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Garmin Rino 520 Color GPS-Enabled 2-Way Radio DISCONTINUED

Garmin Rino 520 Color GPS-Enabled 2-Way Radio DISCONTINUED
Item No.010-00392-00
Retail Price:$374.99
Our Price:$293.07
ConditionNew Retail Box (NOT Refurbished)
ReturnableYes (See our Return Policy)
WarrantyTiger 30 Day, Manufacturer 1 Year
This item is currently out of stock


NOTE: This item has been discontinued by Garmin. It is replaced by Rino 520HCx(click here), with a high-sensitivity receiver and expandable memory.

Charging full-speed ahead in all its horned glory, the Garmin Rino 520 is at the zenith of two-way communications. No matter where your outdoor activities take you, the Garmin Rino 520 keeps you on track and in touch. This rugged, two-way radio with GPS packs a bold color display, 14-mile communication range, and turn-by-turn directions - giving you peace of mind in the great outdoors. Taking it a step further, the Rino 530 adds an electronic compass, barometric altimeter, and NOAA weather receiver, making it a favorite with hikers and climbers. The Rino series from Garmin extends the animal family here at Tiger GPS.

Not sure what maps you need? Check out our Garmin Software Guide (click here).

Exclusive position-reporting capability and a host of other unique features make the 520 one of the best all-in-one two-way radio and GPS receivers around. As with other members of the Rino family, the 520's patented location-reporting feature allows you to send and receive GPS positions with other Rino users in your group. One call to your partner's Rino, and your location shows up on the map page. You can even poll another Rino user's location in emergency situations.

Additional features unique to the 520 include:

  • Whopping 5 watts of transmit power (GMRS) means you can now call for help from 14 miles away
  • Bold color TFT display makes it easy to see and navigate to family or friends with Rinos at an amusement park, lake, or other outdoor group activity
  • Automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions with alert tones, and icon-driven menus for finding points of interest (when combined with Garmin's optional MapSource City Select software) navigate you safely to your next outdoor adventure
  • Mini USB and 56 megabytes of internal memory for rapid download and lots of map storage of Garmin's entire line of outdoor cartography
  • Rechargeable internal lithium-ion battery provides up to 16 hours of outdoor use

The Rino 520 comes with a built-in detailed basemap of North and South America. When combined with Garmin's optional City Select software, it provides automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions with alert tones, and icon-driven menus for finding points of interest. Customize map data for your adventures on land or sea with Garmin's entire line of optional outdoor cartography including U.S. Topo 24K, U.S. Topo, Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots, and BlueChart.

Rino 520: Two-way radio with GPS keeping you on track and in touch

Rino 520 Features:

  • WAAS enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver
  • Transmit power using FRS frequency is 0.5 watt for a range of up to 2 miles
  • Transmit power using GMRS frequency is 5 watts for a range of up to 14 miles (transmit power limited to 2 watts in Canada)
  • Channels: 7 FRS, 15 GMRS, and 8 GMRS repeater (using GMRS frequency in the U.S. requires a FCC license)
  • Unit dimensions: 7.5"H x 2.3"W x 1.8"D
  • Display: 1.7"H x 1.3"W, 256-color transflective TFT (176 x 220 pixels)
  • Weight: 10.3 ounces
  • Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 mins.)
  • 38 sub-audible squelch codes per transmission channel for semi-private radio communications
  • 10 call and ring tones, 4 roger tones
  • Vibration mode
  • Send and receive short text notes
  • External temperature reporting
  • Calendar: Shows best hunting and fishing times, plus clock, stopwatch and alarm functions
  • Trip computer with speed tracking, sunrise/sunset read out, trip timer and trip distance
  • Storage of up to 500 waypoints, with graphic identification, and 20 reversible routes
  • Robust track log: 10,000 trackpoints and up to 20 saved tracks to retrace user's path or companion's path via location-reporting feature

Screen Shots:

Radio Page:
Compass Page:
Waypoint Edit Page:
Map Page:

Garmin Rino Color Series Feature Matrix

Rino 520 Rino 530 Rino 520HCx Rino 530HCx
High-sensitivity receiver: no no Yes Yes
Built-in memory: 56 MB 56 MB no no
Accepts data cards: no no microSD cards microSD cards
Electronic compass: no Yes no Yes
Barometric altimeter: no Yes no Yes
Geocaching mode: no no Yes Yes
NOAA weather radio: no Yes no Yes
MSRP $374.99 $428.56 $482.13 $535.70

