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In Search of a New Primary GPS Receiver for NIST



Marc A. Weiss


A previous publication showed problems with the current NIST Time and Frequency Division primary GPS receiver [1] when used for Precise Point Positioning (PPP)-based carrier phase time transfer. We confirm that, for this receiver, boundary discontinuities during overlapping data runs tend to be biased away from zero on average and that this bias increases as the a-priori pseudorange sigma was increased. We show that this problem does not occur for other receivers at NIST, even receivers of the same model or make. Next we review results for selecting a new primary receiver from others now at NIST, focusing on two desired properties: an average overlap bias close to zero using PPP, and a low code instability. We want at least a year of good data on a receiver before considering it as a replacement.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings PTTI 2012
Conference Dates
November 25-December 30, 2012
Conference Location
Reston, VA
Conference Title
44th Annual PTTI Meeting


Precise Point Positioning, boundary discontinuities, carrier-phase time transfer


Weiss, M. (2012), In Search of a New Primary GPS Receiver for NIST, Proceedings PTTI 2012, Reston, VA (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created November 26, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017