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Does anyone know how those atomic watches work?

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posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 11:17 AM
I'm reading my Gadget Universe catalog and I've come across a few atomic watches that they say will automatically adjust the time as you travel from time zone to time zone. How do they do this? By satellite? Is it like GPS?


posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 11:20 AM
I believe its by a radio signal...please don't quote me on that.

posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 11:24 AM
Yeah, it's radio signal.

posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 11:32 AM
I once read that they have a radio reciever in them tuned to 5 MHz, or 10 MHz. In the U.S. The stations on those Frequencies are WWV, in Fort Collins, Colorado and WWVH in Hawaii.

Those Stations are run by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (Changed from National Bureau of Standards)

To find more information on those stations, and others like it, you could probably do a google search.

Here is what wikipedia gave me for WWV.

WWV is the callsign of NIST's shortwave radio station located in Fort Collins, Colorado. WWV's main function is the continuous dissemination of official U.S. Government time signals. The station broadcasts simultaneously on five distinct frequencies: 2.5 MHz, 5 MHz, 10 MHz, 15 MHz and 20 MHz. These carrier frequencies, as well as the time signals, are derived from a set of atomic clocks located at the transmitter site, which themselves are traceable to NIST's primary frequency standard in Boulder, Colorado using such techniques as GPS common-view observations. WWV is partnered with radio station WWVH, located in Hawaii. Onsite with WWV in Fort Collins, Colorado is also radio station WWVB, which operates on the low frequency of 60 kHz.

WWV is the oldest continuously-operating radio station in the United States, first going on the air from Washington, D.C. in May of 1920, approximately six months before the launch of KDKA. The station was formerly located in Greenbelt, Maryland, on land which now is part of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. WWV moved to its present location at Fort Collins on December 1, 1966, enabling better reception of its signal throughout the continental United States.

WWV is one of a rare number of radio stations west of the Mississippi River with a call sign beginning with W. The W callsign stems from the station's early locations in D.C. and Maryland—the callsign was maintained when the federal government moved the station to Colorado—as well as the fact that WWV, being a government station, does not fall within the FCC's jurisdiction with respect to call signs.

Hope this helps!


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