The StarFire™ 20-2 software update is now available. Unlike many others, this software update is a “Mandatory Update” for both StarFire 6000 and StarFire 3000 receivers and includes software fixes plus a few new features. The most important part of the 20-2 software update is that it positions the current StarFire 6000 and StarFire 3000 receivers to continue operating. Changes coming with the 20-2 software update also prepare the StarFire network to support new satellite constellations.
As previously communicated, StarFire iTC receivers will no longer function for AutoTrac™, beginning January 2021. If you have StarFire iTC receivers with SF2 and RTK ready activations, it is crucial you get the activations upgraded before 01 January 2021. StarFire iTC receivers will continue to operate in WAAS until approximately 2026 or when the US GPS satellite constellation P(Y) code is retired and may continue to be used for yield mapping. Guidance applications, including AutoTrac™, will not be available.
Between now and Spring, StarFire 6000 and 3000, receivers will have to be updated. As of February 2021, it will be required for all StarFire 6000 and StarFire 3000 receivers to be updated. Receivers not updated to 20-2 or later by spring will not receive the StarFire signal and, as such, will only operate in WASS until updated to 20-2.
RTK receivers must be updated before RTK base stations are updated to 20-2. If base stations are updated before rovers, the rover will lose communication with the base station until the receiver is updated to 20-2. Once the base station is updated to 20-2, customers with a StarFire iTC receiver will no longer be able to connect to the base station.
We will be doing software updates at the dealerships in Langdon and Cavalier for $20.00 per system (Receiver & Display). You can drop your system off in Langdon or Cavalier to be updated. On-farm updates are available at an additional expense. You can also install the update yourself by going to https://www.deere.com/en/stellarsupport/software-updates/.
As always, we thank you for your business and look forward to continuing to work with your operation. If you have questions, please contact Devin Hoffarth at (701) 256-5275 or (701) 370-8507.