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Surveyza
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Just wanted to give a heads up to other surveyors, so that you don't make the same mistake I did.  Starting with version 6.02 Carlson will no longer support Hemishpere receivers in US.  They will appear in the equipment list as if they will work, but due to an installed geofence you will not be able to store data.  There seems to be some kind of power struggle going on between Carlson and Hemishpere which is odd being that Hemishphere makes the receivers for Carlson.  I guess Carlson didn't like the fact that the same receiver can be purchased thousands of dollars less than their labeled version.  This troubles me because the whole reason I switched to Carlson 6 years ago was that they played well with every hardware manufacturer.  Now I have software that I can't update with revisions and bug fixes in the version that I paid for.  6.01 still supports the receivers, but we all know how buggy the first versions can be.

 

Good day!

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FrozenNorth
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Thanks for the heads up.  Not cool, Carlson.

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JMH4825
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So is this just for Hemisphere brand receivers or for the Carlson brand version also?

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Surveyza
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Just Hemishpere.

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detritalgeo
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Hi,

I have been using Hemisphere relievers for some time (R330, S320, S321) and find great value there.

Do you mean there is no support at all as in they are no longer included on the receiver list in SurvCE setup?

When I used S320 I always just selected the "Carlson BRX5" anyway as Carlson has been very attentive with enhancements to thier own driver. This goes for my S321 now as well, I select the "Carlson BRX6" and everything is good.

Carlson only puts a sticker on the Hemisphere OEM gear so the GNSS firmware and device command infrastructure is identical. I don't see how any customization to the GNSS firmware would be feasible. 

I hope this helps..

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