[ntp:questions] Re: Trimble Setup Question

Juan Flores jflores at sgi.es
Mon Aug 25 13:45:05 UTC 2003

As far as I remember...

     You have to connect the Trimble (I used the TSIP) connector from
the box with the serial port (which machine are you attaching to?).
After that, you have to create a symbolic link from /dev/palisade1
pointing /dev/tty0p1 (supposing this is the port you have connected

     In the ntp.conf file, add something like "server".
Run the NTP daemon and it should work...

     Well, I suppose you have configured the Trimble antenna before
doing all this.

     Hope this helps you or, at least, you could see what´s wrong

Greg Blakely <Greg.Blakely at MCI.com> wrote in message news:<mailman.1.1061682965.17347.questions at ntp.org>...
> Hi, folks.  Please forgive the beginner-level question, but I've tried
> something with NTP that I've not done before, and am running into a few
> glitches.
> What I'm doing that's new is running a Trimble Acutime 2000 GPS
> receiver.  I have it running, after a fashion, but need to clear up a
> few hazy spots:
> +  I'm running the "29"-type (Palisade) interface.  I'm using 
>    TSIP output from the Acutime.  Should I be using NMEA instead?
>    If so, does that change the type of interface I should choose in NTP?
> +  The Acutime is sending packets 41, 6D, 46, 4B, 82, 42, 43, 4A, 
>    54, 56, 83, 84, 8F-20, and 5A.  Does NTP need all that?
> +  What all is needed in ntp.conf?  Do I want to use my local hardware
> clock
>    as a clock source?  Do I peer with other stratum one clocks?  If so,
>    how many?
> +  I have ignored the "offset" field in the "peer" billboard of ntpq in
>    the past, because, as a client, my computer chose the best source,
> and
>    'offset' didn't matter a whole lot.   Now, I find that most of the
> other
>    stratum one clocks that I 'peer' with have offsets of 537.950, while
> my
>    Trimble Acutime has an offset of -73.123 (as an example).  I'm
> suspicious
>    that other clocks have a positive offset of several hundred while my
> local
>    stratum one clock has a negative value.  Is this a good thing?
> +  After a while, my ntp server stops trusting the Acutime clock source,
>    placing an 'x' next to its entry in the 'peers' billboard.  What is
>    going on?
> +  I will gladly send any debugging info that is necessary to get the 
>    answers to some of these questions.
> Thanks, folks.   I guess I never fully appreciated the headache of
> adding my own stratum one clock into the mix.
> - Greg -

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