55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

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    55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

    Hi all :)
    I am just finishing my study session in Poznań, Poland. It was a little bit less exhaustive than the previous ones, however, just as interesting.

    When flying out I was a little bit afraid that they would make me take my watch off at the security check in, but eventually they didn't and everything was all right. I don't like taking my watch off and I actually haven't taken my gw-9100 off since I have it (2007-10-29).

    It was the first time that I was flying out of England with my watch so I was curious about the signal receiving. It normally receives the UK signal when I wear it in London. Sometimes (depends on where I am) it cannot receive the UK signal well and it tries the German one (which can be received in London as well).


    Now in Poznań (which is approximately half-way between Warsaw and Berlin) the receiving was allright. The dormitory room where I slept had a west-facing window and my bed was a little bit aside (ie. not directly under the window). When the home city (which I changed as soon as the plane had just taken off) is set to CET (e.g. Berlin; btw. I wonder why there are 4 city codes for the very same time zone ==CET, but none for the Nepalese Time), it auto-receives at 2:01 for the first time (unlike in London 1:01). Once I even showered at the time and it received the signal allright right there in the shower (GET 2:05) :))

    Now the best part. I have bought an MP3 player with a FM radio receiver lately. When in London I tune to BBC Radio 4 and the time signal goes just pip-pip-pip-pip-pip-beep at the very same moment when my watch shows 55-56-57-58-59-00
    :)) I absolutely love this :) (I haven't mentioned it on the forum somehow)

    now in Poznań with Polskie Radio 1 (the main channel with news and the *time* *signal*) and having synced against the German signal it is just the very same thing :)

    whether it is in the morning or evening I can either spot no difference at all or something like 0.1 s or 0.2 s at maximum

    my this is something like timekeeping orgasm ;)

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    Re: 55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

    I hadn't quite thought of it in that manner, but that certainly is an interesting observation. Thanks for the info on atomic time in those areas.
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    Re: 55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

    Dzien dobry!

    When I go to Poland (this time next week I'll be on my way ), I just switch to Berlin in world time, and leave the home city as London.

    It syncs on my wrist in Krakow (unless I happen to be in a cellar jazz-club, which I often am in the early hours of the morning) just the way it does in the UK - generally in two minutes. (If I am in a cellar, it syncs on my wrist as I walk home.)

    I only go for 2-3 weeks at a time, and if the trips were longer I would probably change the home city.

    I much prefer the watches that have the extended city list. It just looks more geographically appropriate to glance down and see 'BER' than 'PAR'.

    Hmmmm... now I think I might go and get a bottle of Zywiec out of the fridge...
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    Re: 55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

    It's too bad here in the states we don't have a time radio station like that. Neat observation!
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    Re: 55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

    Quote Originally Posted by madman01 View Post
    Now the best part. I have bought an MP3 player with a FM radio receiver lately. When in London I tune to BBC Radio 4 and the time signal goes just pip-pip-pip-pip-pip-beep at the very same moment when my watch shows 55-56-57-58-59-00
    :)) I absolutely love this :) (I haven't mentioned it on the forum somehow)
    The Radio 4 "pips" used to be the standard method for setting your clocks here in the UK.

    You can have geeky fun when there's a leap second at new year listening for the extra pip: 55-56-57-58-59-60-00.

    BBC News 24 (on TV) incorporates something like the time pips at the end of the 60 second countdown at the top of the hour. I always expect the last 'pip' to be elongated, and it always surprises me when it's not!

    I think with the increase of digital broadcasting, time pips will be eliminated eventually. Digital transmission introduces delays into the system, so the pips just don't sync to real time any more. You can spot this on digital TV; the digital signal is a beat behind the analog.

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    Imagine having 7 atomic watches laid out next to each other and all of them counting time down synchronized to the second.
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    Re: 55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has a daily time signal from the National Research Council of Canada. In Mountain time it is at 11:00. If I am home in the morning and the radio is on there is always a rush to get my atomics to watch them count down to 11:00:00. Makes me smile every time.

    Maybe some of you U.S. forumers can pick up the CBC. Or maybe your NPR does something similar.

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    Re: 55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

    In the Philadelphia Area(US), a AM news station(1060), broadcast a time signal at the top of each hour and 30 minutes passed each hour......it is very cool when your watch beeps at the same time



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    Re: 55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

    Quote Originally Posted by trozau View Post
    Imagine having 7 atomic watches laid out next to each other and all of them counting time down synchronized to the second.
    I've done it with 5.

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    Re: 55-56-57-58-59-00 Atomic Signal Receiving Report

    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    When I go to Poland (this time next week I'll be on my way ), I just switch to Berlin in world time, and leave the home city as London.
    I thought about this, but I am heavily depending on the date. I am suffering enough already because of not having the mm-dd and day-of-the-week displayed at the same time (as I used to have with my old Raysman).

    It would be a cool feature to have the date with the world time anyway (you don't want always to figure out where the date line is): this would require a little bit larger display, which would be just fine with me. I always regret the new radio-controlled models to be a bit smaller and keep longing for a really huge radio-controlled G.

    Hmmmm... now I think I might go and get a bottle of Zywiec out of the fridge...

    Haha, I am enjoying Żywiec and Tyskie from time to time in London as well, but it is Lech what I am mostly drinking here in Poznań :)

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