WWVH is the Pacific sister station to WWV, and has a similar broadcast format to WWV. Like WWV, WWVH's main function is the dissemination of official U.S. Government time, through exactly the same methods as found on WWV's signal. WWVH broadcasts on the same frequencies as WWV, except for 20 MHz. The time announcements on WWVH, which, like on WWV, are given in UTC, are made by a female voice (in this case, that of the late Jane Barbe), as opposed to the use of a male voice on WWV. Also, the once-per-second ticks and top-of-the-minute tones are , as opposed to on WWV; additionally, the ticks are far quieter for seconds 51 through 58. These differences make it easy for the listener to tell whether he or she is listening to WWV or to WWVH. However, the top-of-the-hour tone WWVH transmits is the same frequency as that used by WWV, . WWVH, like WWV, transmits the standard audio frequencies of and in alternating minutes, but when WWV is transmitting 500 Hz, WWVH transmits 600 Hz, and vice versa. WWVH also transmits the standard tone each hour except for the first hour of each UTC day, but at 1 minute past instead of 2 minutes past on WWV.
To minimize interference, WWVH broadcasts a directional signal on 5, 10 and 15 MHz, pointed primarily west. But despite this strategy, in certain places at certain times due to ionospheric conditions, the listener can actually hear both WWV and WWVH on the same frequency at the same time. The combination of the simultaneous 500 Hz and 600 Hz tones gives the listener a sound similar to a continuously-ringing chime. The two voices that give the time announcements never speak at exactly the same time, to further minimize interference between the two stations. Also, when one station is transmitting its supplementary voice broadcasts, such as GPS reports (heard on WWVH at 43 and 44 minutes past each hour), geophysical alerts (heard on WWVH at 45 minutes past) and high-seas weather warnings (transmitted on WWVH between 48 and 51 minutes past the hour inclusive), the other station will not transmit any steady audio tones.
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