Indicator for external 10MHz Source

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Those of you who have an external disciplined GPS (or other) source, lets endorse this idea to get some GUI indication that the external source is being utilized.
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philip.theis, Elmer

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Mel, K0PFX

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Yes.... but we never had it on the 5k either. :-) I using a Trimble Thunderbolt with a TAPR TADD box for all my test gear and the Flex5k/6k. I plan to get the internal osc, but not until I see a use for it.
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I would also to have some ext.ref locked indication on the FLEX 6700.
At the 5000 is was clear that the ext.ref was not available because he stopped working.
My ICOM 7800 and all the R&S test equipment is also connected to a GPS locked 10 MHz oscilator.
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philip.theis, Elmer

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It was on the 5K, it's called, if you set the setup choice to external, and did not have a source, you didn't work. Now we have NO idea if we are using the external source or not.
Am I missing something? That's just the way I understand it to be.
73,
Phil
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Dave

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On the 6500 with the optional GPS reference installed, the GPS indicator blinks on the task bar until it locks, then it goes solid blue when it locks. Don't know if that can be set to recognize other external references.
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Charlie, WA3UTC

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I agree that this feature would be very useful. I use external references on all of my equipment.

Charlie, WA3UTC
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Simon Lewis

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still needing this Flex .. having 10 MHz in can we have some kind of lock indicator

even a message on the flex display would be good!

please!
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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it is on the to do list.  In the mean time, if the radio stops clicking every few seconds after you boot the radio, then the master oscillator is locked to your input clock source.
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pa0bie

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I had the problem that my TX frequencie at USB was 400 Hz higher than the RX frequncie without RIT or XIT in use. The other stations had to use their RIT with +400 Hz.  This was caused by a to low level of my external GPS derived 10 MHz external reference. Instead of some +7 dBM it was -7 dBm due to a cable problem. This shows that a good lock indication is important.
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Ron Parsons

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Tim, What do you mean by "if the radio stops clicking every few seconds after you boot the radio, then the master oscillator is locked to your input clock source"?  clicking?

I'd vote for some indicator in SSDR. Is there a way to determine if the master oscillator is locked via an API call?

Ron

Addendum:

Tim, I think I understand now. There is clicking while "Calibrating" and then several more clicks before the radio icon appears in the Radio Setup window. So if the master oscillator does not lock, the clicking continues?? Even before I added the 10 MHz signal, the radio stopped clicking. How is this different from a successful lock? A visible indicator IS needed in my opinion.

Ron
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Yes, the radio will click every 2 seconds after booting if it cannot find a clock source.

It looks for external sources first, then will look for an internal source (TCXO, OCXO or GPSDO).
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Peter K1PGV, Elmer

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Without this, there's no way to know if you're using the internal or external clock source. I mean.... How do I know my gpsdo is being used by my Flex?

With the older series, as Phil said, it was very clear: If your clock source wasn't working, you got no receive audio.

Peter
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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No, it clicks twice before the "ready" icon shows in the Radio Setup dialog and no clicks thereafter. 

Then you radio has found a valid clock source and is using it.

If nothing is connected to the external clock input, the radio will search for an internal clock source.
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Ron Parsons

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Understood, but how do I distinguish between a connected (working) and a connected (but not working)  source. Just because I connect a source, I cannot assume the master oscillator is locked to it. My source might have an unknown (to me) problem. Thus the need for a visible locked indicator.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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As we have stated before, there is no indicator that is available to the user.  If you know your external clock source is good and it is connected, then there is a very high probability that it is using the external source.
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Ron Parsons

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I understand but faith is not a good engineering concept. 
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Today you'll have to trust your external clock as this feature is not present in the software.
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Mike - W8MM

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When I talked to N5AC at Hamvention this year, he thought that having the power LED go blue if the radio was locked to an external source was a possibility.  Blue would be the universal locked indicator whether the 10 MHz reference was internal or external.

Sounds good to me, although I would like someway to see if the radio was successfully locked from a remote operating position as an additional request. 
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Burch Akin

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I would also like to have some kind of indicator for the 10Mhz reference.  I know if I had that option turned on on my Flex 1500 but didn't have the reference connected, the radio would not receive.  That was definitely a good indicator!