[OT] Splitting PPS?

Gary E. Miller gem at rellim.com
Wed Nov 13 19:43:21 UTC 2019

Yo Richard!

On Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:38:40 -0600
Richard Laager via devel <devel at ntpsec.org> wrote:

> The tentative plan is to upgrade/reinstall Ubuntu, switch to NTPsec,
> and deploy NTS. That's all easy.


> It'd be nice if we could also replace the dead GPS master clock with a
> directly connected GPS receiver, so we get PPS into the server (e.g.
> via a serial port). That would make them stratum 1.


> For this project, we could buy an equivalent current
> generation EVK-M8T for $250 from e.g. Digi-Key.

I think you have an extra zero on there.  I do this for about $25.

> Is there an easy way to split an RS232 level PPS (and optionally the
> GPS's TX for gpsd) into three systems?

Sure, real RS-232 has a lot of drive power to get the +/-12V to work.

> What is the most cost-effective way to create three stratum 1 servers?

The T version u-blox are way overkill for a stratum 1.  A simple u-blox
NEO-M8N for $10 will do.  Then $5 for a TTL to RS-232 converter.

Get one of these NEO-M8N for $7:


Get the 5V for it by cuting up an old USB cable.

Then convert the TTL TX/RX to RS-232, with connector, for $3:


Add a GHz power divider for $10 and run all 3 on one antenna.

I do it all the time.

Gary E. Miller Rellim 109 NW Wilmington Ave., Suite E, Bend, OR 97703
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