Setting up NMEA Messages with CDGPS for NovAtel OEM-V Receivers
These instructions can be used to configure NovAtel OEM-V series receivers to receive CDGPS corrections and output NMEA format ASCII messages for use in third-party software. Please ensure your equipment is compatible with the CDGPS service. You will require a NovAtel receiver with VBS capability as well as an antenna capable of receiving L-Band corrections such as the NovAtel 702-L.
1. Communication with the NovAtel receiver
To establish communication with the receiver, Hyperterminal is the easiest setup tool to use.
Plug in the serial cable to COM1 of the NovAtel and to the serial port on the computer. If you are
using a USB to Serial adapter on the computer make sure the adapter is working and you know the
serial port number assigned to the port.
Default Baud rate is 9600
If the NovAtel receiver is new, the default baud rate will be 9600. Configure Hyperterminal to the settings 9600 Baud, 8, None, 1, No Handshaking.
First, in Hyperterminal, you can choose File>Properties>Settings>ASCII Setup and check
“Echo Typed Characters Locally” to see what you are typing. To confirm communication with
the receiver, type the following:
The correct response is model and version information for your receiver. If there is no response you may be on the wrong com port or the wrong port speed.
2. Configuring CDGPS
Once you have confirmed communication with the receiver, you can enable the CDGPS corrections with the following commands:
|West Central||MSAT 2||1557.571|
|East Central||MSAT 2||1557.897|
Example: For the Ottawa, Ontario area, we use the East Central beam:
ASSIGNLBAND CDGPS 1557897 4800
3. NMEA Message Output
Now we can configure the output of standard NMEA messages at a regular interval.
In this case, GPGGA messages every 1 second, GPVTG messages every 1 second, and GPGSA
messages every 5 seconds. The syntax is:
separated with spaces, so the commands in the above example are:
LOG COM1 GPGGA ONTIME 1
LOG COM1 GPVTG ONTIME 1
LOG COM1 GPGSA ONTIME 5
4. Saving your configuration
To save your changes permanently in the receiver, we can use the following command:
Note this command is only recommended with Hyperterminal. If it is used in anything else such as NovAtel's CDU program it will save every setting, including proprietary CDU messages which may be unwanted binary outputs from the ports.
5. (optional) Baud Rate Settings
If your NovAtel receiver is not new, or is running at a different baud rate, you can change the default baud rate using the following command:
COM COM1 9600 N 8 1 N OFF ON
Changes COM1 to 9600 baud.
COM COM2 57600 N 8 1 N OFF ON
Changes COM2 to 57600 baud.
These commands will work from any com port connection on the receiver. Note that you will need to reconnect at the new baud rate from Hyperterminal when using these commands.
6. (optional) Removing Logs
If you are receiving unwanted logs from the NovAtel receiver, logs can be removed by typing
Many other logs and commands are available from the receiver. You can find out more about the above logs from the NovAtel OEMV Family Firmware Reference Manual available on www.novatel.ca under the Support > Documentation section.