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April 14, 2003

FCC Ruling Paves the Way for Location Polling on Garmin® ‘Rino®' Devices

Rino 110 / Rino 120OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that the company’s petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), enabling Family Radio Service (FRS) transceivers to display location information and depict user locations, has been approved and took effect on April 2. The new FCC ruling positively enhances the Garmin Rino 110 and Rino 120 GPS-enabled, FRS/GMRS two-way radios, which already boast the company’s patented location-reporting feature. The FCC order also makes it possible for the Rino radios to seek and find the specific location of another Rino user through a new feature called "location polling."

" We are continually looking for ways to add value to our line of GPS handhelds," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "Location reporting and location polling add unique safety and security applications to our Rino series that come in handy when trying to locate a family member at an amusement park or when seeking to recover an injured hiking partner in the great outdoors."

The Garmin Rino radios integrate GPS technology with FRS/GMRS two-way voice communications to create an innovative way for families, hikers, campers and other groups of outdoor enthusiasts to stay connected. Garmin combined these technologies to deliver an enhanced safety feature called location reporting. The company holds two patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,373,430 and 6,492,941) on this unique feature. In essence, location reporting allows Rino users to transmit their position over FRS channels to other Rino users in the area and also see where their companions are located on the unit’s display. The company has already learned of several incidents in which this feature has saved lives.

Location polling is another unique feature of the Rino series. This feature allows Rino owners to pinpoint the location of other Rino users within the FRS range (up to two miles) and even navigate to the location of a specific radio user. For the polling feature to function correctly, users need to have all Rino radios enabled to send and receive location information requests, they need to be monitoring the same FRS channel, and they need a GPS position fix on all radios in the group. Once enabled, Rino radios will automatically respond to a location information request from another radio. Due to FCC regulations, a polling request can be initiated only once every 30 seconds; however, Rino radios can receive multiple queries from other radios and respond immediately. Users can also disable this feature.

With location reporting, users can stay in contact through voice and location transmissions. The new location-polling feature allows a set of Rino users to seek and find a member of the party that is unable to communicate with the group or cannot report his or her location, for whatever reason.

The location-polling feature is currently available and can be downloaded at no cost as a software update for the Rino 110 and Rino 120 from the Garmin website (

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. GARMIN is a registered trademark, and Rino 110 and Rino 120 are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes projections and other forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company’s future financial position, revenues, earnings, product introductions, plans and objectives are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin. Information concerning risk factors that could affect Garmin's actual results is contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2002 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded from