[time-nuts] GPS disciplined mechanical clocks

Tom Van Baak tvb at LeapSecond.com
Thu Mar 5 06:04:10 UTC 2009

> mechanical, more of a hybrid, but I don't know how you'd discipline a
> mechanical clock with a system that had to drive in parallel with the escape
> mechanism, the two would fight each other.


Precision pendulum clocks, when mounted near each other,
have been known to eventually get into phase lock. So one
idea is to add a GPS 1PPS driven bass speaker or solenoid
or some sort of thumping contraption. Perhaps eventually the
pendulum clock would lock to the vibrations on the the wall.


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