ad: elecraft

WWV celebrating 100 Years

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K0UO, May 3, 2019.

ad: L-HROutlet
ad: l-rl
ad: MessiPaoloni-1
ad: Subscribe
ad: L-MFJ
ad: Left-2
ad: Left-3
  1. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology Radio Station WWV will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in October 2019. The oldest continuously operating radio station in the world deserves a grand celebration.

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) have reached an agreement and are working together to organize the event.

    NIST will focus on the plans for Tuesday, October 1, when they will host a recognition ceremony and an open house at the radio station north of Fort Collins.

    NCARC will operate a special event amateur radio station, call signWW0WWV, on the WWV property starting September 28 and going 24-hours a day through October 2. The goal is to make as many U.S. and world-wide contacts during the 120-hour period as possible, using multiple bands and multiple modes on at least 4 simultaneous transmitters. The effort will require hundreds of volunteer operators.
    Information on the Special Events Station visit:
    Last edited: May 3, 2019
    W6DRO, KD0EZS, KX4O and 14 others like this.
  2. KO6WB

    KO6WB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Sounds like fun....

    Have fun
  3. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    What was the final verdict on the future of WWV?
  4. AA5CT

    AA5CT Ham Member QRZ Page

    It was the decision of all the GPSDO (GPS disciplined oscillator) owners that WWV/WWVB et al weren't needed anymore, to which I asked the question "How do you verify your GPSDO is working?"

    I think the answer I got back was: "Look at the green LED that says everything is okay."

    That may be fine with them, but I still want to see the GPSDO output compared/checked against WWV for the final word ...

    The LED driver could just have a solder splash across it forcing the LED on regardless ...
    AJ4LN and KD4AYU like this.
  5. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Next tone begins at ...100 years......
    AA7WB and NU4R like this.
  6. KD7YVV

    KD7YVV Ham Member QRZ Page

    At the tone, 100 years, 0 months, 0 days, 0 hours, 0 seconds, coordinated universal time. BEEP.
    I remember when WWV called it Greenwich Mean Time and use WWV to determine propagation.
    I have a couple of "Atomic" clocks that set themselves as long as I feed them batteries once a year.
    They kind of get grumpy if I miss their feeding time. :) It's nice to know that WWV is still being used
    in this age of digital phones, computers etc. and hope it goes on for another 100 years.
    K0UO, AF7EC and KK6JKC like this.
  7. K8SQB

    K8SQB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Might have to look into a road trip... This really would be about as cool as it gets for a kid who grew up setting everything to WWV.
    N0CEL, K7SKE, W4ABC and 2 others like this.
  8. KD8TNF

    KD8TNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    This news posted on ARRL site 29 March 2019. My take from this read is the service will not discontinue in the foreseeable future.

    A short excerpt:

    "....Department of Defense to Transmit Interoperability Exercise Info via WWV/WWVH


    The US Department of Defense (DOD) plans to start making use of a provisional time slot on WWV and WWVH to announce upcoming HF military communication exercises and how the Amateur Radio community can become involved in them. The announcements will occur at 10 minutes past on WWV and at 50 minutes past on WWVH. WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz.

    “DOD’s use of the broadcast time slot on WWV/WWVH will benefit the MARS program’s mission of outreach to the Amateur Radio community,” said US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. “The actual messages to be broadcast are coordinated by the DOD Headquarters that the MARS program supports...."

    I will hasten to complete the survey mentioned at end of article when available. I hope others might do likewise to help firm up listener data on this valuable service.

    73 CW
    AA5CT likes this.
  9. KB6QXM

    KB6QXM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have heard rumors that WWV and WWVB and WWVH will not be shutdown. It would be nice if the ARRL would publish something definitive on the status of the stations. Maybe that is too much to ask. Great frequency and time standard. Great indication of band conditions close to the reference frequencies. 2.5 (for 160/80m) 5.0 (for 60/40m) 10.0 (for 40m) 15.0 (for 20m) 20.0 (for 15/10m). Solar flux index reports etc. Great stations!
    K7SKE and AI7PM like this.
  10. W6RZ

    W6RZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    NIST has to be appropriated a budget every fiscal year. WWV, WWVH and WWVB will potentially be on the chopping block again for FY2020.

Share This Page