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Novatel GNSS-303L-A User Guide
GNSS-303L-A
USER GUIDE
GM-14915163
Rev 2
March 2018
The GNSS-303L-A is an active GNSS antenna that receives the GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, NavIC
and L-Band signals.
This guide provides the basic information you need to install and begin using your new antenna.
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
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A device with an antenna input port that both receives the RF signal and provides 3.8 – 6.0 VDC to
the antenna is required for the GNSS-303L-A. NovAtel GNSS receivers provide the necessary
power through their antenna RF connectors.
Coaxial cable with a male TNC connector
INSTALLING THE ANTENNA
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The integrator of this antenna is responsible for ensuring antenna installation meets all the
overall integrated system requirements.
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Refer to Section 307 of www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/
AC%2043.13-2B.pdf for information about antenna bonding in aircraft applications.
Both the input DC power and the output RF signal use a single coaxial cable connected to the unit's TNC
female connector.
The antenna attaches to a surface with an ARINC-743 bolt pattern. Four screws pass through the antenna
housing.
To install the antenna:
1. Install the supplied o-ring into the groove on the antenna base.
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User supplied o-ring grease can hold the o-ring in the groove during installation.
2. Drill the mounting holes and the connector clearance hole on the mounting surface. See the
Mechanical Drawings section for mounting pattern details.
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3. Use the four supplied mounting screws to attach the antenna to the mounting surface. The o-ring
compresses and creates a seal between the surface and the antenna.
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NovAtel recommends thread-locker (not included) on the mounting screws.
Description
Antenna
Countersink screws
Mounting surface
O-ring
Drilled mounting holes
4. Remove the dust cap from the antenna’s TNC connector.
5. Attach the coaxial cable’s male TNC connector to the antenna’s TNC connector.
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Description
Mounted antenna
Mounting surface
TNC connector
Coaxial cable
6. Attach the other end of the coaxial cable to the antenna input port on the receiving device. The
receiving device must be equipped to provide power as detailed in the SPECIFICATIONS section of
this guide. All NovAtel GNSS receivers provide the necessary power through the antenna RF
connectors.
This illustration provides examples of where the antenna may be located on an aircraft or vehicle (not to
scale).
ANTENNA CARE
The GNSS-303L-A is designed to withstand the elements, including rain, snow and dust. However, to
ensure that the antenna performs optimally, keep the radome clean and brush off any ice or snow. In addition, ensure the TNC connector remains clean and dry and replace the dust cap when a cable is not
connected.
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SPECIFICATIONS
RF
Operational Band
(typical)
GPS L2
1227.60 ±10 MHz
BeiDou B2
1207.14 ±12 MHz
GLONASS L2
1237.83 –
1253.63 MHz
Galileo E6 1266.75
- 1290.75 MHz
BeiDou B3
1268.52 ±10 MHz
L-Band
1525 –1560 MHz
Galileo L6
1542.50 ± 5.0 MHz
BeiDou B1
1561.098 ±8 MHz
GPS L1
1575.42 ±10.0 MHz
Galileo E1, E2
1575.42 ±12.0 MHz
NavIC L1
1575.42 ±12 MHz
GLONASS L1
1592.95 –
1610.38 MHz
4 foot
G.P.
Free
Space
4 foot
G.P.
Free
Space
4 foot
G.P.
Free
Space
4 foot
G.P.
Free
Space
4 foot
G.P.
Free
4 foot
Space G.P.
