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2019 Budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH
by Rhapsody-NS27 08-16-2018

https://swling.com/blog/2018/08/nist...-wwv-and-wwvh/

White House petition to keep it funded:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...tions-wwv-wwvh
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Interesting as I recall (in another life) our Nuclear forces where depended on these time hacks to calibrate their Air, Land and Sea nuclear mission computers..but that was way before sat. communications

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Re: 2019 Budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH

Perfect! If this goes through, you might as well throw away your sextants and kiss off any chance for an accurate fix unless you are carrying around a thousand dollar chronometer. This will bode the end of the true independent seafaring adventurer.
This is exactly the wrong place to be saving taxpayer dollars. Sign the petition.
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Re: 2019 Budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH

Hopefully this is allowed by sailnet rules, there is a petition that request that funding be maintained.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...tions-wwv-wwvh

Maybe if enough of us sign WWV will stay up.
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Re: 2019 Budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH

Well this sucks...
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Re: 2019 Budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH

I'd really hate to see WWV and WWVH go by the wayside. They not only gave time ticks for those of us who relied on a sextant but weather reports of large storms. We used WWVH weather information to avoid a hurricane once. Unless you go with a satellite or subscribe to a HF weather service, they are the only no cost way to find out about significant weather. This was back in the day but a Sony shortwave radio tuned to WWVH got us all the information to sail SoPac and the price was right.
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Re: 2019 Budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH

Thanks for heads-up!!
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Re: 2019 Budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH

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Perfect! If this goes through, you might as well throw away your sextants and kiss off any chance for an accurate fix unless you are carrying around a thousand dollar chronometer. This will bode the end of the true independent seafaring adventurer.
This is exactly the wrong place to be saving taxpayer dollars. Sign the petition.
Just signed.
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Re: 2019 Budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH

One could always just tune in CHU instead. The US isn't a monopoly on time signals.

I doubt even 1% of cruisers have a sextant, and of those that do, I doubt that 10% of them could get even a rough fix. Don't bother telling me how you are different - I believe you.

If the GPS system goes down, a fix at sea will be the least of everyone's problems. Only a fool would try to get near land then.

Besides, if the GPS system goes down, the time feed to WWV/WWVH goes with it.

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Re: 2019 Budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH

WWVH had more than just time ticks. They also broadcast reports of major weather every hour. Used that information to avoid sailing into a hurricane.
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