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What is the TruBlu™ accessory?

TruBlu eliminates the data cable between a TruBlu capable NavCom GPS receiver and your Bluetooth® equipped computer controller.

Which NavCom GPS receivers will work with the TruBlu™ accessory?

TruBlu requires the latest NavCom GPS technology, the NCT-2100D engine, to be fitted. The following receivers have the NCT-2100D engine installed.

TruBlu Capable Receiver List
NavCom GPS Serial Numbers
NCT-2030M 5001 and above
SF-2040G 5001 and above
SF-2050G 5001 and above
SF-2050M 5001 and above
RT-3010S 5001 and above
RT-3020S 5001 and above
RT-3020M 5001 and above

In addition, TruBlu can be used with all NavCom upgraded receivers that display a TruBlu™ Capable label on the receiver back.

Can my NavCom receiver be upgraded for TruBlu™ inter-operability?

Yes, this is a factory hardware upgrade to the NCT-2100D which provides the latest GPS engine technology plus TruBlu inter-operability.

The following receivers can be factory upgraded:

TruBlu™ Upgradeable Receiver List
NavCom GPS Serial Numbers
NCT-2030M 1000 to 5000
SF-2040G 1000 to 5000
SF-2050G 1000 to 5000
SF-2050M 1000 to 5000
RT-3010S 1000 to 5000
RT-3020S 1000 to 5000
RT-3020M 1000 to 5000

Contact your NavCom authorized representative for upgrade options.

How do I use TruBlu™?

With your TruBlu capable NavCom GPS receiver, set the baud rate of COM1 to 19200 and insert TruBlu into the COM1 port. Your Bluetooth® equipped computer controller will show "TruBlu ####" in the Bluetooth configuration page where #### is the serial number of the TruBlu unit. Select this and ensure that the Bluetooth secure connection mode is disabled. Use Bluetooth device settings to bond the TruBlu with a serial port. You can now choose this same serial port to use for your controller software solution to command and configure your TruBlu capable NavCom GPS receiver via the TruBlu cableless link. The TruBlu LED flickering indicates cableless data communication. For more information, refer to the NavCom TruBlu Getting Started Guide P/N 96-210182-3001.

Will TruBlu™ interfere with the Spread Spectrum Radio used in the NavCom RT-3010S and RT-3020M?

The spread spectrum radio in the RT-3010S and RT-3020M uses the 2.4GHz license-free frequency band which is also the same as the TruBlu accessory. NavCom tests have shown no RTK or cableless performance issues while operating with TruBlu.

Which Bluetooth® equipped computer controllers have been tested with TruBlu™?

The following Bluetooth equipped controllers have been tested with TruBlu equipped NavCom GPS receivers:

Compaq iPaq 3950

Dell D600 Laptop

Juniper Systems Allegro CX & Archer

Carlson Explorer II

Two Technologies, Inc. JETT CE

BlueRadios Bluetooth USB Adapter

TruBlu contains Bluetooth certified components which are compatible with other Bluetooth certified devices for data communications.

Will TruBlu™ increase data speed?

TruBlu has been factory configured at 19,200 baud to work with the NavCom GPS receiver COM port hardware. This allows command and control message flow plus up to 10Hz position updates or raw data observables. TruBlu has not been designed to download the internal memory card or for rapid position updates.

How does TruBlu™ use impact the battery life of the NavCom SF-2040G and RT-3010S?

TruBlu is a low power cableless solution. When the SF-2040G or RT-3010S are powered by NavCom batteries, power life will be reduced by less than 10%.

What working distance can I expect between TruBlu™ and a Bluetooth® device?

TruBlu has been used at more than 100ft (30m) distance from a Bluetooth device. Performance will depend upon the environment.

What Bluetooth® components are in TruBlu™?

TruBlu contains Bluetooth certified hardware 'WML-C30##' manufactured by Mitsumi Electric Co. Ltd, QPN identification 'GRA 018a 04' list date 2004-06-30. TruBlu also contains Bluetooth certified software 'Bluecore FW RFCStack1.2' manufactured by Cambridge Silicon Radio reference 'BPS/LR/0013s' dated 31/05/2005.

How does StarControl differ from StarUtil?

StarUtil is designed for use as an Engineering/OEM PC application. This utility is primarily used to assist in the development of user controller solutions. It is a powerful utility that allows the user to view, and or configure any of the NavCom Technology, Inc. GPS receivers to and Base or Rover configuration. It also affords the user the luxury of viewing receiver operations such as Channel Status, Position Information, Raw Measurements, and many other engineering level receiver operations, which are not necessarily useful to a user.

StarControl is a utility designed to adapt commercially available handheld controller solutions and programs to support NavCom GPS receivers.

With StarControl, users are now able to:

  • Support multiple off-the-shelf windows-based handheld controller devices to work with select NavCom GPS receivers
  • Utilize application-specific parameter profiles for NavCom products, thus enabling rapid setup capability
  • Enable snapshots of receiver diagnostics
  • Initiate internal data logging with lower-cost platforms
Designed as an end user application, StarControl is a powerful utility allowing the user to create customer setup profiles in addition to those supplied with the utility. Changing receiver configuration to operate as a base or rover for a particular application is as simple as pressing a button to upload the selected profile. StarControl also affords the user the ability to view receiver status such as navigation mode, satellite tracking status, and many other receiver functions.

Can I create a profile offline in StarControl?

Yes. Users can use ActiveSync to upload previously created profiles. Also, users can make edits outside of StarControl.

What hardware platforms are currently supported?

There are currently three versions of StarControl available:

  • IBM Compatible PC Version – Runs under Windows on PC platforms
  • Allegro Version – Runs under Windows CE 4.2 on the Allegro platforms manufactured by Juniper Systems
  • Archer Version – Runs under Windows Mobile 5 on the Archer platforms manufactured by Juniper Systems
The Allegro and Archer Versions come with an easy to use installation shell allowing the program to be installed on the controllers using a PC or laptop.

What products does StarControl currently support?

RT-3010, RT-3020, SF-2040, SF-2050, NCT-2030M, NCT-2000 and NCT2100 Series Products.

Also, it is currently only compatible with Software Version 3.1.17.

Does the SF-2110 have internal data storage?

No. However, the receiver is supplied with a Windows-based software utility that allows data to be logged to a PC via the serial interface.

How quickly does the SF-2110 obtain its advertised accuracies?

The receiver typically reaches full accuracy within 35 seconds after startup. Please note the specified accuracy is based on the RMS value of the horizontal and vertical accuracies as measured over a 24-hour observation period.

Does the SF-2110 have RTK capabilities?

No. The product does not currently have this capability.

Can the SF-2110 be set up as a base station?

The SF-2110 does not currently have the capability to generate any corrections, and is currently operable as a rover only.

What is the difference between the “M” versus “R” models?

The “M” model uses a single antenna to receive both the StarFire and GPS signals. In the case of the StarFire signal, operation is limited to a look angle of approximately 20-25 degrees (from the equator to ~60-degrees latitude). The “R” version uses two antennas; one for GPS and a separate high-gain antenna for the StarFire signal capable of tracking at much higher latitudes. Please contact NavCom’s Product Support group for more information pertaining to look angles, or feel free to visit NavCom’s online calculator to better estimate the look angles for the intended usage area (http://www.navcomtech.com/Support/Tools/lookangle.cfm).

Can the SF-2110 provide measurements sufficient for post-processing?

Yes. A RINEX converter is supplied with the receiver, which allows the raw measurement data to be transformed into the industry-standard format used by most third party post-processing programs.