[time-nuts] WWV and legal issues

Bob kb8tq kb8tq at n1k.org
Fri Aug 31 11:15:46 EDT 2018


That works fine if you are doing things manual to check a local standard. If you are trying to 
disipline a few thousand cell towers 24 hours a day … not so much. It also works for 
checking frequency. What modern systems need is time. That gets you into a whole 
world of resolving and identifying individual edges. The WWVB signal really was never
set up for this. Loran-C is an example of a signal that was designed to identify a specific


> On Aug 31, 2018, at 10:30 AM, Martin VE3OAT <ve3oat at storm.ca> wrote:
> But the diurnal phase shifts at VLF are predictable and largely repeatable.  Ignore the phase at night and use only the phase records during the day when an all-daylight propagation path exists.  You might have to "correct" the absolute phase reading by some multiple of the RF period, but with a low rate of local standard oscillator drift, this is a simple matter of arithmetic. Back in the day, I managed Sulzer crystal oscillators at 5 field sites from my office and could maintain phase continuity for weeks at a time, until we had to diddle the dial on one or several of them to correct for crystal aging.  Then it was just more arithmetic again.  Several of the oscillators had such low drift rates that all I needed was one daily phase reading from the VLF phase tracking receiver (Tracor 599Js) at those sites to know the frequency of the Sulzers there.
> ... Martin     VE3OAT
> On Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:27:12 -0400
> Bob kb8tq<kb8tq at n1k.org>  wrote:
>> WWVB as transmitted ( = right at the input to the antenna) is a wonderfully stable signal. As soon as
>> that signal hits the real world things start to degrade. Propagation between transmit and receive sites
>> is a big deal, even at 60 KHz. On top of that, there is a*lot*  of manmade noise at 60 KHz. The receive
>> signal to noise will never be as good as you might like it to be ?.
> > I don't know about WWVB, but for DCF77 it's known that sunrise/sunset
>> causes a phase shift of several 100?s at even moderate distances
>> (like ~500km). Unfortunately I don't have any measurements at hand.
>> 				Attila Kinali
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