I will be using 5 RS2s to collect positioning for an overwater geophysics survey in the coming months. Initially I’m thinking 1 RS2 on shore acting a base station and the other 4 as rovers placed at various locations along a ~ 500 foot long sensor cable that is towed behind a boat. We’d like to know the positions of the sensors on the cable as we move up/down river.
My questions are:
For data collection software/hardware, will I need anything other than the ReachView app and a tablet?
Secondly, the furthest roving RS2 unit will be ~500 feet from the boat where I will be with the tablet. And we may be up to 2-3 miles from the base station (likely only 1-2 miles). I know the base station won’t have a problem pushing corrections to the rovers over the radio at this distance. However, will this ~500 feet distance exceed the BlueTooth / Wifi capability of the rovers communicating with the tablet on the boat? If so, is my option to just collect and store the data on the units and not worry about seeing anything in ‘real-time’? The data aren’t to be used for navigation only locating where the sensors on the cable were during the survey so it’s not the end of the world if so. My concern is not knowing if a particular rover drops signal or lock, etc and then having a few hours of no position data.