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I have an R8 receiver without internal radio, so I bought an external radio "PDL 450" from Pacific Crest, my concern is how to configure the radio setting, I fellow the steps in TSC2 but when I type connect it just take some times then cancel without asking for base radio setting options, I heard also that PDL 450 turns On automatically when connected, the ons I use never turn on automatically but when I push ON/OFF button it turn ON and show either a channel numer or "C" letter.does anyone have any experience with this? many thanks

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  • Hi, is the unit used as a base or rover?, It is best to configure the radio settings via the Pac Crest software. Regards, Walter

  • the C has something to do with a capture mode. they say to clean the contacts of dirt or moisture. we use PacCrest radios, so this is all I got. hope it helps.

  • Try Trimble PDLCONF to set PDL450 (is a PC software), meaning RS232 settins, the channel you want to issue cossection, and so on. To set the GPS base to issue corrections, use TSC2 and set "Base radio" mode PDL450,  serial port settings (I think port1 is Lemo and port2 is 9-pin connector), check wich type of correction you send from base (RTCM or CMR) and go ahead.

    Trimble PDLCONFIG

    http://www.trimble.com/pdl450_ts.asp?Nav=Collection-24194

  • GEO Ambassador
    this might help

    This is the html version of the file http://www.magprogps.com/out2/Marine%20Survey/Z-Xtreme/Application%....
    Google automatically generates html versions of documents as we crawl the web.
    Page 1
    1
    PACIFIC CREST RADIO CONFIGURATION
    using PDLCONF version 4.0 software
    To configure the Pacific Crest Radios (PDL Base and/or the Internal PDL Rover Radio) you will
    need to have the following software installed on your computer:
    Evaluate (available from Thales Navigation at ftp://ftp.thalesnavigation.com) and
    PDLCONF Version 4.0 (available from Pacific Crest at http://www.paccrst.com)
    PDL Base Radio Configuration
    You will need the PDL Base Radio, antenna, power supply and PCC cable (P/N A00470). For computers
    with USB ports only you will also need a USB to Serial Adaptor.
    Page 2
    2
    Connect the antenna to the Base Radio and then connect the PCC cable to the Base Radio and
    computer COM Port. Connect the power supply last.
    Turn on the Power for the Base Radio only after connecting the antenna.
    (NEVER turn on a PDL Radio without first connecting the antenna)
    Page 3
    3
    Open the PDLCONF program on the computer.
    Select a Serial Port if prompted.
    Page 4
    4
    Left click on the
    icon in the upper left corner of the dialog box and click on Set Capture
    Method and Soft Break. If you were not prompted for a Serial Port upon starting the software
    you can click on Select Serial Port from this menu to open the appropriate dialog box.
    Click on the
    button.
    The Capturing Modem dialog box should open.
    Page 5
    5
    When a successful connection to the Base Radio has been made the Loading dialog box will
    open and the software will begin reading the current configuration of the radio.
    The Port Baud Rate in PDLCONF and the Port Baud Rate of the Base Radio must be set the
    same for a successful connection, if not an error message will occur. If this happens try again
    using a different Port Baud Rate.
    Information from the PDL Base Radio will appear under the Identification Tab. Enter your call
    sign and company name in the Call Sign and Owner fields.
    Page 6
    6
    Left Click on the
    Tab
    The CHANNEL SELECT box displays the “channel” and “frequency” of the radio. The
    channel/frequency can be changed by clicking on the down arrow to browse and select the
    desired settings. The settings are based on your radio license. The Base and Rover Channel /
    Frequency selections must match.
    Page 7
    7
    Left Click on the
    Tab.
    If you have made changes left click on the
    button.
    Page 8
    8
    When the Programming dialog box opens left click on the
    button to confirm.
    Wait for PDLCONF to complete the programming before proceeding.
    Page 9
    9
    Left click on the
    button to print or make a .pdf of the PDL Base Radio
    Configuration for future reference.
    Left click on the
    button to shut down the connection and then the
    button to exit PDLCONF. Disconnect the PDL Base Radio.
    IF NO CHANGES WERE MADE: Left click on the
    button to shut down the
    connection and then the
    button to exit PDLCONF. Disconnect the PDL Base
    Radio.
    Page 10
    10
    PDL (Internal) Rover Radio Configuration
    You will need the ZXtreme GPS Receiver with internal PDL Radio, antenna, charged battery and
    PC-Download cable (P/N 700461). For computers with USB ports only you will also need a
    USB to Serial Adaptor.
