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SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout - ZED-F9P (Qwiic)

With GPS you are able to know where you are, where you're going, and how to get there anywhere on Earth within 30 seconds. This means the higher the accuracy the better! GPS Real Time Kinematics (RTK) has mastered dialing in the accuracy of their GPS modules to just millimeters, and that's why we had to put it on this board!

Based on the SparkFun GPS-RTK2 designs, the SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA raises the bar for high-precision GPS and is the latest in a line of powerful RTK boards featuring the ZED-F9P module from u-blox. The ZED-F9P is a top-of-the-line module for high accuracy GNSS and GPS location solutions including RTK that is capable of 10mm, three-dimensional accuracy. With this board, you will be able to know where your (or any object's) X, Y, and Z location is within roughly the width of your fingernail! The ZED-F9P is unique in that it is capable of both rover and base station operations. Utilizing our handy Qwiic system, no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system. However, we still have broken out 0.1"-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.

We've included a rechargeable backup battery to keep the latest module configuration and satellite data available for up to two weeks. This battery helps 'warm-start' the module decreasing the time-to-first-fix dramatically. This module features a survey-in mode allowing the module to become a base station and produce RTCM 3.x correction data. Based on your feedback, we switched out the u.FL connector and included an SMA connector in this version of the board.

The number of configuration options of the ZED-F9P is incredible! Geofencing, variable I2C address, variable update rates, even the high precision RTK solution can be increased to 20Hz. The GPS-RTK2 even has five communications ports which are all active simultaneously: USB-C (which enumerates as a COM port), UART1 (with 3.3V TTL), UART2 for RTCM reception (with 3.3V TTL), I2C (via the two Qwiic connectors or broken out pins), and SPI.

We've also written an extensive Arduino library for u-blox modules to make reading and controlling the GPS-RTK-SMA over our Qwiic Connect System easy. Leave NMEA behind! Start using a much lighter weight binary interface and give your microcontroller (and its one serial port) a break. The SparkFun Arduino library shows how to read latitude, longitude, even heading and speed over I2C without the need for constant serial polling.


The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.


  • Concurrent reception of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou
  • Receives both L1C/A and L2C bands
  • Voltage: 5V or 3.3V but all logic is 3.3V
  • Current: 68mA - 130mA (varies with constellations and tracking state)
  • Time to First Fix: 25s (cold), 2s (hot)
  • Max Navigation Rate:
    • PVT (basic location over UBX binary protocol) - 25Hz
    • RTK - 20Hz
    • Raw - 25Hz
  • Horizontal Position Accuracy:
    • 2.5m without RTK
    • 0.010m with RTK
  • Max Altitude: 50km (31 miles)
  • Max Velocity: 500m/s (1118mph)
  • Weight: 6.8g
  • Dimensions: 43.5mm x 43.2mm (1.71in x 1.7in)
  • 2x Qwiic Connectors

SparkFun GPS-RTK-SMA Breakout - ZED-F9P (Qwiic) Product Help and Resources

GPS-RTK2 Hookup Guide

January 14, 2019

Get precision down to the diameter of a dime with the new ZED-F9P from Ublox.

Getting Started with U-Center for u-blox

September 13, 2018

Learn the tips and tricks to use the u-blox software tool to configure your GPS receiver.

What is GPS RTK?

September 14, 2018

Learn about the latest generation of GPS and GNSS receivers to get 2.5cm positional accuracy!

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  • Wow- Another exciting RTK product. Ever since I relocated to eastern Washington I lost the use of the (at the time of purchase) expensive DGPS receiver I was running on my robots.

    These RTK-capable boards are great, but for me there is one rub- how to get the base station DGPS correction data out into the field at least 1000 feet or so for roving robots? I am sure beyond a doubt that SF carries the necessary components in-stock; either by way of radio, Xbee or such, but I fear I would get lost in the integration of these components. I once made a successful XBee-toXbee connection between two GPS boards , but I could not go beyond the default settings the units came with and was unable to configure multiple receivers (due to my own ineptitude surely).

    If SF offered a four-component kitted RTK package specifically for roving applications that included: Two of these RTK boards, and two QWIIC-capable radios which would not degrade the GPS signal, along with the associated connectors and hardware, (and Arduino libraries), I know I would have immediate need for at least two of them- I suspect others might as well.

    A better and perhaps more cost-effective product might be to integrate the radio onto an RTK GPS board which could then be configured for base or rover operation. The whole point behind RTK is assuming one would have a base station at some known fixed location and a roving unit moving about in the field- so why shouldn't the units have a radio integrated into them?

  • Great to see this board with an SMA connector! I've been constantly worrying about damaging the u.Fl connector on the GPS-RTK2 board over the past several months.

    It's important to note that the power consumption value of ~35 mA is not correct.

    The actual power consumption, as listed in the ZED-F9P datasheet, ranges between 68-130 mA. Both the GPS-RTK2 and GPS-RTK-SMA product pages should be updated to reflect this.

    • Nice catch. I think it's an artifact from the first RTK's product page that was released. Both have been updated to reflect the datasheet. =)

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Works great

Easy to use and program. Works great with the right add ons.

SMA connector sturdy!

SMA connector is very sturdy; thank you SFE engineers for releasing this version of the board. Works great, TTFF 30-45 seconds, tracking 27 satellites indoors with 100-150 PDOP. Updates at 10 Hz easily, very high quality module.