Time issues again

A few months ago I wrote about a time issue I had with a program called meinberg NTP. It suddenly stopped sync time on my laptop. I went back to Dimension4 and have no problems since. Now, I installed meinberg NTP on my desktop as well, using it for JT65-HF, WSPR and other digi mode programs. But last week it stopped sync the time on the desktop as well. So back to D4 I thought, so I downloaded it and installed but although it told the clock has been synchronized it didn’t really update the computer clock. I’ve tried everything to get it working, installed it again, did a restore of Win Vista, seaarched on the internet. But could not solve the problem. I wanted to get active again with JT65, but with the clock out of sync that is impossible. I found a atom time clock on the internet and updated the clock myself. But found that was not the solution. I came across NetTime then and just thought to give it a try. It seems to be working as I can make and receive JT65 again. Strange things happen if you use windows…..

Results after a QSO with Japan and USA on 20m with 5W on the loop antenna.


Bas, PE4BAS, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Groningen, Netherlands. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Time issues again”

  • Charlie wx4cb:

    you*DID* disable the built in windows time program right?

  • Jerry Taylor kd0bik:

    Have you tried the time sync from Karen’s Powertools? Google karenware and you should find the site. I’ve tried others but keep coming back to Karens time sync

  • Bill Taylor KC5DPJ:

    Yup Windows does weird things. I’m waiting on my Ubuntu expert buddy to figure out how to use WINE and HRD so he can tell me how to use my Ubuntu then I will have very little use at all for Windows.

  • Bas PE4BAS:

    @charlie, yes I did disable wintime/wintm services. Actually when searching for a solution they suddenly completely disappeared from the registery. Another unsolved mystery.

    @Jerry, thanks for the Karen’s Powertools tip. I have bookmarked it for further investigation.

    @Bill, I use Ubuntu and Linux Mint in a virtual box at the moment and had it on a second computer to test. Never got to WINE though. If I only used HRD it would be ok, but also use JT65-HF, WSPR and N1MM. I don’t know how they would behave in WINE.

    73, Bas

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