[time-nuts] Is a crystal likely to change frequency by 3% ?

Dr. David Kirkby (Kirkby Microwave Ltd) drkirkby at kirkbymicrowave.co.uk
Fri Sep 12 18:52:08 EDT 2014

Dr David Kirkby
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On 12 Sep 2014 12:18, "Bob Camp" <kb8tq at n1k.org> wrote:
> Hi


> If this is an RTC, it’s probably running off of a battery when the
machine is powered down. It is far more likely that the oscillator is
dropping out (stopping) rather than shifting frequency.

Good point,  I never thought of that. I have however noticed that analogue
quartz clocks slow as the battery goes flat. But maybe too they stop and
start. It would make an interesting experiment to check it, but one would
need some method of logging the time from the hands.  Conceptually that is
not difficult,  but it needs more work than I want to do. One could do it
with a video camera and a fair bit of work writing the software. Probably
easier is logging battery voltage and current as that should show if it
starts and stops.

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