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AT THE TONE: A Little History of NIST Radio Stations WWV & WWVH (1955-2005)

54 tracks, 1.14.50 shortwavemusic on September 20, 2012 05:21

  1. 1. Radio Station WWV: Eastern Standard Time (1 March 1955) 10:10 AM EST 0.26 1962 plays
  2. 2. Radio Station WWV - Eastern Standard Time #2 (1958) 2:20 PM EST 1.39 1461 plays
  3. 3. Radio Station WWV - Eastern Standard Time #3 (1958) 8:55 PM EST 0.25 695 plays
  4. 4. Radio Station WWV - Notice of Relocation to Ft. Collins (1966) 0.59 758 plays
  5. 5. Radio Station WWV - Actual Relocation to Ft. Collins (1966) 7:00 PM EST 0.37 600 plays
  6. 6. Radio Station WWV - Mountain Standard Time (1967) 1500 MST 0.39 539 plays
  7. 7. Radio Station WWV - MST to GMT Change Notification (1967) 1.06 525 plays
  8. 8. Radio Station WWV - Generator Installation Announcement (December 1967) 0204 GMT 1.56 487 plays
  9. 9. Radio Station WWV - Survey Questionnaire Announcement (1969) 0.35 393 plays
  10. 10. Radio Station WWV - Morse Geoalert 'EEE' (1969) 0.15 376 plays
  11. 11. Radio Station WWV - Morse Geoalert 'HHE' (1969) 0.23 356 plays
  12. 12. Radio Station WWV - Geoalert Machine Malfunction (1969) 0.31 377 plays
  13. 13. Radio Station WWV - Morse Code UT2 Correction 'SU019' (1969) 0.27 369 plays
  14. 14. Radio Station KC2XIO - David Howe Voice (1970) 1.13 456 plays
  15. 15. Radio Station KC2XIO - No Voice Announcements (1970) 1.11 339 plays
  16. 16. Radio Station KC2XIO - Jane Barbe Voice A (7 June 1971) 1705 GMT 1.00 453 plays
  17. 17. Radio Station KC2XIO - Jane Barbe Voice B (7 June 1971) 1706 GMT 1.00 396 plays
  18. 18. Radio Station WWV - Barium Ion Vehicle Announcement #1 (April 1971) 2.00 368 plays
  19. 19. Radio Station WWV - Barium Ion Vehicle Announcement #2 (13 April 1971) 0.43 237 plays
  20. 20. Radio Station WWV - Miscellaneous Barium Ion Vehicle Warnings (1971) 1.12 247 plays
  21. 21. Radio Station WWVH - Announcement of Relocation to Kauai (May 1971) 0.52 319 plays
  22. 22. Radio Station WWV - Telephone Time Service (June 1971) 0.53 348 plays
  23. 23. Radio Station WWV - Format Change Announcement (April 1971) 0.27 324 plays
  24. 24. Radio Station WWV - Machine Malfunctions (1971) 1.53 358 plays
  25. 25. Radio Station WWV - Live Format Change (1971) 12.30 715 plays
  26. 26. Radio Stations WWV & WWVH - New Station IDs (1972) 0358/0403 GMT 6.17 316 plays
  27. 27. Radio Station WWV - First Live Propagation Forecast (N6) (1971) 0614 GMT 0.27 207 plays
  28. 28. Radio Station WWV - First Live Solar Report (1971) 0618 GMT 0.51 195 plays
  29. 29. Radio Station WWV - Storm Information Notice (1972) 0404 GMT 0.53 193 plays
  30. 30. Radio Station WWV - GMT to UTC Change Notice (May 1973) 2304 GMT 0.47 246 plays
  31. 31. Radio Station WWV - Actual GMT to UTC Change (1 January 1974) 2359 GMT 1.06 284 plays
  32. 32. Radio Stations WWV & WWVH - Station IDs (1976) 1759 UTC 1.58 291 plays
  33. 33. Radio Station WWV - OMEGA & Weather Announcements by Engineer (12 August 1976) 2108–2110 & 2116 UTC 4.59 214 plays
  34. 34. Radio Station WWV - Notice of Frequency Discontinuance by Station Engineer (November 1976) 2004 UTC 0.51 240 plays
  35. 35. Radio Station WWV - Notice of Frequency Discontinuance by Don Elliot (November 1976) 1804 UTC 0.44 241 plays
  36. 36. Radio Station WWVH - Notice of Frequency Discontinuance (November 1976) 0.37 239 plays
  37. 37. Radio Stations WWV & WWVH: Leap-Second Notice (1977) 1803 UTC 1.58 253 plays
  38. 38. Radio Station WWVH - Station ID (1979) 2329 UTC 0.48 253 plays
  39. 39. Radio Station WWV - Leap-Second Notice (1985) 0.27 264 plays
  40. 40. Radio Station WWV - Station ID & Broadcast Sample (1990) 0400 UTC 1.15 1326 plays
  41. 41. Radio Station WWVH - Broadcast Sample (1990) 0017 UTC 0.30 217 plays
  42. 42. Radio Station WWV - Digital Voice (1991) 1841 UTC 1.13 308 plays
  43. 43. Radio Station WWVH - Digital Voice (1991) 0521 UTC 1.21 257 plays
  44. 44. Radio Station WWV - INSPIRE Announcements (1992) 2.58 222 plays
  45. 45. Radio Station WWV - Leap-Second Notitice (1992) 0.40 191 plays
  46. 46. Radio Station WWVH - Leap-Second Notice (1992) 0.41 197 plays
  47. 47. Radio Station WWV - The Leap-Second (1992) 0000 UTC 0.15 239 plays
  48. 48. Radio Station WWV - Broadcast Sample (2001) 2230 UTC 1.59 466 plays
  49. 49. Radio Station WWVH - Broadcast Sample (2000) 2359 UTC 2.22 416 plays
  50. 50. Radio Station WWV - User Survey (2001) 0.42 202 plays
  51. 51. Radio Station WWVH - User Survey (2001) 0.44 164 plays
  52. 52. Radio Station WWV - User Survey in Progress (2001) 0.49 168 plays
  53. 53. Radio Station WWVH - User Survey In Progress (2001) 0.44 170 plays
  54. 54. Radio Station WWV - Leap-Second Notice (2005) 0.39 351 plays

