Product Documents & Files

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System Diagrams: Timing Signal Distribution Over Fiber System diagram showing timing signal distribution over fiber for long distances or crossing red/black security domains. pdf - 330 KB
Monday, November 12, 2012
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System Diagrams: Alternative PNT Diagram A graphical representation of approaches to references for position, navigation and timing pdf - 597 KB
Saturday, September 26, 2015
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System Diagrams: IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) System diagram showing SecureSync grandmaster with SecureSync and PCIe slave. pdf - 419 KB
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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System Diagrams: Indoor GPS Location These diagrams describe the issues relating to GPS for indoor positioning and navigation. 
  • Typically you'd consider a pseudo-satellite appriach but which require a specially designed receiver
  • A GPS RF simulator could generate signals that a GPS receiver would interpret as a single (pre-programmed) position (or trajectory) which could be useful for "zone positioning"
  • A GPS repeater would do something similar but the GPS receiver would always interpret at the position of the outdoors GPS antenna
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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System Diagrams: Legal EHR Diagram System diagram for legal EHR based on NetClock. pdf - 300 KB
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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System Diagrams: Legally Traceable Time Diagram System diagram for BIPM and NIST/USNO through GPS. pdf - 3 MB
Thursday, July 26, 2012
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System Diagrams: Multiple GPS Receiver Testing System diagram for multiple GPS receiver testing. pdf - 212 KB
Friday, January 6, 2012
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System Diagrams: Reliable Network Time Protocol (NTP) Configuration System diagram for reliable Network Time Protocol (NTP) configuration. pdf - 378 KB
Monday, July 7, 2014
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Space Cesium & Maser Clock Ensemble Space Passive Hydrogen Maser - Performance, Lifetime Data And GIOVE-B Related Telemetries. pdf - 285 KB
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Technical Notes and Briefs: LPFRS Warm-Up Plot pdf - 535 KB
Thursday, February 7, 2008
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Synchronizing Windows Computers The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information on synchronizing Windows 7, 2008, 2003 and 2000 Stand-Alone PCs and Domain Controllers, as well as Windows 7, 2008, 2003, VISTA, XP, 2000, NT, 98 and 95 clients with a Spectracom NTP time server. pdf - 2 MB
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Path Align-R Field Verification Check The following operational checks of the Path Align-R™ may be made by personnel in the field to confirm proper operation of both Path Align-R™ units, their coax cables and the waveguide adapters (transitions). This confirmation may be made prior to climbing the towers or whenever an operational confidence check needs to be made in the field, without access to test equipment or electronic technicians. pdf - 345 KB
Thursday, May 3, 2012
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Technical Notes and Briefs: GPS Receiver Mobile Mode Operation Starting with Tsync-PCIe firmware Release version 2.0.0, all TSync-PCIe timing boards that contain an internal GPS receiver have the capability of operating in either the factory default “Standard” mode (Also known as the “Stationary” mode) or can instead be programmed to operate in the available “Mobile” mode (also known as “Continuous” mode). pdf - 151 KB
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Outdoor GPS Antenna Installation Considerations Many Orolia timing and synchronization products utilize an embedded GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) receiver as a primary reference. Typical installations utilize an outdoor active GNSS antenna to collect and transmit GNSS satellite radio signals to the receiver via an RF cable. This technical note describes the main considerations for a successful outdoor GNSS antenna installation for a timing application: pdf - 325 KB
Friday, January 25, 2019
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Active Maser Clock for Space Clock Ensemble Development Of The Space Active Hydrogen Maser for the Aces Mission. pdf - 700 KB
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Periodic inspection of Kannad 406 ELTs: S18XX502-25-12 Rev 06 Rev 06 – Issue Mar. 16/2020 pdf - 612 KB
Monday, March 16, 2020
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Technical Notes and Briefs: The Onboard Galileo Rubidium and Passive Maser - Status & Performance Galileo program is approved by the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA). The activities related to GSTBV2 experimental satellite as well as the implementation of the In Orbit Validation phase are in progress. Atomic clocks represent critical equipment for the satellite navigation system and clocks development has been continuously supported by ESA. pdf - 571 KB
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Technical Notes and Briefs: In-Field Coax Connector Test Using the Path Align-R A Path Align-R test set can be used in lieu of expensive cable sweeping equipment. Simply attach the Path Align-R to each end of the connectorized coax and measure the “Cable Loss” at the specific frequency the cable will see during operation. Also, if more than one coax is going to be attached to the tower, you can compare the “Cable Loss” of each coax before they are installed. pdf - 205 KB
