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

djl djl at montana.com
Sun Aug 12 23:21:36 EDT 2018

Well, maybe NIST wants to cut, and maybe not.  What happens is, in zero 
based budgeting, the chain of command will pass down the line requests 
for budgets for the coming year with cuts of varying depth. After a 
couple of cuts everywhere, travel for example, an agency will seek 
programs that can be cut and managers will have to make several 
suggested budgets. I have done this, and have had to cut as much as 30 
percent out of mine. Since budget cuts are very hard to use as reason 
for layoffs, operating funds have to take up the slack. So this may not 
come to anything.
The land, if not leased, is probably managed by the GSA, an arm of 
Congress rather than the executive branch. I'll bet most of you can 
figure out why this is so.  NIST will not see a dime from any sale.
Anyway, that's an end to my contributions to this thread.

On 2018-08-12 19:46, paul swed 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
> 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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