Northern Plains Ag-RTK Network

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JOHN DEERE* | TRIMBLE | OUTBACK | AG LEADER | HEMISPHERE | LEICA | AUTOFARM | CASE IH | NEW HOLLAND | RAVEN | TOPCON

*to receive John Deere corrections you need to connect to a John Deere base that’s running on our network


FARM WITH RTK ACCURACY WITHOUT OWNING YOUR OWN BASE STATION

Cellular Corrections Provide Improved Range & Eliminate Radio Signal Interference

We’re excited to introduce you to our RTK Network!

  • Our network of base stations send RTK corrections wirelessly to the cloud.
  • Instead of using a typical 900 MHz or UHF radio you connect a RTK cell modem to your RTK-unlocked GPS receiver 
  • Simply connect to your nearest base station and receive corrections from it via a cellular data connection.
  • No need to buy base stations and repeaters to cover your farm.
  • Our cloud-based system has lower overhead costs, meaning better value for you.
OPPORTUNITIES ALSO AVAILABLE TO ADD YOUR RTK BASE STATION TO OUR NETWORK AND GENERATE INCOME FROM SUBSCRIPTIONS

How It Works


Our CORS Network is made up of RTK base stations that are connected to our cloud-based server. Each base station can provide accurate RTK positions to an unlimited number of users within a radius of 25-30 miles (and usually further). Users install a cellular RTK modem and connect it to their GPS receiver in place of a traditional radio. Once configured, the modem will automatically connect to our server at each power-up, and will download and deliver RTK corrections to the GPS receiver. Existing RTK base owners can also connect their bases to our network – not only does this give extended coverage compared to radios, it also offers an income-generating opportunity.

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I’d like to receive RTK corrections from the Network


NOTE THAT YOU STILL NEED AN RTK-UNLOCKED RECEIVER TO USE ANY FORM OF RTK SIGNAL – TALK TO YOUR EQUIPMENT DEALER IF YOU’LL NEED TO GET RTK UNLOCKS.

The following steps outline how you’d go about receiving RTK corrections over our CORS Network:

  1. Check the online map (below) for current availability in your area. If you are inside a circle then you are covered. Remember that a John Deere base can only be used by John Deere GPS receivers
  2. Click on your closest base in the online map. You’ll see the Provider’s contact info (in some cases you’ll see our info – this means we are handling subscription sales on behalf of the base owner)
  3. Get in touch with the Provider and order a subscription
  4. If needed, order an RTK modem from us (get in touch if you need help)
  5. Configure your RTK modem or other NTRIP client with the account info you receive from the Provider
  6. Enjoy RTK accuracy. Your subscription will give you access to ANY base on our Network, so if you have land further away you could connect to a different base there

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I’d like to add my base station to the Network


NETWORKING YOUR BASE AND MAKING ITS CORRECTIONS AVAILABLE TO OTHERS GETS YOU FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR YOURSELF, PLUS POTENTIAL INCOME

Here’s how the process works for base owners on our Network:

  1. Please get in touch with Simon (call/text 204-750-9071) to discuss your equipment, requirements, etc. If you already have a base station you’ll probably just need to purchase a modem to send corrections to our server. If you are looking to purchase a base to use for this purpose we can sell you one at a discounted price
  2. Configure your base station as a permanent reference station and setup your modem/NTRIP client to stream corrections to our server
  3. Make sure your base is setup in a suitable location (up high with no obstructions/bins etc nearby) and has backup power
  4. Choose to make 70% commissions by selling subscriptions yourself, or be a ‘silent’ owner and receive a revenue share split among all other silent owners

The best way to learn more is to read these FAQs:

  1. Each receiver you’d like to use must be unlocked to RTK – check with your dealer if you aren’t sure you have this
  2. You’ll need a way to deliver our corrections to your receiver. Comprehensive information for common systems is provided further down the page, but typically you either use a cellular modem or tether using a smartphone or tablet
  3. An active subscription to our service (when you order online you’ll receive your user credentials instantly and be ready to login and receive RTK corrections right away)
Currently we’re focusing on southern Manitoba and some areas in Saskatchewan. Our network is growing, and we hope that new bases will be added frequently. Current bases along with their recommended coverage areas are shown on the map on this page. If you are within the coverage area of one or more bases then you are already covered.
Our base stations outputting RTCM3 corrections will supply corrections to any receiver capable of processing this format. Common examples of compatible GPS include:

  • Trimble(& Case IH/New Holland branded) FM1000, FM750, and the 372 smart antennas (252 and 262 antennas don’t support RTCM3 so will not work)
  • Outback MAX, STX, and A320
  • Ag Leader GSP6500, ParaDyme
  • Raven Cruizer II RTK
  • Virtually all survey GNSS receivers (most have built-in NTRIP capability)

Where a John Deere base station is connected to our network, any RTK-unlocked John Deere receiver is capable of receiving the corrections via a cellular modem or Android-Bluetooth link.

