[time-nuts] Common sky pps errors for any GPSDOs?

Lux, James P james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Jan 5 15:13:00 EST 2009

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> [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Matt Ettus
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> To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
> Subject: [time-nuts] Common sky pps errors for any GPSDOs?
> I am working with someone who needs to have time synchronized
> reception of signals in various locations which are separated
> by less than 100 km.  This is a situation similar to VLBI,
> but since the distances are shorter, the center frequencies
> are lower, and the integration times are much shorter, we
> probably don't need a Hydrogen Maser, and the application
> can't afford one.
> The real question is whether we can get away with a GPS
> disciplined OCXO or whether we would need to use a Rubidium.
> Does anyone have any data on the relative frequency and/or
> phase errors of the 10 MHz reference out, and relative PPS
> time errors of any commonly available GPSDOs?

Isn't that just the Allan Deviation data? Symmetricom has datasheets on their website for their various modules. They have a GPS discplined quartz oscillator in several flavors.

Something else to consider is doing post processing.. Use a nice quiet 10MHz oscillator for your source/sampling clock, and record the 1PPS from the GPS receiver as well as your unknown, then figure out after the fact what the oscillator was doing.


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