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RE: FYI: TIME SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT SERIES 14 UTC TIME STEP



I hope somebody has kept Dick Clark in the loop on this :-).


Kevin Walsh
W8KHW


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Subject: [amsat-bb] FYI: TIME SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT SERIES 14 UTC TIME STEP

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Subject: TIME SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT SERIES 14 UTC TIME STEP


U.S. NAVAL OBSERVATORY WASHINGTON, D.C. 20392-5420 July 27, 2005 No. 69 TIME
SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT SERIES 14 UTC TIME STEP



1. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) has
announced the introduction of a time step to occur at the end of December,
2005.

2. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) will be retarded by 1.0s so that the
sequence of dates of the UTC markers will be:

2005 December 31 23h 59m 59s

2005 December 31 23h 59m 60s

2006 January 01 0h 0m 0s

3. The difference between UTC and International Atomic Time (TAI) is:

from 1999 01 Jan, UTC to 2006 01 January, UTC: TAI-UTC= +32s from 2006 01
Jan, UTC until further notice: TAI-UTC= +33s 4. Information regarding
current and predicted values of UT1-UTC is provided in IERS Bulletin A.

5. UTC and all time scales based on UTC will be affected by this adjustment.
However, Loran-C and GPS will not be adjusted physically. Times of
Coincidence for LORAN-C are available on the Time Service Web Page
(http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/loran.html). For GPS, the leap second correction
contained within the UTC data of sub frame 4, page 18 of the navigation
message transmitted by satellites will change.

Before the leap second

GPS-UTC = +13s (i.e., GPS is ahead of UTC by thirteen seconds) After the
leap second GPS-UTC = +14s (i.e., GPS will be ahead by fourteen seconds)



Nauticast Navigations system GmbH, the manufacturer of the NAUTICAST and
NAUTICAST2 (certificate pending), Nauticast X-Pack DS (USCG Type-Approval
Nr.
165.155/0007/0), also know as the ACR Global Watch UAIS, Global Watch UAIS2,
Raytheon RM 808 AIS, Marine Technology Bridge mate AIS, has issued a
Technical Bulletin alerting customers that the additional second will affect
the performance of these systems, unless a manual re-synchronization takes
place between January 1 and January 2 (visit http://www.nauticast.com
<http://www.nauticast.com/> ).



Mariners are advised to monitor any system that relies upon UTC (GPS, AIS,
CELL PHONES etc., et al) for timing or positioning for possible anomalous
operation because this "leap second" may affect the performance of other AIS
units, as well as other electronic navigation systems.
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/lnm/d5/default.htm

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