the Avg button on the Mark Waypoint page when
marking a new waypoint only.
Projecting a Waypoint
Project a waypoint from any map item to establish a new
waypoint on a bearing projected from that item.
To project a waypoint:
1. Select a map item from the Find Menu.
2. Open the option menu and select Project
3. Select either the bearing or distance field, then
press Enter to open the numerical keyboard. Enter
the new bearing or distance, then select OK.
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Project Waypoint Page
To edit a waypoint:
Use the Find Menu to view the waypoint/contact or
select it on the Map page and press Enter.
To move a waypoint by dragging it:
1. Use the Find Menu to view the Waypoint page for
the waypoint you want to move.
2. Select the Map button to view the waypoint.
3. With the waypoint selected by the panning arrow,
press in and release Enter. The word “Move”
appears beneath the panning arrow.
4. Use the panning arrow to drag the waypoint to the
new location and then press Enter to place it.
Main Menu
Use the Find Menu to search for marked locations, cities,
and exits included in the Rino basemap. Additional
categories appear depending on the optional MapSource
compatible detailed maps or BlueChart data loaded in the
unit. When you open a Find category, it contains those
items near your current location or the pointer (if active).
The options menu for each category contains a submenu
of search options: Find By Name, Find Nearest (near your
current location), Select Symbol (for location), Change
Reference (by moving the pointer to a new location),
Nearest Containing (a keyword you enter), and Select
Category (for those groups, such as Food or Lodging).
Use these options to shorten your search.
Find By Name
Use the Find By Name option, if you know the name of
the location you want to find.
To find a location using Find By Name:
1. From the Find Menu, use the Rocker to select the
type of item you want to find.
2. Open the options menu and select Find By Name.
3. Use the on-screen keypad and enter the name of
the location you want to find. When the Find list
contains a match, highlight OK.
4. Select the item in the Find list. The information
page opens, allowing you to save the item
as a location, show the item on the map, or
automatically create a route to the item (Go To).
To open the Find Menu:
From the Main Menu, select Find.
Find options menu
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Recent Finds
The Recent Finds page contains a list of the last 50 items
you have viewed while searching.
To go to a recently found item:
1. From the Find Menu select Recent Finds.
2. Select the item you want to open the item’s
information page.
3. Select Go To.
Find Item Information Page Options Menu
The options menu for each information page contains
options for using a Find item as a tool for navigation.
To use the Options Menu:
With an information page open for a Find item,
open the options menu.
• Average Waypoint—waypoints only, see page 37.
• Poll Location—see page 14. (Send Location must
be enabled.)
• Send Location—see page 14.
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Project Waypoint—See page 37.
Find Near Here—see below.
Change Reference—See page 37.
Set Proximity—see page 55.
Add To Route—see page 46.
View Sun and Moon—see page 56.
View Hunt and Fish—see page 56.
Map Information—show the detailed map from
which the map item originated.
To find an item near another item:
1. From the Main Menu, select Find.
2. Select a category on the Find List.
3. Select an item from the list, and open the
information page.
4. Open the options menu and select Find Near Here
to open a list of categories.
5. Select a category to open a list of items near the
Main Menu
To find an item from a location on the map:
1. From the Main Menu, select Find.
2. Select a location on the Find Menu.
3. Open the options menu and select Change
Reference to open the Map page.
4. Use the Rocker to pan the arrow (pointer) to the
map location you want, and press Enter to show a
list of items near the new map location.
Finding a Waypoint
The Marked Waypoint page contains a list of all saved
waypoints. Waypoints are stored in alphanumeric order
and are also identified by a symbol assigned from a list of
symbol types.
To find a waypoint:
1. From the Main Menu, select Find.
2. Select Marked Waypoints to open the Waypoint
3. Select a waypoint, and press Enter.
Finding a Geocache
View the list of geocache locations created using your
Rino or downloaded from your computer.
For more information about geocaching, go to
my.garmin.com, login and click “Go Geocaching”.
To find a geocache:
1. From the Main Menu, select Find.
2. Select Geocache to open the Geocache page.
You can view either found geocaches or those that
have not been found.
3. Select a geocache, and press Enter to open the
information page.
4. Select Go To to navigate to the geocache location.
When a geocache is found, the unit marks the cache as
found, logs an entry into the calendar, and provides an
option that, when activated, shows the nearest cache.
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Finding a City
Select Cities on the Find Menu to find any city listed in
the mapping database.
To find a city:
1. From the Find Menu, select Cities. The Cities page
shows a list of cities near your current location.
2. Select a city from the list to open the information
page for the selected city.
Finding an Interstate Exit
Use the Exits on the Find Menu to find an interstate exit.
