Call Search
     

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Community
Articles
Forums
News
Reviews
Friends Remembered
Strays
Survey Question

Operating
Contesting
DX Cluster Spots
Propagation

Resources
Calendar
Classifieds
Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement
About eHam.net

   Home   Help Search  
Pages: [1] 2 Next   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: A good utc shack clock?  (Read 4371 times)
KB1PDG
Member

Posts: 27




Ignore
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:54:52 AM »

Anyone know of a good shack clock that displays utc along with USA time zones? Looked through the reviews here but didn't see any that looked that great to me. Thanks. KB1PDG
Logged
KD0SFY
Member

Posts: 359




Ignore
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014, 09:10:35 AM »

Probably easiest to get multiple atomic (WWV) clocks if you want that many time zones. 
Logged
W1JKA
Member

Posts: 1760




Ignore
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014, 09:38:16 AM »

One of the more popular ones for ham use: Seiko Advanced Technology Multi Time Clock (with world Time Zone chart on base). Amazon now 49.99.
Logged
KF7CG
Member

Posts: 839




Ignore
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2014, 10:09:21 AM »

Use any to the Walgreens, Walmart, and others (Atomic Time) digital clocks. In addition to being synched with WWV for time accuracy they offer 12 and 24 hour time formats and multiple time zones one of which is generally tied to London (UTC). I have seen them for as little as $9.95 for a large clock. I use one in my shack that is set to UTC.

KF7CG
Logged
KB4QAA
Member

Posts: 2405




Ignore
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2014, 12:23:01 PM »

I found a vendor on Ebay who had large 24hr wall clocks for around $25.  He was located in Quebec.  No extra charges or problems with Customs.
Logged
KJ6ZOL
Member

Posts: 387




Ignore
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2014, 12:42:51 PM »

I haven't seen any radio controlled clocks that can be set to UTC, other than one made by La Crosse. I used to have an Atomic Time clock that could display two times, and you could set it to UTC. Darn thing never worked right, one or both of the times wouldn't set correctly. I finally got rid of it and bought a standard style clock that shows calendar info along with time, BUT you can't set it to UTC. I use an ancient (circa 2000) MFJ clock to display UTC right now. I found it in a box where I'd put it after buying that Atomic Time clock.
Logged
DL8OV
Member

Posts: 102




Ignore
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2014, 02:06:59 PM »

Over on this side of the pond I bought two clocks from a local Chinese store that are locked to DCF77. Through the setup menu it's possible to set the hours figure +/- 12 Hr so one is set to UTC. Go hunting in the bargain stores in your area and I'm sure you will find one locked to WWV.

Peter DL8OV
Logged
K8AXW
Member

Posts: 3898




Ignore
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2014, 07:58:39 PM »

I've used the digital clocks from MFJ.  They're actually two separate clocks with one set to the local time and the other to GMT. 

They can be set up in either the 12 or 24 hour format and both can be set up to switch between the date and time.

They are battery operated and inexpensive. 

The only downside to them is the fact that since they are two different clocks the time will not track perfectly.  But, they do stay within a reasonable spread.

Logged
KA5PIU
Member

Posts: 446




Ignore
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2014, 06:28:21 PM »

Hello.

This is the ideal use for a cheap old computer
I got a few LCD displays for free from a big box retailer, in essence TV sets, and have all the stats  on display.
Things like old digital picture frames can frequently be set to display time on screen saver.
This is all about taking the old and making it new again.
Enjoy!
Logged
N0IU
Member

Posts: 1327


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2014, 04:57:59 AM »

In addition to my LaCrosse atomic clock, I also use a really cheap ($10) travel clock set to 24 hour mode in UTC, but this is just as a quick reference since it does tend to be off by a minute or so after a few months.

The "real" clock is my computer clock. I added the UTC clock so all I have to do is mouse over the clock and I get both local and UTC.



The important thing is to keep your computer clock accurate. With Windows, you can sync your computer clock to an Internet clock. I noticed some time ago that the default Internet clock (time.windows.com) was not working and neither were any of the "nist" clocks. I finally found a program called "Karen's Time Sync" (http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptsync.asp) where you can select from any number of other Internet time sources. Once you find one that works, you can add that server to your computer's list of time servers and have it sync your clock at regular intervals. (Mine is set for once a week).

Making sure your computer clock is in sync is more important (to me anyway) than having an external clock since my logging program uses my computer's clock for its reference.
Logged
WI4P
Member

Posts: 45




Ignore
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2014, 09:36:54 AM »

The MFJ-108B is about $20. and is actually two digital clocks in one frame.  Very easy to set. 
Logged
KA5PIU
Member

Posts: 446




Ignore
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 10:13:56 AM »

The MFJ-108B is about $20. and is actually two digital clocks in one frame.  Very easy to set. 

Hello.

Yes, and they contain 3 clocks within.
The first 2 operate in the normal manner.
But the 3rd is powered up what you first start to use it, and counts down  the warranty period!
Logged
SWMAN
Member

Posts: 571




Ignore
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2014, 10:18:44 AM »

 I second the MFJ-108, I have had mine for 4 years now and works good for me. Just a bit small but easy to see setting on a desk. Still the same batteries in it, little button cells that you can get anywhere. Keeps pretty good time and easy to set.
Logged
KE7TMA
Member

Posts: 471




Ignore
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2014, 07:15:26 PM »

I just use an ordinary clock set to UTC.
Logged
K8AXW
Member

Posts: 3898




Ignore
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2014, 07:40:19 PM »

Update:  I too use the MFJ-108B.  During my previous post I was too lazy to run down to the shack for the model number. 

I'm responding again because of a previous post about "the third clock warranty countdown."

I've been using mine for over 10 years.  I've changed the batteries maybe 2 time, no more than 3.  Both clocks are still trucking right along!

MFJ gets a bum rap too many times.  Sometimes deserved....most of the time, not.
Logged
Pages: [1] 2 Next   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!