[time-nuts] Thanks: Lady Heather Version 5 is now available

Tom Knox actast at hotmail.com
Sat Dec 10 13:29:17 EST 2016

This seems like an idea time to send my thanks to all involved in the development of Lady Heather as well as the many Time-Nut that have contributed to the advancement  and accessibility of the science of Time and Frequency. This thanks goes to all from those scientists I am barely smart enough to get coffee for, to the amateur just starting the path of learn about Time and Frequency. I have heard it said the only dumb question is the one we fail to ask.

Thanks Again and Happy Holidays;

Thomas Knox
Sr Test and Measurement Engineer
Quantum Electromagnetics Division
Boulder Colorado 80305
tom.knox at nist.gov and actast at hotmail.com

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Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2016 8:56 AM
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Subject: [time-nuts] Lady Heather Version 5 is now available

Lady Heather version 5.0 is now available for download from:
Lady Heather's Disciplined Oscillator Control Program<http://www.ke5fx.com/heather/readme.htm>
Command-line Options for Current Release (V3.XX) Startup command line options should be placed on the TARGET line in the Lady Heather program PROPERTIES or in the ...

Many thanks to John Miles for hosting the distribution and his work on the Windows installer, PDF documentation file, readme file, and bring an all-around good guy.

Heather now has some proper user documentation.  Check the heather.pdf file and/or the comments in the first 3500+ lines of the heather.cpp file.  Heather can be compiled for Linux (including the Raspberry Pi) and macOS.  Download the heatherx11.zip file and check the readme.txt file for compilation instructions.

There are MANY new features in Heather.  One of the main ones is support for many new receiver types.  When Heather is started it defaults to attempting to automatically determine the receiver type.   You can bypass this and force the receiver type using the new "/rx..." command line options.  Some receiver types cannot be auto-detected.  Also many receivers power up speaking NMEA and you can enable their native binary language using the /rx commands.  Native binary mode gives better information and allows controlling the receiver configuration and settings.

Currently-supported receivers include:
Trimble Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt-E
Acron Zeit WWVB receiver
UCCM - Trimble / Symmetricom GPSDOs
NEC GPSDO (STAR-4 compatible)
GPSD interface
Jupiter-T (aka Zodiac)
Lucent KS24361 REF0/Z3811A (19200:8:N:1)
Motorola binary format
Generic NMEA receiver
Trimble Resolution T family with odd parity
Sirf binary
Generic Trimble TSIP binary
Ublox UBX binary
Venus mixed binary / NMEA
Nortel SCPI-compatible GPSDOs (NTWB, NTPX, etc.)
Z3801A and compatible SCPI GPSDOs
HP 5xxxx-style SCPI
Oscilloquartz STAR-4 (via the management interface)
NVS binary
PC system clock (no receiver)

After installing Heather, you should edit the heather.cfg file (or the PROPERTIES setting for the desktop icon) for your desired configuration.  Everybody should change the "/tz" option for their time zone... it comes set up for the US central time zone.  International uses should add a "/b..." command to set their daylight savings time information.   On Windows, you can press the "n" key and that will bring up NOTEPAD to edit the file.  For the changes to take effect you will need to re-start Heather (or do a "r heather.cfg" keyboard command).

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