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Domestic clocks and watches

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Collection Domestic clocks and watches, Timekeeping
Gallery locationNot on display

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Object ID ZAA0750
Description The Junghans 'Mega' desktop clock receives a long-wave radio signal every day broadcast on 60 KHz (call-sign MSF) from Rugby, UK, carrying time information from Britain's national atomic clocks at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington. These radio transmissions automatically set the clock right. Similar clocks are made which receive the national radio time signals of other countries including Germany, Japan and the USA. Since the earliest days of radio communications, it was realized that radio waves are an ideal means of distributing precise time. From January 1905, the US Navy broadcast regular time signals at noon (Eastern Standard Time) from Washington, D. C. Germany and France followed suit in 1910, the French signal being transmitted from the Eiffel Tower at midnight. These early time signals required a special receiver, but in 1922, with the first public radio broadcasts by the British Broadcasting Company, the opportunity was taken to provide precise time, with the announcer playing the Westminster chimes on a piano. Two years later the BBC introduced its six-pip time signal, the brainchild of electric clock manufacturer Frank Hope-Jones and the Astronomer Royal, Sir Frank Dyson. From the early 1970s, battery-driven quartz clocks have been made which automatically correct themselves on a daily basis using one of the digitally coded time signals now broadcast across the world.
Date made 1991

Artist/Maker Junghans
Place made Germany
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials plastic
Measurements Overall: 198 x 150 x 60 mm
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