[time-nuts] Using Thunderbolt to Discipline FE 5680A?

Chuck Forsberg WA7KGX N2469R caf at omen.com
Thu Dec 22 12:48:29 EST 2011

You need a recording phase detector to tell if the 5680A is properly 
I'm sure all of us have a Racal 1992 or similar with a GPIB or other 
computer interface.

Below: phase plot of FE-5680A vs Thunderbolt FW=3.0 in seconds (about 
1/2 day).
Frequency offset was set to -1280 with my software (available at 
I have noticed a bump in the phase plot corresponding to an wobble in 
The Force
according to Heather.  Think of herding cats made of granite.  It looks 
like observations
must be made over days or weeks.

On 12/22/2011 09:20 AM, Chris Albertson wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 8:50 AM, Frederick Bray<fwbray at mminternet.com>  wrote:
>> Has anyone successfully used a Thunderbolt to discipline a FE-5680A?
>> I thought I saw a posting or site where someone disabled the 10 MHz
>> oscillator on the Thunderbolt and used the Thunderbolt to discipline the
>> FE-5680A.  However, I can't find it now.
> I would not do it that way.  My plan is to leave the t-bolt as is and
> then every 24 or so hours adjust the  FE-5680A if required to better
> match the t-bolt.  My hope is that after some time the    FE-5680A
> will less and less frequent adjustments.  This will be a while as my
> FE-5680A is still in the mail.
> I think the FE-5680A has to course of adjustment to be used in the
> "fast" control loop inside the t-bolt
> Chris Albertson
> Redondo Beach, California
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Chuck Forsberg WA7KGX N2469R     caf at omen.com   www.omen.com
Developer of Industrial ZMODEM(Tm) for Embedded Applications
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