3 Vintage Sulzers Compared

I did two hour measurement runs of three ’60s vintage Sulzer frequency standards against perhaps the best modern quartz standard available.  These are pretty amazing results.

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TASS Switching System announced, and fun with enclosures

Today TAPR announced availability of a project I’ve been working on for a while, a computer-controlled switch system called the TASS.  It consists of an 8-port relay bank that handles from DC to 150 MHz, a shield for an Arduino, and open source software for the Arduino. You can order the boards from http://tapr.org/kits_tass.html. I also designed an enclosure for a TASS board plus touchscreen controller, and had that built by Front Panel Express.  Here are some pictures of the […]

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Testing a ’60s vintage Sulzer OCXO — with a twist

Over the years I’ve acquired a whole bunch of Sulzer OCXOs.  One is dead, several have oven temperature control problems, but I have three powered up in the rack that still work amazingly well. This one, Sulzer #3, is particularly interesting.  It’s not on the standard 2.5 or 5 MHz frequency.  Instead it runs at 5.006 880 MHz.  That happens to be a submultiple of the Cesium transition frequency.  And I’ve been told, but unfortunately can’t prove, that this unit […]

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More OCXO Adjustments

More twiddling of the OCXOs this afternoon. Austron 1250A:  was tune 375, +3.9e9; now tune 340, +4.5e12 FTS 1050A: was tune 55000, +2.1e9; now tune 54614, -1.7e12 Sulzer #1 (2.5 MHz): was tune +0.39, +7.2e9; now tune -0.56 (CCW past zero), -3.2e12 Sulzer #2 (5 MHz): was tune 9.23, -1.4e9; now tune 9.31, -1.2e11 All these comparisons are against an HP 5061A Cesium standard that tracks GPS at about -2e13.  The Sulzers have mechanical tuning (flexible shaft to a piston […]

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Some Frequency Trimming

I normally don’t adjust the frequency of the half dozen high quality quartz oscillators I have running in the lab.  I don’t rely on them for absolute frequency precision as I have better sources for that.  But I thought it was time to get them all tweaked reasonably closely so the offset isn’t too bad for a new set of experiments I’m getting ready to start. First was my OSA 8607-008 BVA, which was powered on in 2012 and hasn’t […]

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John’s New Geekblog

I’ve intermittently had a blog running at febo.com for years now.  I used it mainly as a logbook of experiments, and it wasn’t intended to be entertaining for visitors.  I recently discovered that the blogging engine I used was hopelessly obsolete, so I’ve moved into the 21st century and installed WordPress for the new, improved John’s Geekblog.  If I can recover them, I will also upload some of the more pertinent posts from the old blog, just for my reference. […]

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