[time-nuts] problem with Efratom FRS-C from eBay

Neville Michie namichie at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 23:07:30 UTC 2008

I have bought from this seller before, no problems.
Another seller from china sold me a LPRO which turned out to be  
would run for a few hours then wobble around for a bit, he replaced  
the unit with no
quibbling. Both sellers gave the cheapest deals.
Just check out the feedback other buyers have given them, they depend  
on high
feedback scores and will do the right thing to maintain them.
Just in case you wanted to know,
cheers, Neville Michie

On 18/10/2008, at 9:47 AM, Robert Darlington wrote:

> Hello all,
> My FRS-C showed up today.  I carefully wired it up and powered it  
> on.  I got
> a nearly 10MHz signal out.  The frequency counter is dancing around  
> a bit
> and I get a 0.02 V on the lock indicator line after about an hour  
> warm up.
> Specs show this should happen in under 10 minutes and it looks like  
> it is
> not locking.   Dead unit?
> I obtained it from this ad:
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290262243079
> The unit that I received does not show TTL after the frequency and  
> the scope
> output looks like a cross between a sinewave and a ringing square  
> wave.  I
> have about 13 feet of RG174 between the FRS and the measurement  
> equipment so
> who knows.   This is the "*Rubidium and GPS DO From
> China<http://stores.ebay.com/Rubidium-and-GPS-DO-From-China>"
> *eBay store, which I thought was pretty reputable so I want to make  
> sure I'm
> not doing anything wrong before I contact the seller, PayPal,  
> etc.*  *There
> was also a big white sticker covering the whole top of the unit.  I  
> had to
> remove it to verify the pinouts and the model information.   
> Hoepfully that
> didn't void my warranty on the $100 paperweight.  Should I let it sit
> overnight?  Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Bob, N3XKB
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