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

Adrian Godwin artgodwin at gmail.com
Thu Aug 10 19:55:01 EDT 2017

While it wouldn't be difficult to build such a device, manufacturing a
decent quantity in less than 2 weeks to beat Trimble would be a tall order.

There are, however, programmable converters : all the hardware you need and
just needs some suitable software. For example :


It does rather more than you need, there may be cheaper alternatives.

On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 6:24 PM, Brad Dye <brad at braddye.com> wrote:

> 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
> http://www.braddye.com
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