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Author Topic: Leap second: will you be listening?  (Read 14828 times)
KJ6ZOL
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« on: June 29, 2015, 04:44:37 PM »

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/why-june-30-will-be-1-second-longer/ar-AAchYkT?ocid=mailsignout

One commenter on the posted article notes that WWV/WWVH will feature an extra "pip" at 23:59:60 UTC Tuesday June 30. Most commenters on MSNBC likely have zero clue what he's talking about. But since we do, will you take time out to listen to the leap second? It's only the fourth one since 2000. I will try to remember.
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WD8T
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2015, 07:09:03 AM »

Tempting but I didn't have a second to spare yesterday.  Roll Eyes
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WI8P
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2015, 04:14:56 AM »

I really enjoyed the extra second sleep time.  Grin
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WD9EWK
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2015, 12:20:52 PM »

(W)ill you take time out to listen to the leap second?

I was home on Tuesday afternoon. I had fired up a computer and was copying WWV on 10 MHz. I recorded the extra second before the 00:00 UTC announcement, and proceeded to record another minute or so after the leap second. This would show the difference between the leap second and the normal announcement a minute later.

I took the audio and made a YouTube video of that broadcast:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7it7SJ7XlM

A funny thing... as soon as I stopped recording, my mobile phone was going crazy with SMS messages, alerts from the computer systems at my office. Many of them were running applications that could not handle the leap second. The next hour was spent getting them back under control.

73!
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