The Trimble Thunderbolts are used in many Radio Paging Systems to synchronize
their transmitters in simulcast mode. Systems that are using the models
affected by the 1024 week epoch are currently off the air or functioning
poorly. This is a very serious issue because many doctors and nurses as well as
first responders rely on their pagers for emergency notification.
Trimble’s only distributor, Novotech, did not know about it and had no
inventory of the new replacement E series Thunderbolt GPS Receivers. Trimble
says they are shipping new units from their overseas factory in about 2 weeks —
thats the best they can offer!
I read here on the Time Nuts messages that some are considering: "some in-line
device that re-writes the serial data as it comes out of the Thunderbolt”
Does anyone plan to do this? Or does anyone have any ideas for a short-term
Any suggestions would be sincerely appreciated.
Editor, The Wireless Messaging News
P.O. Box 266
Fairfield, IL 62837 USA
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