[LEAPSECS] dismaying news
imp at bsdimp.com
Wed Nov 18 00:32:44 EST 2015
"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice" -- Rush
I wonder if they will reach a decision before the Temples of Syrinx are
overthrown in 2112 :)
On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 10:25 PM, Steve Allen <sla at ucolick.org> wrote:
> Last Thursday the chair of WRC-15 Special Working Group 5A3 submitted
> Temporary Document 
> Proposals relating to agenda item 1.14
> No further meetings of SWG 5A3 are on the calendar.
> The contents of that will not be available until after it is
> considered by a plenary session, but Saturday the CEPT ECC published a
> MSWord document of news from the second week of WRC-15 at
> The dismaying news in that document says there will be no decision
> from WRC-15. That means the earliest decision is at WRC-19, so there
> will be leap seconds in the radio broadcast time scale at least until
> 2023. The news item reads
> The sub working group (SWG 5A3) has finished its work and has
> developed a draft new WRC Resolution (as part of way forward)
> which will be discussed at WG5A meeting.
> The draft Resolution sets out the framework for further work in
> collaboration with relevant bodies (i.e. BIPM/CIPM/CGPM etc) as
> ITU is not a proper body to decide the definition of UTC, and will
> report back in 2023 and meanwhile the ITU-R Recommendation TF
> 460-6 (with leap seconds) will continue to apply until 2023.
> The draft resolution was agreed in the sub working group however
> the group could not reach an agreement on proposals to modify the
> article 1.14 of the Radio Regulations (RR) and both options now
> will be will be discussed at the next WG5A level.
> Next step: Further discussions at the WG5A level.
> By 2023 the process of reconsidering leap seconds will have gone on
> for more than two decades. I suspect that many technical applications
> will find they have enough agency to choose a better time scale in the
> absence of an international recommendation.
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