NAWCC Chapter 50 Puget Sound

Programs from the 2018 regional

The theme and exhibit of the PNW Regional is Precision Timekeeping

The exhibit will include examples of precision timing . This can be seen in early examples of water clocks, master clocks, up through cesium clocks. Marine chronometers were good examples of precision timing.

Program speakers include:

Key note address by

Tom Van Baak

Tom Van Baak is a physicist and mathematician by education, an operating systems software engineer by profession, and a precision clock enthusiast by passion.
He received a degree in physics and mathematics at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In his career he worked as an operating systems software engineer in Silicon Valley and in Redmond, Washington. His interest in precise time dates from a middle school science project where he built an optically triggered, electromagnetically impulsed pendulum clock from old radio and car parts, balsa wood, and plastic.

More recently he began collecting atomic clocks and created a world-class precision timing laboratory in his home with clocks ranging from marine chronometers to hydrogen masers. He specializes in time measurement and error analysis, in experimenting and education. A virtual museum of his clock collection and numerous lab reports are on his website. Van Baak is also the creator of the time-nuts group, a loose collection of hundreds of individuals around the world who collect, repair, create, or experiment with quartz, GPS, rubidium, and cesium time and frequency standards as a hobby.

Banquet Speaker

Rob Ketcherside

 Rob Ketcherside is an Engineering Manager for Dell EMC. In 2013 he published his first book, Lost Seattle. He writes a rephotography and history column for Capitol Hill Seattle blog, and contributes to the blog of the Capitol Hill Historical Society. He also writes for the Westside Weekly newspaper.  Rob currently serves on the Seattle Mayor’s Landmarks Preservation Board. In 2017 with he formed the Capitol Hill Historical Society. He appeared on a 2106 episode of Evening magazine discussing Seattle’s street clocks

Jay Holloway

Jay Holloway of Holloway Trading Company – Austin, Tx will be presenting a two day introductory course on methods to repair and restore clock statues and cases May 18, 19, 2018.  Attendance is limited to 14.

Bob Holmstrom

Bob Holmström, born in 1941, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California Berkeley and spent his career as an engineer at Sprague Electric, Intel, Inmos, and Ateq/Eteq. A collector of horological literature with an interest in the history and science of horology, he is a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the Antiquarian Horological Society, and the British Horological Institute. He is currently the editor of the NAWCC’s Horological Science Newsletter and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Steve Nelson

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Phil Johansen

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Patrick Allen

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