Determining Your Position
Note: This topic only applies to stationary applications, i.e. the GNSS receiver mode is not set to Mobile.
In case your geographic antenna position is not already known, there are several ways to determine it e.g., using a GPS-enabled device, such as a smart phone. Google Maps™ is another option, described below.
Reasons for manually entering your position
Manually entering your position may not only reduce the time to “first fix” during initial installation, it may also enable the unit to synchronize to satellite timing signals if your GNSS reception is poor.
After manually entering the position data, SecureSync will automatically check the status of the GNSS receiver:
Should the GNSS survey be completed at this time, and a first fix was obtained by SecureSync, the manually entered position data will be replaced with the more precise GNSS-based position data.
If no GNSS-based position data is available (yet), SecureSync will provide the GNSS receiver with the manually entered position.
To determine your GNSS position, using Google Maps™:
- On your computer, open Google Maps.
- In Google Maps, locate your building, and the location of your antenna.
- Right-click on the location. Select What's here? At the bottom, you will see a card with the coordinates.
- Take note of your decimal position (e.g., 43.083191, -77.589718).
- Determine your altitude: To find the elevation of your location, search online for a Google Maps elevation finder tool. Do not forget to add the height above ground for your antenna.
Note: Should you prefer to determine your position in a different way, and as a result, have your latitude & longitude data in degrees/minutes/ seconds, you need to convert this data to the decimal format e.g., by using a conversion tool, such as Earth Point www.earthpoint.us, or https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/dms-decimal:
If a more exact altitude is desired, the use of a topographical map is recommended. Applying the WGS 84 standard will likely yield the most accurate elevation.