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Old 07-25-2016, 09:09 AM   #1
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Smile Atomic Clock - anyone purchase one in the last couple years?

I see older posts about Atomic Clocks (with indoor/outdoor thermometers), but find nothing relatively current (I found plenty of information from folks who have had a certain model or another for many years, but their models are generally no longer available!).

The reviews on Amazon don't specifically address the needs of a home-on-the-go, and how quickly the clock and thermometer will adjust from location to location.

I want to buy one after first hearing opinions from rv'ers who may have purchased one approximately in 2015 or 2016. Anyone? Thank you!
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:15 AM   #2
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Bought one at wally world. Slo Scan. Works great.
Comes with indoor outdoor temp and day date .
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:25 AM   #3
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The thermometer should be tracking within seconds. The clocks update nightly when 60 KHZ propagation picks up. Your problem will be keeping track of the time zone you are in. The clocks do not know unless they are also a GPS. They are accurate enough to coast for a few days if you are not in a place where they can check themselves at night.

We have several Skyscan clocks around the house and motor home:

Owner’s Manuals – SkyScan Atomic Clocks

They have on line support and are found all over the place at varying prices.
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:28 AM   #4
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We have use a La Crosse Technology WS-8157U clock with remote temperature for 10 years in our Travel Supreme trailer. We mounted the TX6U remote sensor under the dining room slide. Works excellently.

For the Bounder we purchased a new La Crosse Technology 512B clock. This one came with a different remote. I am not sure if it is the remote or the construction of the Bounder that has made it difficult to find a location for the remote. Ideally, the remote needs to be outside in the open air but out of direct sunlight. I tried putting the remote under the side nearest the clock but the remote disconnected. I tried a few other places with poor success. Currently it is taped to the topper arm on the slide where the clock it. Unfortunately, it is not out of direct sunlight.

So the question is the later models of the clocks not as good as older units? I don't know for sure. Supposedly the range of the original clock remote was 82' and the new clock 330'. That is not what I an experiencing.
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La Crosse is a good brand. This should serve you well. Like others have mentioned, you need to set the time zone, as most clocks don't know what time zone you want displayed without you telling it.

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Old 07-25-2016, 10:33 AM   #6
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La Crosse here as well.. mine is maybe 4 years old.


only in One location did it NOT get updated time... South Carolina Coast..
but it was still within a few seconds after 3 months.
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Atomic Clock - anyone purchase one in the last couple years?

If you have a smart phone , or most cell phones, why would you need a clock you have to adjust? Your cell phone knows where you are and changes automatically as you cross time zones. If you have to set the atomic clock why not get a clock you like and reset it when you cross a time zone, oh btw, you have to do that with an atomic clock too!

If you need to be more accurate than 1 minute, stop and consider that RV starts with recreation.
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I have one because the display is LARGE.. and I do NOT need my glasses to read it.

Plus I dislike disagreeing clocks. phone, wall, bedroom, kitchen.. all must agree.

my time.. my Mode. yours maybe different.

but NOW that I am retired.. what time it is, not so important . but they all must be displaying the same time.
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I put the temp and humidity sensor in the propane compartment. If it's near the front engine it may read hot while traveling. It's out of rain, wind and direct sun.
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Most Atomic Clocks need to be told what time zone you are in for the time to display correctly. I have not owned one yet that can automatically switch when you travel across the time zones.

Also there have been locations where the signal is weak and may take days to update.

I currently own three clocks with Atomic time, one for the house and two in the coach.

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I have had them all La Crosse, Acu-Rite and Sky Scan. They all work fine, had more Sky Scans than the others...easier to find.
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My watch is so accurate that the government calls me for the correct time to set their atomic clocks!
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I have SkyScan and LaCross both are great. Set the 'time change' feature to yes, that way when the time changes it automatically updates the clock.

When changing time zones, you will have to manually adjust the clock to the different time zone.

The clock updates/re-sets itself nightly from the center I believe around midnight or 2:00 am, not for sure, but it always is exact.

I also have bought the LaCross and SkyScan for gifts for my parents and siblings, all have had no problems. I have 4 of them at home at least a decade or so old now, one in the bathroom, kitchen, living room and garage. (This was from a time in my life when I was obsessed with time and temperature, I don't even look at the temp anymore here in N. Texas this time of year, its just HOT for 3 months...LOL)

The LaCross (picture attached) is the one I have bought for several family members and I have in my house in 3 different locations....the SkyScan (pic att) is the one I have in the Garage and at the office.
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I never had problem with time with the La Crosse clocks. My current issue is the remote sensor maintaining contact from outside is a sheltered space.
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