[time-nuts] FE-5680A sweep range setting

Bob Camp lists at rtty.us
Sat Mar 1 10:55:37 EST 2014


I am not at all sure that a mid setting on the VCXO is really the right thing to do. I’ve seen quite a few Rb’s from a number of manufacturers. They all seem to set up the sweep process so it sweeps fairly far low but not very far high. There are multiple quantum state transitions possible with a Rb. They may be trying to get the good one and avoid a near by bad one.


On Mar 1, 2014, at 10:35 AM, Magnus Danielson <magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org> wrote:

> On 24/02/14 19:14, Paul Berger wrote:
>> A couple further observations, to make life easier when adjusting C245
>> you can unplug the top card and move it aside, the CVXO will lock
>> without it, but you will not have the 10MHz to monitor, but you can
>> monitor the CVXO output instead.  On the 6 pin connector you will see a
>> 1 near the outer long edge of the second card, the CVXO output appears
>> on pin 5 of this connector and on mine, it locks at 50.25505808 MHz
>> according to my 5335A.   I also noted that when the 5680A is well warmed
>> up it sweeps through a much smaller range.
> In that case it would be good if the "mid" voltage would be established, so that once lock have been achieved, further trimming can be done until the VCXO steering is in the middle of the range. That would make sure there is plenty of margin to either end, rather than sitting on the edge and just barely lock.
> Cheers,
> Magnus
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