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VBOX 3i GNSS Coldstart


A GNSS coldstart may be required when:

  • The GNSS engine has locked up.
  • VBOX is struggling to acquire satellite lock.

A GNSS coldstart forces the GNSS engine to reset its downloaded almanac of current satellite positions. This can be useful if the VBOX 3i is having trouble locking onto satellites, which typically occurs if the VBOX 3i has not been used for several weeks or if it was last used a long distance (over one thousand miles) away from the current location.

After performing a GNSS coldstart leave the VBOX 3i powered up in a static location where the antenna has an unobstructed view of the sky until the SATS LED becomes solid green.

Once the VBOX 3i has downloaded the new almanac it will reacquire satellites in noisy situations (such as near trees, buildings and under bridges) much quicker. It will also acquire satellite much quicker on power-up.

To perform a GNSS coldstart on the VBOX3i perform the following actions:

  1. Press and hold the LOG button on the front of the VBOX 3i for five seconds until a long beep is sounded.
  2. When the button is released the SATS LED will start to flash red showing that the coldstart has been performed and the GNSS engine is now not locked onto any satellites.
  3. After approximately 30 – 45 seconds, the SATS LED will start to flash green / orange indicating that satellite lock has been achieved and indicating the number of satellites that it is locked onto.

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Important notes

When a GNSS coldstart is carried out, please note that this resets the DGPS and RTK mode to 'None'. Also, if using a dual antenna system, the VBOX 3iD/3iDR will reset dual antenna separation to default settings (1 m).

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