Daily Archives: May 28, 2013

New ADL Radio Firmware (V 4.01.116) for ADL radios in ProMark 500, ProMark 800 and EPOCH 50’s, recalled ADL Vantage Pros and ADL Vantage Pros in the Summer

There is new firmware for the Epoch 50, ProMark 500 and ProMark 800 devices. If you are having problems with receive radios hanging up, these updates will fix most of them:
  Epoch 50: [ here ]
  ProMark 500 with Internal ADL: [ here ]
  ProMark 800 with Internal ADL: [ here ]
There are also updates for external radios (think ADL Vantage and ADL Vantage Pro) connected to the external serial port.
  ProMark 500 with External ADL: [ here ]
  ProMark 800 with External ADL: [ here ]
I just checked and this software version is NOT available from Pacific Crest directly. (Although I believe it is being widely distributed by dealers.)
Is this update important? Yes, I think so. Le t me describe problems that you may be seeing:
Base Radio (ADL Vantage and ADL Vantage Pro less than 18 months old):
Some radios have a propensity to ‘lock up’. When this happens, the red Tx LED will be locked on. The radio will be transmitting an open carrier and your battery will be quickly discharged and the radio will be as hot as a cheap pistol in a western gunfight (sorry, I can’t resist.) The ON/OFF switch will still work and resetting the power (either with the switch or by power cable) will get your unit working again. This problem is worse with over the air (link) rates of 4800 baud.
Rover Radio (ProMark 500 and ProMark 800)
Rover will work for a while and then misteriously stop receiving corrections. You won’t be able to check or change the radio frequency from the data collector. You have to turn off the receiver, wait for a minute and restart to fix. Again, this problem is worse with over the air (link) rates of 4800 baud than it is with 9600 baud.
ADL Vantage Pro Radios and Summer
As it starts to heat up this summer, remember that your ADL radios will self limit output power when they get hot. There is a great fan unit [ see here ], to mitigate this. We have a pile in stock as it gets really hot here.
ADL Vantage Pro Radios in Serial Number Range 1212 through 1231
On another ADL Vantage Pro note, if you have an ADL Vantage Pro radio with a serial number that starts with 1212 through 1231, and it has not been back to Pacific Crest to be ‘rebuilt’ you probably should consider sending it in. There is an known problem with the radio not starting below 25 deg F. I believe that radios above this temperature will eventually fail.
Contact your dealer or PCC directly for confirmation:
  1.408. 481.8070
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New Firmware and GNSS Toolbox for ProMark 120 and ProMark 220 Receivers

New firmware, GNSS Toolbox, ProMark Field and ProMark Office software is available for the ProMark 120 and ProMark 220 receivers.

The new firmware has these enhancements:

o better RTK Engine for harsh conditions (more RTK Fixes under heavy canopy)

o GLONASS Only mode supported

o QZSS tracking supported (this won’t make much difference unless you are in asia)

To download these enhancements:

o browse to www.spectraprecision.com

o click on ‘Products’ then ‘GNSS Surveying’

o click on ‘ProMark 120’ or ‘ProMark 220’

o click on ‘Support’ (you may need to login at this point)

o click on the file you want to download (at the bottom)

o then click on the file link on the left.

You are going to want download these files:

GNSS FW v2.1 (W213Ht26) & GNSS Toolbox v3.5 
GNSS FW v2.1 (W213Ht26) Release Notes
GNSS Toolbox v3.5 Release Notes

ProMark Field SW v3.5 (including RINEX Converter v4.3)
ProMark Field v3.5 Release Notes
RINEX Converter v4.3 Release Notes

All of these files are also available on the older FTP site:


in the normal places. Be warned that you will need a real FTP client (like FileZilla) to get the filesets. There are too many files to manually download them.

Survey On!

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New Distribution Method for Current Devices

Current Spectra Precision products like the ProMark 220 are now having firmware releases posted to the http://www.spectraprecision.com website, instead of the ftp site at http://ftp.ashtech.com.

This should make life much, much better for customer’s who don’t have access to FTP transactions.

It also makes finding the correct firmware for a device much easier. You browse to the device on the Spectra website, click on Support and then choose the file the download.

I am going to have a more difficult time figuring out when new firmware is released. Currently I run a script which checks the entire FTP site, automatically downloads any new files and builds a list of the new files.

If you have not signed up for my mail list, you can do it [ here ]. It is my only way to automatically inform our (iGage customers) that new firmware / software may be available for your equipment. I realize that there are many more subscribers than we have customers (1,800+ at this point.) That’s okay too!

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