[time-nuts] UK standard frequencies - where?

Roy Phillips phill.r1 at btinternet.com
Wed Oct 12 13:55:18 UTC 2011

From: "David J Taylor" <david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:32 AM
To: "Time-nuts mailing list" <time-nuts at febo.com>
Subject: [time-nuts] UK standard frequencies - where?

> Folks,
> I'm happy with my timekeeping, but I would like to get my frequency 
> calibrations rather better now.
> I'm in the UK, and wondering what standard frequency sources may still be 
> running.  I know about 60 KHz, and that's a little LF for my needs.  I 
> can't find any routine measurements of its accuracy, either.  198 KHz from 
> Droitwich isn't receivable here, and may be off the air within a year or 
> two if reports are to be believed:
>  http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/oct/09/bbc-radio4-long-wave-goodbye
> I remember in the 1960's listening to MSF on 2.5 MHz, but I only get clag 
> on 2.5, 5.0 and 10 MHz now.  Is that interference from the computers here 
> or are those transmissions now off the air.
> Our analogue TV has gone, so no steady ~600 MHz carriers to check, and no 
> colour sub-carrier (which used to be quite precise).
> Leaves me with /assuming/ that the local BBC FM Radio stations are 
> accurate, or perhaps the local air traffic transmitters.
> Any thoughts on what I /should/ be able to receive in the UK?
> Any low-cost boards which might give a 10MHz GPS-locked signal?
> Thanks,
> David
> -- 
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> Email:  david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk
> David

I would suggest the good old "Thunderbolt" again - works fine here in the 
south of the UK with an antenna in the loft or just outside of the window.

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