Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M. Eng.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Program

JB Speed School of Engineering

Committee Chair

Pierce, William H.

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Horowitz, Barry R.

Committee Member

Horowitz, Barry R.

Committee Member

Collins, Robert L.

Author's Keywords

Speed School; clock; WWV; time information


Clocks and watches--Design and construction


Since approximately February of 1979, the Speed School impulse clock system has not functioned due to a worn-out master clock that was never replaced because of a lack of fund. For this thesis project, a solid-state master clock that performs the same functions as the old mechanical master clock was built for less than $200. The new clock features accuracy traceable to the National Bureau of Standards, automatic reset after a power-down and subsequent power-up, and a daylight savings time provision. A decoder that recovers time information broadcast by radio station WWV from Fort Collins, Colorado was built and interfaced to the master clock to provide the accuracy traceable to the National Bureau of Standards.