    Page 11
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    Verify that there is an internal radio installed in the ZXtreme and that it is a PDL Radio. The
    Model label on the rear panel of the ZXtreme indicates the radio type and frequency range.
    On the back panel of the ZXtreme connect the antenna to the Radio Port and the PC-Download
    cable to Serial Port A. Then connect the PC-Download cable to the computer COM port. (If an
    external power supply is used connect it.)
    Page 12
    12
    Power on the ZXtreme and open the EVALUATE program on the computer.
    Left click on
    and select a COM Port.
    Page 13
    13
    Left click the
    button and set the Port Baud rate to 9600.
    Left click the
    button and
    . Evaluate will begin the GPS Receiver
    Initialization.
    Left click on
    .
    Page 14
    14
    Open the Evaluate Terminal Window with a left click on the computer icon.
    Toggle the terminal window switch from Menu to Type by clicking on the switch.
    In the Type field enter $PASHS,INI,5,5,5,5,1,0
    Left click on the
    button.
    Page 15
    15
    To temporarily turn off the “BEEP” from the receiver enter $PASHS,BEEP,OFF in the Type
    field and left click on the
    button.
    Verify that the receiver responds with ACK and not NAK.
    Enter $PASHQ,RID and left click on the
    button. Observe the RID string.
    Enter the following $PASH queries and commands:
    $PASHS,CTS,A,OFF and left click on the
    button. Observe ACK.
    $PASHS,SPD,D,5 and left click on the
    button. Observe ACK.
    Page 16
    16
    $PASHS,DSY,D,A and left click on the
    button. Observe ACK.
    $PASHS,DSY,A,D and left click on the
    button. Observe ACK.
    For more information look up the commands in the Z Family manual (available in the reference
    manuals folder) on the Thales Navigation ftp server. ftp://ftp.thalesnavigation.com
    Exit the Evaluate Program with a left click on the close button
    in the upper right corner of the
    screen.
    Don’t disconnect anything yet. Leave it hooked up to configure the internal PDL Radio.
    Page 17
    17
    Open the PDLCONF 4.0 program on the computer.
    Left click on the
    icon in the upper left corner of the dialog box and click on Set Capture
    Method and Soft Break.
    Click on the
    button to connect to the radio and check the current settings.
    Page 18
    18
    The Capturing Modem dialog box should open.
    When a successful connection to the PDL Internal Radio has been made the Loading dialog box
    will open and the software will begin reading the current configuration of the radio.
    Information from the PDL RXO Internal Radio will appear under the Identification Tab. Enter
    your company name in the Owner field.
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    19
    Left Click on the
    Tab.
    The CHANNEL SELECT box should display the “channel” and “frequency” settings based on
    your radio license. They can be changed by clicking on the down arrow to browse and select the
    desired settings. The Base and Rover Channel / Frequency selections must match.
    Set the Link Rate, Modulation Type and Digisquelch to match those shown.
    Page 20
    20
    Left Click on the
    Tab.
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    21
    If you have made changes left click on the
    button.
    When the Programming dialog box opens left click on the
    button to confirm.
    Wait for PDLCONF to complete the programming before proceeding.
    Page 22
    22
    Left click on the
    button to print or make a .pdf of the ZXtreme PDL (Internal)
    Rover Radio Configuration for future reference.
    Left click on the
    button to shut down the connection and then the
    button to exit PDLCONF.
    Disconnect the ZXtreme and do a “front panel” RESET. This will cancel the Daisy Chain mode
    in the receiver and make it RTK ready.
    Page 23
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    IF NO CHANGES WERE MADE: Left click on the
    button to shut down the
    connection and the
    button to exit PDLCONF.
    Disconnect the ZXtreme and do a “front panel” RESET. This will cancel the Daisy Chain mode
    in the receiver and make it RTK ready.
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    • Thanxs for your replay
      unfortunately I have no cable to connect to PDL 450 with the PC, I have only the radio, and a cable wich allow connecting at the same time to the receiver and the power suply, I think I need a special cable to connect PC and power supply simultaniously
      • GEO Ambassador
        give my dad Skip a call 843-514-3657 and he can get you set up with a cable and answer any questions you may have..
  • GEO Ambassador
    go to PDL config which will run the diagnostics and auto-configure the settings for you...try that...if you need a manual, i can send it to you..
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