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Old 10-06-2004, 08:06 PM
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Has anyone used a pair of the Garmin Rino's? I have been wanting a pair, and after looking at them in the store, the salesman told me that the radio was very weak, especially if you are in a heavily wooded area. He said the GPS worked well, but most of his customers have been disappointed with the radio.

This has me looking at handheld VHF radio's; however, I understand that it is illegal to use them on dry land. I have been thinking about buying 2 radios and a decent handheld GPS. What do you think?
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Old 10-06-2004, 09:01 PM
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I've never heard any complaints about them at all. Sold some down here for duck hunters and deer stands. Also some for offroading in trucks.
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It is illegal to use a handheld VHF on land. Yeh, I know commercial docking of boats is OK, but for the intended use above; no. The Rhinos are great in that they have the ability for your buddy to know where you are and visa versa. Great when hunting. The radios are 'line of sight' comunications however. They won't communicate from one side of the mountain to the other (neither will VHF). You'll still have GPS to tell you where you are. Beats what's second.
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Default RE: Garmin Rino's

I have a Rhino 120, and another brand (Audovox) GMRS radio with the same channels. I use the Rhino as a backup GPS, and to talk to wife around the dock, beach.... and skiing. However, while the GMRS radios are a little better than the standard FRS radios (which are absolutely useless), they still SUCK. You can get a good pair of handheld radio's on a personal frequency, but you need to get a license for it (it costs about $75 and is pretty easy to get). I would recomend that route.

What do you want to use them for?
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Old 10-09-2004, 08:53 AM
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I am planning to use them in primarily in the hunting, camping, hiking, and between cars on interstate. I thought the Rino's would be nice since we could beam locations and use as handheld GPS in the woods. My concern is that the reception will be as poor as the older Uniden radios I currently have and therefore worthless. I do not want to spend $400 on a pair of radios that will not suit my needs. Thanks for your input.
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