How to obtain precise coordinates with just a Reach rover?

Hi there! In one of our first posts in this category, we shared thoughts on choosing between your own base and NTRIP service for RTK setup. As the first option has already become a fixture, let’s focus this time on the setup which involves the use of a rover and an NTRIP service.

Such a case is indeed a good pick when there is proper cellular network coverage and you want to be more flexible in the field—it’s easier to go around with a rover only, especially with Reach RX and our new survey pole with a smartphone mount. Let’s look at the workflow!

First, you need to subscribe to a network RTK correction service that provides the reference station data—you’ll get the same high-precision surveying results as such services always provide absolute accuracy. Of course, it’s necessary to make sure that the service you choose indeed meets your needs. To help you with the latter, we’ve recently published a tip that sheds light on all the details of such services.

Second, you need to configure your Reach RX to receive corrections from the chosen network correction service:

  1. Enable Bluetooth on your control device and find your Reach RX in Emlid Flow.
  2. Tap Correction input and configure Reach RX to receive network corrections over Bluetooth.
  3. Tap Add profile, fill in the information from your NTRIP provider, and don’t forget to tap Save.
  4. Provide Reach RX with a clear sky view.
  5. Make sure that your Reach RX is receiving corrections. With Reach RX, it is easy—just watch the Status LED color. Once it’s green, you have FIX and can start surveying!

The process is almost the same for all the other Reach receivers, internet connection setup is the only exception—check the Working with NTRIP guides in our docs to get more info.

And what about you? Which setup do you prefer—using your own base or getting corrections from an NTRIP service on your rover?

P.S. If you haven’t seen it yet, our previous post was dedicated to the benefits of using Emlid Account.