[time-nuts] Another "atomic" clock question

Bob Camp lists at rtty.us
Sun Feb 23 16:20:04 EST 2014


Hi

From what I’ve seen, if you are after a large wall clock with mechanical hands on it, you already have the top of the line. There are others out there. The ones I’ve seen or tried are no better than what you already have. Many of them are worse...

Yes, that’s sad. They are designed to hit a price point.

Bob

On Feb 23, 2014, at 3:56 PM, Steve <steve65 at suddenlink.net> wrote:

> I have several "atomic" clocks in my home -- the consumer type which syncs up with WWVB. The ones I have happen to be manufactured by LaCrosse. They are analog clocks with hour, minute and second hands. They can be erratic.
> 
> Last year I had to remove the face from one of them and manually reset the second hand. Now another one's battery ran down and I replaced it, but after replacing the battery the second hand won't sync up. And once in a while the second hand will stop and go one second backward! And another clock would not run at all with a new battery, so I hooked it up to the bench power supply and it worked as expected. Put a battery in it and it took off and is still going!
> 
> I see other brands on the internet. Do other brands exhibit the occasional goofy behavior? Anyone have experience with these clocks to suggest which manufacturers produce less flaky clocks? I think I'd pay more money for a better clock to get away from the vagaries of LaCrosse.
> 
> Thanks.
> 
> Steve, K8JQ
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