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Looking for Z-Surveyor cables. Power and serial. 

also interested in a Z-Surveyor. 

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Nate The Surveyor
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"GREAT SCOTT". 

Would you like a 1963 bug to go with that?!

It was very hard to get my dad to get new survey equipment, back in 1986, dad was still using a 200' tape, (he had advanced to a reel), and a 1923 lietz transit.

And, he still has a 1957 Ford panel truck.

I'm not picking on you... My dad is 92, and still trying to tell me what to do! 

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I just got an HP 3805A to go along with a 1955 T3, and 1969 T2, so I figure a 1998 Ashtech is a step up... baby steps. I can now put my subtense bars aside  

actually I’m quite happy with Z, week-rollover error and all. It’s small easy to move around, a lot more info in the UI than the red light green light receivers. And it works one button, more or less, so it’s perfect to set and forget. 

That’s the appeal of gps: newer isn’t more accurate. It’s all in the antenna, and I have a set of Whopper antennae. Makes my K&E LOVAR 100 ft tape look good. 

and, I use Z to check my solar azimuths. So I’m on the right track. ... I hope. 

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I'm still pissed that the T2 got sold out from under me when I wasn't looking, loved that instrument.

The T3 would be nice to have, do you ever use it?

You might check out some of the aftermarket cable guys, we use one in Utah, they might have just what you need at a reasonable price. 

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I use the T3 a lot! And T3 and a 10 micron calibrated Subtense bar kicks ass! 

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"Would you like a 1963 bug to go with that?!"

Hell yeah! Who wouldn't?

The Bugs of the 1960s changed the automotive world more than most people want to admit.

A solid 1990s vintage GPS receiver will still work as well today, as well as it did then (actually BETTER because we have more birds and better orbit products).

The new GNSS receivers will kick its butt in the trees (urban canyons etc.), but out in the open, they can still get excellent results.

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I know! Just got to live with week rollover editing. And GNSS is free. And OPUS gives me 5 mm in an hour in my neighborhood. 

the hallmark of good gear is that become obsolete long before they quit working. And like you said, they work identical to the day they were new. Software has made a big diff in time on station for baseline work, not the receiver IMO 

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Nate, a 63 tbird is more to my liking.

Old doesn't necessarily mean bad. I spent some time with early ashtech receivers for training and figured it was a total waste of time, they came in these heavy metal backpacks, huge cables, batteries and weren't RTK.

It took forever to do any work with them.

I think they cost near 200k or something then, crazy numbers. 

I didn't keep up with ashtech but I think the Z is two generations after the ones we were training on. Much like the 4000 Trimble's I think which can still work great. We have one 4700 left, still a good machine for what you need. 

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Big and heavy and no RTK. Like a 4000SL

State of the art! In its day. 

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