[time-nuts] Trimble Thunderbolt no longer determines the correct date

Brad Dye brad at braddye.com
Thu Aug 10 13:24:23 EDT 2017

The Trimble Thunderbolts are used in many Radio Paging Systems to synchronize their transmitters in simulcast mode. Systems that are using the models affected by the 1024 week epoch are currently off the air or functioning poorly. This is a very serious issue because many doctors and nurses as well as first responders rely on their pagers for emergency notification.

Trimble’s only distributor, Novotech, did not know about it and had no inventory of the new replacement E series Thunderbolt GPS Receivers. Trimble says they are shipping new units from their overseas factory in about 2 weeks — thats the best they can offer!  

I read here on the Time Nuts messages that some are considering: "some in-line device that re-writes the serial data as it comes out of the Thunderbolt”

Does anyone plan to do this? Or does anyone have any ideas for a short-term solution.

Any suggestions would be sincerely appreciated.

Best Regards,

Brad Dye
Editor, The Wireless Messaging News
P.O. Box 266
Fairfield, IL  62837 USA
Telephone: 618-599-7869
Skype: braddye

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