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Why The Six Pips?
The Greenwich Time Signal (GTS), popularly known as the pips, is a series of six short tones broadcast at one-second intervals by many BBC Radio stations.
The proposal for a time signal came from one Frank Hope-Jones in a radio talk in April 1923. It was agreed that broadcasting the Greenwich Standard Time with a chronometer at the Royal Observatory tripping a switch at five seconds to the hour to create those iconic pips – using a 1kHz oscillator. The time signal was first broadcast at 9.30 p.m. on 5 February 1924.
There are six pips (short beeps) in total, which occur on the 5 seconds leading up to the hour and on the hour itself. Each pip is a 1 kHz tone (about halfway between musical B5 and C6) the first five of which last a tenth of a second each, while the final pip lasts half a second. The actual moment when the hour changes – the “on-time marker” – is at the very beginning of the last pip.
Our weekly bulletin is made up of five short posts and a snippets section outlining minor news.
- Click the image and the little video will explain it all. This is our take on the latest craze to sweep the UK. It is without doubt that we definitely, definitely don’t get involved in fads and crazes but this is just too cool to ignore and anyway we have had this little treasure in the pipeline for…well, a while. And ours is probably the most compelling of them all.
- If you have not seen or played with a spinner then it is hard to grasp what on earth the fuss is about. Trust me when you hold one you cannot help but spin it. Whether you are watching television, in a meeting, on the train or just walking, you simply cannot put it down. The Schofield Compeller is bronze with stainless steel grips. It has a hybrid ceramic bearing of such quality that when spun hard the thing will go for over 5 minutes. It will last forever and change colour as you go. Read on…
- Would it come as a surprise if I told you that I have a thing for spaceships? Not so much the modern CGI ones but the classic ships that were filmed from models. So the spinner started as the Schofield Beam-of-Light logo and a little bit TIE fighter, but it also needed club ends like a speed regulating governor for a very physical advantage and to give the impression of motion even when stationary. In cross section it started to look like the Event Horizon spaceship with its gravity drive, so I worked on that and made it more so. It also features geometry from the watch cases. The stainless grips have milled concentric circles like the centre of a ferris wheel (another marvel of engineering I have a thing about) and of course the ubiquitous Fresnel lens of lighthouses.Read on…
- Watch Wallets are running low so, if you are on the fence then please act now!
- The Compeller is available, email us for info.
- Schofield made Toots! Original Jazz Coffee is always on hand, it is a better brew than you would expect from a watch company – worth a try.
- Schofield adds Pinterest to the gamut of our social media.
- If you are yet to visit the new website then do it now, it took months and is awesome!
- The pic from Mr P was a submission to the recent competition, a terrific image!
- Mr H took this photo of South Gare lighthouse, North Yorkshire, and a deserved win it is. Both Mandy and I agree that the photo is quite brilliant. The fact that the lighthouse is the most luminescent object in the composition even though the lamp is off. The word Danger nearly matches it in brightness dividing the image into 5 horizontal tonal stripes. Choosing black and white removes the distraction of colour emphasising the forbidding and portentous presence of the lighthouse. Often black and white photography feels like a sad omission of colour but not in this case. The whole environment is hostile; the peeling harbour arm, the unrefined railings and the rusty skin of the tower. It is a beacon but not a haven. Are the lighthouse and the word Danger working in unison or against each other? The perfect graduation of greys and the off-centre position make this photo our winner. Congratulations Mr H!