[ntp:questions] Re: Good GPS for attic?
ivor at despammed.invalid
Fri Feb 11 19:42:02 UTC 2005
"John Pettitt" <jpp at cloudview.com> wrote in message
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> Ivor Jones wrote: >
>> Why does it have to be a GPS..? If you only want it for a PC time
>> reference, why not use one of the many free ntp servers..?
> You could ask the same question of anybody with a ham radio - why not
> use the phone? It's not about just getting the service.
I'm a radio amateur..! (G6URP if anyone's interested..!)
> On my home net I set up GPS time because I wanted to see how cheaply I
> could do it ($350 emachines computer, $85 GPS18 LV, freebsd and about $5
> of connectors). I could have done it for under $120 with a used 486
Fair enough, I can go along with that.
> Now it's working it's part of the pool.ntp.org system of free servers -
> (if everybody said "why not use one of the many free ntp servers..?"
> there would be no free servers).
Ok, but it does seem to me to be a case of using a sledgehammer to crack a
walnut..! GPS provides for so much more than merely a time server. If
it's experimentation you want, it's possible to modify one of the many
off-air MSF or WWV etc. clocks and use that to set a PC's time by use of
some very simple software and a minimal hardware interface. I still have
the details somewhere of one I had to keep an old DOS PC synchronised to
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