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Hey guys. My recently purchased GXW-56 1B seems to be having problems auto syncing. Its been cloudy in London in recent days, and my GXW-56-GB, which usually syncs well, has also missed a few auto syncs. However, last night the GB synced while the 1B didn't, and they were right next to each other and facing the same way. The 1B manual syncs no problem at all, so I know it can sync. When I press and hold adjust (while in time mode) to cycle through the various setting options, there is one that says L3. What exactly does this adjust? I know L3 refers to the strength of signal, but what exactly does this option do with regards the signal? I see that the option here is either L1 or L3. Any help from my F17 brothers would be most appreciated! Cheers, Ash
 

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There is only an auto sync option. The L3 and L1/L2 are if you hold the bottom right button to manual sync showing signal. The LT1/LT3 is EL time. Just make sure your sync is set to auto.
 

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In my limited experience (2 atomic G-shocks) reception and syncing is fuzzy. I try three manual attempts at the same spot and two fail and the third one succeeds with a L3 signal even.
Or it fails in the living room but works in the basement!

I think this is normal and I compare it to an antenna FM radio, you can lose the signal for no apparent reason.
 

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In my limited experience (2 atomic G-shocks) reception and syncing is fuzzy. I try three manual attempts at the same spot and two fail and the third one succeeds with a L3 signal even.
Or it fails in the living room but works in the basement!

I think this is normal and I compare it to an antenna FM radio, you can lose the signal for no apparent reason.
I do agree with your summary of the inconsistency of the atomic sync. However, of the three atomic Gs I have (2x Kings, 1x GW2500 Aviator) the Aviator has never missed a sync since I bought it, while the Kings are more inconsistent.

I'm wondering if the generally more reinforced build of the Kings somehow insulates them from the radio signal to an extent.

Even more strangely, when I got my first atomic King it didn't sync for a while, but then once it did it then became more consistent. It was almost as if it needed to learn where the signal was in relation to its position!

I do of course realise that weather and position are the most likely factors with regards the success or failure of syncing, but sometimes I do wonder if there are other factors.

For instance, do some units have better receivers than others, either in terms of different models (eg my Aviator vs Kings) or maybe due to variations in the standard of manufacturing of the atomic receivers?

I'd be interested to hear of other anecdotal syncing experiences!

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Ash

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I do agree with your summary of the inconsistency of the atomic sync. However, of the three atomic Gs I have (2x Kings, 1x GW2500 Aviator) the Aviator has never missed a sync since I bought it, while the Kings are more inconsistent.

I'm wondering if the generally more reinforced build of the Kings somehow insulates them from the radio signal to an extent.

Even more strangely, when I got my first atomic King it didn't sync for a while, but then once it did it then became more consistent. It was almost as if it needed to learn where the signal was in relation to its position!

I do of course realise that weather and position are the most likely factors with regards the success or failure of syncing, but sometimes I do wonder if there are other factors.

For instance, do some units have better receivers than others, either in terms of different models (eg my Aviator vs Kings) or maybe due to variations in the standard of manufacturing of the atomic receivers?

I'd be interested to hear of other anecdotal syncing experiences!

Cheers,
Ash

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I've read a lot of syncing threads.
Some people claim one model having better reception then others (like you and the Aviator and Kings) and also some claim it has to (auto) sync for a few times before manual works more consistently. (similar to what you observed)
Or auto working better then manual.

I'm sure not all models use the same receiver or antenna or antenna placement or case thickness is a factor or bezel thickness but I have found no real facts about this at all.
I don't think it has to "learn" to sync and I also don't think auto works better then manual.

Slightly off topic but I just found something interesting in my manual (3063 module, gw-5525a, GW-M5610) while looking at auto receive.


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Never knew home city and DST was related to at which times it auto syncs..
I always thought it started at 1 am and if it synced at 3 am it meant it failed at 1 and 2 am.
 

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Re sync time, I'd guess it has something to do with location proximity to nearest station, and local time of course.

I just checked my GXW-561B (6.55am here in London) and it failed to sync yet again last night, while my GXW-56GB synced. They were side by side! - very frustrating.

I've just done a side by side, function by function comparison between my two Kings, and found one difference.

The DST option on my GB is set to auto, while my 1B was set to on.

