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Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: October 25th, 2010, 8:58 pm
by tmiller11147
Has Tek ever thought of designing in a GPS receiver to disipline the OCXO reference in your counters? It would be a new feature that I am not aware anyone else has. I don't think it would take much effort to do this. There are several very good COTS receivers available that can do this and at not much cost.

Regards,
Tom

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: November 3rd, 2010, 5:04 pm
by steve_tech
Check out Stanford Research. They and Fluke I think have GPS disciplined osc.

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: November 5th, 2010, 10:35 am
by tmiller11147
I was not too clear on what I was saying. Nothing new. :)

Anyway, what I meant was to include the GPS receiver inside the counter. You would connect an external antenna if needed. This would give NIST tracable clocking inherent in the counter. To my knowledge, no one has that.

Tom

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: November 9th, 2010, 2:44 pm
by Carl M
If we added a GPS receiver, how many would you buy?

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: January 19th, 2011, 12:45 pm
by steve_tech
It of course is nice to have an accurate timebase for a frequency counter. However, I think it makes more sense to have an stand alone 10 MHz reference oscillator. In my home lab of 350 instruments, I have two dozen counters, RF gens, synthesizers, etc with external ref inputs. I have a rubidium oscillator and several HP 10811's. Brooks Sherra has a nice article on a GPS locked reference you can build.
One of my current projects is a distribution amplifier.

Steve

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: April 6th, 2011, 12:48 am
by Gorgon
I'm also not sure it's a good selling point :-)

Sure - if you only need one instrument with 'perfect' accuracy then it's probably fine - but then you're only buying one instrument.

In a lab setup - you are much more likely want everyone using the same reference.

Give a man a clock and he 'KNOWS' what time it is - give a man two clocks and he can never be sure :lol:

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: April 10th, 2011, 9:14 am
by peterjennings
tmiller11147 wrote:Has Tek ever thought of designing in a GPS receiver to disipline the OCXO reference in your counters? It would be a new feature that I am not aware anyone else has. I don't think it would take much effort to do this. There are several very good COTS receivers available that can do this and at not much cost.

Regards,
Tom
I still think this is a good suggestion.

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: June 3rd, 2011, 9:59 pm
by laura72
Buck wrote:If we added a GPS receiver, how many would you buy?
I agree, a gps would be a great addition. Tek guys should put a poll on the forum, hopefully if many of us want this, it'll be cheaper in the end! :)

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: June 13th, 2011, 4:36 pm
by Carl M
unfortunately i don't have a way to poll the forum. but you can send us official feedback at http://e-sites2.tek.com/actionrequest/art_ui.home. our engineers read these requests.

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: October 13th, 2011, 9:36 am
by mcarviller
I can see it becoming a 3rd-party solution (one-off) from a Tek alliance partner, if not addressed directly by Tek.

Re: Adding a GPS receiver to your counters

Posted: October 21st, 2011, 1:47 pm
by Carl M
at the risk of sounding like a broken record, please express all desires for features with our official customer feedback form: http://e-sites2.tek.com/actionrequest/art_ui.home

i cannot do anything about feature requests posted in the forums.

no one is discussing a solution. :(

topic locked.