Petition to Save WWV, WWVB, and WWVH

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Time is running out… and we must act to save WWV!

The 2019 annual budget for NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) decreased by $49 Million USD from the 2018 budget.

Due to the decrease in budget, the NIST has decided to pull funding for WWV, WWVB, and WWVH.   This move will save NIST $6.3 Million USD.


What you need to know

WWV is one of the oldest radio stations in continuous use.  They went on the air in 1920 from Washington DC, broadcasting the time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

WWV, WWVH, and WWVB

  • Broadcast the official US Time
  • Broadcast Atlantic and Pacific Maritime Conditions
  • Broadcast GPS Status Updates
  • Broadcast geophysical alerts from NOAA

WWV, WWVH, and WWVB

  • Are used by many radio operators to check band conditions
  • Used by many to calibrate their receivers to make sure they are on frequency
  • Used by mariners for storm updates
  • Used by anyone who has a device that sets the time automatically from the “atomic clock”

Listening to WWV, WWVH, and WWVB:

  • Operate on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz
  • Transmit 10kW on 5, 10, 15 MHz
  • Transmit 2.5kW on 2.5 and 20 MHz
  • WWV and WWVB operate from Ft Collins, CO
  • WWVH operates from Kauai, Hawaii
  • You may also dial in over the phone
  • WWV receives 1M Calls per year
  • WWVH receives 50k calls per year

How can we save WWV, WWVH, and WWVB

  • Sign this petition online (www.scannerschool.com/savewwv)
    • 100,000 electronic signatures are need
    • As of this podcast date, only 16k are signed
    • We need 83k more for the White House to respond
  • Call your state congressperson
  • Call your local government
  • Call your state's governor's office

 

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Links from this session:

Scanner School Resources Page

www.scannerschool.com/savewwv

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWV_(radio_station)

https://www.nist.gov/director/fy-2019-presidential-budget-request-summary/fundamental-measurement-quantum-science-and

https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/radio-stations/wwv

https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/services/telephone-time-day-ttds

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