Archive for February 6th, 2010

WWVB Synch Reliability

I have the WWVB clock set to synch after receiving four consecutive valid time frames, which is pretty restrictive. The question is: can it still synch every night?

Here’s six days with the antenna sitting 3 cm above the receiver board, in front of our living room window, aimed more-or-less broadside to Colorado. We’re in the Eastern Time Zone, which is currently UTC-5, so our midnight corresponds to UTC 0500.

Set: 10 015 05:14:59.9 Loc=12 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 015 05:25:59.9 Loc=12 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 015 05:28:59.9 Loc=12 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 015 06:15:59.9 Loc= 1 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 015 07:05:59.9 Loc= 2 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 015 11:30:59.9 Loc= 6 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 015 13:41:59.9 Loc= 8 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 015 13:44:59.9 Loc= 8 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 015 15:22:59.9 Loc=10 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 015 15:29:59.9 Loc=10 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=15
Set: 10 016 07:49:59.9 Loc= 2 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=16
Set: 10 016 09:46:59.9 Loc= 4 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=16
Set: 10 016 14:06:59.9 Loc= 9 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=16
Set: 10 017 04:54:59.9 Loc=11 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 05:15:59.9 Loc=12 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 05:20:59.9 Loc=12 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 09:42:59.9 Loc= 4 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 10:04:59.9 Loc= 5 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 10:37:59.9 Loc= 5 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 10:42:59.9 Loc= 5 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 10:45:59.9 Loc= 5 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 11:38:59.9 Loc= 6 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 11:56:59.9 Loc= 6 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 017 20:44:59.9 Loc= 3 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=17
Set: 10 018 01:26:59.9 Loc= 8 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=18
Set: 10 018 03:49:59.9 Loc=10 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=18
Set: 10 018 08:30:59.9 Loc= 3 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=18
Set: 10 018 09:47:59.9 Loc= 4 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=18
Set: 10 018 11:11:59.9 Loc= 6 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=18
Set: 10 018 11:34:59.9 Loc= 6 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=18
Set: 10 018 12:10:59.9 Loc= 7 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=18
Set: 10 018 12:13:59.9 Loc= 7 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=18
Set: 10 018 16:10:59.9 Loc=11 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=18
Set: 10 019 05:52:59.9 Loc=12 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 05:55:59.9 Loc=12 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 06:59:59.9 Loc= 1 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 07:48:59.9 Loc= 2 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 08:06:59.9 Loc= 3 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 08:12:59.9 Loc= 3 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 09:08:59.9 Loc= 4 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 09:33:59.9 Loc= 4 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 10:08:59.9 Loc= 5 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 10:32:59.9 Loc= 5 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 12:34:59.9 Loc= 7 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 019 13:49:59.9 Loc= 8 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=19
Set: 10 020 05:22:59.9 Loc=12 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=20
Set: 10 020 05:37:59.9 Loc=12 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=20
Set: 10 020 07:41:59.9 Loc= 2 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=20
Set: 10 020 09:47:59.9 Loc= 4 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=20
Set: 10 020 10:15:59.9 Loc= 5 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=20
Set: 10 020 10:26:59.9 Loc= 5 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=20
Set: 10 020 10:46:59.9 Loc= 5 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=20
Set: 10 021 07:44:59.9 Loc= 2 Age=0     LY=0 LS=0 DST=0 Chg=0 UT1=1 Mon=1 DOM=21

As you’d expect, WWVB synch is an overnight thing, with occasional synchs during the morning hours.

Winter has the absolute best RF propagation, so demanding four good frames probably isn’t going to work during the summer…

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