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

Chris Waldrup kd4pbj at gmail.com
Fri Aug 4 18:47:17 EDT 2017

Part is MMBT3904

> On Aug 4, 2017, at 5:39 PM, Chris Waldrup <kd4pbj at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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. 
> Chris
>> 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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