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A well-placed Reach RS/RS+ module is essential for achieving good RTK positioning results.

You can place your smartphone near the window in your house and it will obtain GPS coordinates after some time, but for RTK such environment won't be sufficient. For RTK to work there are special requirements for antenna placement.

Clear sky view without any obstacles

Reach RS/RS+ needs to have a clear sky view 30 degrees above the horizon. There should be no obstacles that could block the view like buildings, trees, cars, humans, laptops, etc.

Take a look at 2 pictures below. The left picture demonstrates desirable conditions for Reach RS/RS+ location. The right one is an example of bad surrounding conditions such as the reduced view of the sky, possible obstructions or vegetation nearby.

Examples of good environments for antenna placement:

  • field

  • top of the hill

  • the rooftop

Examples of bad environments for antenna placement:

  • indoors

  • urban areas

  • forest

  • close to the ground

No electronics nearby

Electronic devices may produce RF noise that could affect the reception of the GPS signal. Keep all electronics as far as possible from the antenna.