[ntp:questions] Re: SPECTRACOM (GPS) - no server suitable for synchronization found

David Woolley david at djwhome.demon.co.uk
Thu Sep 21 19:35:59 UTC 2006

In article <uni4h21t5stk689npfchl4j2nve9red3nr at 4ax.com>,
Brian Inglis <Brian.Inglis at SystematicSW.Invalid> wrote:

>  Stratum 0 report says 235, 1 says 236, 2 says 237: perhaps a bug when
> reporting positive precisions -- 2^35, 2^36, 2^37, doubling each
> stratum? 

That doesn't make any sense at all.  Typical values are around 2^-13, 
and the value should not be a function of stratum; it depends only
on the machine that is sending the value.

A correlation also doesn't make sense as printing the raw byte, as both
precision and stratum have a byte to themselves.

As an uninterpreted value, 235 would be -21, which is rather good:
2^-21 = 100ns, but not impossible.  236 and 237 are 1 microsecond and
10 microseconds, respectively.

I think it is printing the uninterpreted, signed, logarithmic value as
though it were an unsigned, linear, number of seconds, and the correlation
with stratum is coincidental.

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