GPS L5
1176.45 ±12 MHz
Galileo E5, E5a
E5b 1164.45 1219.14 MHz
NavIC L5
1176.45 ±15 MHz
Antenna Gain (dBic) Free
G.P. = Ground Plane Space
90° zenith
+2.4
+3.0
+2.9
+3.9
+2.4
+3.5
-1.4
-3.2
+4.5
+3.9
+2.0
-3.1
10° elevation
-3.9
-5.1
-3.8
-4.6
-4.4
-5.6
-8.5
-8.7
-2.3
-1.9
-8.8
-8.2
20° elevation
-2.8
-1.8
-2.4
-1.2
-3.0
-1.9
-7.0
-5.4
-1.0
+1.1
-7.5
-5.2
30° elevation
-1.4
+0.3
-0.7
+1.0
-1.5
+0.2
-6.0
-3.9
+0.1
+2.2
-6.4
-4.3
60°-90° elevation
>1.3
>0.5
>1.8
>1.1
>1.1
>0.2
>-2.6
>-5.8
>3.2
>0.7
>-3.1
>-6.3
115°
127°
121°
125°
116°
128°
102°
130°
105°
135°
95°
132°
Beamwidth (3dB)
LNA gain (typical)
30 dB
Polarization
Right-hand circular
Noise figure (typical)
3 dB
Nominal impedance
50 Ω
VSWR
2.0 : 1
30 dB
30 dB
26 dB
26 dB
POWER
Input voltage
3.8 – 6.0 VDC
Current (typical)
 60 mA
PHYSICAL
Size
Width: 76.20 mm (3.00 in.), Length: 119.38 mm (4.700 in.), Height 26.10 mm (1.028 in.)
Weight
272 g (9.60 oz.)
ENVIRONMENTAL
Maximum altitude
21336 m (70000 ft.)
Operating
temperature
-40°C to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F)
Storage temperature -65°C to +150°C (-85°F to +302°F)
Vibration
>30 G
Designed to meet
these standards
DO-160D, MIL-C-5541, MIL-E-5400, MIL-I-45208A and MIL-STD-810
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26 dB
MECHANICAL DRAWINGS
Dimensions are in inches, followed by [mm]
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PHASE CENTER
Please refer to the Mechanical Drawings before reading this section.
HEIGHT = Vertical phase centre offset from antenna reference point or antenna reference plane (ARP),
see the MECHANICAL DRAWINGS section of this guide.
For relative offset numbers and phase centre variation (PCV) tables, please visit the U.S. National
Geodetic Survey (NGS) website at www.ngs.noaa.gov/ANTCAL/. Look for ANTCOM ACC42G1215A_XT1.
Please check our website for updates to this manual at www.novatel.com/Downloads/docupdates.html and
the websites mentioned above.
If you need any further advice on this matter, please visit our website at www.novatel.com. Other methods
of contacting Customer Service can be found on the last panel of this guide.
WEEE
If you purchased a GNSS-303L-A antenna in Europe, return it to your dealer or supplier at the end of its
life. The objectives of the European Community's environment policy are, in particular, to preserve, protect
and improve the quality of the environment, protect human health and utilise natural resources prudently
and rationally. Sustainable development advocates the reduction of wasteful consumption of natural
resources and the prevention of pollution. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is a
regulated area. Where the generation of waste cannot be avoided, it should be reused or recovered for its
material or energy. WEEE products may be recognized by their wheeled bin label (
).
See www.novatel.com/products/compliance/environmental-compliance/ for more information.
ROHS
The GNSS-303L-A is compliant with the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances
(RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU.
WARRANTY POLICY
NovAtel Inc. warrants that its Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) products are free from defects in
materials and workmanship, subject to the conditions set forth on our web site: www.novatel.com/products/warranty.
GNSS Antenna™ Modules:
Cables and Accessories:
One (1) Year
Ninety (90) Days
RETURN INSTRUCTIONS
To return products, refer to the instructions found under the Return Policy Tab on the warranty page:
www.novatel.com/products/warranty.
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QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
If you have any questions or comments, please log a support request with NovAtel Customer Support
using one of the following methods:
Log a Case and Search Knowledge:
Website: www.novatel.com/support
Log a Case, Search Knowledge and View Your Case History: (login access required)
Web Portal: https://novatelsupport.force.com/community/login
E-mail:
support@novatel.com
Telephone:
U.S. and Canada: 1-800-NOVATEL (1-800-668-2835)
International: +1-403-295-4900
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