Very cool! Clocks are in right now, and those kids know it.
Hey Diego (@drthuler), what kinds of features would you like in a time bit (especially, as the kids in your chapter have used a clock already)? Join in if you have any ideas!
I’ve not had much ‘bench-time’, but have been working through some of the ideas from the conversation with you, and @blindbento as noted above. I added a display, especially for those who would want to use the time bit as a clock:
This also relieves the output bitSnaps of their ‘clock’ duties, and they can do alarms, timers, or the original analog H, M, S. I ran out of board space, so, just like Manhattan, it’s built ‘upward’. This configuration, with the display above the antenna, is not ideal though.
As you can see here:
the antenna is pretty crowded.
When the display is powered on (it doesn’t even need to be active), there is RF interference, and the error rate when receiving the time from WWVB doubles. It can take much longer to lock on to the time, and the times of availability are limited to a few hours after midnight. If I elevate the display another centimeter, then everything is fine.
I am also considering making the display separate and optional.