To find an interstate exit:
1. From the Find Menu, select Exits. The Exits page
shows a list of interstate exits near your location.
2. Select an exit to open the information page with a
list of available services near the exit.
3. Select a service from the list to open the
information page for the selected service.
Finding an Address
When using detailed mapping data, use Addresses to find
an address. Enter the street number, street name, and city,
and the find feature matches that data with addresses in
the map database.
To find an address:
1. From the Find Menu, select Addresses to open
the Addresses Search page.
If your unit has a GPS fix, the <Enter Region>
field is populated with your current region. You do
not have to specify a city in the <Enter City> field.
2. Select <Enter Number>.
3. Enter the street number using the on-screen
keypad. When finished, select OK.
4. Select <Enter Street Name> to open the street list.
5. Use the on-screen keypad to enter enough of
the street name to show a match. When finished,
select OK.
6. Select the best address match to open the Address
Information page.
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This feature also requires detailed mapping data. Follow
the basic steps for finding an address when searching for
an intersection.
Searching for a Point of Interest
If you downloaded MapSource detailed mapping, use
the All Points of Interest category on the Find Menu
to locate a nearby restaurant, lodging, landmark, public
building, or select a category from the Find Menu.
To find a point of interest:
1. From the Find Menu, select All Points of Interest
to show a list of all points near you.
2. Press MENU to open the options menu where you
can select options to narrow your search.
3. Select the item you want from the list, and press
Enter to open the information page for the item.
POI Loader and Custom Points of Interest
Create your own category for points of interest by using
the Garmin POI Loader utility, downloadable from
the Garmin Web site: www.garmin.com/products/poiloader/. Follow the Help
instructions to use POI Loader.
Using Go To Navigation
The Go To is the basic function used to create a route to a
destination (waypoint, city, or point of interest). Once you
have accessed the information page for an item, use the
Go To button at the bottom of the page to start, using the
Map and Compass pages for guidance.
To activate a Go To:
1. Use the Find Menu to access the information page
for any preferred destination and use the Rocker
to select the Go To button.
2. Press Enter to start navigation. A “Follow Road/
Off Road” prompt appears before the route is
calculated if activated in the Routes Setup or you
have loaded detailed routable maps.
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3. If you select Follow Road, a “Calculating Route”
message appears with percentage timer to
completion. Off Road immediately projects a line to
your destination.
4. The Map page is shown where you can observe
your movements and a navigation line indicating
the path from your current location to your
5. Use the Page/Quit key or Main Menu button
to access one of the other navigation pages,
Compass page, Highway page or Active Route
page with Turn-By-Turn instructions.
Tracks Page
The Rino draws an electronic bread crumb trail (Track
Log) on the Map page as you travel. It contains
information about points along its path, including time
and position. Save tracks from other Rino users.
Tracks Page
To open the Tracks page:
From the Main Menu, select Tracks.
To save and use a Track:
1. Access the Tracks page from the Main Menu and
select the on-screen Off button to pause track
logging. When track logging is active, the On
button is filled by a dot.
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2. Select the Save on-screen button and then press
Enter to view the track log “Do you want to save
the entire track?” prompt.
3. If you choose Yes the entire track is saved.
4. If you choose No, the track is shown on the map
along with a panning arrow. You are asked to select
a beginning point for the part of the track you want
to save. Move the panning arrow to the selected
point and then press Enter.
5. A prompt then asks you to select the ending point
for the saved track. Move the panning arrow to the
selected point. Press Enter to save the track log
and view the Track page. The Track page shows
the track name (which can be renamed using the
keyboard for data entry), the total distance of the
track, track area (if available), a Show on Map
option, and on-screen buttons for Delete, Map, OK,
and TracBack.
Setting up the Track Log
Set the track recording interval to Distance, Time, or
Track Log Setup
To use Track Log Setup options:
1. Select the Tracks page Setup button to open the
Setup page.
2. Check the Wrap When Full option by selecting
it and pressing Enter. You can select the Record
Method and Interval fields to view their options.
Interval options change to accommodate the
Record Method choices.
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To log tracks to the microSD card:
1. With the Track Log setup page shown, select the
Data Card Setup button, and press Enter to open
the Data Card setup page.
2. Select the Log Track to Data Card option, and
then press Enter to activate.
This file is a continuous compilation of all track
data for that date. As long as enabled, a new file is
recorded for each day until the card is filled.
Track logs share card space with MapSource
mapping data, so storage space is reduced. Open
the Card Info option from the option menu to view
the amount of card storage space available
3. To read or transfer the .gpx files, connect to your
PC and enable the USB Mass Storage feature as
explained on page 54. Use Garmin MapSource or
another .gpx file-compatible application.
