[time-nuts] Symmetricom X72 interface boards
holrum at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 7 00:06:46 EST 2017
The X72 rubidium oscillator interface board sets have (finally) been shipped to everybody that paid for them. I had hoped to get them out a couple of weeks ago, but ran into a couple of annoying snags...
First, the assembly house built a couple of test articles that were great and were approved for production. Over a week later they came back and said "They're ready... except we can't do the through hole parts. Our through-hole machine is broken and we aren't going to fix it" (turns out they sold the company assets to another company and were letting them deal with it). I wound up hand soldering them... lotsa fun there.
Next, it turned out the the MAX232A RS-232 chips I got in were wonky / fake / haunted. Luckily they are socketed. I bought out the local supply of good / genuine ones. Ahh, such fun. If anybody needs 50 sketchy MAX232A's... I can hook you up.
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