Fwd: AstroAlert: WWV/WWVH survey deadline Sept. 30

From: Mike Boschat (aa063@chebucto.ns.ca)
Date: Thu Sep 27 2001 - 06:00:16 EDT

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    Subject: AstroAlert: WWV/WWVH survey deadline Sept. 30
    Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 00:10:04 -0400
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is 
    conducting a survey of WWV and WWVH listeners to find out how they 
    use the standard time and frequency broadcast services.
    September 30th is the deadline for completing the survey, 
    which is available on the Web at http://www.timesurvey.nist.gov/ 
    -- and that deadline is fast approaching.
    John P. Lowe, leader of NIST's Time and Frequency Services Group, 
    insists that a shutdown of WWV is not imminent. But he confirmed to 
    Sky & Telescope reader Bob Konior that the data collected could 
    ultimately be used to determine whether WWV and WWVH remain on the 
    air -- especially given the popularity of NIST's other outlets. (For 
    example, its Web-based time server gets in excess of 3 million hits a 
    day.) The last WWV-WWVH user survey was conducted in 1985.
    "Those amateurs who use this radio time service to time events will be 
    left to their own devices if this service is removed from the air," 
    comments Konior.
    We urge amateur and professional astronomers who rely on highly 
    accurate shortwave time signals to participate in the survey so 
    their views will be known.
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