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RTK Side: New and Improved – Information


No, it is not Friday, but! We simply could not wait a day to allow you to all know that the RTK Side is again, and it has been overhauled, primarily based in your suggestions, to be a lot better than it already was. What’s totally different? Effectively, as you may be capable of inform, it has acquired a model new carrying case that was customized made for the Side. That is similar to those discovered with the RTK Surveyor, RTK Categorical, and RTK Categorical Plus kits. Extra importantly, and never simply seen, is that the battery holder contained in the shell of the RTK Side has been drastically improved, making the unit far more sturdy to discover the brobdingnagian wilds at no extra value! We expect it is time to inform you all in regards to the SparkFun RTK Side, so let’s take a better look!


SparkFun RTK Side

Solely 10 left!


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Designed and manufactured in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the SparkFun RTK Side is your one-stop store for top precision geolocation and surveying wants. For primary customers, it’s extremely simple to rise up and operating; for superior customers, the RTK Side is a versatile and highly effective instrument. With only a few minutes of setup, the RTK Side is among the quickest methods to take centimeter-grade measurements. By connecting your cellphone to the RTK Side over Bluetooth®, your cellphone can act because the radio hyperlink to offer correction information in addition to obtain the NMEA output from the gadget. That is precisely how $10,000 surveying gadgets have been working for the previous decade – we simply made it simpler, smaller, and much more economical.

Beneath the hood of the SparkFun RTK Side is an ESP32 WROOM linked to a ZED-F9P, in addition to some peripheral {hardware} (LiPo gas gauge, microSD, and so forth). Moreover, housed below the dome of the RTK Side is a surveyor grade L1/L2 antenna. It’s the identical factor discovered inside our GNSS Multi-Band L1/L2 Surveying Antenna. The built-in antenna has an ARP of 61.4mm from the bottom to the measuring level of the L1 antenna and an ARP of 57.4mm to the measuring level of the L2 antenna. The RTK Side is programmed in Arduino and could be tailor-made to suit no matter your wants could also be.

This gadget can be utilized in 4 modes:

  • GNSS Positioning (~30cm accuracy) – also referred to as ‘Rover’
  • GNSS Positioning with RTK (1.4cm accuracy) – also referred to as ‘Rover with RTK Repair’
  • GNSS Base Station
  • GNSS Base Station NTRIP Server

Along with supplying place information the RTK Side is able to logging NMEA, RAWX, and SFRBX for submit processing, making it excellent for analysis and superior positioning purposes.

Did we point out that the RTK Side is an open-source {hardware} product? This implies that you would be able to absolutely receive, see, and even modify the electrical and mechanical design information. This enables for simpler upkeep and restore over time.

To make it even simpler to make use of or modify the RTK Side, we have additionally made certain to jot down a absolutely in-depth information to get you began! With this, you’ll arrange the RTK Side in minutes to start gathering millimeter-precise geospatial coordinates!

In fact, if you have already got your personal RTK Side, now we have you lined! The RTK Side Carrying Case helps defend your worthwhile high-precision GNSS receiver from the cruel components of the sector. Customized slots are molded into the case for the RTK Side receiver, a 915MHz radio + antenna, in addition to a big open slot for energy provides, cables, and adapters. And no carrying case is full with out a deal with and a snazzy SparkFun emblem.


We have been so pleased with this new model of the RTK Side that it triggered us to return to the drafting board and take a complete new have a look at GNSS. Be certain that to verify again within the subsequent few weeks to see what we have realized and the brand new merchandise we have created!

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