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RE: -bb pecking order Issued: 8-15-02 23:40:40Z

The problem is NOT what time is displayed, the problem is that, for whatever
reason, the message itself is being delayed by the message server.  The fact
that Paul's message was delayed over twelve hours in delivery is the issue,
NOT what timestamp is on it.  

Most of us use email for purposes other than the AMSAT reflector.  My own
account here is for work purposes.  I'm permitted to also use it for limited
personal use. My company's standard is to use local time, not UTC.

-----Original Message-----
From: cbuttsch@slonet.org [mailto:cbuttsch@slonet.org]
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2002 11:17 AM
To: Reicher, James
Cc: 'Paul Williamson'; 'amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org'
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] -bb pecking order Issued: 8-15-02 23:40:40Z

One aid to this problem would be for AMSAT people to use only UTC time
in sending messages.  After all we are radio people who normally use
UTC/GMT time for radio operations.  Most mail programs allow message
listing in various order one selection is the message time.  At least
an orderly listing of SENT time should help a bit!  Cliff K7RR

"Reicher, James" wrote:
> One example is that I just received this message at 16:43 UTC on 8/16, but
> Paul sent it MUCH earlier!!!
> 73 de N8AU, Jim in Raymore, MO
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Williamson [mailto:kb5mu@AMSAT.Org]
> Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 9:36 PM
> To: gjmouse@neo.rr.com
> Cc: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] -bb pecking order Issued: 8-15-02 23:40:40Z
> At 7:41 PM -0400 8/15/02, Gunther Meisse wrote:
> >I wonder what the pecking order is for the AMSAT -bb e-mail
> >service?
> There is no prioritization, so it's effectively more or less FIFO.
> But there is no guarantee of FIFO, either. Each message is added to
> the queue as soon as it is received, and then delivered as quickly as
> possible to each addressee on the list.
> John K9IJ gave a good explanation for why you often receive direct
> replies before you see your own message come back.  That is probably
> the main effect you're seeing. Though I must confess I don't know why
> you find it "frustrating" to receive responses before you receive
> your own question back.
> It typically takes a bit less than an hour to make a first delivery
> attempt to each address on the list. People who are seeing typical
> delays greater than that, as Paul VP9MU reported, are seeing poor
> network connectivity and/or poor administration at their provider's
> email host. Messages that can't be delivered on the first try are
> retried once per hour for up to five days.
> The order for delivery within the list is accidental. It's somewhat
> connected to how recently you subscribed, but the mail server
> scrambles that up by combining deliveries to multiple recipients on
> the same mail host. So, for example, all the aol.com subscribers get
> their copies at about the same time.
> Sometimes, the computer is overloaded. That was the case yesterday,
> because one subscriber's provider's email host went crazy and sent us
> about 40,000 error messages as fast as it could. When that happens,
> other email slows down somewhat.
> FYI, at the moment there are 1114 email addresses on the AMSAT-BB
> mailing list, plus another 340 addresses on the AMSAT-BB-Digest list.
> A few of those are probably redistribution lists, so the total number
> of subscribers is a bit higher. The ANS and KEPS lists are bigger.
> Here's a trick: if you're in a big hurry to get the very latest
> AMSAT-BB messages for some reason, you can check the web archives.
> The 48-hour index is updated as soon as the message is queued. You
> will probably find each message on the 48-hour index a while before
> you receive it by email. Depending on your browser settings (and
> other things) you may need to click Refresh to see the latest.
> 73  -Paul
> kb5mu@amsat.org
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