from Birmingham, AL United States
The clock does not receive radio signals well. I've taken it to different areas of my office building and taken it with me in the car. I've also taken it home with me and it never picks up the signal. I have pressed the "receive" button on the back of the clock countless times and have yet to recieve the atomic signal. The product description says that if you receive a cell phone signal, then you should be able to receive the atomic clock radio signal. I consistently have a strong (5 bar) cell phone signal but have never had a good atomic radio signal in the 3 weeks that I've had the clock. Save your money.<br><br><span style="font-style: italic; font-family: Lucida Sans;">Reply from WeatherBuffs:</span><br>Dude. Where's my car? LOL! Our description has NEVER said such. And here's why:<br><br>Cell phones and atomic radio signals have not a thing to do with one another. The cell phone operates on a contemporary frequency in the GHZ range. "Atomic" or "radio controlled clocks" are lucky when they receive the ancient, AM radio, KHZ signal from the nation's atomic powered clock in Ft. Collins, CO. No manufacturer guarantees that an "atomic" clock will receive this signal because while it is a high powered blast, it's a very, very thin signal and can easily miss a given spot of earth. Your cell phone has repeaters all around you and its signal is akin to a shotgun blast with birdshot. Great at short range which is why cell phones need repeaters. But the signal disperses and, therefore, cannot travel great distances without enormous power. Think of FM Radio versus AM radio. Howard Miller makes one of the finest atomic clocks on the market. But no matter how good that is, reception by any atomic clock is always hit or miss!<br style="font-style: italic; font-family: Lucida Sans;"><br>
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