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Britain first adopted William Willett’s Daylight Saving Time scheme in 1916, a few weeks after Germany. For years, the British Government had refused to introduce Daylight Saving Time, but by then, Britain and Germany were fighting each other in the First World War (1914-18), and any system that could save fuel and money was worth trying. The Summer Time Act of 1916 was quickly passed by Parliament and the first day of British Summer Time, 21 May 1916, was widely reported in the press.
Clocks and watches were very different from those we use today. Many clocks could not have their hands turned backwards without breaking the mechanism. Instead, owners had to put the clock forward by 11 hours when Summer Time came to an end. The Home Office put out special posters telling people how to reset their clocks to GMT, and national newspapers also gave advice.
Thankfully no such problems today with Ravencourt’s Radio Controlled Clocks as they set themselves from BST to GMT so you don’t have to do a thing.
What is a Radio-Controlled Clock?
OK so here’s the boring bit. A radio clock or radio-controlled clock is a clock that is automatically synchronised by a time code transmitted by a radio transmitter connected to a time standard such as an atomic clock. In Britain this is the MSF signal transmitted by Babcock in Cumbria (formerly transmitted by BT from Rugby). The signal operates on a frequency of 60 kHz and carries a time and date code that can be received and decoded by Ravencourt Radio Controlled Clocks such systems may be used to automatically set clocks or for any purpose where accurate time is needed.
Why do I need them?
You might have the most expensive clock or watch in the world, but if it’s set to the wrong time to begin with, it’s no use to you at all. Even very good quartz clocks struggle to keep time to better than a second a day. if they are out by just a couple of seconds in 24 hours (an amazing accuracy of 99.998 percent), it adds up to a minute a month or almost a quarter of an hour a year. That’s why most people regularly check their Clocks against a reliable time signal—like the ones you hear before news broadcasts on radio stations. Wouldn’t it be good if your clock could listen to those broadcasts and set itself to the right time automatically without you ever needing to worry? That’s the basic idea behind Ravencourt radio controlled clocks. Our Radio controlled clocks also automatically reset themselves from summer time to winter time and vice versa meaning that you don’t have to send somebody up a ladder twice a year to reset.
In short Ravencourt Radio Controlled clocks are an affordable and hassle free way of keeping very accurate time across your commercial buildings with added features of safety glass lenses and bold easy to read dials.
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