[time-nuts] Thunderbolt AMU to dBc conversion

Mark Sims holrum at hotmail.com
Sat Feb 13 16:48:20 UTC 2010

The data was collected in 0.1 dB / AMU steps.  There was a lot of noise in the raw data (maybe +/- 1 dB or AMU),  but the general trend of the curve was quite distinct.   I smoothed it out by hand and filled in a few (maybe 15) of the missing steps that had no signal.  

The 0.1 resolution of the raw data causes the piecewise linear steps in the data.  I was going to run a smoothing filter over it,  but the curve is pretty good as-is (especially considering how it was generated).

Heather now uses a table lookup from 0.0 to 25.5 AMU with a linear approximation over 25.5 AMU to convert AMU values to dBc values when drawing the signal level map if the receiver is in AMU mode.  The plots collected in AMU mode and dBc mode are virtually indistinguishable (within the normal variation seen between two different runs in dBc mode). 		 	   		  
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