[time-nuts] Loss of NIST transmitters at Colorado and Hawaii

John C. Westmoreland, P.E. john at westmorelandengineering.com
Sun Aug 12 21:55:38 EDT 2018


I hope this does not happen.  I get questions from new Hams that ask, 'How
can I check my antenna easily?' - the quick reply is to check for WWV on
2.5, 5,0, 10.0, 15.0 and 20.0 MHz.
Also, from my days in the Merchant Marine until now, I for one will truly
miss this service if it is discontinued, and this isn't the first time it
has some up.

I also tell new Hams - if you can understand the message from WWV that
gives out the number in Colorado - your antenna should be in pretty good
shape for HF (and or VHF/UHF at least to verify
it can receive ok).  At least it's an easy rule of thumb and an easy check
for most.

73's,
John
AJ6BC



On Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 6:46 PM, paul swed <paulswedb at gmail.com> wrote:

> What bits I have read do seem to indicate its NIST that wants to cut the
> service. Since technology has moved beyond the services value which is kind
> of true. Just think what they can get for the land the sites on.
> Microsemi's comments were interesting in that in some manner there might be
> a NTP based solution that could be far more accurate then what we typically
> see today for NTP. But it also seemed to hint it would be a fee service. I
> think thats very very early.
>
> Regards
> Paul
> WB8TSL
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 8:37 PM, Wes <wes at triconet.org> wrote:
>
> > Comment in the link about visiting WWV reminds me of my experience.  Many
> > years ago my late wife and I were roving around Colorado and I telephoned
> > WWV and asked if I could get a tour. I mentioned that I was a ham, an EE,
> > blah blah. This had worked before at other installations (not NAA
> however)
> > including the Apollo tracking station at Guaymas Mexico a day after a
> > splashdown.
> >
> > The fellow I talked to was somewhat taken aback and said that they didn't
> > give tours.  I expressed some dismay and was about to hang up when he
> said,
> > "Actually, we have some contractors doing some work here and the gate is
> > unlocked.  If you were to come in you could look at the antennas, but
> > please stay in your car."  So we did.
> >
> > Wes
> >
> >
> >
> > On 8/12/2018 4:05 PM, Bill Hawkins wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> Group,
> >>
> >> This subject needs some additional detail.  I found an article with
> >> comments at
> >>
> >> https://swling.com/blog/2018/08/nist-fy2019-budget-includes-
> >> request-to-shutdown-wwv-and-wwvh/
> >>
> >
> >
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