Our trusty kitchen clock threw up its hands and decided it couldn’t handle one more Daylight Savings time change. We’ve always liked that clock, had it for years, so My Guy scoured the internet until he found one closest in appearance. Even after only a few days we’d grown tired of automatically turning our heads to the blank spot on the wall where the first one used to hang, so we were grateful when its replacement arrived yesterday.
When My Guy unpacked it, I heard an “Uh oh” from the other room.
Turns out, you shouldn’t buy based only on appearance.
Per the instructions that came with our new timepiece:
For the best reception, please place clock on a wall that faces Ft.Collins, Colorado. When the battery is installed, the hands will move to the 12:00 position and search for the radio signal. Do not attempt to reset the hands manually even though the time on clock might be incorrect. The clock is synchronizing to the WWVB signal and once the radio signal is decoded, the hands will automatically adjust to the correct time. This may take up to 5 nights if there is atmospheric interference.
(WWVB is a time signal radio station near Fort Collins,Colorado and is operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Most radio-controlled clocks in North America use WWVB's transmissions to set the correct time.)
Added to that are details like the possibility the hands might decide to spin on their own to autocorrect, or that electrical storms between us and Colorado might affect the signal.And weirdly, guess what direction our kitchen wall faces?