[CQ-Contest] WWV and WWVH may go off the air. 100, 000 signatures needed by Sept. 15th.

donovanf at starpower.net donovanf at starpower.net
Mon Aug 20 14:19:00 EDT 2018

Hi Bob, 

This is an exact quote from page NIST-25 of the proposed FY2019 NIST budget: 
< www.osec.doc.gov/bmi/budget/FY19CBJ/NIST_and_NTIS_FY2019_President 's_Budget_for_508_comp.pdf> 
"NIST will discontinue the dissemination of the U.S. time and frequency via the NIST radio stations in Hawaii and Ft. Collins, CO. These radio stations transmit signals that are used to synchronize consumer electronic products like wall clocks, clock radios, and wristwatches, and may be used in other applications like appliances, cameras, and irrigation controllers." 
----- Original Message -----

From: "Bob Wilson, N6TV" <n6tv at arrl.net> 
To: "CQ Contest Reflector" <cq-contest at contesting.com> 
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 6:06:24 PM 
Subject: [CQ-Contest] WWV and WWVH may go off the air. 100, 000 signatures needed by Sept. 15th. 

WWV and WWVH are planned to be shut down due to major proposed budget cuts. 


It's not clear if WWVB, which is used by many so-called "atomic" clocks and 
watches, is also going to be shut down, but since WWVB is also "a NIST 
radio station in Colorado," the answer appears to be YES. 

I've signed the petition to request that funding be maintained, and I 
encourage you to do the same. 


Obviously U.S. hams alone cannot produce 100,000 signatures; help will also 
be needed from industry, consumers, the military, etc. 

Bob, N6TV 
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