John Deere uses a proprietary correction message format called NCT. Therefore, the only way to deliver corrections to a John Deere receiver is via a John Deere base station. Currently we don’t have any John Deere base stations running. If farmers/local dealers want to setup John Deere bases and connect them to our network we’d be very happy to accommodate, and this would mean that anyone within approximately 50km would get good quality RTK from each base.
RTK is typically sub-inch accurate about 95% of the time. Our system is no different
Using a network eliminates a lot of the issues of accuracy and signal interference that affects traditional radio communication to deliver RTK corrections. Under most conditions, sub-inch accuracy will be possible if you are within 20 miles of a base, and in many cases even at 30 miles accuracy of 1 inch or better is common. In our testing we’ve consistently seen repeatable horizontal accuracy of 1″ or better when connecting to a base at our office in Oakville from Simon’s house in St Claude (about 30 miles away) and leaving the receiver running overnight.
It seems cell service is poor everywhere! However, to a large degree it’s actually your phone that has poor reception (most smartphone users live in big urban areas with very strong cell service so manufacturers don’t worry about using decent antennas). Using a dedicated external modem with external antenna will significantly improve reception, and because the amounts of data being received are very small it’s extremely unlikely you will have an issue with cell reception.
You can use the same login credentials for up to 2 receivers . This means you could have 2 different pieces of equipment operating at the same time on RTK without needing to buy a separate subscription for each. We do ask that you play fair here by not sharing your account information with neighbors etc – if everyone did this we wouldn’t cover our costs and the service would shut down.
We believe that our pricing is extremely fair, and is designed to be per farm. Therefore we ask that you don’t share subscriptions and help us keep the service available for everyone.
Depending on your configuration, you’ll either specify the required base (also known as ‘Mount Point’ or ‘Mount’) when entering the IP address and username/password, or you’ll be able to pick the required base from a list of bases that are online. Use the online map, below, to find the base that you are closest to and connect to that by selecting it or entering the Mount Name as displayed on the map.
All of our base stations are continuously operating. We use bases with internal cellular modems connected to the cell network to transmit our corrections as this virtually eliminates the likelihood of internet connectivity issues compared to connecting to a physical router. All our bases also have battery backup power, meaning they will keep operating in the event of a power outage (and because we are using cellular data the data connection will not be dropped either).
For liability reasons our official position is “Not if you are more than 2 miles from one of our bases”. However, if you did try it we’d suspect you’d get good results within about 12 miles, and probably further, especially if you are on rolling ground. For surface drainage we’re happy to recommend it at any distance provided your GPS shows ‘RTK Fixed’!
Each base station is programmed with it’s precise position and ellipse height, based on either a known geodetic benchmark nearby or using RINEX post processing to determine the exact position. However, we are not licensed surveyors and therefore cannot claim that our base stations are accurate for legal surveys. You may still use our services for such purposes but we’d advise you incorporate a known geodetic benchmark into your survey in order to confirm accuracy or enable post-processing as required.
No. VRS is designed to allow base stations to be spaced further apart and for users far away from the nearest base to receive improved accuracy. Our system provides a connection to a single base station at one time. Provided you are within the acceptable distance of that base station your accuracy will be as good or better than within a VRS.
We are always interested in opportunities to add base stations to our network. Base owners benefit from free access to the network plus a revenue share. Please contact us so we can discuss possibilities. We are also interested in setting up John Deere base stations!
Our goal is to keep adding base stations in areas we don’t have coverage. If you are interested in getting service please let us know. The more interest we have from an area the more likely we’ll try and put a base station there! If you have an existing base station and would be interested in partnering with us we’d also like to hear from you!

Requirements for Common GPS Systems

How to setup for Trimble 372, FM1000 and FM750

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The most reliable and simplest method, particularly in areas with poor cell coverage is a high quality cellular modem such as the Intuicom Bridge X.

  • Simply insert a SIM card from your wireless provider, and then configure the modem via your smartphone or computer’s browser. Step by step instructions come with the Intuicoms, so follow instructions to setup NTRIP connections (you can even set multiple connections if you need to be able to connect to more than one of our bases). When prompted, enter the following:
    • Server IP: 40.83.9.169
    • Server Port: 2101
    • NTRIP Mountpoint: See Map for Mount Point name of the base you’d like to connect to
    • If prompted, select Authentication Required then enter…
    • Username: Username you received
    • Password: Password you received (must be exactly as received with cApitaLs and num8er5)
  • Once configured, the modem automatically connects to our service.
  • Connect a cable or bluetooth dongle to either the back of your FM Display, or into Port 2 on the 372 receiver to deliver the corrections.
Trimble Ag3000 Modem

Purchase the Ag3000 modem and activation from your Trimble dealer. Configure the settings directly on the FM display. Instructions for the FM1000 begin on page 99 of the user manual.

NTRIP Client

The cheaper option, but also more prone to signal dropouts if you don’t have good cell coverage. You’ll need an Android device with data plan and our custom Trimble bluetooth dongle (we have one for the 372 and one for the FM1000/750). The 372 or FM Display will supply the power needed to run the Bluetooth device

  1. Plug our Trimble-Bluetooth dongle into Port 2 on your 372 or port C or D on your FM1000, or an available serial port on your 750.
  2. Bluetooth pair your Android device with our dongle
  3. Install and an NTRIP client application, such as Lefebure NTRIP Client on your Android device
  4. Under NTRIP settings, enter the IP address 40.83.9.169 and Port 2101, plus your username and password (received when you buy subscription (must be exactly as received with cApitaLs and num8er5))
  5.  Under receiver settings, choose the bluetooth dongle
  6. Hit ‘Connect’ and select the required base to connect to from the list
  7. The NTRIP app will stream the RTK corrections into your receiver via bluetooth!

