WWV transmitter site in Colorado. The NIST budget
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has eliminated funding for the continued operation of time/frequency standard stations WWV and WWVH in its Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
Tens of thousands of radio amateurs and other users of the shortwave spectrum rely on these stations as sources of accurate time and precise frequency measurement, as well as a wealth of propagation data. (WWVB, on 60 kHz, which provides time data for so-called “atomic clocks,” would continue to be funded.)
Two petitions have been started on the White House’s “We the People” petition site calling for restoration of funding for these two essential radio stations. Each needs at least 100,000 electronic signatures by mid-September to generate a response from the White House. The petitions can be found at:
<https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/maintain-funding-nist-stations-wwv-wwvh> (As of now, needs just over 90,000 more signatures by September 15)
<https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/proposed-shutdown-nists-wwv-and-wwvh-radio-stations> (As of now, needs over 98,000 more signatures by September 17)
CQ urges its readers and friends – and anyone else who finds value in the continued operation of WWV and WWVH – to sign one or both petitions and to contact your representatives in Congress to explain the need for these stations to continue to operate. Congress has the last word on the federal budget and can modify department proposals as it sees fit.
[Update: The Case Western Reserve University Amateur Radio Club recommends calling the members of the House and Senate subcommittees directly responsible for NIST oversight and its budget, especially if you are a constituent of one of those members. For details, see <https://w8edu.wordpress.com/save-wwv/>. ]