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Novatel Euro4 Quick Start Guide
Euro4 GPSCard™
QUICK START GUIDE
This guide provides the basic information
you need to setup and begin using your
new Euro4 GPSCard. For more detailed
information on the installation and operation of your receiver, please refer to the
user manuals provided on the accompanying CD. To order a printed copy of the
manuals, free of charge, follow the
instructions given on the enclosed User
Manuals card.
SETTING UP YOUR EURO4 GPSCARD
2. Open the Device menu and select Open....
Complete the steps below to connect and power your GPSCard.
See Volume 1 of the OEM4 Family User Manual for more information on steps 1 through 3.
1. Install the GPSCard and the wiring harness in a secure enclosure to reduce environmental exposure and RF interference,
making sure to protect against ESD.
3. Select the New... button in the Open dialog box.
If you do not take the necessary precautions against ESD,
including using the provided ESD wrist strap, you may damage
the GPSCard.
2. Mount the GPS antenna on a secure, stable structure with an
unobstructed view of the sky.
3. Connect the GPS antenna to the GPSCard using the antenna
RF cable and the RF adapter cable.
BOX CONTENTS
In addition to this Quick Start Guide, the following is provided with
your Euro4 GPSCard:
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1 ESD wrist strap
1 CD containing:
• An installation program for NovAtel’s GPS PC utilities, including GPSolution®
• Product documentation, including user manuals
• The OEM4 Software Development Kit
OEM4 Family Quick Reference Guide
User Manuals card for requesting printed manuals
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
The additional equipment listed below is needed for a basic setup:
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A Windows-based PC with an RS-232 DB-9 port
A 5.0 ± 0.125 VDC power supply capable of providing at
least 2.6 W
An enclosure to protect against environmental conditions
and RF interference
A wiring harness to provide power to the receiver and
access to the data and strobe signals, with one or more DB9 connectors for serial communication with a PC or other
data communications equipment
A null modem cable
A quality GPS antenna, like the GPS-600 offered by NovAtel
An antenna RF cable with a SMB female connector at the
receiver end, such as NovAtel’s C016 RF cable combined
with an RF adapter cable
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4. Connect a serial port on the receiver to a serial port on the PC
using a null modem cable.
5. Connect the power supply to the GPSCard.
6. Plug in and/or turn on the power supply.
4. Enter a name for the new device configuration in the Name field
of the New Config dialog box.
5. Select the Settings button.
INSTALLING THE PC UTILITIES
Once the GPSCard is connected to the PC, antenna, and power
supply, install NovAtel’s GPS PC utilities.
1. Start up the PC.
2. Insert the accompanying CD in the CD-ROM drive of the computer.
3. Install the PC utilities by advancing through the steps provided
in the NovAtel GPS PC Utilities setup utility. If the setup utility is
not automatically accessible when the CD is inserted, select
Run from the Start menu and select the Browse button to locate
Setup.exe on the CD drive.
6. Select the PC serial port the GPSCard is connected to from the
PC Port drop-down list.
7. Select 57600 from the Baud Rate list.
8. Uncheck the Use hardware handshaking checkbox.
ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATION WITH THE RECEIVER
9. Select OK to save the settings.
To open a serial port to communicate with the receiver, complete the
following.
1. Launch GPSolution from the Start menu folder specified during
the installation process. The default location is Start | Programs |
OEM4 PC Software.
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10. Select the OK button to close the New Config dialog box and
create the new device configuration.
ENTERING COMMANDS
DETERMINING WHEN THE POSITION IS VALID
The Euro4 GPSCard uses a comprehensive command interface.
Commands can be sent to the receiver using the Console window in
GPSolution, which is opened from the View menu. Commands are
entered in the text box at the bottom of the window.
When the receiver has a valid position, the POSITION VALID strobe
signal will go high. In addition, the Solution Status field in GPSolution’s Position window will show Computed.
ENABLING SBAS POSITIONING
The following information is important when entering commands:
11. Select the new configuration from the Available device configs
list in the Open dialog box.
12. Select the Open button to open communications with the
GPSCard.
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Commands can be entered in three formats: ASCII, Abbreviated ASCII, and Binary. Abbreviated ASCII is the best format to use when you wish to work with the receiver directly.
Press the Enter key to send the command string to the
receiver.
The commands are not case sensitive.
The OEM4 Family Quick Reference Guide provided with the
receiver lists all the available commands and the parameters they
use for the Abbreviated ASCII format.
Certain models of the Euro4 GPSCard are capable of SBAS positioning. This positioning mode is enabled using the WAASCORRECTION command. At the time of publication, the WAAS (North
America) and EGNOS (Europe) systems are in test mode. As a
result, the following commands are typically used to enable WAAS
and EGNOS modes, respectively:
WAASCORRECTION ENABLE 0 WAASTESTMODE
WAASCORRECTION ENABLE 120 EGNOSTESTMODE
Once enabled, the Position Type field shown in GPSolution’s Position window should change from Single to WAAS.
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
LOGGING DATA
An extensive collection of logs has been created to capture the data
your GPSCard receives and processes. These logs can be directed
to any of the GPSCard’s serial ports and can be automatically
generated when new or changed data becomes available or at
regular intervals. The available logs are listed in the OEM4 Family
Quick Reference Guide.
USING GPSOLUTION
GPSolution provides access to key information about your receiver
and its position. The information is displayed in windows accessed
from the View menu. For example, select Position Window from the
View menu to display the position of the receiver. To show details of
the GPS and geostationary (SBAS) satellites being tracked, select
Tracking Status Window from the menu.
To log data, use the LOG command. For example, to log the pseudorange position to COM 2 every 30 seconds, enter the following:
If you have any questions or comments regarding your Euro4
GPSCard, please contact NovAtel Customer Service using one of
methods provided below.
Email: support@novatel.ca
Web:
www.novatel.com
Phone: 1-800-NOVATEL (U.S. & Canada)
403-295-4900 (International)
Fax:
403-295-4901
LOG COM2 PSRPOS ONTIME 30
Logs can be generated in one of three formats: ASCII, Abbreviated
ASCII, or Binary. See Volume 2 of the OEM4 Family User Manual
for information on the LOG command, specifying the output format,
and the detailed contents of each log.
If you prefer, GPSolution provides a graphical interface for configuring data logging. Select Logging Control Window from the View
menu. In the Logging Control window, you can select which logs to
capture and choose which ports to send the data to. In addition, you
can specify a file in which to save the data.
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Printed in Canada on recycled paper.
Unpublished rights reserved under international copyright laws.
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