SUMMARY:

AT THE TONE is the first comprehensive audio survey of NIST Radio Stations WWV and WWVH: two legendary shortwave radio broadcasters whose primary purpose is the dissemination of scientifically precise time and frequency. Offered here publicly for the first time, the set represents a huge cross-section of the stations' "life and times," including recordings of obsolete formats, original voices and identifications, special announcements, format changes, "leap seconds," and other aural oddities from 1955 to 2005. Presented by radio producer and historian Myke Dodge Weiskopf, AT THE TONE is alternately strange and mundane, monotonous and compelling, erudite and obscure. Recommended for fans of The Conet Project, The Ghost Orchid, and other radio-related ephemera.

NOTES:

The recordings which form the heart of this collection are the work of lifelong radio hobbyist Lloyd Matthiesen. Lloyd presented them to me in 1992 as a self-contained set of reel-to-reel and wire recordings which he had made of his own volition starting in 1962. At the Tone could never have existed without his decades-long devotion. This project is dedicated to him.

Some of the language in this text has been borrowed directly from copyright-free sources published by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) or its successor, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Of particular use was NIST SP 555: C. Bragaw and W. Snyder, Achievement in Radio (Washington, DC: October 1986). I have tried to limit such use to passages which demanded an expert’s lucidity.

Produced, curated, and edited by Myke Dodge Weiskopf. Principal recordings from the collection of Lloyd Matthiesen. Additional recordings contributed by Matthew Deutch, Joseph Flaska, Gary Maker, Michael Mideke, Jay Novello, Dean Okayama, and Myke Dodge Weiskopf.

WWV 1955 recording excerpted from "High Latitude Sounds Recorded at Various Speeds: Dawn-Chorus, Swishes, Whistlers, Tweeks" by Various Artists from 'IONOSPHERE,' Cook Records COOK05013, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. (c) 1955. Used by permission.

Cover art by Todd M. LeMieux (www.toddlemieux.com).

Contributions of text, graphics, or information provided by Matthew Deutch, David Howe, Joseph Flaska, Peter Q. George, Wayne Hanson, John Lowe, Lloyd Matthiesen, Fred McGehan, Dean Okayama, and Donald Sullivan.

Audio processing performed on Sonic NoNOISE broadband noise reduction software at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, CA (www.theinvisiblestudios.com). Thanks to Mark Holden.

Special thanks to John C. Chapman, David Goren, Mark Schiefelbein and other members of the Fundraising Circle for their generous financial contributions in the final stages of this project.

© 2009 Myke Dodge Weiskopf / Obscure-Disk.

To order this compilation on CD, please write starsonesp@gmail.com.

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