[time-nuts] Another "atomic" clock question

Alexander Pummer alexpcs at ieee.org
Sun Feb 23 20:01:17 EST 2014



Radio Shack used to sell some too, they are digital,  I have one for at 
least teen years it is working fine all the time battery last almost the 
shelf life -- three years two AA.
73
KJ6UHN
Alex

On 2/23/2014 12:56 PM, Steve 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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