[time-nuts] More Allan deviation data

Didier Juges didier at cox.net
Sun Oct 29 09:21:50 EST 2006

Ulrich Bangert wrote:
> Hi Didier,
> you may use the DRIFT section of the graphic editor of PLOTTER to remove
> a phase drift due to a constant frequency offset as seen in this data,
> with the result that you get more "visual resolution" out of it, as in
> the attached PDF.
> 73 de Ulrich, DF6JB

I ran the OCXO with the new antenna location overnight, except that the 
laptop went to sleep some time in the night, so I have lost several 
hours of data, which may explain the sudden slope change in the plot 
below (I need to save timestamps I guess). However, the remaining data 
is good I think. There was no sudden noise, and about 5 phase jumps due 
to the OCXO drifting during the observation period.

I downloaded the latest version of Plotter (10-27) and it's all there. I 
was able to quickly remove the phase jumps when the OCXO drifted past 
the divided down period, and then remove the remaining slow drift.

What a nice piece of software!
(even the menu now has a *normal* File->Open :-)

The latest plots are at the usual place:

Now that the data collection method seems to be getting close, I wonder 
how I should use the data, and what it means.

The Allan deviation seems to taper around e-10 at 1000 seconds, then it 
looks like it wants to keep getting lower.

As a reminder, this is the HP10811 against the GPS receiver. I am not 
sure what I should expect?


PS: I am still planning to measure ambient temperature at the same time 
as I collect TI, via the GPIB, using a HP 3478A voltmeter and a 
thermistor. This way, I should be able to correlate frequency changes 
and temperature changes. I assume I can tell Plotter to ignore the 
temperature field or display it with its own scaling. Should I use a 
specific character as field delimiter? (such as a comma, or just spaces?)

(In the short term, temperature data will be thermistor values, until I 
write the code to convert in degrees. )

Also, if I use time stamps, should I use field delimiter between the 
time stamp and the data?

What is the time stamps are discontinuous (as if the laptop falls asleep 
again), will that mess up Plotter?

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