I picked up a PRW-2500T-7 Protrek recently, and it was kind of bugging me that after a week and a half to 2 weeks, it had still not picked up the atomic signal and synced successfully. Each night I had the watch lying on its side (side of the case) on my dresser. Then one night, I accidentally lay the watch flat, with the dial facing upwards, and what do you know, it synced from the atomic signal that night! (well, the complete TRUTH is that I was just about to go to bed and take off my watch, when I noticed it was in the process of atomic signal reception and at "L3" -- the best signal reception -- and my wrist was parallel to the floor. So guess what -- I stood like a statue in that position for EIGHT MINUTES with the "L3" on the display, until it synced successfully!! After that, in lieu of standing like a statue for 8 minutes each hour, every night at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, I chose to just lay the watch in that position on my dresser! ) Since then, it has successfully synced up EVERY night!
I wouldn't have guessed that the orientation of the watch would have that much of an effect, but obviously it does. It must have to do with the orientation of the antenna to the incoming signal. I didn't actually read the manual about this, not sure what it says. And no, I do not put my watches next to a window. I've found that isn't necessary, and really makes no difference for me.
I'm probably about 2000 miles from the transmitter in Ft Collins, CO, but thankfully I can still receive the signal!
Wondering if any of you have discovered a similar thing about picking up this signal and syncing successfully?? (and have any of YOU ever stood like a statue while your watch was syncing up?? It's great fun - especially when it works! LOL )