[time-nuts] webcam app to watch for and time stamp changes

EB4APL eb4apl at cembreros.jazztel.es
Sun Mar 3 12:12:41 EST 2013

When LCD wristwatches became common in the seventies we, in the 
frequency and timing group of a space tracking facility, investigated 
the possibility of adjusting our new watches against our standard.
We found that a a small copper plate, about 1 X 2 cm, resting against 
the display and connected to a scope probe was able to pick up enough 32 
KHz energy to be displayed in the scope.  Then connected the vertical 
output to an HP 5245L counter referenced to our standard and set the 
gate time to 10 seconds and got the frequency.  We learned that the 
watch had to be worn in order to operate at the right temperature, the 
body acting as an oven, so you has to wear it backside in order to 
access the trimmer (yes, at that time those watches had and adjusting 
trimmer, maybe heritage from the mechanical ones, laser trimming arrived 
Our group became very popular and busy adjusting every watch our 
colleagues bought to a few seconds per month.

Ignacio, EB4APL

On 03/03/2013 16:29, Magnus Danielson wrote:
> On 03/03/2013 03:46 PM, Jim Lux wrote:
>> On 3/3/13 1:00 AM, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
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>>> In message <657D7F7CC03849419A2A90752E6A60A6 at pc52>, "Tom Van Baak"
>>> writes:
>>>> When playing with watches a while ago I tried to pick up any 32
>>>> kHz signal but failed. Those with 1 Hz stepper motors were easy,
>>>> but LED or LCD displays were too electro/magnetic/acoustic quiet
>>>> for me to ever detect anything.
>>> Most LCD and LED clocks have a shielding metal-coating on the front
>>> glass, exactly to eliminate all EMI/EMC issues.
>> Yes, but perhaps there's enough leakage to make this work. After all,
>> the EMI requirement (assuming it's running at 32 kHz) isn't particularly
>> stringent and because the fob is small, the radiated field at any
>> distance is going to very small. OTOH, I can put a probe or coil right
>> on or around the fob.
>> I'll let you all know what I detect when I try it tomorrow.
> An electrostatic shield will not contain the H-field from the shifting
> currents.
> Cheers,
> Magnus
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