Hi Guys, really enjoying reading this thread and it’s quite inspirational.
I have a farmer friend who is seeking to automate most things on his Cattle/Avocado farm here in far north Queensland, Australia. I was using my Reach RS base and Rover on his farm recently to map a few things and he got chatting about improving the auto-steer system on his JD tractor.
I need some help and maybe you can share some good advice for me:
He is looking to upgrade his JD tractors autosteer, by establishing a base on a hill at his farm and setting an RTK receiver on his machine. He currently has a GNSS antenna feeding into his Case FM-750 auto steer (manufactuired by Trimble), however it is uncorrected and is great for relative positioning in one session, but he can’t go and have lunch, come back that arvo and have it continue to align parallel runs.
He has the Auto-steer black box unit connected to a Trimble EZ-steer motor which flips onto the steering wheel to auto-steer the tractor.
I’ve seen Emlid are partnering with Sigro Pilot, however I see that the main issue will be connection and instructions to EZ-steer unit… Therefore I see best system is to give good RTK positioning to farmers existing
FM-750 auto steer unit.
The way I see it, if he has a Reach RS Base sitting on an existing known control point, and a Rover on his tractor, the Rover can compute RTK solution using correction from Base, so the Autosteer blackbox only requires one input (as per wiring diagram below for his actual Autosteer device). However the Autosteer blackbox requires a standard TNC co-axial cable plug for RTK input.
Is it possible to adapt an EMLID Reach RS RTK output to the left hand TNC plug, so that the standard TNC existing cable in the tractor can be used to feed RTK position to AutoSteer blackbox?
One issue I see is that I think the co-ax plug on the Reach RTS Rover unit is used to acquire the correction from the base. Can any of you suggest how the above might work?
Thanks for any clues you can give me on how best to exploit a REASCH RS Base & Rover for this application, or alternative solutions that either terminate in the TNC connector, or integrate with the EZ-Steer system.