4. To delete these track logs from the microSD card,
select individual logs, and then press Enter. Use
the Delete All button to clear the entire list. To
avoid data corruption, do not remove the card from
the unit while logging tracks.
Using the TracBack Feature
When you are ready to return to where you started, the
Rino takes you back by following the track log that you
left behind. You can save a total of 20 tracks in the unit
memory. When you no longer need a Track Log, press the
Clear button to remove it.
To use the TracBack feature:
Select the TracBack button and the track is shown
on the map and you are prompted to select the
point you want to TracBack to.
When the track log memory field reaches 100%, the most
recent track points start to overwrite the least recent if the
default setting Wrap When Full remains selected on the
track log setup. To avoid losing track points you want,
save the track log when it approaches the 99% mark. The
active track log stores up to 10,000 points.
The Saved Track page shows the track and it can also be
shown on the Main Map page as you navigate. You can
save up to 20 tracks with 500 points per track in the unit.
Saved contact tracks count towards this total.
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Using Track Profiles
Once you have saved a track, you have an elevation*
profile as well. (Rino 530HCx Only)
To view a Track Profile:
1. With the Saved Track page for the track shown,
use the option menu to select Profile.
2. Press Enter to view the Track Profile.
3. At any point on the profile, press Enter to view that
point on the map.
4. Open the options menu to use Zoom Ranges and
Hide Symbols. To zoom ranges only, press up or
down on the Rocker.
*Track Elevation Profiles are created from Digital
Elevation Models (DEM) maps (MapSource US Topo).
When these types of maps are available, a Use Map Data
- Use Track Data option menu appears when you select
Profile. Refer to the Garmin Web site:
www.garmin.com/cartography/ontheTrail/, for more
information about MapSource US Topo maps.
Use route navigation to create a path to a destination with
turn-by-turn directions. The Rino stores 50 routes with up
to 250 points each.
To create a route:
1. From the Main Menu, select Routes.
2. Use the Rocker to select New to open the Route
3. With the <Select Next Point> field selected, press
Enter to open the Find Menu.
4. Select a route location from one of the Find Menu
categories, and open the information page for the
selected location, city, exit, point of interest, and so
5. Select Use to add it to the route.
6. To add more points to the route, repeat steps 3 to 5.
7. Select Navigate to begin navigating.
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To navigate a saved route:
Route Page
Route on the Map
Navigating a Route
After you create a route, you can begin navigation
immediately or save it to the Saved Routes list.
1. From the Main Menu, select Routes to open the
Routes page.
2. Select a saved route, and press Enter to open the
Route page.
3. Select Navigate.
4. To stop navigating, open the options menu and
select Stop Navigation.
Using the Follow Roads option on the Routing Setup
page increases the number of turns and shows an Active
Route page with a list of turns. If you selected the Off
Road option, you can view only the list of points for a
route from the Active Route page.
Routes use existing roadways to calculate a route to your
destination. Turns on roadways are added to the Active
Route page and are preceded by a guidance message with
a graphic of the turn. If there are not enough roads at your
location to calculate a route, a message appears.
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To preview the turns for an active route:
1. On the Routes page, select a saved route to open
the page for that route.
To view all of the turns for an active route:
1. With an active route on the Map page, use the Main
Page button to open the Active Route page
2. Select any turn on the list and press Enter to view
the Turn Preview page for that turn.
Editing a Route
To change the name of the route:
Turn Preview Page
2. Select Navigate to begin navigation and show the
route on the Map page.
3. To view the list of turns on the route, select Active
Route from the GPS Applications Menu. To view an
individual turn on the list, use the Rocker to select
it and the Turn Preview page shows the turn and
guidance text.
1. From the Main Menu, select Routes to open the
Routes page.
2. Select a saved route.
3. Select the route name field on the Route page.
4. Use the Rocker to operate the on-screen keypad
and edit the route name.
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To review individual route points:
1. Select a saved route.
2. Select a point on the route to open an options
3. Select Review to open the information page for
that point and select Delete, Map, or Go To.
Highway Page
When navigating a route, the Highway page guides you to
the destination using data fields and a graphic highway.
To delete a route:
1. Select the route to be deleted, open the options
menu, and select Delete.
2. To delete all routes, open the Save Routes options
menu, and select Delete All Routes.
To select the off-road transition for a route:
1. From the Main Menu, select Routes.
2. Open the options menu and select Off Road
Transition to open the Off Route Transition page.
3. Select Route Leg Transition to view the list of
4. Select the method to use (Auto, Manual, or
Distance) when advancing to the next point.
Highway Page
The Highway page takes you point by point to your final
destination. As you move toward each point on your
route, the graphic shows the direction you should move to
stay on course to the next point. Use the Zoom slider to
change the scale settings for zooming in or out.
