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Windows Time Server

NTP4 Plug-In Driver Calibration

GPS and radio clocks communicating with your server via a serial port connection are subject to serial port delays and other operating system dependent propagation errors. In some cases long antenna cables may introduce further signal propagation delays. For this reason it is important to calibrate your clock for use with your time server.

NTP driver calibration is easiest achieved using the NTP4 Query Command Line Tool.


The screenshot above shows a test system running a Spectracom 8189 clock as primary time source and a local area network NTP server as secondary time source. Two public NTP servers on the internet facilitate external verification of test results. The two servers on the internet are subject to round trip delays on the order of 300ms as well as substantial network jitter and therefore exhibit greater offsets with respect to the local system clock than the local area network NTP server.


You can use the time1 driver parameter to compensate for signal delays and other propagation errors. The example shown above illustrates how to compensate for a nominal 6 millisecond error.  The final screenshot shown below shows both time sources in agreement to within 2.5 milliseconds. Depending on your requirements you might wish to calibrate to within closer specifications.