[time-nuts] lightening protection of a GPSDO system

Joseph Gwinn joegwinn at comcast.net
Thu Nov 27 13:34:27 EST 2014

Time-nuts Digest, Vol 124, Issue 119

On Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:23:14 -0500, time-nuts-request at febo.com wrote:

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> Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:24:38 +0000
> From: "Dr. David Kirkby (Kirkby Microwave Ltd)"
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> On 27 Nov 2014 03:06, "Bob Camp" <kb8tq at n1k.org> wrote:
>> Hi
>> You need a good antenna setup to get a good disciplined oscillator. The
> bigger question is if you *need* the sort of “better” it gives you. If you
> are running a simple TCXO based GPSDO, you will have a number of issues to
> deal with compared to an OCXO or Rb based system. If “better” is an
> objective, consider the entire system.

There are lightning arrestors designed specifically for outside GPS 
antennas.  These arrestors go in the coax cable from antenna to 
receiver.  Typical setup is to put a lightning rod near the antenna to 
take the main hit, to protect the antenna and arrestor most of the 
time, to save the expense of replacing antenna and arrestor every time.

Joe Gwinn

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