What Closing A Government Radio Station Would Mean For Your Clocks – Start contingency planning

Many clocks sync with a government radio station that’s been proposed to be closed. Scott Simon talks with Thomas Witherspoon of the website The SWLing Post.
— Read on www.npr.org/2018/08/25/641835302/what-closing-a-government-radio-station-would-mean-for-your-clocks

NIST’s full Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request to Congress calls for the agency to “discontinue the dissemination of the US time and frequency via the NIST radio stations in Hawaii and Fort Collins, Colorado.” The agency noted, “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.” The specific cut, which would come from the NIST Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science, and Measurement Dissemination budget, would amount to $6.3 million.

This is the type of thing to add to your SWOTs and other risk management/contingency planning activities. I, too, would like to have confidence it will not be in the final bill, but now is the time to take appropriate actions for your organization.

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