Archive for February 1st, 2017
Further results from the SDR-based WWVB receiver:
Seven hours of mid-January RF, tight-zoomed in both frequency and amplitude, from 0350 to 1050 local:
The yellow line of the WWVB carrier comes out 2 ppm high, which means the local oscillator chain is 2 ppm low. We know the WWVB transmitter frequency is exactly 60.000 kHz, translated up by 125 MHz to the N3’s tuning range; you can, ahem, set your clock by it.
The blue band marks the loop antenna + preamp passaband, which isn’t quite centered around 60.000 kHz. Tweaking the mica compression caps just a bit tighter should remedy that situation.
Given that input, a very very tight bandpass filter should isolate the WWVB carrier and then it’s all a matter of fine tuning…