To navigate using the Highway page:
While navigating, select Highway from the Main
Menu, and observe your path of travel displayed on
the highway graphic.
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Setup Menu
To access Setup Menu:
From the Main Menu, select Setup.
System Setup Page
To access the System Setup page:
From the Setup Menu, select System.
• GPS—choose one of the GPS options other than
Normal to significantly save battery power.
• WAAS—set Enable or disable WAAS.
• Battery Type—set the Battery Type for more
accurate battery capacity status when using the
optional battery pack for alkaline or NiMH “AA”
• External Power Lost—set the unit to turn off if
external power is lost.
• External Power Connected—set to power on
when connected or to charge the unit only.
Use the option menu to restore defaults, or view the
version of unit software and the Unit I.D. number.
Radio Setup Page
See page 14 for detailed instructions.
Display Setup Page
You can choose a display mode, a color scheme for day
and for night viewing, adjust the amount of time that
the backlighting feature stays on, and set the level of
To access the Display Setup page:
From the Setup Menu, select Display.
• Display Mode—set for Auto (changes from day to
night mode and back again at dusk and dawn), Day
only, or Night only.
• Color Scheme Selection—set in Day and Night
modes to one of 10 color schemes.
• Backlighting Timeout—choose from Stays On or
delays of 15 seconds, 30 seconds, one minute, or
two minutes.
• Backlight Intensity Level—use the slider to adjust
the brightness to your preferences.
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Tones Setup Page
This setup page allows you to select a unique tone for
each of the different tone applications. (See page 14.)
Page Sequence Setup
You can add, remove, or reorder any of the Main pages.
The default pages are Radio, Map, Navigation, Altimeter,
Trip Computer, and Main Menu.
To move, insert or remove a Main Page:
1. From the Setup Menu, select Page Seq.
2. To rearrange a page in the page sequence, select
the page and press in. Select Move, then move the
menu item up or down.
3. To insert a new page, select the page you want to
insert it before and press Enter. Select Insert, then
choose a page from the list.
Map Setup
See page 25 for detailed instructions.
To setup Routing:
From the Setup Menu, select Routing.
Geocache Setup
See the Garmin web site for information on geocache
locations: my.garmin.com, and click Geocaching.
To setup the Geocache feature:
1. Access the Setup Menu, select Geocache.
2. Use the Rocker to select the symbol fields if you
want to assign other symbols.
3. Select Yes or No for a calendar entry when a
geocache is found.
Marine Alarms Setup
To access the Marine Setup Page:
From the Setup Menu, select Marine.
• Anchor Drag Alarm—sets an alarm when you
exceed a specified drift distance.
• Off Course Alarm—sets an alarm to sound.
Routing Setup
Choose options for route guidance and following roads.
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Time Setup.
To access the Time Setup page:
From the Setup Menu, select Time.
• Time Format—choose from 12-hour or 24-hour
time format.
• Time Zone—set to one of the eight US Time
Zones, or 24 International Time Zones. Select
Other so you can enter the UTC Time Offset.
• Daylight Saving Time—On or Off or Auto.
Units Setup
Used by individuals with a working knowledge of map
grids and datums.
To access the Units Setup page:
location for surveying, mapping, and navigation
and is not an actual map built into the unit. The
default setting is WGS 84. The unit automatically
chooses the best datum based on your chosen
Distance/Speed—sets the unit of measurement to
show your speed and distance traveled.
Elevation (Vert. Speed)—sets the unit of
measurement (Feet (ft/min), Meters (m/min), or
Meters (m/sec) to show your rate of ascent.
Depth—select the unit of measurement (Feet,
Fathoms, or Meters).
Pressure—sets the unit of measurement (Inches,
Millibars, or Hectopascals) to show pressure.
From the Setup Menu, select Units.
• Position Format—sets the coordinate system in
which a location is shown. The default format is
latitude and longitude in degrees, minutes, and
thousandths of a minute (hdddomm.mmm).
• Map Datum—sets the description for geographic
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Heading Setup Page
You can select the type of heading modes, North
References, or magnetic variation (when set to “User”).
To access the Heading Setup page:
From the Setup Menu, select Heading.
• Display—choose from Cardinal Letters, Degrees
or Mils.
• North Reference—choose from True, Magnetic,
Grid or User options.
The following features apply to the Rino 530HCx only:
• Switch to compass heading when below—enter
the selected speed for the Rino 530HCx to switch
from using GPS to using the compass for guidance.
• for more than…—enter a time limit to switch to
the compass. When you travel at the speed entered
above for the time entered here, the Rino 530HCx
switches from GPS to the compass.
