[time-nuts] Yukon Energy causes time sync problems

Eric Garner garnere at gmail.com
Sat Apr 10 15:31:10 UTC 2010

My question is why is it done that way at all? It seems impractical in  
the extreme. Why not use a meter? Or the afore mentioned vibrating  

What happens when the clock rates sync up again, since the wall clock  
time will still be ahead/behind the sat clock? Do they reset the wall  
clock? Or is it only the rate that matters?

Given the sophistication of the rest of the network there must be a  

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On Apr 8, 2010, at 3:48 PM, "Bill Hawkins" <bill at iaxs.net> wrote:

> Brooke,
> There are some interesting misconceptions here.
> Yukon Power did not cause time to slow down. They did what every  
> generating
> station does, which is to adjust drive power to make a synchronous  
> power
> line
> clock match a precision reference clock. The tolerance is seconds  
> because
> the
> means for controlling drive power has a time constant of several  
> seconds.
> The real problem is the way demand varies. If you pour mechanical  
> power into
> a generator, it will speed up when lightly loaded or slow down when  
> heavily
> loaded. This is less of a problem when many generators are tied  
> together by
> a power grid, as they are all synchronous machines. Central  
> dispatching
> stations compare line and reference clocks, and direct plants with  
> capacity
> to do so to make up lost cycles, or buy less from the most expensive  
> sources
> when extra cycles are generated.
> If you have a 5 digit counter (or more) tied to a computer, you can  
> plot the
> deviation of line frequency for 24 hour intervals. TVB had this on  
> his site.
> What I saw in MN was that generators speeded up in the early morning  
> to make
> up cycles so there was no reference error at 6 AM. Then the loads  
> turned on
> and the cycles fell behind and recovered as power was dispatched,  
> within +/-
> 6 seconds. This is good enough for social time, where the mundanes  
> don't
> know
> about time-nuts.
> The Alaskan network is probably too sparse for central direction, so  
> each
> power plant makes its own adjustments. Note that this doesn't  
> necessarily
> produce stable control, ever.
> In this case, the reference clock appears to refer to GPS satellite  
> time,
> but
> uses a standard wall clock to display it. It is the reference clock  
> that
> slowed down when it should have failed to work at all. Perhaps the  
> wall
> clock
> (maybe it was really a HP 113) needed oil. There's the real question  
> for
> time
> nuts: How did the reference clock slow down?
> The first comment to the article shows what happens when your ego  
> fails to
> shame you into silence when you don't know what you're talking about:
> "I don't understand how the amount being generated has anything to  
> do with
> what happens to household electronics." [see above]
> "It would make more sense if the plant was generating at 55Hz versus  
> 60Hz
> as some electronics will use the line frequency rather than integrated
> oscillators to set clocks." [The plant probably has breakers that  
> take it
> off line when the frequency gets below 58 cycles, to keep it from  
> dragging
> the network down.] [I thought that all electronics today converted  
> the line
> to DC without sampling it, and ran timing from a crystal. Anyone  
> know?]
> "Regardless, it shows YEC continues to be a bunch of bumbling  
> oafs." [People
> who live in glass houses shouldn't stow thrones, or something like  
> that.]
> Thanks, Brooke. I had some fun explaining all this.
> Bill Hawkins
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brooke Clarke
> Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 12:58 PM
> To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
> Subject: [time-nuts] Yukon Energy causes time sync problems
> Hi:
> http://whitehorsestar.com/archive/story/time-passed-more-slowly-over-the-eas
> ter-holiday/
> -- 
> Have Fun,
> Brooke Clarke
> http://www.PRC68.com
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