[time-nuts] Is there any Ubuntu/Linux Software for the Z3801A?

walter shawlee 2 walter2 at sphere.bc.ca
Thu Dec 1 13:07:57 EST 2016

After re-working the lab I have my Z3801A in, I realized there's no windows
computers left anywhere near there.  Is there any monitoring software that will 
run on my 16.04 Ubuntu Linux machines?  I have the Z3801A with an external 
antenna, that drives a 10Mhz distribution amp for optional external references 
around the lab. I don't have anything looking at it, however, so I am not sure 
if that is actually correcting the GPSDO or I am seeing the raw oscillator, 
which si pretty good by itself.  The other shop counters have externally 
NIST-cal'd hp 10811A's in them, so they are pretty accurate anyway, but I am 
curious to know the real story.

I also have a re-cycled rubidium module and ovenized oscillator cal'd to NIST in 
tandem as another check source I put together this year.  I'm just looking for 
external validation of those last few figures. I guess that is an occupational 
problem of having too many sources and counters, one is never really totally 
certain. kind of a local quantum cloud of measurement uncertainty.

I was able to get those surplus DeLorme GPS pucks running under Ubuntu, I ran 
VMware to host an XP install, then tracked down the XP-only serial emulator 
needed to read the USB puck interface, and ta-da, it works. Hideously 
complicated way to see if they were good, but I was curious to know.  No VMware 
in that lab, however, so looking for a native app to read the Z3801A

any useful Z3801A software suggestions appreciated,
all the best,

Walter Shawlee 2, President
Sphere Research Corporation
3394 Sunnyside Rd.,  West Kelowna,  BC
V1Z 2V4  CANADA  Phone: (250) 769-1834
walter2 at sphere.bc.ca
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