[time-nuts] HP 59309A Clock runs, sets via GPIB, but no GPIB output?
pete at petelancashire.com
Fri Oct 7 22:32:58 EDT 2016
Those voltages look a bit too high. Shoot for setting them to their values
or even a couple percent low.
On Oct 7, 2016 5:27 PM, "Mark Spencer" <mark at alignedsolutions.com> wrote:
> Hi in the (probably unlikely) event another tester would help I have a
> 59309a and a spare prologix gpib / Ethernet adaptor.
> I may try this code out at some point in any event.
> Best regards
> Mark S
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Oct 7, 2016, at 5:15 PM, Tom Van Baak <tvb at LeapSecond.com> wrote:
> > Hi Bob,
> > Yes, the hp 59309A is a wonderful little LED clock. I just re-tested the
> program I wrote to read/write the time and it still works.
> > For others that are wondering, the code is at
> http://leapsecond.com/tools/hp59309.c and a Win32 exe is there too.
> > Anyway, one possible suggestion is for you to use ++read 10 instead of
> just ++read. The 59309A is an early byte-oriented HP-IB device and the
> Prologix command set is more meant for line oriented communication (using
> CR or LF or EOI for termination). So when I use ++read10 everything is
> fine, but ++read, or ++read9 or ++read11 or ++read anything else will cause
> the Prologix to go into an infinite loop.
> > One other idea that may shed light on your problem is to use the /d
> (debug) option and have a look at the exact communication between the
> program and the Prologix and the 59309A. Then do the same with your Python
> code to see if it matches, down to the byte. Again, these vintage HP-IB
> instruments are wonderfully simple but they don't always take well to
> things we take for granted these days like extraneous line terminators or
> spaces or open-ended reads and such. If you really want some fun, use a
> GPIB bus analyzer.
> > Attached is the debug log from my 59309A.
> > If all else fails I can send you a known working 59309A so you can tell
> if the problem is with your PC, your Python tool, your Prologix, or your
> > /tvb
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Bob" <bob at marinelli.org>
> > To: "TimeNuts" <time-nuts at febo.com>
> > Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2016 12:56 PM
> > Subject: [time-nuts] HP 59309A Clock runs, sets via GPIB, but no GPIB
> > I'd like to ask the HP 59309A owners on time-nuts if the following
> symptoms sound familiar, and if so, what would the fix be?
> > o New-to-me HP 59309A clock.
> > o Late build, 1985 date code on many parts.
> > o I replaced the big 1900 uF electrolytic before plugging it in.
> > o Visual inspection very clean, no corrosion, no battery.
> > o 12v reads 13.1v, 5v reads 5.3v, -2v reads -2.9v.
> > o Front panel switches and buttons all work as expected.
> > o Internal and external osc. both work as expected.
> > o Internal "format" switch set to 0000 i.e. comma, cal, no space.
> > o GPIB works to *set* the time, using Prologix Ethernet adapter.
> > o Prologix Ethernet adapter attached directly to the clock, no cables.
> > o Python code to set via GPIB attached below.
> > o Setting time via GPIB always works, tried many times.
> > o Reading time has never worked. All I get is lots of ASCII
> > o Reading with Prologix ++read command
> > o Switches set to 1100010 i.e. Listen, ADDR 2 for normal operation
> > o Tried switches as 0000010 i.e. Talk Only, also resulted in continuous
> > o Tried very long delays between every GPIB command, no change.
> > o Tried removing top cover and running a fan to bring entire clock to
> 21C, no change.
> > o Tried gently reseating the four boards and three socketed PROMS, no
> > Thanks to TVB for hp59309.c sample Windows Prologix USB code. I based
> the Python Ethernet code on TVB, to read from the clock he sends command C
> and then ++read. When I do that all I get are a zillion 0x34 '4'
> > Seems strange that all the GPIB commands work. I tried R reset, P pause
> T resume D day H hour M minute S second manually and they all work just
> fine. I have never been able to read anything reasonable though.
> > As to the Prologix Ethernet adapter, I believe it is working OK
> electrically as I have been using it for weeks at a time reading PPS time
> intervals from a trusty HP 5334B counter, the adapter has read hundreds of
> thousands times from the 5334B.
> > Is there a trick to using the Prologix to read from the 59309A?
> > I did notice that the 59309A has at least one trick - in TVB's code
> where he reads the Prologix settings and only writes them if they need to
> be changed, that is actually required(!). Just writing them every time
> seems to put the adapter into a strange state.
> > Page 4-2 of the 59309A manual seems to imply that the "Output State
> Machine" generates the GPIB output messages, using input from the "Data
> Memory". AFAICT, those two functional blocks are the only ones that are
> not working for me.
> > I think A4U18 ROM is OK as it handles GPIB command decoding and R P T D
> H M S commands all work.
> > A5U15 appears to do the ASCII encoding for SP, CR, LF, ", : so it may or
> may not be OK.
> > A5U2 is described as "STATE MACHINE ROM (A5U2). This 4K ROM controls the
> operation of the circuits that develop the talk output of the 59309A." Has
> anyone experienced failure of this ROM, and do the symptoms match what I'm
> > This is a lovely clock, and while I can't actually think of a reason to
> *need* the GPIB time output, I'd still like to fix it.
> > Cheers,
> > Bob Marinelli
> > <59309-log.txt>
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