[time-nuts] Thunderbolt Group Buy, part 1

Didier Juges didier at cox.net
Mon May 5 21:05:05 EDT 2008

Great news Tom and John.

Thanks for taking the time on behalf of so many others.

Anxiously waiting for more news,

Didier KO4BB

> -----Original Message-----
> From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com 
> [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Tom Van Baak
> Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 4:55 AM
> To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
> Subject: [time-nuts] Thunderbolt Group Buy, part 1
> About a year ago, when surplus Thunderbolt GPS receivers 
> first appeared on eBay, several of us pursued the idea of a 
> time-nuts group buy. We kept it fairly quiet at the time 
> while we probed the source, verified actual performance, and 
> negotiated quantity & pricing.
> Recall that the first Thunderbolts on eBay fetched prices on 
> the order of $300 (I know, I bought the first one).
> Later the price floated down to the $200 level. Even this 
> price seemed like a good deal for such a name-brand GPSDO.
> These almost new unused Thunderbolts are quite nice; with 
> performance much better than shown on Trimble's web site.
> Last year about 50 of you put in "pre-orders" for a total of 
> about 80 units. With that leverage we negotiated a deal with 
> the original California supplier.
> I'm very pleased to announce that TAPR is going to stock 
> these Thunderbolts for us and handle ordering and payment 
> issues. Note that TAPR is non-profit and our time-nuts list 
> has a non-commercial, amateur and hobby focus. So you will 
> get these Thunderbolts at cost.
> The group price is just $115 each. You get a Trimble 
> Thunderbolt AND a nice universal AC input +5/+12/-12 volt DC 
> power supply AND the mating 6-pin DC Molex power connector 
> AND a BNC-F antenna adapter.
> I will advise you when the official TAPR.org Thunderbolt 
> ordering web page is ready.
> For an example of what you will receive, see:
> http://www.leapsecond.com/pages/tapr-tbolt/
> 1) Those of you who "pre-ordered" last year will get
>    email this week with instructions on how to submit
>    payment for the Thunderbolt(s) you previously said
>    you would like to buy.
> 2) Those of you newcomers to Time-Nuts should expect
>    to wait until the first batch has been shipped and
>    TAPR is ready for you. There should be enough for
>    everyone; so don't panic.
> Flat rate shipping will be about $9 (US), $23 (Canada), or 
> $37 (international). Same shipping for 1, 2, or 3 units per 
> box, I'm told.
> I hope you agree the wait was worth it. Whether it's your 
> first Thunderbolt or not -- this is an amazing deal for any 
> of us. A lot of work went into making it happen.
> /tvb
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