Altimeter Setup
To setup the Altimeter:
1. From Setup Menu, select Altimeter.
2. Select the Auto Calibration field to select from on
or off. When on, elevation is corrected by GPS.
3. Select the Barometer Mode field to specify
“Variable Elevation” (used when you are moving) or
“Fixed Elevation” (used when stationary.)
Welcome Page Setup
Insert a message when you turn the unit on.
To setup the Welcome Page:
1. From the Setup Menu, select Welcome Message.
2. Use the on-screen keyboard to begin entering your
message in the Welcome Message field.
Calibration Setup Page
For the Rino 530HCx only. Refer to page 29 and page 33.
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Interface Setup Page
Choose from different input/output serial data formats.
Use when connecting to external devices.
To access the Interface Setup page:
From the Setup Menu, select Interface.
The available interface formats are:
• Garmin—the proprietary format used to exchange
waypoint, track, and map data with a PC.
• NMEA In/NMEA Out—supports the output of
standard NMEA 0183 version 3.01 data.
• Text Out—uses ASCII text output of location and
velocity information without input capabilities.
• None—provides no interfacing capabilities.
To select a serial data format:
1. Select the Serial Data Format field.
2. Select an option to activate.
To activate USB Mass Storage:
1. Connect the unit to a computer.
2. Select USB Mass Storage and press Enter.
3. Double-click on a PC’s My Computer to observe a
new removable disk drive listed.
To view information for the microSD card:
Press the Menu key prior to opening the USB
Mass Storage page and select “Card Info.”
To transfer files to the microSD card:
1. Double-click the My Computer icon on the PC.
2. Browse the PC or Macintosh for the file.
3. For a PC, select the file and select Edit > Copy.
Note: If you have several network drives mapped
to your computer, log on without connecting to the
network or click Start > Settings > Control Panel
> Administrative Tools > Computer Management
> Storage > Disk Management and remap a drive
letter for the storage device.
4. After data transfer, end the USB cable connection.
Interface Setup Options Menu
The Interface Setup Options Menu contains a Restore
Defaults option and an Advanced NMEA Setup option.
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Proximity Waypoints
Use this feature to establish waypoints that have alarms.
To use Proximity Waypoints:
1. From the Main Menu, select Proximity.
2. Select the Name field to view the Find Menu.
3. Select a waypoint from the Waypoints List or from
any other group of map points.
4. Select the Use button to place the point in the list
on the Proximity Waypoints page.
5. Use the Rocker to select the Radius field if you
want to enter a value different than the default of 1
6. Select the Proximity Alarms check box and press
Enter to activate the alarm feature.
7. To remove or review a single entry, press Enter.
To remove all waypoints, select the Option Menu
button and choose Remove All.
To select alarm tones and proximity alarms:
1. Select the Proximity Alarm Tones button and
select each alarm field to view the list of tones.
2. Select a tone from the list.
3. Place a check in the box at the bottom of the page to
Note: Speed Alerts are points obtained from
services provided by using POI Loader.
To access the Calendar:
From the Main Menu, select Calendar.
Alarm Clock
To access the Alarm Clock:
From the Main Menu, select Alarm Clock.
To access the Calculator:
From the Main Menu, select Calculator.
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To access the Stopwatch:
From the Main Menu, select Stopwatch.
Sun and Moon
To access the Sun and Moon Page:
From the Main Menu, select Sun and Moon to
view the Sunrise/Sunset and Moon phases.
4. Choose Use Map to select a point on the map
using the pointer arrow. Press Enter to show the
table for that location.
Games Menu
The Games Menu contains six games. Some games use
GPS as a virtual component during play.
To open the Games Menu:
From the Main Menu, select Games.
Hunt & Fish
To show hunting and fishing predictions for a
specified date and location:
1. From the Main Menu, select Hunt & Fish. The
current date and location appear in the date and
location fields.
2. To view the predictions for a different date, select
Date to open the on-screen keypad.
