Post by rickman Post by Gareth's Downstairs Computer
Since you asked, the Woodward account agrees with your assertion
that the synchroniser on a hit acts to increase the force of gravity,
although I think it would be better expressed by expressing the total
restoring force resultant.
Just purchased a Synchronome clock so need to take time off to
go and collect it and then play with it.
Would be interested to know your own involvement in horology
as you profess in some depth?
My interest in horology came from a project I have worked on
intermittently over the years to design a self powered timepiece. I
believe there is one in existence that uses variations in air pressure
to generate power to keep a mechanical clock running. My interest is in
an electronic clock that will not only power itself, but will
synchronize with radio time signals. Researching an appropriate antenna
design was also what brought me to the various ham radio groups. At one
point I developed an interest in becoming a ham but the extreme rancor
displayed in many of the ham groups has dulled my interest.
While researching some aspects of these clocks, I ran across the Shortt
and Fedchenko clocks. Both amazing time pieces. The more I examine the
Shortt clock simulation the more I learn about it. I recently
understood that it does not need to use electricity. The electrical
components simply provide a means of transversing the vacuum seal of the
master pendulum housing. The secondary gravity arm could be used as a
mechanical escapement to directly control a clock mechanism inside the
vacuum chamber. I'm sure this was not done because they wanted the
electrical contacts anyway since it was derived from a Synchronome clock
to begin with which is used to drive many other clocks from one high
I think the functionality of the Shortt clock could be duplicated by an
all mechanical equivalent using strong magnets to relay mechanical
movement across the vacuum barrier. It would involve large movements of
magnets which is the antithesis of normal clock works, but I expect it
could be managed if one were obsessed. lol
BTW, when you say you bought a "Synchronome clock", do you mean one of
the approximately 100 Shortt free pendulum electric astronomical
regulators built by Synchronome Co. Ltd? Synchronome built many types
Please do not be put off ny the rancour you see in radio groups. I, for
and, as you say, my detractors pile in on me, unfortunately.
I should be so lucky! ...
system, but with no sign of any other coupling. I'd suspect that should