[ntp:questions] Linux NTPd using a older Trimble Thunderbolt GPS Receiver

Oceanos Admin sysadmin at cellmail.com
Sat Jan 17 00:49:09 UTC 2015


We were looking to use an older Trimble Thunderbolt 8 channel GPS receiver for 
providing a Stratum 1 time reference. I realize this is discussed on the ntp.org 
web site but sadly, the link to Trimble to get the driver (any any ntp driver) 
are now all dead links.

We have it connected to a Linux host running Linux (RH 6.6) and we see the 
receiver. However, it is not providing any useful data to for the NTP 
application to use. We have used the configuration examples in the ntp.org site.

When you do a ntpq -p, you see the source but it is never used (lacking the "*" 
to indicate it is active as the primary reference). We do understand the Trimble 
Thunderbolts can not be "polled" since it is lacking any firmware that supports it.

# ntpq -p
      remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset  jitter
  GPS_PALISADE(0) .GPS.            0 l    -   32    0    0.000    0.000   0.000
*kona.xxxxxxx.xx  2 u   81  128  377    0.491    3.889   0.599

Is there anyone with the prior experience in getting these older Trimble units 
to work? Most of the information dates back to the early 2000's or so.

Our desire is to get away from using an external Internet based public NTP site 
to limit possible security issues.



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