3. To view the predictions for a location, select the
Location field to open the New Location options
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Case: Fully-gasketed, high-impact plastic alloy,
waterproof to IPX7 standards (waterproof to
a depth of one meter for 30 minutes)
5.1” H x 2.3” W x 1.8” D; 7.5” H with antenna
(13.0 x 5.8 x 4.6 cm; 19 cm with antenna)
GPS Receiver: WAAS Enabled, Differential-ready,
12 parallel channel
Acquisition time:
Hot Start:
Warm Start:
Cold Start:
Update Rate:
Approx. 3 seconds (average)
Approx. 32 seconds (average)
Approx. 39 seconds (average)
1/second, continuous
Weight: Approx. 10.3 ounces (294 g) with Li-Ion battery pack; 6.2 ounces (175g) without battery pack
GPS Accuracy: <10 meters (33 ft) RMS, 95% typical2
Display:1.3” x 1.7” (3.3cm x 4.3 cm), 176 x 220 pixels, 256- color transreflective TFT
Compass: Accuracy; +/- 5 degrees1, resolution ; 1 degree
DGPS (WAAS) Accuracy: <3 meters (10 ft), 95% typical with DGPS corrections3
Velocity Accuracy: 0.1 meter/sec steady state
Altimeter: Accuracy; +/- 10 feet1, resolution; 1 foot
Performs to specifications to 6 g’s
Temperature Range:
-4° to 140° F (-20° to 60° C) (operating range)
32° to 113° F (0° to +45° C) (charging range)
USB for PC interface
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Channels: Ch 8–14 FRS,
Ch 1–7, 15–22 GMRS (FCC license req. in US) WX 1–7 Weather Radio channels
Codes: 1–38
Range: Up to 2 miles on FRS; up to 14 miles on GMRS
Radio Output Power:
FRS 0.5 W; GMRS 2.0 W or 5.0 W (5.0 W - US only)
Alkaline battery pack, 0.5, 2.0 W
Recharging Time: Up to 6 hours for a fully depleted Li-Ion pack
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Subject to proper user calibration.
Subject to accuracy degradation to 100m 2DRMS under the U.S. DoD-imposed Selective Availability program.
With optional Garmin Differential Beacon Receiver Input (such as Garmin GBR 23).
5, 5, 90 Duty Cycle - 5% receive with audio unmuted, 5% transmit and 90% standby (receive with audio muted)
Input: 8.4 V, 2400mAh, rechargeable 2–cell lithium-
ion battery pack
Battery Life:
Li-Ion Pack: Up to 14 hours (GMRS 5 watt TX, GPS On)4
Alkaline Pack: Up to 18 hours (GMRS 2 watt TX, GPS On)4
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Standard Accessories
Belt Clip Assy.—Attaches to the back of the unit and
clips to belt or waistband.
A/C Adapter and Charger—Provides an auxiliary
power source and recharges the lithium-ion battery.
Wrist Strap—Provides a method for carrying the unit.
USB Interface Cable and MapSource Trip and
Waypoint Manager CD-ROM—Provides interface to a
PC, USB Drivers and mapping data management.
Owner’s Manual—Detailed operation reference.
microSD Card—Storage for mapping data (Available
with pre-loaded maps)
Carrying Case—Protects the Rino from dust and
Earbud with PTT (Push To Talk) Mic—Earbud and
clip-on mic w/PTT button.
Flexible Ear Receiver—Comfortable earpiece for better
hearing ability.
Headset with VOX Boom Mic—Utilizes the Rino’s
VOX feature.
Quick Reference Guide—Overview of unit operation.
PC RS-232 Data Cable —Required for transfer of
NMEA interface data.
Optional Accessories
12-volt Adapter Cable—Provides auxiliary power.
Automotive Mount—Allows you to mount your Rino on
most smooth surfaces and automotive windshields.
Spare Li-Ion Battery Pack—can replace the included
lithium-ion battery pack.
Bicycle Mount—Allows you to mount your Rino on a
Alkaline Battery Pack—Uses 4 “AA” Alkaline or
NiCad batteries.
To obtain accessories, see your local dealer or visit the
Rino 520HCx and 530HCx Owner’s Manual
Garmin web site at: www.garmin.com.
Transferring MapSource Data
If you have purchased a Garmin MapSource Data
program, transfer detailed map data before beginning
use. The Rino accepts map data from most MapSource
products. For a list of compatible MapSource maps
access the Garmin Web site at: www.garmin.com.
You cannot view multiple types of MapSource data in the
same location at the same time (one replaces the other
if there is an overlap). When you leave a City Navigator
area for example, and into the area of a topographic map,
the display changes to contour lines. The same is true
when moving from a topo map to a City Navigator map.
The maps at the top of the hierarchy replaces any other
map information unless you select them from the prompt
that appears when you move to an area of map overlap.
For the list of the of Rino compatible maps access the
Garmin Web site at:
To set up for data transfer:
1. Before attaching the data cable to your computer,
install the Trip and Waypoints Manager CD-ROM
provided with your unit. It also installs USB drivers
specifically needed to communicate with your Rino.
2. Remove the Data Port cover on the back of the unit
by lifting up on the protective cover on the back of
the unit.
3. Connect the Mini-USB connector on the cable to
the computer USB port.
4. Connect the remaining Mini USB connector to the
back of the Rino by orienting the connector with the
slot on the back of the unit.
5. Turn on the Rino and follow instructions for map
data transfer provided with MapSource.Radio
Frequency Charts
Map data transfer requires the use of a computer, a
Garmin MapSource Data Disk, and the computer
interface cable with USB port connector supplied with
this unit. Follow instructions provided with MapSource.
