Atomic Clock!

Since I've been collecting watches I've always used the NIST time widget to set my watches. It's just a Chrome link on my phone's main screen that I click on and it shows up in a few seconds.

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But I've always wanted an atomic clock (and watch, btw) and since I've been in a spending mood for Christmas, decided to get one for my dresser.

This one is inexpensive, only $25, purchased from Amazon. Not much to say about it - the features are pretty evident at a glance - but it does include an alarm. It can be used on the desktop as pictured, or mounted on the wall (and includes the hardware and mounting stencil). You'll need 3 AAA batteries.

I imagine many of you have one already, or maybe an atomic watch that you use to set the time, but I wanted to share this one as an inexpensive alternative.

Cheers! 馃嵒

-Eric

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Did you say one? 馃槀

Welcome to the club! 馃

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SeahawkOG

Did you say one? 馃槀

Welcome to the club! 馃

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Interesting, one is +3s from the other two. I guess it hasn't synced in a while?

Pretty cool stuff. Is there a difference between NIST time and the normal clock you have on your cell phone?

SpecKTator

Pretty cool stuff. Is there a difference between NIST time and the normal clock you have on your cell phone?

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SpecKTator

Pretty cool stuff. Is there a difference between NIST time and the normal clock you have on your cell phone?

Well shit, I never thought of that so I just checked and sure enough, they're perfectly in sync. I never use my phone clock because it doesn't show the seconds, but a quick look at the settings allow that feature to be enabled.

Feeling pretty stupid right about now.

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I recommend looking at a Citizen for an atomic watch, mine gets the signal more consistently than my Casio.

madminuteman

I recommend looking at a Citizen for an atomic watch, mine gets the signal more consistently than my Casio.

I like Citizen, I'll definitely check them out, thanks! 馃嵒

madminuteman
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Dang it鈥鈥檓 going to be late by 0.671 seconds then haha馃ぃ

Pallet_Fork

Well shit, I never thought of that so I just checked and sure enough, they're perfectly in sync. I never use my phone clock because it doesn't show the seconds, but a quick look at the settings allow that feature to be enabled.

Feeling pretty stupid right about now.

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All good, I didn鈥檛 know either. I don鈥檛 think my brain is wired to think in tenths of a second off from atomic time

Makes sense that a cell phone is slightly off. A geo synchronous gps satellites signal to your phone has a slight time delay. Once plus the processing.