Novatel 531 User Manual
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There are no user-serviceable parts in the GPSAntenna and no maintenance is required. When the GPSCard status code
indicates that the unit is faulty, replace with another unit and return the faulty unit to NovAtel Inc.
You must obtain a RETURN MATERIAL AUTHORIZATION (RMA) number by calling GPS Customer Service at
1-800-NOVATEL (Canada and USA only) or 403-295-4900 before shipping any product to NovAtel or you local dealer.
Once you have obtained an RMA number, you will be advised of proper shipping procedures to return any defective
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15 June 1999
OM-20000032 Rev. 2
1120 – 68
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2E 8S5
NovAtel L1 GPSAntenna™
Model 531 Rev 2
– User Information –
The Model 531 GPSAntenna is intended for surveying and other
kinematic positioning applications. The sealed radome allows the
antenna to be used in severe weather and hostile environments, and
the unit’s compact size and light weight ensure its portability.
The Model 531 GPSAntenna is an active antenna designed to operate
at the GPS L1 frequency, 1575.42 MHz. The microstrip receiving
elements are coupled to filters and a low-noise amplifier (LNA). The
unit is optimized to receive right-hand-circularly-polarized signals, and
its radiation pattern is shaped to reduce signals arriving at low
elevation angles; these features decrease the errors associated with
electromagnetic interference and multipath.
Both the input DC power and the output RF signal flow over a single
coaxial cable that is connected to the unit’s TNC female connector.
The antenna baseplate features a permanent adaptor that accepts a 5/8
x 11 threaded bolt; this allows the antenna to be used on a tripod.
Ï Caution: overtightening a bolt into the base may damage the base.