MicroMod GNSS Function Board - ZED-F9P Hookup Guide
As some readers may guess by the assortment of SparkFun products featuring it, we love the ZED-F9P GNSS module from u-blox. The SparkFun MicroMod GNSS Function Board - ZED-F9P provides high precision GNSS capabilities for MicroMod projects using Main Board/Function Board assemblies. The ZED-F9P module from u-blox is capable of up to 10mm 3-dimensional accuracy though the module requires a clear view of the sky as well as correction data from an RTCM source to achieve this accuracy. The ZED-F9P can act as a base station as well so you can use it with a second Function Board (or another SparkFun ZED-F9P product) together to achieve millimeter positional accuracy.
Having the ZED-F9P on a MicroMod Function board allows for even more versatility with projects using the ZED-F9P allowing users to mix and match not only their preferred Processor but also to pair it with another Function Board to add even more versatility to a GNSS project.
This guide will go over the hardware present on this Function Board, how to assemble it into a MicroMod circuit as well as an Arduino example to start getting location data from the ZED-F9P.
You'll need the following materials along with the MicroMod GNSS Function Board - ZED-F9P to complete this tutorial and use the Function Board.
All Function Boards require a Main Board and Processor to connect to each other. Depending on your application, you may need either a Single or Dual Main Board:
You'll need a Processor Board to act as a host controller for the Function Board:
The GNSS Function Board also requires an antenna. We recommend using a GNSS multi-band antenna compatible with both L1 and L2 bands for full reception like the ones below:
The GNNS Function Board uses a u.Fl connector for the antenna connection so in order to use the antennas listed above, you will need an adapter cable like the ones below. You may also want a grounding plate to maximize your antenna's reception:
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Before getting started, be sure to check out our What is GPS RTK? tutorial and if you're not familiary with u-center, have a look at our Getting Started with U-Center as well as these related tutorials:
Serial Basic Hookup Guide
What is GPS RTK?
This tutorial is based around the guide for the SparkFun GPS-RTK2 Board - ZED-F9P so you may want to check out these tutorials for more information on GPS-RTK: