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RE: [dxatlas] Faros - PPS GPS Implementation

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  • Dave
    Hi Peter- Well, you be further along with the idea and plan than I. I loaded Meinberg Windows and have it on my laptop (from where I m not working) and
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 20, 2009
      Hi Peter- Well, you be further along with the idea and plan than I. I
      loaded Meinberg Windows and have it on my laptop (from where I'm not
      working) and running via wireless.

      I was trying to connect my other PCs to the Meinberg running on
      but never could connect. So... I am still looking at how to make Meinberg a
      time server.

      As for Faros, when I had Meinberg installed on the same machine, and the
      Delay (as seen by Faros) was 0 (zero), I lost all my stations that had been
      successfully reporting. I have to go back and redo everything to see if I
      can still receive stations, but as for now everything is really goofed up.

      Ah, the adventures of a Rookie in Time... And I don't even had a Telephone

      Dave Mynatt
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      -----Original Message-----
      From: dxatlas_group@yahoogroups.com [mailto:dxatlas_group@yahoogroups.com]
      On Behalf Of Peter Wetzig
      Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 03:45
      To: dxatlas_group@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [dxatlas] Faros - PPS GPS Implementation

      Hi Dave (G0WBX),

      I got your data about actions and GPSs. I have too many projects already to
      take on something like that. I will stick to the "over the counter" Garmin
      18x LVC and put all my effort into the software.

      You don't mention what sort of problems you had with NTP - on FreeBSD or
      Meinberg NTP on Windows - only that it locks your PC. I assume on Windows
      you patched serial.sys to implement serialpps.sys from Dave Harts web site.
      Did you get the NTP installs to run as simple secondary servers with the

      I had absolutely no problems with the Meinberg Windows port - running three
      or four copies on different PCs, one with the Garmin ETrex GPS configured.
      FreeBDS 7.0 I have downloaded and tried, but I have put it aside for now - I
      expect NOT to go with FreeBSD - my experience is with Linux, and I don't
      feel inclined to split my efforts. I have not yet tried a PPS GPS on any

      I have Ubuntu Linux servers running NTP. My first steps are to rebuild ,and
      replace, my existing Linux kernel and get the process correct, and easily
      repeatable. Then when I have ironed out all the bugs from that process, I
      will connect my Etrex GPS in serial NMEA mode and see if it still functions
      as before and run it for a while, then attach the 18x LVC and verify that
      works in serial NMEA mode. Then ever so carefully, try to follow the
      process for the NTP Type 22 driver, linking it to the Type 20 serial GPS
      driver, to implement PPS.

      Here <http://wiki.enneenne.com/index.php/LinuxPPS_installation> you will
      find details about the LinuxPPS implementation - its been going for a few
      years. In September, the people behind it had the code accepted into the
      latest Linux kernel, version 2.6.31, making it a lot simpler to get started.
      The code used to be in the form of "patches" needing a lot of experience to
      get running. This new kernel version is that currently used by Ubuntu 9.10
      - and I have already downloaded the complete source code, configured the PPS
      parts, and compiled the kernel - for both Ubuntu and the patched kernel
      source code from LinuxPPS here
      <http://wiki.enneenne.com/index.php/LinuxPPS_installation>. The email
      reflector for the group indicates the updated installation documentation,
      covering the 2.6.31 kernel code inclusions, is due out at the end of the

      That suits me, because that's about when the Garmin 18x LVC should arrive,
      and I should be building Linux kernels in my sleep by then.

      Peter VK4IU


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