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RESETTING TIME ZOME on radio-controlled clock.

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Aug 19, 2022 - 1:31:36 PM
59447 posts since 12/14/2005

Clock automatically sets itself from an Official Gummint radio signal.
Has a button for WORLD TIME, which SHOULD allow me to pick a city.
That's stuck on Washington DC, which is an hour AHEAD of here.
And the little US map which shows which time zone the clock is in, is stuck on the WEST cost, 2 hours ahead.

Can't find a picture, can't find instructions online for unsticking it.

It's model RM232A, if that's any help.

Before I take a Sharpie and write +2 on it..... does anybody know how to reset it to CENTRAL time?

Aug 19, 2022 - 1:41:49 PM

donc

Canada

7015 posts since 2/9/2010

Can you not permanently reset the hour time only ? The minute time in North America is all the same except for Newfoundland which is 1/2 hour ahead of Atlantic time. Is this a factory installed radio ?

Edited by - donc on 08/19/2022 13:42:29

Aug 19, 2022 - 3:22:04 PM

59447 posts since 12/14/2005

Well, I did get the city to change.
From WDC to UIO.
Have no idea where UIO is, but it's either in the same time zone as me, or 12 hours away, on the other side of an (apparently) round Earth, since it's the same time digits there, as here.
Guess I'll just put some duct tape over the part where it shows what time it is on the Pacific coast.

Amazing how a little hunk of duct tape can solve a problem with robot-controlled digital technology!

Aug 19, 2022 - 4:41:43 PM

Brian T

Canada

19411 posts since 6/5/2008

Back in the heyday of my interests in ham radio, I bought an ICOM analog world clock.
It's a North Polar Projection, many continents are distorted (who cares) and major cities of the world are marked around the rim. Single AA battery lasts a few years, 4" across.

The impulse-driven digital clocks probably pick up a signal from a GPS satellite.
You need to interfere with the regularity somehow. What sayeth the computer heads?

Aug 19, 2022 - 4:43:30 PM

Brian T

Canada

19411 posts since 6/5/2008

Was right. UIO is an airport code. Are you ready for this? Quito, Ecuador.

Aug 19, 2022 - 11:47:59 PM
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janolov

Sweden

41845 posts since 3/7/2006
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I guess that UIO time may cause trouble when you change from summer time to winter time. Than you have to identify a new time zome for the winter.

Aug 20, 2022 - 7:53:43 AM
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59447 posts since 12/14/2005

Thanks, all.
Bought the clock at the GOODWILL thrift shop for $0.99, with the intention of mounting it on my motor scooter.
The BUILT IN clock doesn't work properly, and even though it was under warranty, I couldn't imagine hauling the scooter 40+ miles to the dealership, and being without a scooter, for however long it took them to order and install the part.

So, now, the clock is on the scooter (double-faced exterior foam tape), and I'll let you know if it falls off.

Aug 20, 2022 - 8:01:08 AM
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janolov

Sweden

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Quito is waiting for you and the scooter, but it will be a long trip.

Aug 21, 2022 - 2:43:42 PM

2940 posts since 4/5/2006

Not sure but, I suspect "radio" clocks are meant to be stationary. I own two, plus a smartphone. None of which are ever in sync, to the minute. The alarm clocks will only reset by placing them near a window. Not so reliable, on the other side of the room. I set every dumb clock in the house to the smartphone, They stay within a couple of minutes, until a power outage knocks them out.

Since GPS has become standard equipment in many cars, you may luck out & find an "experienced" GPS at your local Goodwill store, or an online source. GPS' are designed to work on a moving object, but then again, all smart either come with, or there is an app for GPS. Not to mention. Smartphones rely on satellites for time, no matter where they are, and do not require an auxiliary power source. Simply a mount of some type.

     

Aug 22, 2022 - 3:37:36 AM
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rinemb

USA

14849 posts since 5/24/2005

Sangean atomic clock radio, as far as I could ever figure, is controlled by satellite. Sometimes it takes a couple of days to reset after our time changes in the fall and spring. Other times it just starts spinning for weeks at a time. I read somewhere that my radio is old enough and it may have trouble syncing to the newer signals coming from the satellites?
Brad

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