Thursday, May 3, 2012
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Technical Notes and Briefs: GPS WEEK NUMBER ROLLOVER ISSUES pdf - 108 KB
Friday, May 25, 2018
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Technical Notes and Briefs: GPS Lightning Surge Protection Facilities with connections to the outside may suffer damage due to lightning. Electronic components are extremely sensitive to high voltage from major energy sources such as lightning, which is the most common danger. It also has the characteristic of being completely unforeseeable. To protect people and equipment from lightning, it is essential to ensure that all wired connections from building exteriors include the appropriate form of protection. pdf - 134 KB
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Technical Notes and Briefs: GPS Radiation Considerations When using a Spectracom GSG series GPS/GNSS signal generator with an optional antenna, one must consider regulations controlling the radiation of GPS-like signals into the air. This document describes the analysis for limiting these signals according to United States requirements. pdf - 205 KB
Thursday, May 3, 2012
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Technical Notes and Briefs: How to Restore Analog Radio Coverage Stolen by Narrowbanding Coverage problems were created when analog systems were narrow-banded. Mission critical communications
demand the ability of officers in the field to communicate when necessary. Simulcast and receiver voting
can improve talk-in with maximum return on your investment – which is far less expensive than a major
infrastructure build-out to add channels or a forklift radio change to P25 or DMR.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Swiss Space Atomic Clock Technologies and Applications in Space Science pdf - 753 KB
Saturday, February 1, 2014
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Periodic inspection of Compact and Integra ELT: S18XX501-25-01 Rev01 Rev 01 – Issue Mar. 16/2020 pdf - 706 KB
Monday, March 16, 2020
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Programming Interfaces for Automation and Remote Control for GSG Series Simulators One of the benefits of Orolia GSG Series GPS/GNSS simulators is that it does not require any external controller and can operate for 31 days continuously (longer if the unit is connected to the internet). However, there are many situations where remote control from an external program is helpful and required when integrating GPS signals with other test parameters. GSG simulators can be connected to a PC using Ethernet, GPIB or USB. A SCPI command set allows for remote control and integration into test systems. pdf - 137 KB
Monday, December 31, 2018
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Aligning Antenna Links Using Frequencies Outside of the Path Align-R Band Range An antenna system whose link frequency is designed outside the frequency band edge of the Path Align-R can still have its path alignment correctly adjusted, as long as the antenna system uses a waveguide which can operate at both the link frequency and a nearby frequency covered by the Path Align-R. pdf - 539 KB
Thursday, May 3, 2012
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Technical Notes and Briefs: 2018 KANNAD ELT MAINTENANCE POLICY pdf - 137 KB
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Reminder on ELT battery replacement requirements: SL S18XX50X-25-03 Rev 00 – Issue Feb. 10/2016 pdf - 426 KB
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Epsilon Clock Issue: 2019 GPS Rollover Event In the process of testing the 2019 rollover event, the Orolia Engineering department has determined that this year’s event will potentially affect a limited volume of equipments embedding a Trimble Lassen IQ receiver, despite a Rollover week event compliant notice from the vendor. As a result, the time code may be affected but the GPS will remain locked. The following products have been identified: EC20S, EC22S. Support Bulletin
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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Technical Notes and Briefs: iSource+ RMO Mounting AppNote Rubidium Master Oscillator (RMO) Mounting Recommendations for Optimal Heat Sink pdf - 384 KB
Monday, December 10, 2018
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Technical Notes and Briefs: A Summary of References for the Design of Microwave Links Here is a summary of wireless supporting information useful in the design and management of microwave links. pdf - 225 KB
Sunday, May 3, 2015
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Technical Notes and Briefs: NTP Server Capacity Testing Large-scale NTP deployments require consideration for the network’s time synchronization architecture. Network time deployments are usually driven by considerations for reliability, scalability, manageability and security. The capability of modern NTP servers, such as Spectracom SecureSync® and NetClock® time servers, is such that capacity does not impact the design of the synchronization architecture.  pdf - 202 KB
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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Technical Notes and Briefs: eLoran as a SecureSync Timing Reference Product Brief describing eLoran as a SecureSync timing reference. pdf - 784 KB
Friday, July 15, 2016
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Galileo GIOVE Atomic Rubidium & Passive Maser Clocks The Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element (GIOVE) is an experiment led by the European Space Agency (ESA) aimed at supporting the on-going implementation of Galileo, the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). pdf - 947 KB
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Email Notification Setup for SecureSync and NetClock 9400 This document is designed to help you configure Email Alerts to generate automatic emails when certain events occur on an Orolia time server with 5.1.x software. pdf - 759 KB
