Shutoff of WWV-WWVH: two days left to the end of the subscription

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by IZ2EWV, Sep 13, 2018.

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  1. IZ2EWV

    IZ2EWV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I remember that the signatures, for asking the US Government to keep running the time & frequency standard stations WWV and WWVH, which the NIST wants to close for budget restrictions, end the day after tomorrow, 15 Sep 2018.

    At now, few more than 19,000 signatures arrived, but 100,000 are needed.

    Here the link where to sign in: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/maintain-funding-nist-stations-wwv-wwvh. All the people is welcome: OMs, friends, familiars, also non-US citizens (I'm Italian and, as far as I can know by the counter, my signature was accepted).

    For those who don't understand the importance of these stations, which operate in the HF bands, it is not matter of the exact time - which is alternatively broadcasted from the GPS or in the Internet by the NTP - but they are very useful for propagation (and for the alignment of vintage radios, if we don't have a RF generator...).

    Signing is very simple: name, surename, e-mail address and confirm the e-mail that you will receive immediately.

    I cannot guess that, worldwide, there aren't 80,000 among we OMs and friends of us, who can take two minutes for signing!

    Tnx ex 73 de
    Alberto, IZ2EWV
     
  2. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Alberto means the deadline for signing the petition is fast approaching. WWV doesnt close down on Sept 15.
     
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  3. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Click-bait-y headlines aren't helping WWV's cause a bit.
     
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  4. K9CTB

    K9CTB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, there's always CHU. It's close enough for government work!
     
  5. K9GLS

    K9GLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Petition deadline to save WWV (etc) is two days away. That title is horribly misleading.
     
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  6. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Given the OP lives in Italy, it's very possible English is not his first language.

    How is your Italian? ;)

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  7. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

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    Indeed.
     
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  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well, I sure didn't see the image before.

    I stand corrected.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  9. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    That is roughly half the size of the entire ARRL membership. When the ARRL last asked all amateurs in the US to participate in a poll, they got fewer than 8,000 responses.

    Unfortunately, a petition requiring 100k signatures is probably not the right tool to save WWV. :(
     
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  10. K5LRS

    K5LRS Ham Member QRZ Page

    The younger hams (at least many of them) just don't use WWV or care what happens to it. Kind of like VOA the BBC broadcasts before they disappeared. Most don't work on their own equipment so they don't need a frequency standard. It's a shame, but that's the way many things go in this day.
     

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