I have a Cason Atomic-Digital Clock-Calendar-Thermometer, a wall clock that has a receiver in it to set the time. A small antenna symbol appears steady on the display when the signal is strong enough. When it isn't, the symbol blinks.
But the position on my office wall gets marginal reception. Perhaps it's from all the other noisy appliances (TV, computer, cable box, modem, router, etc.). Although the time stays correct when the reception is inadequate, the year changes to some arbitrary one. The easy fix is to remove the clock from the wall and put it near the window overnight.
Now, since the radio knows when it isn't getting a good signal, and indicates so on the display, it should keep all the readings and just coast along on the internal crystal-controlled clock until the next time it gets a good calibration signal. It doesn't do that. It changes the date to some random number. Designed by Monkeys!
This entry was submitted by Michael Neidich and edited by Rob Spiegel.
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