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Maintenance Policy for all Kannad ELTs: SL S18XX50X-25-02 Rev 04 – Issue Jan. 24/2018 pdf - 137 KB
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Passive Maser Performance & Lifetime Space Passive Hydrogen Maser- Performance and lifetime data. pdf - 1021 KB
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Differences Between NTP and SNTP NTP (Network Time Protocol) and SNTP (Simple Network Time Protocol) are very similar TCP/IP protocols in that they use the same time packet from a Time Server message to compute accurate time. The procedure used by the Time Server to assemble and send out a time stamp is exactly the same whether NTP (i.e. full implementation NTP) is being used, or if SNTP is being used. pdf - 64 KB
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Time Server Port Isolation for Secure Networks When leveraging a single master clock / time server across several network segments there are various approaches to port isolation: software isolation, or hardware isolation via multiple processors, unidirectional communication of timing data, or electrical isolation by using fiber optics. pdf - 68 KB
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Changes in the WWVB Radio Signal Affects Precision Frequency and Timing Reference

Spectracom had used the WWVB signal to synchronize its time and frequency references and master clocks in North America before the wide-spread use of GPS for precision timing applications. The last of these WWVB products has not been promoted for over 10 years and officially went end-of-life in 2005. A change in the WWVB signal was being considered in recent years to reduce impact of electro-magnetic interference and allowing for improved reception in consumer-grade clocks and watches1. However, this change affects the operation of precise time and frequency standards whose receivers are based on phase-locked loops, such as Spectracom WWVB receivers, so these products will no longer operate as intended.

References:
[1] J.P. Lowe, “We Help Move Time through the Air”, Radio World, March 23, 2011, Vol. 35, No. 8 pp. 69, 70.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Atomic Clocks and Timing Systems in Global Navigation Satellite Systems Accurate and ultra-stable atomic clocks have been recognized as the critical equipment for the precision Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). SpectraTime (SpT) and T4Science (T4S) are space and ground clocks manufacturers of Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standard (RAFS) and Active & Passive Hydrogen Maser (HM) for various navigation systems (European, Chinese and Indian) and other programs. pdf - 689 KB
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Kannad recommendations following Cobham SB 02/2011 and EASA AD 2011-0103: SL S18XXXXX-25-02 Rev 00 – Issue Jun. 15/2011 pdf - 214 KB
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Lifetime of Space Passive Hydrogen Maser Accurate and ultra-stable space qualified atomic clocks represent critical equipment for the precision Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The Passive Hydrogen Maser (PHM), with its excellent frequency stability performance, is the master clock for European Navigation satellite payload, and is the most stable clock ever flown for GNSS. pdf - 500 KB
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Spectratime Product Safety Data Sheet (PSDS) PSDS (Product Safety Data Sheet) contains information which should answer any questions relating to handling/shipping of Rubidium (Rb) oscillators and products containing those oscillators. pdf - 43 KB
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Time Synchronization for Secure Networks using Fiber Government and military networks often utilize the concept of unclassified (black) networks vs classified (red) networks to manage levels of information security. Since a complete “air-gap” around a highly sensitive network is not practical, every data connection is evaluated as a security risk. To synchronize a master source of time on a red network, Spectracom offers a fiber optical IRIG time code link between a SecureSync master-slave pair to offer high accuracy timing to a classified network while satisfying the requirements of SIPRNET, NIPRNET and other ultra-secure network systems. pdf - 254 KB
Thursday, May 8, 2014
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Technical Notes and Briefs: GPS Week Rollover Issues - Public Safety Products PDF - 124 KB
Monday, December 31, 2018
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Technical Notes and Briefs: A Guide for Testers of GPS Devices and Systems What you want to know about GPS for testers of GPS devices and systems. pdf - 233 KB
Monday, December 31, 2018
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Technical Notes and Briefs: iSource+ Rubidium Clock Lifetime and MTBF Data LPFRS / RMO / STARLPRO / LNRClok / GRClok Rubidium Clock Lifetime and MTBF pdf - 256 KB
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Technical Notes and Briefs: SB S1840502-25-01 Rev02 Kit Mounting bracket Compact - Strap Replacement Rev 02 – Issue March 25/2020, inserted March 27/2020 pdf - 679 KB
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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Technical Notes and Briefs: Installing/troubleshooting RS-485 synchronized TimeView digital display clocks When Spectracom Model TimeView® digital display clocks are synchronized via RS-485 normally, all six digits will be present, with the correct time displayed and no portion of the display will be flashing. This document provides tips on pdf - 2 MB
Friday, September 20, 2013
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