[time-nuts] Tracor Omega VLF Synthesizer
pickypicky101 at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 24 12:31:09 EDT 2005
Does anyone have any information on the Tracor
Omega VLF Synthesizer? It seems to be some kind
of a precision frequency and time interval reference
for the Omega navigation system.
Although the Omega navigation system and thus the
Tracor synthesizer are no longer used, it would
still be fascinating to get a better understanding
of this piece of cold-war electronics history.
Here are more details to help identify the Tracor
Omega VLF Synthesizer:
-There is no model number on the
unit, only the part number 142801-0001.
-The serial number is blank.
-It was made around 1985.
-The synthesizer and its power supply each are
3-1/2" high, 19" wide white rack panels mounted
in one blue carrying case. The depth of the
synthesizer and power supply is about 19".
-Eight toggle switches select "Omega
Format Segment": A, B, C, ..., H.
-Four toggle switches are for
"Freq Sel (kHz)": 10.2, 13.6, 11-1/3, 11.05.
-The power supply, labeled "Power Interface", has
a round mil-style 15-contact connector
labeled "Signal Output".
-There is an Austron 1100 ovenized 5.304 MHz crystal
oscillator inside. (Does anyone know the specs for
the Austron 1100?)
I've seen Tracor frequency references and comparators
before, but nothing like this unit.
Any information would be appreciated.
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