How to setup for Outback MAX

The MAX features a built-in NTRIP client, meaning you simply need to connect a cellular modem directly to the display and use the configuration settings in the MAX. It’s very easy!

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Outback offers the Sierra Wireless GX400 (or you could use just about any other similar modem).

  • Insert your SIM card into the modem and follow any modem-specific instructions to set the required APN (not always required but may be)
  • Connect the modem to the back of the MAX using the Ethernet cable or Outback harness
  • Under the GPS settings menu, locate NTRIP settings and input the following information:
  • Server Address: 40.83.9.169
  • Port: 2101
  • Mount Point: See Map for Mount Point name of the base you’d like to connect to
  • User ID: Username you received
  • Password: Password you received (must be exactly as received with cApitaLs and num8er5)

NTRIP MAX

(If you receive an error message that it cannot connect you may need a code to activate this feature – its free, so contact your Outback dealer. In our tests we connected our modem directly to the ethernet port on the back of the MAX rather than connecting the Outback harness to the modem)

How to setup for Outback STX

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The most reliable and simplest method, particularly in areas with poor cell coverage is a high quality cellular modem such as the Intuicom Bridge X.

  • Simply insert a SIM card from your wireless provider, and then configure the modem via your smartphone or computer’s browser. Step by step instructions come with the Intuicoms, so follow instructions to setup NTRIP connections (you can even set multiple connections if you need to be able to connect to more than one of our bases). When prompted, enter the following:
    • Server IP: 40.83.9.169
    • Server Port: 2101
    • NTRIP Mountpoint: See Map for Mount Point name of the base you’d like to connect to
    • If prompted, select Authentication Required then enter…
    • Username: Username you received
    • Password: Password you received (must be exactly as received with cApitaLs and num8er5)
  • Once configured, the modem automatically connects to our service.
  • Connect a cable from the modem into the serial port on the side of the STX
  • If NMEA out is also required (for example to send RTK to Ditch Assist), a serial splitter cable may be used so that the single port may be used for both input and output.
NTRIP Client

The cheaper option, but also more prone to signal dropouts if you don’t have good cell coverage. You’ll need either an Android device with data plan and a Bluetooth-to-serial device such as this one

  1. Plug the Bluetooth dongle into the serial port on the STX.
  2. Bluetooth pair your Android device with the dongle
  3. Install and an NTRIP client application, such as Lefebure NTRIP Client on your Android device
  4. Under NTRIP settings, enter the IP address 40.83.9.169 and Port 2101, plus your username and password (received when you buy subscription (must be exactly as received with cApitaLs and num8er5))
  5.  Under receiver settings, choose the bluetooth dongle
  6. Hit ‘Connect’ and select the required base to connect to from the list
  7. The NTRIP app will stream the RTK corrections into your receiver via bluetooth!

How to setup for RTK-Unlocked John Deere GPS

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The most reliable and simplest method, particularly in areas with poor cell coverage is a high quality cellular modem such as the Intuicom Bridge X.

  • Simply insert a SIM card from your wireless provider, and then configure the modem via your smartphone or computer’s browser. Step by step instructions come with the Intuicoms, so follow instructions to setup NTRIP connections (you can even set multiple connections if you need to be able to connect to more than one of our bases). When prompted, enter the following:
    • Server IP: 40.83.9.169
    • Server Port: 2101
    • NTRIP Mountpoint: See Map for Mount Point name of the base you’d like to connect to
    • If prompted, select Authentication Required then enter…
    • Username: Username you received
    • Password: Password you received (must be exactly as received with cApitaLs and num8er5)
  • Once configured, the modem automatically connects to our service.
  • Connect a cable from the modem into the radio port connection on the Deere receiver (its a 4-pin Deutsch cable that you’ll find under the cowling)
NTRIP Client

The cheaper option, but also more prone to signal dropouts if you don’t have good cell coverage. You’ll need an Android device with data plan and our custom John Deere bluetooth dongle.

  1. Plug our Deere Bluetooth dongle into the 4-pin square Deutsch radio connector that is located under the plastic cowling (remove the cowling by unscrewing the large screws holding it to the receiver). The receiver will supply the power needed to run the Bluetooth device
  2. Bluetooth pair your Android device with our dongle
  3. Install and an NTRIP client application, such as Lefebure NTRIP Client on your Android device
  4. Under NTRIP settings, enter the IP address 40.83.9.169 and Port 2101, plus your username and password (received when you buy subscription (must be exactly as received with cApitaLs and num8er5))
  5.  Under receiver settings, choose the bluetooth dongle
  6. Hit ‘Connect’ and select the required base to connect to from the list
  7. The NTRIP app will stream the RTK corrections into your receiver via bluetooth!