[time-nuts] PicPlot GPIB to RS-232

paul swed paulswedb at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 13:38:50 EST 2011


Indeed I have 5 of these boxes and they will talk to lots of devices etc.
They come in different vintages. Some will go to 19.2 Kb/s while blackbox
as an example will do 56 Kb/s. So that's something to watch out for as far
as setting your application up.
These show up at flea markets for $5. No one cares about them so I have
grabbed them when I see them. Some look beat but they all seem to work just
fine.
Interfacing is pretty simple you can even use hyperterminal as an example
for basic stuff.
Unfortunately no one is adapting the more modern software to leverage
these. Though I did see in Nat Intruments they support rs232 instruments,
but the you need the NI LAB key....
Regards
Paul.
WB8TSL

On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Bob Camp <lists at rtty.us> wrote:

> Hi
>
> We used to have a *lot* of stuff running on IOTech's. They are indeed good
> boxes.
>
> Bob
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On
> Behalf Of Mike S
> Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 12:28 PM
> To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
> Subject: Re: [time-nuts] PicPlot GPIB to RS-232
>
> At 09:00 PM 11/13/2011, Bob Smither wrote...
> >Does anyone have experience with this GPIB to RS-232 converter:
> >
> >   http://www.webalice.it/hotwater/PicPlot.htm
>
> Watch ebay for IOTech Micro488/(A, or EX) controllers. I got a couple
> for $20-30 each. Only issue was the battery in the DS1216 was used up,
> so I had to do a reset each time I powered them up. I've since modified
> them to use a couple of CR1232 cells, and they work fine.
>
> The documentation can be found here:
> ftp://ftp.measurementcomputing.com/Manuals/Micro488EX%20Users%20Manual.pdf
>
> They're pretty straight forward to use. I'm pretty sure the Black Box
> controllers mentioned here (
> http://www.ko4bb.com/Test_Equipment/GPIB.php ), are just relabeled
> IOTechs.
>
>
>
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