Saturday, June 25, 2011

Check the Wall Clock

Who knew?  time,at least as many of our clocks communicate it, may be changing come 1 July.

Here is the report.

What are the Boffins up to and why didn't they conduct an informative campaign across the nation?  Or, is this a case of being afraid of the answer?

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff


kad barma said...

Lucky for me my living room timepiece is a 100 year old wind-up model.

nealcroz said...

It's not just clocks that are going to get messed up. Many motor driven appliances run optimally at 60 cycles AC.....and when it dips to 50 cycles....they run slower....mushier so to speak.

I just love the test philosophy...."Let's do it and see what happens.....if anyone notices."

Only a government has the unmitigated temerity to do something like that to its population.

JoeS said...

Much ado about nothing.

Remember the Year 2000 chicken littles?

C R Krieger said...

Ah, but I remember, back in 1967, when we went to Germany, having to buy a new drive wheel for our tape deck and not taking digital clocks. 

I noticed me receipts this AM, from Staples and Hannafords, had dates and times imprinted on them.  Is the time kept accurate by the 60 cycles or something else?  Are there equipment fans that are point designed and need 60 cycles to operate properly?

JoeS thinks it is a tempest in a tea pot.  With the Government involved, what could possibly go wrong?

Regards  —  Cliff

JoeS said...

NERC is a private company, but regulated by FERC.

Frequency control is a complex process and is one of the degrees-of-freedom to mitigate power fluctuations on the grid - when power requested is greater than instantaneous power provided, a small change in frequency puts the system in balance until the power plants ramp up their output.

But as for time, it is not the instantaneous frequency that matters, but the average over an extended period. So the clocks may lose a second now, but gain it back in an hour. It is only of concern to those who think there is a government conspiracy to harm them.

kad barma said...

Edison regretted advocating for DC transmission, but sooner or later I'm guessing he'll recant.

nealcroz said...

Nothing to worry about....the Federal government has it all under control. Move along....... it a VAST left wing conspiracy to make us all European.....220 50????????