Rino 520HCx and 530HCx Owner’s Manual
FRS/GMRS Radio Frequency Chart
Channel Number
Transmit Frequency (MHz)
Receive Frequency (MHz)
Channel Description
GMRS Interstitial 1, FRS 1
GMRS Interstitial 2, FRS 2
GMRS Interstitial 3, FRS 3
GMRS Interstitial 4, FRS 4
GMRS Interstitial 5, FRS 5
GMRS Interstitial 6. FRS 6
GMRS Interstitial 7, FRS 7
GMRS Primary 1
GMRS Primary 2
GMRS Primary 3
GMRS Primary 4
GMRS Primary 5
GMRS Primary 6
GMRS Primary 7
GMRS Primary 8
GMRS Repeater 1
GMRS Repeater 2
GMRS Repeater 3
GMRS Repeater 4
GMRS Repeater 5
GMRS Repeater 6
GMRS Repeater 7
GMRS Repeater 8
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Weather Radio Frequency Chart
Channel Number
WX 1
WX 2
WX 3
WX 4
WX 5
WX 6
WX 7
Receive Frequency (MHz)
162.525 Channel Description
NOAA 1 (Weather Radio)
NOAA 2 (Weather Radio)
NOAA 3 (Weather Radio)
NOAA 4 (Weather Radio)
NOAA 5 (Weather Radio)
NOAA 6 (Weather Radio)
NOAA 7 (Weather Radio)
NOTE: For use in countries outside of the U.S. or
Canada, please check with that government for any
restrictions on FRS or GMRS use. If you plan to
purchase FRS radios from third party manufacturers
be aware that there are Continuous Tone Controlled
Squelch System (CTCSS) differences in some
radios. Some of the tones on one radio are not
available on other radios. Charts showing the
different Squelch Codes and manufacturers can be
located on the Internet.
CTCSS Frequency Chart
Code Number Frequency (Hz)
Code Number Frequency (Hz)
199.5 28
Rino 520HCx and 530HCx Owner’s Manual
Caring for the Rino
Cleaning the Case
Clean the unit’s outer casing (except for the screen) using
a cloth dampened with a mild detergent solution and then
wipe dry. Avoid chemical cleaners and solvents that can
damage plastic components.
Cleaning the Screen
Clean the Rino screen using a soft, clean, lint-free cloth.
Use water, isopropyl alcohol, or eyeglass cleaner if
needed. If these are used, apply the liquid to a cloth, and
then gently wipe the screen with the moistened cloth.
Water Immersion
The Rino is waterproof to IEC Standard 60529 IPX7.
It can withstand immersion in 1 meter of water for 30
minutes. Prolonged immersion can cause damage to the
unit. After immersion, be certain to wipe the unit clean of
moisture and allow to air dry before reuse or charging.
Do not store the Rino where prolonged exposure to
temperature extremes can occur (such as in the trunk of
a car) as permanent damage can result. User information,
such as waypoints and routes, are retained in the unit’s
memory without the need for external power.
Long-Term Battery Storage: The charging capacity
of all rechargeable batteries decreases over time. The
normal decrease in capacity of lithium-ion batteries can
be accelerated by exposure to elevated temperatures.
Storing a fully charged battery for more than three
months at high temperatures can significantly reduce its
recharging capacity. Before storage, charge the battery
to approximately 50% of capacity and store in a cool dry
location where temperatures are not expected to exceed
typical household levels. Do not store a fully depleted
battery. Fully charge the battery again before using with
the Rino.
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Interface Information
Interface formats are selected in the Setup Interface
page. The input/output lines on your Rino unit can be
made RS232 compatible by using the optional mini
USB to RS232 PC Interface Cable accessory available
from Garmin, in order to interface to a wide range of
external devices, including computers, differential beacon
receivers, marine autopilots, or a second GPS receiver.
Refer to the Garmin web site: www.garmin.com for the
RS232 cable accessory ordering information.
The NMEA 0183 version 3.01 interface format is
supported by the Rino and enables the unit to drive up to
three NMEA devices.
NMEA 0183 Version 3.01 Approved Sentences:
GARMIN Proprietary Sentences:
PGRME (estimated error), PGRMM (datum string),
PGRMZ (altitude)
FCC Compliance Information
The Rino 520HCx and 530HCx comply with Part 15 of the FCC
regulations and with Canadian RSS-210 and ICES-003 for Class B
digital devices. Operation of this device is subject to the following
conditions: (1) This device can not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including
interference that can cause unwanted operation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and can cause harmful interference to radio
communications if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions. There is no guarantee that interference does not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can
be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet that is on a different circuit
than the receiver’s circuit.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Unauthorized repairs or modifications could result in permanent
damage to the equipment and void your warranty and your
authority to operate this device.
