DAEJEON, Apr. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The most accurate standard time station to date in South Korea will begin its test broadcasts sometime next year.
According to the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), a new long-wave station will open early next year in Gyeonggi Province.
Using a frequency between 50 and 100 kHZ, the new station will be able to transit electromagnetic waves over a distance of more than 1,000 kilometers, which will enable one radio tower to cover the entire country without having to rely on antennas.
The new facility will allow people to check the standard time of Korea across the Korean peninsula as long-wave stations can reach those indoors and underground unlike GPS signals.
“With one long-wave station, we can broadcast the standard time for the whole of Korea. Given the historical context of the unification of weights and measures, we believe the facility will serve as a strategic point that provides the standard time for the Korean peninsula in the future,” a senior official at the KRISS said.