A Phoenix Tale

Phoenix 300 GPS receiverThe saying goes that “two heads are better than one.” When putting its latest product offering together, Raven Industries took this saying to heart.

In October, Raven introduced the new Phoenix 300 GPS receiver. This unit combines the company’s receiver technology with a Novatel OEM engine to present a dual frequency (L1/L2), high performance receiver capable of utilizing multiple frequencies and differential correction modes.

The Phoenix 300 is a Wide Area Augmentation System, Canada-wide Differential GPS, and OmniSTAR VBS capable receiver that can be upgraded to OmniSTAR XP and HP (subscription required). It is capable of both sub-meter and decimeter correction accuracies, dependent on the correction signal being used. The Phoenix 300 also boasts such functions as Simulated Radar Output, replacing the need for a radar speed sensor, and AutoRestart Mode. This allows for quicker differential convergence times on start-up, says the company, eliminating delays.

An All-In-One System

“The Phoenix 300 provides an economical, scalable, and ultra-high accuracy DGPS receiver in the same package,” says Marlin Melander, marketing manager of Raven’s Flow Controls Division.

According to Melander, the Phoenix 300 is ideal for use with Raven’s other units, including the SmarTrax and new QuickTrax steering systems, as well as the Envizio Plus and RGL Lightbar guidance systems. The unit uses a helix-style antenna for more efficient tracking of satellites that are positioned low on the horizon. An in-cab receiver allows for instant access to configurations and settings.

The Phoenix 300 joins Raven’s earlier Phoenix 200 unit in the company’s line of receivers coupled with GPS engine technology. In operation, the Phoenix 300 can achieve a higher level of accuracy than sub-meter by disconnecting its decimeter mode and activating the OmniSTAR XP or HP correction signal.

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