Friday, August 31, 2018

Save WWV / WWVH!

Apparently, the budget proposals for NIST don't include funding for WWV and WWVH. If these budgets go through, then our beloved stations on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 MHz will go silent after over 98 years of broadcasting.

I can't imagine radio without these stations. There have been countless times I've set my clocks and watch by them. And while the internet and NTP may have largely replaced them for that function, there's no equivalent internet protocol for frequency measurements.

I remember how cool it was late one evening when I could hear both WWV and WWVH on 2.5 and 5 MHz.

I can't imaging calibrating a home-brew radio without the reference signal of WWV or WWVH. I guess there's always CHU, but the frequencies aren't as handy.

I encourage you to write your Congress persons and let them know how important funding of WWV and WWVH are to you.

There's also a White House petition to sign, it needs about 87,000 signatures at the time of this writing.

I would hate to lose WWV and WWVH. Please do your part.