[time-nuts] Observations and opinions needed on graph by new nut

paul swed paulswedb at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 21:11:07 EDT 2011


I think you misunderstand my suggestion. Forget the efc it should replicate
the phase errors your seeing. Granted anyplace in that chain you could have
a failed or failing component. I don't think you do.
My suggestion is this. If your 3801 is working and Bobs right about the 3801
software, I use it. Then for this discussion you have a accurate reference
beyond what you will see from wwvb. (Lordy please don't rip me up for that
comment.) So feeding that into the 8165s 10 mc vco instead of the vco lets
the system work and whats left is the phase errors in propagation.
Essentially you disconnect the 10 mc vco and use the 3801s reference.
You can then use the 3801 ref in to a scope on 1 channel and the adjusted
dancing 8165 into another channel and have some fun watching it.
Should you see the phase error drop significantly then indeed the VCO or
loop is causing a problem. However if the phase is still jumping at the
phase detector and especially if semi in sync with the modulation depth.
Guess what? Its propagation and my concern the added modulation depth.

Regards
Paul.
WB8TSL

On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 8:55 PM, Paul A. Cianciolo <paulc at snet.net> wrote:

> See comments below
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On
> Behalf Of paul swed
> Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 6:31 PM
> To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
> Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Observations and opinions needed on graph by new
> nut
>
> Paul
> Have not thought this through very well.
> But it is what time-nuts is about.Assuming your 3801 is locked and checked
> as Bob suggests. It puts out a 10 mc signal. At least mine does. Well if
> you
> stuck that into the oscillators output instead of the VCO. Guess what? You
> sort of just have propagation and modulation errors left from your
> spectracom.
>
> That's what I thought that I would see by doing this experiment, the
> propagation and modulation effects.  I figured the oscillator might drift a
> little but the main artifact would be prop and mod.
> Maybe it is?  Right now there is a graph building for 24 hours of just the
> output of the Spectracom  8165,  no antenna connected.
> The result for the past 4 hours has been a smooth consistent saw tooth as
> shown in the last part of my earlier graph.
>
> Is the EFC the only way that a disciplined oscillator get controlled?  With
> your idea would not allow the WWVB signal to "modulate" the GPS oscillator.
>
> I wonder if monitoring the correction voltage going to the 8165's OCXO
> would
> be worth looking at.
> That might show something.
> There are provisions for an RS232 connection on the back of the 8165, that
> needs to be looked into.
> Thank you
>
>  Or at least mostly that. Its reasonably easy for you to try and would be
> great to see your graphs after you did that.
> Also run longer then a day I seem to have seen interesting stability on a 1
> week time scale. Sections of the chart that matched other days offsets.
> Fun stuff.
> Regards
> Paul
> WB8TSL
>
> On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 5:54 PM, Bob Camp <lists at rtty.us> wrote:
>
> > Hi
> >
> > What is the Z3801 saying it's doing if you hook it up to a computer?
> > There are several programs out there that will give you a pretty good
> > idea of what's going on inside the beast.
> >
> > Bob
> >
> >
> > On Aug 3, 2011, at 1:05 PM, Paul A. Cianciolo wrote:
> >
> > > Hello Folks,
> > >
> > > New nut here.
> > >
> > > I have posted a graph here.
> > http://www.rescueelectronics.com/FREQUENCY.html
> > > First time doing this sort of thing.
> > >
> > > There is a comparison made between a z3801 GPS 10 MHz and a WWVB
> > > locked
> > 10
> > > MHz
> > > Could someone please look at it and validate my assumptions?
> > > Being new to this I would like to make sure I am not going off on a
> > > false path.
> > >
> > > Thank you
> > >
> > > PauLC
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> > >
> > >
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