[teqc] helpful tip of week 2028

Lou Estey lou at unavco.org
Wed Nov 21 10:20:27 MST 2018

This week's tip: navigation message intervals and using '-tbin'

There is a tendency, probably due to a lack of understanding, to blindly apply
'-tbin' windowing for RINEX creation to both GNSS observations and GNSS navigation
messages, regardless of the time-binned window length.  This is, in most cases,
not an optimal strategy when the '-tbin' window length is "too small", and this tip
will discuss what "too small" probably is.

First, you may want to quickly review the '-tbin' option, which was covered in tip of
week 1917, https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002152.html.

Second, it appears the following point was not made in the above tip for '-tbin',
nor was it made in the summary of using time filtering options in combination,
i.e. tip of week 1921, https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002176.html,
but it was made for the '-st', '-e', and associated delta windowing options, i.e.
tip of week 1919, https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002159.html.

The all-important point is: any teqc option for time windowing operates on (1) epochs of
GNSS observations, (2) epochs of GNSS navigation messages, and (3) epochs of meteorological
(and possibly other ancillary site) observations, but the epochs involved for these
three cases are different:

(1) GNSS observation epochs: These are the epochs of when the GNSS observations were taken,
e.g. the time stamps in a RINEX obs file for each GNSS observation data epoch.

(2) GNSS navigation message epochs: These are the time of clock (ToC) and time of ephemeris
(ToE) of the individual navigation messages, e.g. the ToC being the time stamps in a
RINEX nav file for each navigation message epoch.

(3) meteorological observations: These are when the met pack returned data from a query for
its observations (so essentially the time of the met observations, though there may be
a slight delay), e.g. the time stamps in a RINEX met file for each met data epoch.

We now arrive at the real meat of this week's tip: If you are using '-tbin' to window
for short periods of time for the GNSS observables using '+obs +', you may not want
to also include the '+nav +,+,...', i.e. the '+' arguments, to create time-binned
RINEX GNSS nav files, because a good many of the expected nav files may not be created,
merely due to the normal intervals for the various GNSS to transmit new navigation messages.

And what are those intervals?

- Normal GPS L1C/A nav epochs mostly occur every 2 hours, starting at 00h00m00 GPST every day,
   with a small fraction (sometimes referred to as "back-ticked" messages) occurring N * 16 seconds
   earlier, where N = 1, 2, 3, 4, ... with generally decreasing likelihood with increasing N.

- Normal GLONASS G1SA nav epochs occur every 30 minutes, starting at 00h15m00s UTC every day.

- Normal SBAS L1C/A nav epochs occur every 128 or 256 seconds, but exactly when these epochs
   occur might depend on the time system of the operating county or organization.

- Normal Galileo I/NAV and F/NAV nav epochs occur every 10 minutes, starting at 00h00m00s GST.

- Normal Beidou B1 nav epochs occur every hour, starting at 00h00m00s BDT.

- Normal QZSS L1C/A nav epochs (nominally in GPST), since about mid-2018, seem to be occurring
   every hour starting at 00h00m00s GPST -- but have varied, e.g. in mid-2016, the interval
   was roughly every 15 minutes +/-N * 4 seconds, N = 0, 1, 2, 3, ...).

- Normal IRNSS L5 nav epochs (nominally in GST) occur in a pattern like XXh05m36s, XXh20m48s,
   XXh36m00s, XXh50m24s, repeated each hour, therefore at an interval of roughly every 15 minutes
   (15 min +12 seconds or -36 seconds) -- or occur every one or two hours, e.g. 00h00m00s,
   01h00m00s, 02h00m00s, ... or 00h00m00s, 02h00m00s, 04h00m00s – and sometimes the pattern
   changes in the same day for a given SV.

Unless you are certain you know exactly what you are doing when applying '-tbin' with
'+nav' with '+' arguments, my advice is to either:

1) Use '-tbin' with the desired window length with'+nav ...' and specified RINEX nav file names
after the '+nav' option rather than '+' arguments (*), or do a separate translation without '-tbin'
using the '+nav' with specified RINEX nav filenames,


2) do a separate '-tbin' translation step to obtain just the the nav files with '+nav' and '+'
arguments, but using a longer, more appropriate window length on '-tbin' given the GNSS
constellations involved.

As a simple case, let's suppose you have GPS-only data and want 1-hour RINEX observation
files.  Using '-tbin 1h ...' and '+nav +' will yield only the expected RINEX nav files
for hours 00, 02, 04, and so on, and with either no file or very few GPS navigation messages
for hours 01, 03, 05, and so on.  (Any populated GPS RINEX nav file for hours 01, 03, 05, ...
will contain "back-ticked" GPS L1C/A nav messages.)

If using solution (2) above, my advice would be to have the '-tbin' window for the nav
messages be no smaller than the smallest expected nominal nav epoch interval.  And more
realistically, I'd suggest having the nav '-tbin' window be 2-3 times the smallest expected
nominal nav epoch interval -- or just use solution (1) above.

Happy teqc-ing!


* This is because when using '-tbin', one can replace any '+' argument on the '+obs',
'+nav', and/or '+met' options with a actual filename where that file is populated without
any time-binning from the '-tbin' window length.

