Maintain funding for NIST stations WWV and WWVH

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by G4TUT, Aug 21, 2018.

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Petition - Maintain funding for NIST stations WWV and WWVH

    A petition has been set up, however it needs 96,344 signatures by September 15, 2018 to get a response from the White House.

    "NIST station WWV and sister stations are among the oldest radio stations in the United States, having been in continuous operation since May 1920. The station has transmitted the official US Time for nearly 100 years, and is an instrumental part in the telecommunications field, ranging from broadcasting to scientific research and education.

    Additionally, these stations transmit marine storm warnings from the National Weather Service, GPS satellite health reports, and specific information concerning current solar activity, and radio propagation conditions. These broadcasts are an essential resource to the worldwide communications industry.

    This petition requests continued funding of these stations be maintained into the 21st century and beyond to ensure future operations."
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/maintain-funding-nist-stations-wwv-wwvh

    Our thanks to Mike Terry for the above information

    http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/august/maintain-funding- for-nist-stations-wwv-and-wwvh.htm

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  2. W7WJB

    W7WJB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Note, there are two petitions on the site (slightly differing); so, you probably should sign both.
     
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  3. KB6QXM

    KB6QXM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would suggest posting links to both of them here. I have distributed one link to two local ham clubs, but it would be nice if someone can post both here.
     
  4. AB3TQ

    AB3TQ Subscriber QRZ Page

    Getting the word out about this is good because in the one month window allowed, this petition needs something more than 3,000 signatures per day on average to get a response from the White House. Right now on day #6 the average is holding at roughly 1,000 signatures per day. At that rate it won't be enough. This needs more momentum.

    I don't expect the White House to save WWV and WWVH, but it can't hurt to let them know we care about this. Contacting your elected representatives will have more of an impact.
     
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  5. AB3TQ

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  6. KI6PMD

    KI6PMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have been listening to WWV & WWVH since the 1960s ! How the hell are we going to keep our La Crosse clocks on time with CHU Canada ? 73 Phil KI6PMD..
     
  7. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Excerpt from the 1973 NIST Technical Report document:
    WWV'S FUTURE
    Will WWV survive another 50 years? Who knows? "The National Bureau of Standards is currently engaged in perfecting alternate forms of dissemination which might make standard shortwave broadcasts obsolete." says James A. Barnes. Barnes is Chief of the NBS Time and Frequency Division. Until alternate methods are perfected. John Stanley. WWV's Chief Engineer, and his dedicated crew at the Fort Collins site will continue the service which has survived 50 years of wars, depressions, moves, and fire.

    NIST_WWV_50th_Anniversary_Technical_News_Bulletin1973.jpg
    If WWV survives another 1657 days, to 6 March 2023, it can celebrate its 100 year anniversary.


    At the tone... only 4 years, 6 months, 12 days, 8 hours, 11 minutes, 21 seconds to go... Universal Coordinated Time... BEEP. Tick. Tock.

    WWV began regularly schedule broadcasts of time and frequency on 6 March 1923.
     
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  8. KC4EOG

    KC4EOG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been listening to WWV for almost 50 years. However, the technology is out of date and the info is available at many places. I can't see the government justifying the expenditures any more so I can't do the petition. Gotta pick your battles.
     
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  9. KM4NYI

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    Signed.
     
  10. KB3AWQ

    KB3AWQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Doesnt other sources come from WWV or VB? So if they go how will the other sources get it
     

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