[time-nuts] Two PICTIC II bare boards for sale

Tom Van Baak tvb at LeapSecond.com
Tue Oct 23 17:10:29 EDT 2012

Let me know if you want to pursue the display project. There are other examples out there, but none as nice as the original hp version. I'm still hoping someone will take this on as a labor-of-love and create a "universal" GPSDO display; not just functional, but beautiful. If you're up for it, contact me off-line and I can share pinouts, design info, and resources. Neither I or others have the time to do it ourselves. But it would be a wonderful project with free-glory maker-style or paid-gory commercial possibilities.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Danon" <mdanon1 at gmail.com>
To: "Tom Van Baak" <tvb at leapsecond.com>; "Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement" <time-nuts at febo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Two PICTIC II bare boards for sale

> OK, thanks Tom. I didnt realize.
> On 10/23/12, Tom Van Baak <tvb at leapsecond.com> wrote:
>>> Hey guys, im still looking to buy an optio 01 kit for my HP 58503A...
>>> if anyone happesn to know where I might pick one up, I would great
>>> appreciate it.
>> Hi Mark,
>> Postings like this are sort of ok, but not twice in a week.
>> The 58503A itself is an exceptional device but the addition of the 01 kit
>> (or the 58503B's that include the display/keyboard by default) make an
>> especially beautiful and useful bench instrument. You probably don't know
>> that these kits are quite rare and command a very high price. My suggestion
>> is to keep an open search on eBay and one may show up within a year for
>> under 500. You can sometimes find a used 58503B with display for around 1k.
>> Or you cold hunt for a dead unit that still has the display, case, and
>> buttons intact and use all the parts.
>> Alternatively you can home-brew a nice LCD, Nixie, or VFD display for the
>> 58503 using existing headers on the board or using SCPI over a RS232 tap. I
>> think it would be a fun project; something you could share with the group. I
>> suspect quite a number people would be interested. Furthermore, if you did
>> it as a RS232 tap and enjoy microcontrollers, you could make it work with
>> many different models (Z3801, 58503, 59551, Fury, and TBolts).
>> /tvb
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