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RS5 Firmware

Firmware for SonTek RS5 ADCPs. You must contact SonTek/YSI for firmware upgrades.

Changes and Known Issues
(Jan. 2023)
Recommended -Addition of Stationary Measurement method in RS5 firmware.
-Temperature correction coefficient applied based on thermistor drift over range of temperatures.
-SmartPulse+ improved pulse coherent filtering. -Vertical beam depth correction (4mm).
-Bottom track velocity improvement.
(Aug. 2021)
Do Not Use -Addition of Stationary Measurement method in RS5 firmware.
NOTE: RSQ software version 2.0 or later required.
(Aug. 2020)
Testing Initial Firmware Release.

Software/Firmware Status Definitions

Required Minimum: Minimum version required. This version has proven stable and may contain enhancements that are significant over previous required versions

Recommended: Shown to have been reliable and contains features that result in a recommend upgrade over the required version. There could be a few specific use cases where this version may have issues that would result in some users not using this version. If so, those cases will be noted.

Allowed*: Deemed reliable during initial testing. Any issues will be noted along with improvements available over prior versions. Use of allowed versions may be desired in cases when the changes benefit a significant number of the user's conditions or equipment. For example: a new version of software is released that adds support for new hardware. If the user has this hardware, they would need to upgrade to the newer software before it becomes recommended or required. Use of these versions by experienced users will also help WMA identify any unknown issues.

Testing*: WMA is currently testing; any known issues or advantages over prior release will be noted. The use of a version that is in testing should usually be limited to advanced users that can trouble shoot potential issues and provide feedback on any irregularities or problems observed.

Do Not Use: A version either prior to the required minimum or that contains issues that significantly affect operations.

*Note: A version may remain in Allowed or Testing indefinitely. Example: A new version is released while the prior version is still in Testing. In this case the prior version may remain in Testing, while future testing efforts are placed on the newer version.

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