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Started by Jaybird Apr 7, 2010. 0 Replies

Carlson Desktop Solutions becomes first Altus Distributor in the United States.Austin, TX ‐ July 1, 2008 –…Read more →

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Reply by Paul Carlson on June 10, 2010 at 9:45am
Looking for more quick guides on the APS-3? here are two videos I posted that show 1) a basic setup on an RTK network and 2) how to begin logging RAW data on the receiver and how to convert the files to a RINEX file to send to OPUS

Reply by Paul Carlson on June 10, 2010 at 9:03am
It is hard to pass up the price and more importantly the fact that the APS-3 is a complete system with no "gotchas". The APS-3 is a 66 channel receiver with GPS & GNSS, internal UHF radio, internal GSM modem, has the ability to run as base or rover on the fly, and is priced so it does not kill the budget. With SurvCE being the data collection package you have complete flexibility to work with any existing or future equipment you may have that is NOT Altus. You have full survey, COGO, and staking capability. I say if you want to see how you can not loose, take it for a test drive. I have one going out with a client this week and I most likely will not be getting it back.
Reply by Arnel M. Domag on June 6, 2010 at 2:18pm
I just noticed that it's data collector is SurvCE. I guess that answers my own question pertaining to on-board applications. How about fixing speed? Is it indeed durable? I am also confused on this product having two slightly different brochures. One is saying that it can support up to 48 channels and the other one telling us 66 channels. Which is which here? Thanks.
Reply by Arnel M. Domag on June 6, 2010 at 2:17pm
My plan of enabling my office on GNSS RTK capability in getting closer. I am actually choosing between Leica and Trimble. But when I saw the price and techspecs of Altus, it suddenly provided change on my mindset on how to choose a GNSS product. I am actually confused right now. Please help. Thank you.
Reply by Arnel M. Domag on June 5, 2010 at 9:01pm
What are the onboard programs? Is Hidden Point supported? How about COGO and other applications professionally needed? What are the advantages of Altus over Leica, Trimble, and Novatel in terms of accuracy, reliability, and sustainability?
Reply by Nick LaFond on April 15, 2010 at 12:26am
Well done, Paul! This is a great tutorial with a lot of useful information, especially for the novice user who has not performed an APS-3 upgrade before. The are a few things I'd like to add.

1) If the user has the bootloader version 1.2 installed, they should contact us for the file to upgrade to v1.7 before the begin the firmware upgrade process. You can find out which bootloader is installed by clicking Help > Receiver Identification in RxControl and locating the Bootloader filename.

2) If possible, please have the APS-3 on external 12v power while doing firmware upgrades. If not, like Paul mentioned, please ensure your batteries are fully charged.

3) USB-to-Serial adapters do work for communication, however, some work much better than others with the APS-3/RxTools package. We always prefer to use a physical COM port on the PC as opposed to a USB adapter. Please trust me when I say they are not all created equal.

Happy Surveying!
Reply by Paul Carlson on April 13, 2010 at 1:39pm
Altus Firmware Version 2 is available for information on how to upgrade your receivers watch this short video we put together to help!
Reply by Nick LaFond on April 11, 2010 at 4:55pm
I'm excited to this Support Group up and running! For support with Altus products please contact me at: [email protected] or you can phone me at the office: +1.310.541.8139.
Reply by Paul Carlson on March 29, 2010 at 10:11am
Next Thursday I am doing a webinar that will walk users of the Altus APS-3 through the upgrade process of SurvCE and the Altus APS-3 receiver. If you would like to attend you can follow the link at the bottom of the page to register. I will walk you step by step through the installation process and will provide you with all of the files needed to do the upgrades. You can do these during the seminar, or you can choose to do them after. I will try to record the session so you can go back to it later (but don’t hold me to that as sometimes technology smites me). All of the information and files can be found below.

I recommend making a folder on your computer called ALTUS and put these in a sub folder called V2 03262010. You can store them any way you wish, but this is my recommendation nd how I will be accessing the files during the seminar. Once saved to your computer you can install RXTools and unzip all of the other files into the folder listed above \altus\v2 03262010\.

This class is free and open to all CDS clients as well as Altus users.

Register for the class:

Aps-3 V2.0 firmware upgrade files:

AW Launch program for radio upgrades/configuration (not needed for this class)

RX Control (this is the program used to do firmware upgrades and trouble shooting)

Carlson SurvCE 2.5 for the AllegroCX (all other data collectors can be downloaded from
Reply by ePalmetto on March 16, 2010 at 9:04pm
That's great Paul! We'd love to see it...i am sure someone will end up needing it down the line....

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