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Red dots added for emphasis. Read more here: https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/time-services/wwv-and-wwvh-digital-time-code-and-broadcast-format
Contact Members of Congress, asap, and ask for funding for WWVB, WWV, and WWVH to be restored to the NIST (Commerce) 2019 budget, at least until an impact study can be done. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/potentially-dangerous-impacts-of-cutting-off-nist-radio-time-signals-need-to-be-evaluated-before-the-us-congress-cuts-off-funding-contact-a-member-of-congress-or-two-or-more/ SENATORS: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact
Appropriations Status: https://crsreports.congress.gov/AppropriationsStatusTable
“§ 200.107 WWV-WWVH-WWVB broadcasts.
(a)Technical services. The NIST radio stations WWV at Fort Collins, Colorado, and WWVH on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, broadcast a number of technical services continuously night and day. These services are:
(1) Standard radio frequencies, 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20, MHz (WWV) and 2.5, 5, 10, and 15 MHz (WWVH); (2) standard time signals; (3) time intervals; (4) UTI corrections; (5) standard audio frequencies; (6) standard musical pitch; (7) a slow time code; (8) Omega Navigation System status reports; (9) geophysical alerts; and (10) marine storm warnings. NIST also broadcasts time and frequency signals from its low frequency station, WWVB, also located at Fort Collins, Colorado….” Read the rest here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/15/200.107
“NIST radio station WWV broadcasts time and frequency information 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to millions of listeners worldwide. WWV is located near Fort Collins, Colorado, about 100 kilometers north of Denver. The broadcast information includes time announcements, standard time intervals, standard frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a BCD time code, geophysical alerts and marine storm warnings“. Read more here: https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/radio-stations/wwv
“NIST radio station WWVB is located on the same site as NIST HF radio station WWV near Fort Collins, Colorado. The WWVB broadcasts are used by millions of people throughout North America to synchronize consumer electronic products like wall clocks, clock radios and wristwatches. In addition, WWVB may be used in other consumer timekeeping applications, such as appliances, cameras, and irrigation controllers, as well as in high level applications such as accurate time synchronization“. Read more here: https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/radio-stations/wwvb
“NIST radio station WWVH broadcasts time and frequency information 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to listeners worldwide. The station is located on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii on a 12 hectare (30 acre) site near Kekaha at Kokole Point. The information broadcast by WWVH includes time announcements, standard time intervals, standard frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a BCD time code, geophysical alerts, marine storm warnings, and Global Positioning System (GPS) status reports“. Read more here: https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/radio-stations/wwvh
Manufacturers of Time and Frequency Receivers-links. See the ones listed as HF (WWV & WWVH), VBDO (WWVB), and VBC (WWVB) in the chart: https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/radio-stations/wwv/manufacturers-time-and-frequency-receivers
Part of a series explaining the importance of time sync/accurate time-keeping:
“Five Dangers of Poor Network Timekeeping + Easy and Cost Effective Solutions” https://www.microsemi.com/blog/2018/09/05/five-dangers-of-poor-network-timekeeping-easy-and-cost-effective-solutions-to-avoid-networks-fall-out-of-sync-part-2-of-10/
A comment by Tim Orr here, last Saturday: https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/wwv-losing-funding-what-about-our-radio-controlled-watches-and-clocks.154080/ quotes US Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee as saying: “We do have systems to back up GPS if a satellite went down. One system in place for mitigating the disabled or destroyed GPS signals are the radio stations operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. These stations’ send out low frequency signals that can be received inside buildings and serve as an important backup, allowing millions of clocks to be set either manually or automatically. The Trump administration is trying to eliminate this critical backup, even though these stations are one of the few defenses we have to prevent a catastrophe. Congress rejected the President’s cuts last year and is poised to do so once again this year.” https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/wwv-losing-funding-what-about-our-radio-controlled-watches-and-clocks.154080/
One hopes the last statement is true.
50 year history of WWV stations: https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/jres/119/jres.119.004.pdf
Congressional Research Report NIST Appropriations: Neither a quick scan through nor a search for terms found anything about the WWV radio stations: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R43908
Electric Grid Cybersecurity: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R45312
If your member is not worth bothering with, contact another one that you trust. If you can’t decide, start with US Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts. For the House, the Ranking Member for Homeland Security, Bennie Thompson, is worth contacting.
And, yes, WWVB is being shutdown, along with WWV and WWVH, unless restored to budget.