Louis H. Estey, Ph.D.              office:  [+001] 303-381-7456
UNAVCO, 6350 Nautilus Drive           FAX:  [+001] 303-381-7451
Boulder, CO  80301-5554            e-mail:  lou  unavco.org

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                                                -- Leon Lederman

Past helpful tips:

week 1894: using teqc config files - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002067.html
week 1895: qc of high-rate data - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002071.html
week 1896: UNIX/Linux shells for Windows - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002072.html
week 1897: '-' vs. '+' teqc options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002076.html
week 1898: auto-identification of formats - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002092.html
week 1899: auto-identification vs. format flags - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002096.html
week 1900: square brackets in options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002105.html
week 1901: using option '+mds' - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002108.html
week 1902: qc results w/ problematic nav messages - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002113.html
week 1903: '-no_orb[it]' and '-no_pos[ition]' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002115.html
week 1904: '-week' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002117.html
week 1905: using '+bcf' for XYZ/geodetic conversion - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002126.html
week 1906: the '+v[erify]' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002128.html
week 1907: '+C2', '+L5', "+L6', '+L7', '+L8', '+all' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002130.html
week 1908: getting RINEX doppler and L2 - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002131.html
week 1909: using paths w/ file names - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002132.html
week 1910: the (un)importance of file names - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002133.html
week 1911: notices, warnings, and errors - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002134.html
week 1912: the '-max_rx_SVs' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002137.html
week 1913: the end of '++igs' and '+igs' - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002140.html
week 1914: splicing together RINEX files - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002144.html
week 1915: using '-O.int' and '-O.dec' - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002145.html
week 1916: '+doy' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002146.html
week 1917: '-tbin' and '-ast' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002152.html
week 1918: mp12 RMS before/after Oct 2013 - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002158.html
week 1919: the global windowing options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002159.html
week 1920: '-M.dec' and '-N.dec' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002163.html
week 1921: combining time filtering options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002176.html
week 1922: helping me (or someone else on the list) help you - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002187.html
week 1923: the "build" line - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002190.html
week 1924: the qc '-w[idth]' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002193.html
week 1925: qc with explicit time windowing - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002194.html
week 1926: the '+rx_state' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002200.html
week 1927: the '-O.sum' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002204.html
week 1928: the '+meta' and '+mds' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2016/002206.html
week 1930: more on '-O.sum' - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002207.html
week 1931: the '-O.s[ystem]' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002208.html
week 1932: leap seconds - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002215.html
week 1936: what you can (and shouldn't) do in a RINEX obs file - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002229.html
week 1938: the '+psp' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002231.html
week 1939: the '+diag' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002235.html
week 1951: '-n_<system>' and SV filtering options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002277.html
week 1953: more with '+diag' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002287.html
week 1954: using '+diag' output to split raw files - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002290.html
week 1955: current qc notation - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002302.html
week 1956: the '+qcq' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002304.html
week 1957: using Trimble formats - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002305.html
week 1958: ToC != ToE messages - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002310.html
week 1959: receivers vs. formats - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002311.html
week 1960: when the '-week' option is very wrong to use - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002314.html
week 1961: "less" is usually best - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002315.html
week 1962: using GPS L2C with teqc - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002316.html
week 1964: the '+eds' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002317.html
week 1965: handling RINEX comment lines - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002324.html
week 1966: the '+dUTC_p' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002331.html
week 1967: the strange position from '+meta' - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002355.html
week 1972: what shows up as metadata in RINEX headers - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002362.html
week 1973: GPS L2C navigation messages - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002363.html
week 1974: the '+ion_p' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002370.html
week 1975: the '+event' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002372.html
week 1976: options '+smtt' (default) vs. '-smtt' - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002374.html
week 1977: the reported interval with '+meta' for a RINEX obs file - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002377.html
week 1978: the '-N.dUTC' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002378.html
week 1979: the various qc elevation angles - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002383.html
week 1980: avoid in RINEX: Transit data - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002385.html
week 1981: avoid in RINEX: epoch flag = 6 - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2017/002389.html
week 1982: avoid in RINEX: RCV CLOCK OFFS APPL = 1 - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002392.html
week 1983: don't count on in RINEX: receiver clock offset per epoch - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002393.html
week 1984: requirements for multiple target files/stdin - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002410.html
week 1985: default output for various input - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002412.html
week 1986: the '+latency' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002419.html
week 1987: the 'O.px and 'O.pg' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002422.html
week 1988: the '+relax' option - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002423.html
week 1992: the '+x_tilt' options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002452.html
week 1993: GLONASS: slot and freq. chnl. numbers - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002453.html
week 1994: GLONASS: slot numbers > 24 - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002454.html
week 1995: GLONASS: signals - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002456.html
week 1996: GLONASS: broadcast ephemeris - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002457.html
week 1997: GLONASS: system time and broadcast time parameters - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002458.html
week 1998: qc: 'lite' vs. 'full' - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002470.html
week 1999: qc: the 'full' point-position and the antenna 'height' - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002474.html
week 2000: qc: what's a "complete observation"? - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002475.html
week 2001: qc: percentage of actual to expected complete observations - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002483.html
week 2014: qc: interpreting slips - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002521.html
week 2015: qc: loss-of-lock - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002524.html
week 2016: qc: observations per slip - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002526.html
week 2017: qc: multipath rms - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002527.html
week 2018: qc: signal-to-noise - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002532.html
week 2019: qc: the ASCII time plot - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002534.html
week 2020: qc: little known (but sometimes useful) options - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002535.html
week 2021: qc: qc full: the '-dn' and '+dn' ASCII time plot lines, part I - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002544.html
week 2022: qc: qc full: the '-dn' and '+dn' ASCII time plot lines, part II - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002554.html
week 2023: qc: point-position elevation restrictions - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002556.html
week 2024: qc: main "filtering" possibilities - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002557.html
week 2025: qc: expectations for teqc's PP in Solar Cycle 25 - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002558.html
week 2026: qc: when the antenna is moving (a lot) - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002564.html
week 2027: qc: direct quality check of raw data - https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002569.html

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