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Topcon GTS-3b/c serial (rs-232) data message help

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Hello all. I'd like to write a laptop/tablet app for linking to my older Topcon GTS-3b gun for storing its serial port data from a job (Hor/Vert angles, distance, etc). Can anyone out there help me…Read more →

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Billy Brooks replied to Bruce Wilcox's discussion Topcon FC-4 Manual Request in the group Topcon Support Group
"Hi Bruce, Yes ,that is pre-1990 collector. I remember the FC-1, 1983 the FC -2, 1986 and FC -5, 1989 also. Topcon and Sokkia had it going on back then. If nothing else ,thank you for the memories. I know the past is the past and we move on but I…"
Mar 20
Bruce Wilcox replied to Bruce Wilcox's discussion Topcon FC-4 Manual Request in the group Topcon Support Group
"Hi Billy, I understand what you're saying about the cables. One came with the FC-4 (and that doesn't mean it's the right one) and the other with my GTS-3. Both are the same pinout and work fine between my laptop (I wrote program to…"
Mar 19
Billy Brooks replied to Bruce Wilcox's discussion Topcon FC-4 Manual Request in the group Topcon Support Group
"Hi Bruce, The Cable may still be the problem even so ,it worked for another DC, it still may not be the correct cable. But you know about the history of it. Did it come with that DC. Its been  along time since I used one. I do remember that the…"
Mar 18
Bruce Wilcox replied to Bruce Wilcox's discussion Topcon FC-4 Manual Request in the group Topcon Support Group
"Hi Billy, The FC-4 is set at 300 baud and my gun is fixed at 1200. That's one of the problems - can't get FC-4 to change to 1200. Cable is good; I have two and they both work with another DC I have. Another question I have for this elusive…"
Mar 17
Billy Brooks replied to Bruce Wilcox's discussion Topcon FC-4 Manual Request in the group Topcon Support Group
" HI Bruce, sorry I could  not  help to much. Make sure you have all the correct settings the same for the Gun.  Baud rate 9600 etc. And the correct cable for that Gun. You may have checked all this. Some times, you can have a bad…"
Mar 17
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Topcon FC-4 Manual Request

Would anyone happen to have a user manual for an older (c.1990) Topcon FC-4 controller/data collector? I recently picked one up and need to know what DRAM card to purchase for it and any pertinent specifics for interfacing it with my GTS-3b. Thanks so much!See More
Mar 17
Bruce Wilcox replied to Bruce Wilcox's discussion Topcon FC-4 Manual Request in the group Topcon Support Group
"Hi Billy, Yes, the pic link you sent - that's my DC. I attempted to contact Topcon a while back but no reply. The hardware is kind of ancient though... I had also found all of the other links you forwarded - and that's all I could find on…"
Mar 17
Billy Brooks replied to Bruce Wilcox's discussion Topcon FC-4 Manual Request in the group Topcon Support Group
" Hi Bruce,  I have this manual, but it is in storage , for safe keeping. It is also 50 miles from where i live.  Sorry wish I could help you. If I go there I will try to find it. Have you tried to contact Topcon Support.  How…"
Mar 17
Bruce Wilcox replied to Bruce Wilcox's discussion Topcon FC-4 Manual Request in the group Topcon Support Group
"Thank you for this. Unfortunately, the FC-4 is its own bird - nothing like the 25. I don't believe it was manufactured for very long, so access to documentation has proven to be difficult. "
Mar 11
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Topcon FC-4 Manual Request

Would anyone happen to have a user manual for an older (c.1990) Topcon FC-4 controller/data collector? I recently picked one up and need to know what DRAM card to purchase for it and any pertinent specifics for interfacing it with my GTS-3b. Thanks so much!See More
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This group is for LSU members who use Topcon Instruments in the field. This group is for discussions and tutorials related to Topcon user.LSU is not directly affiliated with Topcon and all logos and imagery are copyright of respective owners.See More
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Topcon GTS-3b/c serial (rs-232) data message help

Hello all. I'd like to write a laptop/tablet app for linking to my older Topcon GTS-3b gun for storing its serial port data from a job (Hor/Vert angles, distance, etc). Can anyone out there help me with the required message syntax/format, commands, data error checking, etc for the data output of this gun?Just from playing around with a protocol analyzer I was able to find my gun's serial port was preset to 1200 baud, 7 data bits, 1 stop bit, and even parity. By analyzing the messages output…See More
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Welcome to the Surveying CommunityThis marks the beginning of a surveying legacy for our new Land Surveyors United member, Bruce Wilcox. Welcome Bruce Wilcox Your legacy in surveying will forever be remembered starting here. If it weren't for this member, we may have never known surveying culture in their corner of earth.

Dec 21, 2016

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I am here because I am a.
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Introduction to other Surveyors. One or more sentence Bio about your Relationship with Surveying
I'm a retired radio communications guy that worked with surveyors quite a bit over the years as we built new communications sites, passive reflectors, etc. Since retirement I have assisted a local LPS with boundary surveys and really enjoyed it. I read several texts on the subject and recently purchased an old Topcon GTS-3b and prism to learn more.
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GPS, topographic, boundary surveys, construction staking, Student of Surveying
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Most comfortable with the following types of instrumentation
Total Stations, Automatic Levels, theodolite, compass

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