Happy New Year, and mind the leap second

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. MaineFog says:

    We just need to adjust the time zone here in ME so it does not get dark at 15:30.
    Happy and Healthy New Year Ben. Thanks for all you do for us.

  2. Russ says:

    Whatever time it is, thank you for writing Panbo. I think we all look forward to what you’ll write in 2009!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    True that, Foggy; Maine is way over on the early side of Eastern Standard Time. In fact, the area east of Machias (i.e. east of 67° 30’W) would be an hour earlier if we respected regular zone times more than the geo-political standard times.
    In other words, where I live in Camden the average Local Apparent Noon—aside from Equation of Time and Daylight Savings confusions—is just after 11:30 am. East of Machias it’s before 11:30.
    But maybe this is why Mainers have such a reputation as up-and-at-’em good workers. Plus of course the whole “puttin’ nuts away for a long winter” thing.

  4. Hans says:

    The internal GPS clock does not take leap seconds into account, however, in the nav message (broadcasted every 12.5 minute) the current number of leap seconds is reported. Therefore a gps receiver is able to report UTC correctly by subtracting the reported number of leap seconds from the GPS time. It may be that the receiver reports the wrong time shortly after being switched on, but as soon as the nav message has been received it should be able to report UTC correctly.

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