The manual mentions having DST set to auto as a fix for the auto receive being one hour off rather than not achieving a sync at all, for which it suggests other solutions.

Still, I am hopeful this will solve my problem. If not I am out of ideas!

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Ash
 

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Re sync time, I'd guess it has something to do with location proximity to nearest station, and local time of course.

I just checked my GXW-561B (6.55am here in London) and it failed to sync yet again last night, while my GXW-56GB synced. They were side by side! - very frustrating.

I've just done a side by side, function by function comparison between my two Kings, and found one difference.

The DST option on my GB is set to auto, while my 1B was set to on.

The manual mentions having DST set to auto as a fix for the auto receive being one hour off rather than not achieving a sync at all, for which it suggests other solutions.

Still, I am hopeful this will solve my problem. If not I am out of ideas!

Cheers,
Ash
Never heard of auto DST, I'm off to check if one of the receiving home cities uses the same DST dates as my country.:)
Good luck with your GXW-56.
 

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Still no luck with auto receive, despite both my 1B and GB both being set up identically as far as I can see. The GB synced while the 1B has yet to make an auto sync in the seven days I've had it.

If anyone here has any ideas as to what to do next I'm open to suggestions, as I'm currently out of ideas, save from leaving the watch in another part of my house (which makes little sense given two Gs in the same current location are syncing fine)

Cheers,
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Still no luck with auto receive, despite both my 1B and GB both being set up identically as far as I can see. The GB synced while the 1B has yet to make an auto sync in the seven days I've had it.

If anyone here has any ideas as to what to do next I'm open to suggestions, as I'm currently out of ideas, save from leaving the watch in another part of my house (which makes little sense given two Gs in the same current location are syncing fine)

Cheers,
Ash


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So the 1B never did an auto sync.

Is auto sync actually on?
What home time are you using?
Is the battery on low?
 

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So the 1B never did an auto sync.

Is auto sync actually on?
What home time are you using?
Is the battery on low?
Auto sync is on, home city is London, battery is high. I called Casio UK today to ask if they had any ideas, but they had no other ideas as I think I've already covered everything. I guess I'll just try a different place in the house, different angle etc.
 

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6.53am here in London. My GXW -561B auto synced this morning for the first time since I got it nine days ago- hooray!

The solution? It would appear my wife found one (inadvertently). She dusted and tidied my bedside table, and in doing so moved the 1B approximately 30cm, still facing exactly the same way. Go figure.

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Happy to hear it finally synced. Let us know if it starts working every night now.
All of my atomics will only sync in one place in my apartment, on my bedside table next to my iPod speaker dock. The dock has one of those dangly wire aerials. I've no idea if the proximity to this aerial aids in the signal reception or not but I'm not about to move anything about and risk losing it.
 

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I don't know if it has been answered yet, but L1 and L3 in the Time Keeping Adjust mode is for tge EL Backlight duration and has nothing to do with the signal reception. It should be ok in London, as I can easily receive the Anthorn signal, even in Zealand. Only huge buildings can block the signal.

Last reception can be viewed in Reception Mode (short press bottom right button), manual reception can be start with press and hold the bottom right button. I don't gave an GXW-56 at hand, but I can't remember it is different from all other digital Waveceptor Gs. (Only Rangeman is different).

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MCZK: thanks bro. I will certainly make an update to this thread to let everyone know how future syncs go.

Sjors: thanks for the input. Someone else already pointed out that I was mistaking EL setting for LT strength, which was stupid of me!

I've managed to manual receive via the D button very easily, so knew at least that I could receive a signal. Hopefully I'll now be able to auto sync with some consistency also!

Cheers,
Ash

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Update: auto sync continued to be elusive, until I moved the watch to a different position in the room, and then, success! Even though my other atomic Gs have synced by my bedside, it would appear that this one has struggled, so a different location has proved to be the solution. It would appear therefore that different models, and even different units of the same model can be variable as to where they do and don't pick up the atomic signal. Could this be due to how each receiver is housed inside each unit? Or the degree of efficiency of each receiver? Any thoughts from my fellow G freaks very welcome!! Anyway, at least I now have a fully functioning GXW-56-1B. Cheers, Ash
 
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