Saturday, December 31, 2005

Wait just one second .....

I was curious how NIST Radio Station WWV was going to handle the leap second at 12/31/2005 23:59:60 UTC So I tuned in and recorded this file for posterity.

This was recorded from about 23:58:50 to about 00:00:40 on 10Mhz using my Yaesu 757GX connected to a 80 Meter Dipole. Audio was captured with a laptop running Debian and recording in OGG format. Since the version of SOX I'm running didn't support MP3 output I had to first convert to WAV and then use LAME to convert to MP3 format. True, some conversion loss, but considering propagation fades, atmospheric noise and man-made adjacent channel noise .. What the hell do you want!!

If you're getting ready to count the "ticks" some notes: WWV omits the 29th and 59th second ticks. From what I heard it seems like there is an extra one second delay between the 58th tick and the 00 second mark at 00:00:00 1/1/2006 UTC

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 7:37 PM


Cool, thanks! That's exactly what I would've been listening to had I not been on the road at that hour, so I appreciate the fact that you captured it. You're right about the extra second of silence at 23:59:60 UTC. Interestingly, the conversions you put the audio through seem to have sped it up some, as a side effect. If you count the ticks while watching the second hand on a clock, you'll start to notice the difference in speed after about half a minute.

# posted by Blogger Mike @ 12:32 PM 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Victory for Science!

Merry Christmas ... The verdict in the Dover School board case has been rendered. U.S. District Judge John Jones declared the Dover School Board attempt to require "intelligent design" be taught as an alternative to evolution is merely a "sham" to disguise a "religious objective" and is therefore unconstitutional.

The judge went further and condemned the "breathtaking inanity" of the school board, of which all but one were ousted in this years school board election.

No surprise our right wing, conservative, evangelical President disagreed with the ruling saying through a spokesperson that these decisions should be left to local school boards.

I'm sure this is not the end of this discussion. My only hope is that the fear of being dragged into court and having to spend money on lawyers rather than the students education will deter other schools boards ... and voters ... of making a similar mistake.

More Info .... and more

The text of the entire opinion in PDF form

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 9:31 AM

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