[ntp:questions] Re: improving WWVB reception

Tweetldee dgmason99 at att99.net
Wed Aug 6 01:15:08 UTC 2003

"Charles Schuler" <charlesschuler at comcast.net> wrote in message
news:bgoemd$33t$1 at xuxa.iecc.com...
> > Well, it would be if it worked.  The clock synchronizes with WWVB
> > every night, and I had it working on my engineering bench.  But with
> > it mounted on my air studio wall, it won't sync.  I've tried three
> > different positions -- mounted flat on west, north and east walls.  In
> > each position, I left it there for about a week to see if it would
> > sync.
> >
> > I'm in Atlanta, so WWVB is generally west from me.  I don't know how
> > the internal antenna element is oriented, but I assume it's parallel
> > to the big flat dimension of the clock, so either east or west should
> > have worked best.  Obviously the building is attenuating the signal,
> > but I really want it to work in that room, so I've got to find a way
> > to improve the signal reception without moving the clock much from
> > where it's at.
> There are some hints at the NIST website.  I live in Florida and the
> nighttime signal is much better than the daytime signal.  This is also
> for Atlanta, but not as much variation as at my location.  One thing that
> helps (sometimes) is to move the clock away from TV receivers and
> A 60 kHz antenna is a large beast, so there is nothing simple that you can
> do in that department.

I have two of those "atomic" clocks, one at home and one at work.  Both came
with admonitions in the instruction sheet to keep them at least 10 feet away
from any computers, monitors or TV sets.  Naturally, all of these items
generate intense EMI fields around them and would swamp the weak 60KHz
signal from WWVB.
Unless you can satisfy these criteria, or provide an external antenna that
you could couple to the internal antenna of your "atomic" clock, then I'm
afraid you've a couple of boat anchors on your hands.  Your clocks can only
syncronize if they have a signal that is strong enough to allow it to
receive the coded information that it needs to set the clock.  Antenna
placement is critical for these clocks.

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