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Use Your Extra Time Wisely: Extra second to be added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) has announced at the Paris Observatory, in a bulletin addressed to the 'authorities responsible for the measurement and distribution of time' that it will be giving us 'more time.'
The bulletin advises authorities
an extra second will be introduced to
Another way to think about
This "leap second" system started in 1972, so our clocks stay in sync with how long it takes the Earth to rotate on its axis. "Leap seconds ensure that, on average, the Sun continues to be overhead on the Greenwich meridian at noon to within about one [second]."
IERS already has added 25
leap seconds to Coordinated Universal Time -- most recently in June
2012. Leap seconds can only be added in June and December.
Amateur Radio Newsline Editor
The ARRL reports the long-running Amateur Radio Newsline has scaled back temporarily while its editor, Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, recuperates from injuries sustained in a fall at home
He is undergoing additional cardiac and pulmonary testing and rehabilitation to address some chronic issues. Bill has been in the hospital for nearly a month, since breaking two ribs in the household mishap on December 18. He was initially scheduled to stay for a couple of days.
Right now, Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, is producing a 5 to 6 minute version of Newsline, and that will continue for another couple of weeks, I guess, Pasternak told ARRL. In 37 years this is the first time weve missed publishing.
Wilbanks has been producing a shortened audio/video report, which is included in the weekly Ham Nation webcast, posted on YouTube, and linked from the Amateur Radio Newsline website and Facebook page.
Pasternak said the roughly
30-minute weekly audio report and the text script, posted weekly on
QRZ.com, are on hold for now.
"We are excited about the addition of 16 new co-sponsors when Congress reconvened after the November mid-term elections," Henderson said. "Each new co-sponsor brings us one step closer to achieving our goal of getting HR 4969 enacted. We have a long way to go - but we are definitely moving in the right direction."
A few more co-sponsors may still be in the wings. The current tally represents a considerable expansion of support from the number of US Representatives who had signed aboard as Congress adjourned prior to the mid-term elections. All 16 of the latest co-sponsors were re-elected on November 4.
H.R. 4969, which was introduced in the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support in late June, would call on the FCC to apply the "reasonable accommodation" three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The limited PRB-1 pre-emption currently applies only to state and municipal land-use ordinances. The FCC has indicated its reluctance to provide the same legal protections from private land-use agreements -- often called covenants, conditions, and restrictions or CC&Rs -- without direction from Congress.
The League has opened a HR.4969 page. HR.4969 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.
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