[ntp:questions] Re: improving WWVB reception

Bob M. xxxxx at yyyy.zzz
Wed Aug 6 01:20:08 UTC 2003

I have several of these clocks at my house, including some atomic watches.
No problem (luckily) but the antennas aren't really that big, especially
inside the watch.

Someone suggested I could take another loopstick antenna and put it outside,
then run some wires back to the clock inside and wrap a few turns of the
wire around the clock's antenna. I would think that some tuning would be
necessary to get it to work well. I want to install a clock at a well
shielded radio station transmitter building and short of putting the entire
clock outside, I'm also running out of options.

Bob M.
"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.

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