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    Question Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    Hi folks,

    I just pulled the trigger on a GW3000B-1A which has the automatic timekeeping function. Is there anyone in the Los Angeles/Southern California area that can successfully receive the Atomic Timekeeping signal? Ft Collins, CO is over 1000 miles away so I'm thinking probably not.

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    Ed

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    Re: Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    tbh,i don't live in that area, but from where i am, i can still manage to sync with the japan towers which is more than 1500miles away, so i seriously believe u still stand a chance of syncing with fort collins. give it a manual sync to try it out!

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    Re: Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    I'm almost 2000 miles away from Fort Collins, and I get a signal. Not every single night, but at least a few times per week. You should be fine.

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    Re: Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    That's good to hear. Hopefully it'll work for me. I'm going to do a manual sync and see how that goes. Thanks for the response.

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    Re: Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    The watch is absolutely capable of syncing from that distance.

    Manually syncing often doesn't work in the day. The long wavelengths propagate much better in the evening hours, which is, of course, why the automatic syncing attempts are made in the wee hours of the morning.

    If you are in downtown LA, there could be a lot of electrical interference...doesn't mean the watch won't sync, but you may need to work harder to find the right spot/window in your abode.

    Give it a try and let us all know how it goes. There is a great deal of expertise on this forum on issues of syncing, and many nice people that will be glad to help.


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    That's good to hear. Hopefully it'll work for me. I'm going to do a manual sync and see how that goes. Thanks for the response.
    /Forrest

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    Re: Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    My watch is due to deliver this week. I want to make sure I top off the battery and then I'll test the sync.

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    Re: Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    From this forum, same time last year: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/acq...ca-800773.html

    And the year before: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/cal...-645844-2.html

    Here are thumbnails of the daily radio signal coverage maps from NIST: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/res...ml#post2453577 -- as frhoads said, the coverage area is a LOT larger at night.

    Quote Originally Posted by EdinLA44 View Post
    My watch is due to deliver this week. I want to make sure I top off the battery and then I'll test the sync.
    Check the day and time of the "last synch" when you unpack your new watch -- believe it or not, a few of mine have successfully synched in the metal G-Shock box while in the mail!

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    Re: Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    Mike,

    thanks so much for the search links and signal info.

    Ed




    Quote Originally Posted by Mike K View Post
    From this forum, same time last year: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/acq...ca-800773.html

    And the year before: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/cal...-645844-2.html

    Here are thumbnails of the daily radio signal coverage maps from NIST: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/res...ml#post2453577 -- as frhoads said, the coverage area is a LOT larger at night.



    Check the day and time of the "last synch" when you unpack your new watch -- believe it or not, a few of mine have successfully synched in the metal G-Shock box while in the mail!

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    Re: Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    Mike K's points are all good, and his kindness and generosity of spirit in looking up the threads and resources in many ways typifies this fine spot on the Internet :)

    Incidentally, the watch does not have to be on High to sync. Medium should do. The watch will not attempt to sync when the battery is on Low. [The 3000 will show you if it was successful on its last attempt at synchronization, but, unlike digital atomics, does not really record the time of last sync.]

    The GW-3000B-1A is a fine choice. You will love the watch. You are a gentleman of wit and discernment :).

    The only rub against it is the stopwatch will only mark 24 minutes. This did not matter to me.

    The watch looks mighty fine. I have six variants of this watch, and it is my second favorite aviator [my heart belongs to the older GW-2500 series...].

    Being OCD, I love the fact that every 3000 or 2500 I have seen [all of mine] has hour, minute and second hands that hit the index markers on the dial =precisely=. This is also true of the GWA-1000's. It is NOT true of the two GWA-1100's that have crossed my path, a real shame since that model has a beautiful sapphire crystal. Of course, should you eventually get an 1100, you may be more fortunate than I. I know I won't try again with that model.

    There are so many great Gs, with varying looks and capabilities, that you are in for a great time as you explore the brand.

    Best wishes


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike K View Post
    From this forum, same time last year: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/acq...ca-800773.html

    And the year before: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/cal...-645844-2.html

    Here are thumbnails of the daily radio signal coverage maps from NIST: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/res...ml#post2453577 -- as frhoads said, the coverage area is a LOT larger at night.



    Check the day and time of the "last synch" when you unpack your new watch -- believe it or not, a few of mine have successfully synched in the metal G-Shock box while in the mail!
    Last edited by frhoads; February 3rd, 2014 at 19:03.
    /Forrest

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    Re: Radio Controlled Atomic Timekeeping signal in Los Angeles?

    I'm in San Diego, I have no issues with auto syncing, but manual syncing is extremely difficult, so if you can't manual sync don't be discouraged wait for the auto sync.

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