[time-nuts] TAPR TICC boxed
holrum at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 2 13:34:04 EDT 2017
I implemented the channel offset compensation feature specifically to make measuring cable delays more accurate. I wanted to measure my TDR calibration cable and another very precision delay line. I used Heather to null out the channel/connector delays and then replaced one of the "T" cables with the TDR cable.
My test setup / TICC was coming up with a -306 ps channel offset error. The test signal was the 1PPS output of a FTS4060 cesium. Connecting / reconnecting one of the test setup cables and re-doing the offset test (I was averaging for 1800 seconds) could produce compensation values that varied from -300 ps to -325 ps. Just de-doing the offset test without messing with the cables produced values around -300 to -310 ps.
BNC connectors aren't the best for precision timing. I need to re-run the test with SMA cables / T adapter and the precision HP connector torque wrench and see what that looks like. It would also be fun to lay a coax outdoors and see how the delay changes over a day as it heats/cools.
> Some “cables” have very long delay numbers.
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