"Feature Matrix" Copyright © 2007 TigerGPS.com, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Package Includes

Package Includes:

  • Rino 520
  • Americas Recreational Basemap
  • PC/USB interface cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Belt clip
  • Lithium-ion battery pack and charger
  • A/C adapter cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Owner's manual

Tech Specs

Technical Specifications:

Radio features

Channels: 15 GMRS channels*, 7 FRS channels, 8 GMRS repeater (USA only)

TX Power:

  • FRS = 0.5w
  • GMRS = 0.5w, 2w, 5w (USA)
  • 0.5w, 2w (CAN)

Squelch codes: 38

Range: Up to 2 miles on FRS channels; Up to 14 miles on GMRS

Modes: Channel scan with programmable scan list; channel monitor

Call tones: 10 call and ring tones, 4 roger tones

VOX: External Voice Activation with sensitivity selection

Other features: Alarm, calculator, calendar, clock, lap timer, stopwatch, games

Location reporting features

User ID: 10-character name with graphic symbol

Location sending: One button press with Call or Talk button**

Location receiving: Automatic; keep track of up to 50 Rino contacts; allows user to poll other user's position

Contact GoTo: Navigation data automatically updated to contact's latest location

Contact TracBack: Lets you retrace the path of up to 20 contacts

Contact Quick View: Lets you quickly center all contact locations on map

Contact Assembly: Lets you and your contacts send and navigate to a common destination

Proximity alarm: Alerts you if contact moves out of a specified distance radius or if you are within a specified distance of a waypoint

Navigation features

Waypoints/icons: 1000 autoroute waypoints 500 with name, graphic symbol and notes

Routes: 50 reversible

Tracks: 10,000 track points. Automatic track log; 20 saved tracks let you retrace your path in both directions

Trip computer: Current speed, average speed, time of sunrise/sunset, resetable maximum speed, trip timer, trip distance, electronic compass (530 only) and barametric altimeter (530 only)

Tables: Built-in celestial tables for best times to fish and hunt, sun and moon rise/set based on date and location

Map datums: More than 100

Position format: Lat/Lon, UTM/UPS, Maidenhead, MGRS, Loran TDs and other grids, Light Autorouting Basemap included

GPS performance

Receiver: WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites to compute and update your position

Acquisition times:

  • Warm: Approximately 15 seconds
  • Cold: Approximately 45 seconds
  • AutoLocate: Approximately 5 minutes

Update rate: 1/second, continuous

GPS accuracy:

  • Position: < 15 meters, 95% typical***
  • Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state

DGPS (USCG) accuracy:

  • Position: 3-5 meters, 95% typical
  • Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state

DGPS (WAAS) accuracy:

  • Position: < 3 meters, 95% typical***
  • Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state

Dynamics: 6g's

Interfaces: USB RS232 serial interface requires optional accessory cable 010-10572-00

Antenna: Quad-helix


Source: High capacity 8.4v 2400 mAh Li-Ion Battery Pack

Battery life: 18 hours typical with Alkaline battery pack, 16 hours typical with Li-Ion pack


Size: 5.1"H x 2.3"W x 1.8"D; 7.5"H with antenna (13 x 5.8 x 4.6 cm; 19 cm with antenna)

Weight: 10.3 ounces (294 g) with Li-Ion battery pack; 6.2 ounces (175g) without battery

Display: 1.3"H x 1.7"W; 176 x 220 pixels, 256-color transflective TFT

Case: Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards

Temperature range : -4º to 140º F (-20º to 60º C)

User data storage : Indefinite, no memory battery required

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

* Using GMRS requires FCC license in the United States. No license is required in Canada.

**Location sending/receiving is available on both FRS and GMRS channels in the US and Canada. The minimum time between updates is 30 seconds (as specified by FCC), except when responding to a poling question

*** Subject to accuracy degradation to 100m 2DRMS under the U.S. Department of Defense Selective Availability Program.


Great Product, August 13, 2007
Paul Williams
I am not too technically proficient and found the 520 easy to operate after a short read of the instruction manual. The combo of the radio and GPS will make me feel more secure when I'm out ATVing with the family.

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