Which setting gets more accurate readings?

Hello! I’m a new user with an RS3 base and rover setup using bluetooth connection. I have successfully set both units up and did a test survey and everything worked great. The one question I had is do you get more accurate readings by taking just a single shot? Or if you use the timer setting and have it average say points taken for 5 or 10 seconds?

Obviously I want to get things done faster, and recording just one shot would do that but if it means I have to wait 5 seconds to get a more accurate reading that’s fine with me.


Hi Jon,

Welcome to our community!

It depends on whether you are using tilt compensation or not with your Reach RS3. If the tilt compensation is on, it’s better to do instantaneous measurements. The IMU will help you deliver the highest precision. If you don’t use the tilt compensator, you can set the timer to a couple of seconds. In this case, the avaraging assists you in eliminating the minor inaccuracy of your hand.

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Hi Zoltan,

Thanks so much for your response. What is the best workflow if I’m working on a site where I may not get a FIX every time? I was surveying today and I had my base set up in a pretty open area with good sky view but I would try and get shots that were on the other side of the house, close to the building and it just wouldn’t get a fixed solution. This happened in some other areas as well. I wasn’t very far away from the base so I’m confused why I wouldn’t be getting a fix. It seems like kind of a big limiting factor if I can’t get shots of the entire exterior of a building just because the base is only 50 feet away on the other side of the house.

I’m just trying to figure out the best way to get the most accurate readings. Many of the sites I work on are not in an open field so it’s hard to imagine that I’ll always have a perfect sky view. Would moving the base to the other side of the house to a known point help this?

I’m sure it’s a user error on my end but the rover seemed to be switching in and out of FIX and Single a lot today. I also couldn’t get into my logging settings after I was done. The button was greyed out even though I was logging the whole time. Is there a way to retrieve this after the fact?


Tall obstructions and GPS do not always get along. Being up against things like Houses, Hills, etc. shield most of the sky, meaning that the GPS signals are also shielded, meaning the chances of maintaining a fix become next to impossible.
To have good performance, both the Base and the Rover need a good sky view, not just the base.
If you can, elevate the receiver above any obstructions. If you can’t, perhaps you’d need to use other methods for this type of survey?

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It may your settings too… you want mostly GREEN BARS.

I’d start in the DOCS and read things… daunting at first, but you will get it.

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All you have to do is take your log data from the base and the log data from the rover and do PPK in Emlid Studio. You would use the Stop and Go workflow