Ashtech Micro-Z Interface Protocol Quick Reference

Ashtech Micro-Z Interface Protocol Quick Reference

System Default Settings

Serial port baud rate: 9600, 8, N, 1
Clock steering: Enabled
Raw data output rate: 20.0 sec

Once new values are set they can be saved to memory by issuing a $PASHS,SAV,Y command to the serial port. Parameters are saved to memory until a memory reset or a receiver initialization is performed. This will reset all parameters back to their defaults.

The following command will force the receiver to default values: $PASHS,RST (hit Enter)

To clear the stored almanac, emphemeris data, reset the receiver memory, set the serial port baud rate to the specified rates, and/or send the modem initialization string through the specified port send the $PASHS,INI command. The format of the command is $PASHS,INI,d1,d2,d3,d4,d5,c6 where d1-d4 are the default baud rate codes for ports A-D, d5 is the reset memory code and takes a value of 0-3 with the following codes:

For example, sending $PASHS,INI,5,5,5,5,3,0 will do a full receiver reset. Codes 0 and 2 behave like a power cycle. Codes 1 and 3 reset all parameters to default as well as the ephemeris and almanac. Code 2 and 3 reformat the memory card by clearing the FAT table and directory structure. The parameter c6 sets the modem initialization and takes values A-D or 0 = no initialization.

System Initialization - Baud Rate

The $PASHQ,PRT quarries the baud rate of the current port. The return is $PASHR,PRT,c1,d2*cc where c1 is the port (A,B,C,D), d2 is the port code listed below and *cc is the checksum.

To set the baud rate of a port send the following command $PASHS,SPD,A,9 (hit Enter) this sets port A to 115200.

$PASHS,BEEP Enable/Disable LED and warning beep
$PASHS,OUT,A turns all output off on port A
$PASHS,NME,ALL,A,OFF turns off all nmea outputs on port A
$PASHS,SES,DEL deletes all stored sessions
$PASHS,MSV,3 sets min sv’s to 3
$PASHS,ELM,0 sets elevation mask to 0
$PASHS,RCI,5 sets recording interval to 5 sec
$PASHG,MULM,0 turns multipath mitigation off
$PASHS,UTS,N sets clock steering to no
$PASHS,OUT,A,MBN,PBN,SNV,BIN enables output of MBN,PBN,SNV,BIN on port A
$PASHS,FRM,Y enable Ring File memory mode
$PASHS,REC,N Disable recording data

System Information

$PASHQ,STA,c Show status of SVs currently locked, c is optional output serial port
$PASHQ,TMP Query receiver temperature
$PASHQ,WKN Query GPS week number
$PASHQ,PPS Display 1PPS parameters
$PASHQ,PAR Request current settings of receiver parameters
$PASHQ,RID Request receiver identification

Meteorological Unit Commands

$PASHQ,MET Query meteorological unit setup
$PASHS,MET,CMD Set meteorological unit trigger string (default is *0100P9)
$PASHS,MET,INIT Set meteorological unit initialization string (default is none)
$PASHS,MET,INTVL Set meteorological unit output interval in seconds (default is 5 seconds)
$PASHS,OUT,c,MET Start/Stop output of meteorological unit data

For example: $PASHS,MET,INTVL,C,10
Sets the MET interval to 10 seconds and enables output on port C

BINEX Commands

Turn on/off BINEX output:

Set observables output interval:

Control output of individual record type:

Query the output status

Streaming Example

# check to make sure you are connected, and to which port
RESPONSE: $PASHR,RID,UZ,30,CJ10,---XM--3--,0A16*7E


# Set Port A, C, and D baud rates to 38400

# Turn off data recording

# Set the elevation mask to zero

# Set the binex output interval

# Turn binex on on port A

# Save the current set up as power down default

# Query the status of binex output. Note that binex records are set on for port A.


Connect to the receiver in terminal mode:
COMMAND: sharc --port /dev/ttyS0 --baud 38400  --terminal 
1. Reset ashtech
- a power cycle
For 9600 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,5,5,5,5,0,0
For 19200 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,6,6,6,6,0,0
For 38400 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,7,7,7,7,0,0
For 115200 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,9,9,9,9,0,0

- hard reset will remove programed session info and site name and data
For 9600 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,5,5,5,5,2,0  
For 19200 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,6,6,6,6,2,0  
For 38400 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,7,7,7,7,2,0

- hard reset will SLEDGE HAMMER 
For 9600 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,5,5,5,5,3,0  
For 19200 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,6,6,6,6,3,0  
For 38400 ports -> COMMAND: $PASHS,INI,7,7,7,7,3,0

2. Add site name SEY1:

3. Program sessions:
One 24 hour session
COMMAND: sharc --port /dev/ttyS1 --baud 38400  --session 24,30,5,1
24 hourly session
COMMAND: sharc --port /dev/ttyS1 --baud 38400  --session 1,30,5,1

4. Start/restart/stop survey

COMMAND: $PASHS,REC,R/Y/N (R = rester, Y = start, N= stop)

5. check status

6. Check files

7. Current receiver setting:


9. # od SVs locked

10. Stop stream

11. Start stream (20 second)

12. change output to serial port  10 sec rate
13. Session programming

Terminal-> $PASHS,SES,SET,A,Y,000000,235959,30,00,01,0
Terminal-> $PASHQ,SES

14. Enable Ring File

15. set port to 115K
	set port to 192.K 

Questions or problems with receiver firmware uploading may be directed to Ashtech Technical Suport at: (408)615-3980, 1-800-229-2400, or

Article ID: 369
Created: August 18, 2010
Last Updated: August 18, 2010
Author: Beth Bartel

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