A GPS coldstart may be required when:
- The GPS engine has locked up.
- VBOX is struggling to acquire satellite lock.
A GPS coldstart forces the GPS engine to reset its downloaded almanac of current satellite positions. This can be useful if the VBOX 3i is having trouble locking onto satellites, which typically occurs if the VBOX 3i has not been used for several weeks or if it was last used a long distance (over one thousand miles) away from the current location.
After performing a GPS coldstart leave the VBOX 3i powered up in a static location where the antenna has an unobstructed view of the sky until the ‘SATS’ LED becomes solid green.
Once the VBOX3i has downloaded the new almanac it will reacquire satellites in noisy situations (such as near trees, buildings and under bridges) much quicker. It will also acquire satellite much quicker on power-up.
To perform a GPS coldstart on the VBOX3i perform the following actions:
- Press and hold the ‘LOG’ button on the front of the VBOX 3i for five seconds until a long beep is sounded.
- When the button is released the ‘SATS’ LED will start to flash red showing that the coldstart has been performed and the GPS engine is now not locked onto any satellites.
- After approximately 30 – 45 seconds, the ‘SATS’ LED will start to flash green / orange indicating that satellite lock has been achieved and indicating the number of satellites that it is locked onto.
When a GPS coldstart is carried out, please note that this resets the DGPS and RTK mode to 'None'. Also, if using a dual antenna system, the VBOX 3iSL will reset dual antenna separation to default settings (1 m).