[time-nuts] Closeup photo of Thunderbolt PCB around U19 needed

Chris Waldrup kd4pbj at gmail.com
Fri Aug 4 18:39:03 EDT 2017

Sorry. Should have changed subject line before. Just changed it. 

The EEV blog link shows the transistors but it's too fuzzy to read SMT part markings. If I can get a code I'll try and look it up online. 

Thank you. 


> On Aug 4, 2017, at 5:27 PM, Chris Waldrup <kd4pbj at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks guys. 
> I've opened up my T bolt and noticed a SOT23 packaged part has the top blown off. 
> The PPS BNC jack has U19 beside it. 
> The next part is blown. Could someone take a closeup of the five parts around U19?
> The intact parts are marked:
> 5Dz
> 1AM
> and two 2Az parts. 
> Chris
>> On Aug 4, 2017, at 4:13 PM, Arthur Dent <golgarfrincham at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Actually that isn't my photo I linked to but one I just Googled. That is
>> probably a board revision most people don't have but it was the first one
>> I saw so I used it just to show that the GPS receiver is part of the
>> only circuit board and not another easily replaceable board like in some
>> other units.
>> I just took a couple of photos of the later revision of the board for
>> anyone interested in seeing what might be fried. In the photo of the
>> top of the board the signal comes into a filter then to a 25db amp
>> marked AM50002 by Macom. Above the filter near the input is where the
>> decoupled +5VDC for the antenna is connected. If you are only reading
>> 0.5VDC, if your're lucky it might only be the amp is fried and that
>> could be an easy fix. If the 5VDC is ok with the amp input pin lifted,
>> it might be the only problem. I wouldn't bet on it though. The 4031 I
>> believe is a 1575.42 SAW filter
>> The photo of the bottom of the receiver area shows a Sawtek filter and
>> other parts. At the bottom of the photo is C460, a feedthrough capacitor
>> and that might be where the receiver output is but where my Tbolts are
>> working I don't feel the need to look into whether you could connect
>> the output of a seperate GPS receiver there to make it work.
>> I do have one Tbolt that has no oscillator. I brought the EFC and 10Mhz
>> connections to SMA connectors on the back so I can test other oscillators
>> or GPSDOs that don't have an easy way to monitor of graph the stability
>> of those units and using Lady Heather gives me a good way to compare the
>> graphs to ones I'm used to. You might possibly be able to replace the
>> built-in receiver but it might be easier to buy a working Thunderbolt.
>> http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac262/rjb1998/GPS%20top%201_zpslgxunnyw.jpg
>> http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac262/rjb1998/GPS%20bottom%201_zpschvruppt.jpg
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