You can choose the accuracy you need, ranging from plus-or-minus 9 inches (good enough for many broad acre applications) down to sub-inch accuracy with RTK.
Easily set up John Deere RTK Radio 900
Base stations using John Deere RTK Radio 900 are very easy to set up for several reasons:
A John Deere RTK Radio 900 base station can be used in a mobile setup or mounted permanently to a building, concrete silo, or radio tower. Depending on the operation, either type of mounting can be used:
Mobile base station
- Fields are spread out and one base station cannot cover all of the ground
- For producers in areas with hilly terrain and lots of foliage where a permanent base station would not provide adequate coverage
- Situations where accuracy is needed, but not repeatability
Permanent base station
- Producers in areas with flat terrain and little foliage where a permanent base station would provide adequate coverage in a large region
- Multiple tractors in different fields could use the same base station instead of purchasing a second one
- Situations where accuracy and repeatability are needed
If a producer using RTK discovers a signal hole where the signal is lacking, a repeater radio can be easily set up to help fill the gap.
Broaden RTK availability with repeaters
RTK repeaters are radios that can be used to improve base station signal coverage around obstacles, such as trees or rolling terrain. The purpose of the RTK repeater is to receive the correction signal coming from the base station and then transmit that correction signal.
More than one repeater can be used with one base station, but the repeater cannot receive signal from each other in a daisy-chain configuration. In order to operate, a repeater must be connected to a 12-V power source.
A repeater is the same as the radio that is on a machine or base station receiver.
A repeater consists of the following:
- Power harness and bracket
- John Deere RTK Radio 900
Dealer-owned RTK network benefits producers
Western Tractor has set up a large, robust RTK network. This is beneficial for several reasons:
- Producers have a lower investment cost because the dealer purchases and is responsible for base station upkeep.
- Dealer networks cover more area with the RTK signal, giving many producers access to RTK on all of their grounds.
- RTK network is owned, maintained, and supported by Western Tractor.