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FAQ

Instructions for Configuring Trimble Pathfinder:


Instructions for setting up Trimble Pathfinder Office to access BCACS RINEX files are provided in the document: BCACS - Pathfinder Office RINEX.pdf


The FTP address format is included to eliminate the need to type this confusing address and to minimize typos. The codes for the Product and Station are included also.


ftp://acs-ftp.gdbc.gov.bc.ca/RINEX/


%YYYY%/%DDDDD%/PRODUCT/SSSS/SSSS%DDDDD%%HrAsLetter%.zip


Replace the string PRODUCT with the desired product code, i.e. Product type. Possible values are:
- 1_Dual
- 1_Single
- 5_Dual
- 5_Single
- 15_Dual
- 30_Dual

Replace BOTH occurrences of the 4 character station string (SSSS) with the code for the desired station, as below:
- BCDL - Dease Lake
- BCDI - Denny Island
- BCES - Esquimalt
- BCFJ - Fort St. John
- BCFN - Fort Nelson
- BCIN - Invermere
- BCLC - Langley City
- BCLI - Lulu Island
- BCMR - Maple Ridge
- BCNS - North Saanich
- BCPH - Port Hardy
- BCPR - Prince Rupert
- BCSF - Surrey
- BCSL - Summerland
- BCSS - SandSpit
- BCTE - Terrace
- BCVC - Vancouver
- BCWL - Williams Lake
NOTE: These strings are case sensitive.

Downloading data

To download data from these new sites, please use your existing BCACS account and password. The data structure is in the following format:


FTP Site IP Address: ftp://142.36.245.181
FTP Server Name: ftp://acs-ftp.gdbc.gov.bc.ca/RINEX/
Username: xxxxxx (your user name here)
Password: XXXXXX (your password here)
Archive Folder Structure = RINEX/yyyy/doy/product/
where: RINEX = foldername
yyyy = year (UTC) in which you want data e.g. 2002
doy = day of the year (UTC) e.g. January 1 = 001, Nov 29 = 333
product = RINEX data file product
5_dual = dual frequency, 5-second data
5_single = single-frequency, 5-second data
1_dual = dual-frequency, 1-second data
1_single = single-frequency, 1-second data...etc.
RINEX Naming Structure = ssssdddf. yyt
where: ssss: 4-character station name designator e.g. BCFN = BC Fort Nelson
ddd: day of the year of first record e.g. e.g. January 1 = 001, Nov 29 = 333
f: file sequence number within day e.g. a=00:00-01:00UTC, b=01:00-02:00UTC, etc.
0: file contains all the existing data of the current day
yy: year
t: file type:
O: Observation file
N: Navigation file
V: Validation file