Novatel FlexPak-SSII Quick Start Guide

Novatel FlexPak-SSII Quick Start Guide
This guide provides the basic
information you need to set up
and begin using your new
FlexPak-SSII. For more detailed
information on the installation
and operation of your receiver,
please refer to the user manuals.
The manuals and their latest
updates may be found on our
website at:
screen. If the setup utility is not automatically accessible
when the CD is inserted, select Run from the Start menu and
press the Browse button to locate Setup.exe on the CD
A 120 V AC wall outlet, or
A standard 12 V DC power outlet, or
A +6 to +18 V DC power supply
To install Starview from our website:
Complete the steps below to connect and power your FlexPak.
1. Start up the PC and launch your internet service program.
1. Mount the antenna on a secure, stable structure with an
unobstructed view of the sky.
2. Using the antenna cable, connect the antenna to the GPS
port, which is found on the front face of the FlexPak.
12 V DC
120 V AC
5. It is recommended that a back-up battery (3) is placed
between the receiver (1) and its voltage supply (2) to act as
a power buffer:
2. Go to our website at
fwswupdates.html and scroll down to the Superstar II Family
Firmware/Software section.
3. Download the StarView setup program and save it in a
temporary directory (for example, C:\temp).
4. Use the setup program to install the StarView software by
following the steps on the screen.
After installation, StarView also appears in the Windows Start menu
at Start | Program Files | NovAtel L1 Software.
If you purchased a Development Kit, the following is also
provided with your FlexPak-SSII:
1 Deutsch to DB-9 serial cable
1 Deutsch to 12V power connector cable
1 AC/DC adapter
1 +12 dB active GPS antenna with magnetic mount and
a 6 m RF cable
1 CD containing:
• An installation program for NovAtel’s GPS L1
graphical user interface software, StarView
• Product documentation, including user manuals
3. Connect the COM1 port on the receiver to a serial port on
the PC.
A Windows-based PC with an RS-232 DB-9 port
One of the following:
Normally when a vehicle engine is started, power can dip to
around 9.6 VDC or even cut-out to ancillary equipment. Plug
in the adapter and/or connect and turn on the power supply.
The LED above the PWR port will be red when the FlexPakSSII is properly powered.
In addition to the equipment listed in the previous Development
Kit Box Contents section, the following is needed for a basic
4. Connect the power cable connector to the PWR port. The
threads of the Deutsch connector ratcheting mechanism fit
tightly with that of the PWR port.
Once the receiver is connected to the PC, antenna, and power
supply, install the StarView software. The StarView CD is
supplied with the development kits, otherwise StarView and any
updates are available on our website.
To install Starview from CD:
1. Start up the PC.
2. Insert the StarView CD in the CD-ROM drive of the
3. Install the StarView software by following the steps on the
The most up to date version of StarView may be found on our website. Check our website for updates at:
To open a serial port to communicate with the receiver, complete
the following.
1. Launch StarView from the folder you specified during the
installation process or from the Windows Start menu at: Start
| Program Files | NovAtel L1 Software.
2. Open the File/Port menu and select Auto Connect.
The default data transfer rate is 9600 bps unless your receiver
model has Carrier Phase Output (CP) capability with 19200 bps as
the default. A list of models is in Appendix A of the SUPERSTAR II
Firmware Reference Manual.
The receiver is in Navigation mode whenever sufficient satellite
information and measurement data is available to produce a
GPS fix. When the receiver has a valid position, the Nav Mode
field in StarView’s LLH Solution, or XYZ Solution, window shows
Nav 3-D, Nav 2-D, Diff. 3-D or Diff. 2-D. If it shows Initialized or
Initialization Required there is no valid position yet.
The FlexPak-SSII uses a comprehensive command interface.
Logs and commands can be sent to the receiver using the Xmit
Msg and Tool Setting menus in StarView.
3. Select the PC serial port that the FlexPak-SSII is connected
to from the Com Port drop-down list.
The following information is important when selecting
Similarly, select Navigation | LLH Solution from the Window
menu and right-click to select Continuous or One Shot. The
position of the receiver is displayed in LLH (latitude, longitude
and height) coordinates.
1. You can send a message request using one shot (Normal
mode) or continuous (Special mode) by selecting Xmit Msg |
General Message Request in StarView. Refer to the
SUPERSTAR II Firmware Reference Manual, which shows
how these modes effect individual commands and log
requests differently.
2. There is an option in StarView to save all messages
transmitted by the receiver into a file. Select File/Port | Save
Data after you have finished selecting messages in Step #1.
Select Window | Status | SBAS Status. Its window shows the
number of valid SBAS messages that are being decoded for a
specific SV number. When the Valid Messages count is not
incrementing, the receiver is not tracking any SBAS satellites.
When SBAS corrections are incorporated, the LLH solution
shows a Nav Mode of Diff. 3-D and a DGPS Source of SBAS.
StarView allows you to update receiver configuration parameters
such as maximum velocity, antenna type and navigation rate.
Select Tool Setting | Set Configuration. You can also deselect
GPS or SBAS system satellites by selecting Tool Setting |
Deselect | SVs from the main menu.
Refer to the SUPERSTAR II Firmware Reference Manual for an
appendix on SBAS Positioning that includes an explanation of
dynamic modes.
If you have any questions or comments regarding your FlexPakSSII, please contact NovAtel Customer Service using one of the
methods provided below.
Email:[email protected]
Phone: 1-800-NOVATEL (U.S. & Canada)
403-295-4900 (International)
The SUPERSTAR II Firmware Reference Manual provides details
on messages and parameters that the FlexPak-SSII uses. It is
available on our website at:
4. Click on Start and StarView searches for the FlexPak-SSII
receiver on the specified port at various baud rates.
Fax: 403-295-4901
StarView provides access to key information about your receiver
and its position. The information is displayed in windows
accessed from the Window menu. For example, to show details
of the GPS satellites being tracked, select Channel | Channel
Assignment from the Window menu. Then in the window, rightclick with your mouse and select Continuous or One Shot:
FlexPaks are available with an SBAS option. The ability to
simultaneously track two SBAS satellites, and incorporate the
SBAS corrections into the position, is available on these models.
To enable SBAS, select Tool Setting | DGPS Config in StarView.
Set the DGPS Type to SBAS only or Automatic. The receiver
uses SBAS satellites in your coverage area.
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Rev 5
May 14, 2005
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