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Old 11-18-2011, 04:30 PM   #1
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Garmin Rino 650 2 for 1 deal.

Just got an email newsletter from Johhny Appleseed.

Garmin Rino GPS/UHF Radio......$589 inc GST....but wait....buy one, get one FREE

Anyone in Brisbane want to go halves? Makes a cheap gps/radio $294.50 each!

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Old 11-18-2011, 07:48 PM   #2
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I very nearly bought one last week but bought a zumo instead. Bugger
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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Just got an email newsletter from Johhny Appleseed.

Garmin Rino GPS/UHF Radio......$589 inc GST....but wait....buy one, get one FREE

Anyone in Brisbane want to go halves? Makes a cheap gps/radio $294.50 each!

ian@creativephotographics.com.au
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I might be interested

not in brisbane

but happy to pay postage

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Old 11-19-2011, 05:44 AM   #4
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Lentil, if u have a credit card, I could put your half and postage, thru my merchant acct and post it to you. Let me know if u are a starter.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:45 PM   #5
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Not real sure about this beasty, initially looks great but ...

As an 80 channel UHF its a bit expensive, as an altimeter it's bloody expensive, as a GPS it seems that it comes with a World Map (whatever that means) so its $100 + extra for an Australian map with a very small screen.

At $600 its way too expensive, at $300 ...... not sure ????
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:30 AM   #6
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Oh well! I've bought the bloody things now.....

As the title states, I lashed out today and did the "buy 1, get 1 free" deal at Johnny Appleseed.

If nothing else i can use the things when camping with my daughters over Xmas, to keep in contact if required and to test-out the locating function on the units.
  • The UHF transmission appears to be ok and the speaker is clear enough at this point in time.
  • The touchscreen works alright at the moment and i will see how it goes when it's dusty / wet / muddy etc
  • Apart from attaching the clip on te back there doesn,t appear to be anywhere to properly tether the thing to stop it dissapearing on really crappy tracks where you are looking ahead, concentrating only on rocks, ruts and roots, then look down and "Oh F-ck. Where's my bloody Rino?"
  • I use a Garmin 60CSX with tracks Australia and will try and load the same onto these units
  • I use a Uniden UH078 5W waterproof UHF and good aftermarket antenna as my main communication tool
  • I bought a Zumo 660 3 weeks ago and that will be my "cruizin" gps so the Rino units will be for back-up and bushwalking fun
  • There are no Ram cradles in stock at this point in timei will wait for a couple
  • i reckon that the optional "alkaline battery" adaptor may be a good investment as opposed to just relying on the AC charger or 12VDC cigarette plug charger (rrp $49.00) but will get one for $35.00
  • The 12VDC charge connects via a roughly 6mm diametre 2 pin rubber plug at the rear of the unit (sort of a smaller version of the plug on the 60CSX) and it will have to be seen if the plug will stay in place on snotty trails
  • Supplied base maps are crap (1st impression)
When i learn more i will let you know.

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Old 11-27-2011, 10:36 PM   #7
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Cool Rob. The lack of a decent cradle was a deal-breaker for me really at RRP. I've been interested in one of these for yonks. If you persuade me a bit I could possibly buy your spare. Possibly.
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:09 AM   #8
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Ram cradles in stock now.

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Cool Rob. The lack of a decent cradle was a deal-breaker for me really at RRP. I've been interested in one of these for yonks. If you persuade me a bit I could possibly buy your spare. Possibly.
Johnny Appleseed emailed me to let me know that the Ram cradles are in stock now. I'll be in to check them out tomorrow.

I'm actually thinking of getting another pair of these units and flogging off the 4th unit, just so my kids and i all have the same units when we're out and about camping etc.

So far, the limited time that i've spent with them looks good but i need to get some mapping on them, or mine at least.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:59 PM   #9
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If you want to sell number 4 unit, give me a hoy eh.

As for mapping, free shonkymaps should work just fine on a Garmin unit (it works great on my 60CSX).

There are also "alternatives" for the computer-savvy.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:12 PM   #10
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2 for 1 at Dick Smiths too, same pricing as Anaconda 2 for 1, $599.
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:21 PM   #11
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Heads Up - Rino 650 GPS and UHF - 2 for one

Johnny Appleseed GPS has a 2 for one deal on the new Garmin Rino 650 GPS/UHF. I bought a set the other day as a Christmas pressie to myself. Has the features of my GPSMap 60csx in an easy to use touch screen package and a 5W UHF radio. Just saved myself carrying a radio as well as a GPS in future and with the two for one deal, they are only about $300 each - same price as a GPSMap 60csx purchased from the USA. You can load Shonky Maps and Tracks for Australia onto the Rhino which is what I will use.

http://www.ja-gps.com.au/Garmin/rino-650-gps-uhf-radio/
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Old 12-25-2011, 04:23 PM   #12
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I've still got "cradle-anxiety". I looked it up on the Garmin website, crappy photos and only other models get mentioned, so I'm still unsure of the cradle options for one of these gizmos. If I can't obtain a robust cradle for the handlebars it's not much use to me, sadly.

Has anyone got a cradle yet? is it any good for bike mounting, or just useful for the car? Cheers.
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Old 12-25-2011, 04:56 PM   #13
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I've still got "cradle-anxiety". I looked it up on the Garmin website, crappy photos and only other models get mentioned, so I'm still unsure of the cradle options for one of these gizmos. If I can't obtain a robust cradle for the handlebars it's not much use to me, sadly.

Has anyone got a cradle yet? is it any good for bike mounting, or just useful for the car? Cheers.
I bought the RAM cradle.. works well and I think you would have to end to end your bike for it to come off... and if you did.. then the missing GPS would be the least of your problems.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:37 PM   #14
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I have the RAM cradle, with the handle bar mount and 'clamp' arm. Works well.

One limitation with this unit over a GPSmap CSX I have found is that you can have 2 map sets loaded, the basemap, and one other (which is the same as with other units) but what is different, is that you can't deselect/select individual tiles (overlapping tiles) in the Rino, which you can do in the GPS Map series of units.

I have loaded Shonky maps with the base Global map, and that is fine for my purposes. Alternately I could load Garmin City as a base map, and Shonky or Garmin Topo as the alternate map set and select both or either of these maps at any one time.
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:25 AM   #15
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Also, noticed with charging, you CAN'T run these connected to 12v as you can the GPS Map CSX, AND use the thing at the same time - when you have it plugged in to charge, it won't turn on - it only charges!

So you would have to remember to charge it overnight whilst camping (charging it wouldn't flatten your battery). You can do this either via the USB cable/Mini USB, via the AC charger which connects to the 2 pin plug, or the 12v adapter which connects to the 2 pin plug.
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