[time-nuts] Of rubidium life and piggy-bank anemia....
cfharris at erols.com
Thu Nov 29 21:34:58 EST 2007
A very old saying:
Give a man a watch and he will always know what time it is. Give
him two, and he is never sure.
> This was the road to hell for me :) I bought a Z3801A (moral equivalent
> to the Trimble Thunderbolt) back in 2000. I've happily used it as my
> house reference for both PPS and 10MHz for many years confident that I
> have a solid timebase.
> For the last several years I've been designing spectrometers for radio
> telescopes and it's been convenient and sometimes essential to have a
> timebase that's not too much worse than a modern radio telescope. I see
> the lock light, I make a few plots, and I get a warm feeling that I know
> what time it is.
> I recently bought an Rb source for fun. Nominally I use it as the
> timebase for my frequency counter and run everything else off of the
> z3801a. Now I live in constant state of flux not really knowing what
> 10MHz is anymore. I need more clocks, my Rb source is amplifying my
> personality quirks.
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