[time-nuts] WWVB Measurements
jfor at quik.com
Sun Mar 27 01:53:30 UTC 2011
I did that years ago in a qualitative way.
I used a local reference of an HP 105B and the 117A w/ HP loop. I synced a
Tek 7854 to the local standard and watched and averaged the recovered 60
KHz. I no longer remember the results well, but sometimes the "seeing" was
<1uS P-P and on other days it was at least 10s of uS to hundreds of uS.
This may be hard for some to believe, but the seeing seemed to depend on
weather. A big front coming east would make the "seeing" much worse. This
was just a casual observation. I never spent much time studying it. If I
saw the seeing was horid, I just left the stuff running and went away.
> Interesting thread and welcome to time-nuts.
> Well I suppose since LORAN C has been shut down and I have to say not
> a lot of luck with LORAN from Europe I have dusted off the ole WWVB
> receivers. Actually they have been a live a long time. Just spoiled by
> and GPS..
> My actual interest is a Tracor 599 and I do have 2 X HP 117s and a loop
> antenna with preamp about 140' from the house.
> A couple of things I am thinking about. Considering many on time-nuts have
> very accurate rubidium or better references or GPS trained Oscillators I
> going to look at the propagation changes from a semi stable reference
> perspective since the local references are quite stable over time.
> Measuring over time would indeed give you an idea about the strange and
> wacky 60 KHZ propagation beyond diurnal shift.
> Ultimately could better information be obtained over significant time so
> that you might have an alternate to GPS. There are articles that were
> published in the 60s by HP and others that describe what might be
> I am just thinking we have a lot of additional technology, methods and
> that they did not have. Like laptops that can remember 100s of days worth
> data and process the heck out of it. Not that you need that much.
> So I have to troubleshoot an oddity in the 599. John, its loosing lock. Is
> it broken, is it propagation.... Tough to say. After all its 70s vintage
> could be cranky caps or even handfuls of transistors.By the way I did
> a 60 KHZ xmitter and by golly it does stay locked very nicely. That still
> doesn't mean somethings not broken.
> Also I need to build a 60 KC breakout/buffer box so that all three rcvrs
> operate at the same time and their outputs can be scaled to the recorder.
> Have a very fine box just need to do it.
> Lenny I am south of Boston. Think Johns from around here also.
> On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 9:09 PM, Lenny Story <lenny at codematic.com> wrote:
>> I think you may be right. Although i did read somewhere that this design
>> originally just a technical example of an ATMEL 8-bit DSP ... not sure
>> On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 8:48 PM, Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>
>> > lenny at Codematic.com said:
>> > > As i stated earlier, i'm using a CMMR-60p, which seems to just be a
>> > > DSP.
>> > The data sheet at SparkFun shows that it's just an analog receiver
>> with a
>> > peak detector and AGC.
>> > Does anybody have any ideas on how much better you could do with an
>> > DSP?
>> > --
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