Rino 520HCx and 530HCx Owner’s Manual
FCC Licensing Information
The Rino two-way radio operates on General Mobile Radio Service
(GMRS) frequencies regulated by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) in the United States. Operation on the GMRS
frequencies is subject to rules as specified in 47 CFR Part 95.
In order to transmit on GMRS frequencies, you are required to
obtain a license from the FCC. An individual 18 years of age
or older, who is not a representative of a foreign government,
is eligible to apply for a GMRS license. To apply for a GMRS
license, you need FCC Form 605 (605 Main Form and Schedule
F) and FCC Form 159. Download the application forms from the
FCC web site at: http://www.fcc.gov/Forms/. You can also request
them through the FCC forms hotline at 1-800-418-FORM (1-800418-3676). File Form 605 online at: http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/. A
filing fee is associated with this application.
For information on fees, see the FCC fee information web page at:
http://wireless.fcc.gov/feesforms/index.html or at: http://wireless.
For questions concerning the license application, contact the FCC
at 1-888-Call-FCC (1-888-225-5322).
No license is required to operate on GMRS channels in Canada.
However, GMRS repeater channels are not approved for use by the
Canadian government.
For use in countries outside of the U.S. and Canada, please check
with that government for any restrictions of FRS or GMRS use.
Software License Agreement
Garmin grants you a limited license to use the software embedded
in this device (the “Software”) in binary executable form in the
normal operation of the product. Title, ownership rights, and
intellectual property rights in and to the Software remain in Garmin.
You acknowledge that the Software is the property of Garmin and
is protected under the United States of America copyright laws and
international copyright treaties. You further acknowledge that the
structure, organization, and code of the Software are valuable trade
secrets of Garmin and that the Software in source code form remains
a valuable trade secret of Garmin. You agree not to decompile,
disassemble, modify, reverse assemble, reverse engineer, or reduce
to human readable form the Software or any part thereof or create
any derivative works based on the Software. You agree not to export
or re-export the Software to any country in violation of the export
control laws of the United States of America.
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accessories 59
acquisition time 57
addresses 41
alarm clock 55
altimeter page 30
ascent 30
auto zoom 25
barometric pressure 31, 32
battery life 58
bearing pointer 27
calibrating the altimeter 33
call tone 15
channel 10
cleaning 63
code 10
contact 19
course deviation indicator 27,
course pointer 27, 28
CTCSS 10, 62
current location 36
data card info 54
data transfer 60
defaults 4, 23, 28, 31, 35, 50
descent 30
electronic compass 30
Family Radio Service 1
a city 41
a geocache 40
an address 41
an interstate exit 41
a point of interest 42
FRS 9, 10, 62
mark waypoint 36
measure distance 23, 26
message tone 15
monitor channels 12
GMRS 1, 9, 10, 14
on/off 17, 34
status 17
navigate 28
new contact 19
new location 35
north heading 25
north up 25, 35
initialize 9
interface formats 64
license agreement 65
buttons/keys 5
direction 29
on road 25
orientation 25
main display pages 4
map data 26, 60
map detail 25
map page
pan map 23
setup map 23, 24, 25
map pointer 23
MapSource 1, 21
pan map 23
pan plot 32
peer-to-peer 14, 19
press to talk (PTT) 15
pressure 32
changes 30
plot 31, 32
view plot 32
projecting a waypoint 29
proximity alarm tones 55
Rino 520HCx and 530HCx Owner’s Manual
radio 16
radio page 8
status window 17
weather radio 16, 17
restore defaults 23
ring tone 15
rocker 2, 5
roger tone 15
creating 46
deleting 49
navigating 47
turn previews 48
satellite page 34
scan channels 12
scan codes 12
scanlist 12, 13
scramble 14
sending a location 20
shortcut menu 5
show data fields 28
Sight ‘N Go 28, 29
squelch codes 10
status bar overview 6
stop navigation 28
storage 63
symbol 10
tones 15
call 15
ring 15
roger 15
setup 15
topo map 60
TracBack 45
log 43
points 26
track up 25
transferring data to a microSD
card 8
transmit location 19, 20
vibrate 15
voice operated transmission 15
VOX 15
waterproof 57
waypoint 36
create 36
edit 37
move 37
weather radio 16, 17
zoom 22, 25
ranges 31, 32
unit care and maintenance 63
units page 51
unlock keys 5
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For the latest free software updates (excluding map data) throughout the life of your
Garmin products, visit the Garmin Web site at www.garmin.com.
© 2007 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries
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