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RF500B UHF/VHF RF Base Station

Overview

The RF500B contains equipment used in an RF base station for networks with UHF/VHF radios. It resides at the computer site and serves as a link between field stations and repeater stations. 

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Benefits and Features

  • Includes the RF500M RF modem and PS150 power supply mounted to a metal plate
  • Supports multiple radio configurations
  • Uses software (i.e., DevConfig) instead of hardware modifications to upgrade the operating system (OS) and change RF ID or other settings
  • Provides an RS-232 port (DTE) for modem configuration or attachment of an RS-232 radio
  • Avoids all collisions within a network, thus increasing polling speeds and reducing overall current drain

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Detailed Description

The above photo shows the equipment included with the RF500B. Specifically, the RF500B provides the PS150 power supply (top), RF500M modem (center), 18657 DB9-female null-modem cable (beige cable), 14291 field power cable (black cable), and a 10-in. x 12-in. metal plate.

A radio, antenna, antenna cable, and wall charger need to be ordered separately (see Ordering). The RF500B works with the RF320-series radios, RF310-series radios, RF300-series radios, or any radio and modem combination that outputs a demodulated byte stream via RS-232. Software support is provided by LoggerNet.

Specifications

-NOTE- The RF500B is a kit containing components that have their own specifications.

To review these specifications, refer to the appropriate products below:

Compatibility

Datalogger Considerations

Time division polling and PakBus communications can be used in the same network as long as all of the dataloggers are PakBus versions.

Compatible Contemporary Dataloggers

RF500B OS CR200(X) Series CR800/CR850 CR1000 CR3000 CR9000X
-PB
-DA
-AL

Compatible Retired Dataloggers

RF500B OS CR500 CR510 CR10 CR10T CR10X 21X CR23X
-PB # # #
-DA
-AL
RF500B OS CR9000 CR5000 CR7X
-PB
-DA
-AL

Notes:
#The -PB OS option for the RF500B is only compatible with the -PB and -TD OS for the CR510, CR10X, and CR23X.
The -DA OS option for the RF500B is NOT compatible with the -TD OS option for the CR510, CR10X, and CR23X.

Radios

Three jumper settings allow the RF500B to be used with a variety of radios. Though not a requirement, it is a good idea to standardize your network to use a single radio type. This practice simplifies operations and maintenance and provides the highest degree of interstation compatibility possible.

RF320 Series RF310 Series RF300 Series Calamp
DataRadio
DL-3400
Digital/
RS-232 Radio
RF200 RF100

Note:
The RF500B must have the -PB OS option to use a digital RS-232 radio with it.

Radio Modems and Radio Base Stations

Networks can contain a mixture of RF500B base station and other Campbell Scientific base stations and radio modems assuming they have compatible operating systems (see chart below).

Modem/
Base Station
-PB OS -DA OS -AL OS
RF500M -PB *
-DA
-AL
RF500B -PB *
-DA
-AL
RF310M -TD *
-MA
-AL
RF310B -TD *
-MA
-AL
RF315M -TD *
-MA
-AL
RF95A -TD *
-MA
-AL
RF232A -TD *
-MA
-AL

Notes:
*
 When taking advantage of TDRF and two-way communication.


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