Gadgetboy gets a new alarm clock.

We’ve been living with a mildly dysfunctional alarm clock for the last couple of years. It’s this General Electric combo phone/caller ID/dual alarm clock that works OK most of the time. The problem lies in the fact that it sometimes forgets to keep track of time. Like most clocks you press buttons to set the alarms, turn the alarms on and off, scroll through the caller ID list and delete the caller ID list. Press a button to turn an alarm on or check who called and the display will change to show the relevant information and after a couple of moments it’s supposed to revert back to the current time.  Sometimes it forgets to revert back and is stuck on whatever the last display was and that causes time to slow down, for the clock anyway. I’ve been late to work more than once because the alarm didn’t go off because the clock had lost 4 hours due to being stuck displaying some past bit of info. It’s been an annoyance for a couple of years now.

So I broke down and bought a new dual alarm clock yesterday while wandering the aisles of Walmart. I stumbled across the Emerson CKS2237 Dual Alarm Clock Radio and it was cool enough that I bought one on the spot. The coolest part of this alarm clock is the fact that it sets itself. Plug it in and the display immediately changes to the current time, date and day. It automatically changes for daylight savings time too. Plus the LED display is huge making it easy to see from across the room and it has the option to wake you via radio or buzzer. It’s a cool clock and I can use it to keep the other clocks in the house set to the correct time.

3 thoughts on “Gadgetboy gets a new alarm clock.

  1. So, what you’re saying is that this new clock will be Boss Clock, right?  Keeping all the other clocks in the house in line?  Cool.  I need one of those. wink

  2. Yeah, that’s a pretty good summary. I was using my PC for that as Windows XP syncs every time you connect to the net, but now I don’t have to turn on my PC to know I have the correct time.

    I’ve noticed more and more clocks that are self-setting these days. These clocks make use of the NIST Radio Station WWVB service to synchronize with the national atomic clock.

    WWVB continuously broadcasts time and frequency signals at 60 kHz. The carrier frequency provides a stable frequency reference traceable to the national standard. There are no voice announcements on the station, but a time code is synchronized with the 60 kHz carrier and is broadcast continuously at a rate of 1 bit per second using pulse width modulation. The carrier power is reduced and restored to produce the time code bits. The carrier power is reduced 10 dB at the start of each second, so that the leading edge of every negative going pulse is on time. Full power is restored 0.2 s later for a binary

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