I received a prompt reply from Chris Wahler, the Director of Marketing for ACR Electronics, and I am grateful for his permission to post the message to the list.
Rob Seaman National Optical Astronomy Observatory ---
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: RE: [LEAPSECS] a system that fails spectacularly Date: December 12, 2005 11:41:35 AM MST Hello Rob, You may post my Email reply on your list. I'm not sure if it helps or hurts your argument, but go ahead if you like. We have many products that are regulated by the USCG, FCC, FAA, COSPAS-SARSAT, as well as IMO (International Maritime Organization). Regulations seem to be forever in a state of flux, and we need to stay vigilant in order to keep our products in spec. One thing holds true, we will not release an update or a new model until it is proven. The last thing we want to do is rush a software patch to the field that will compromise the performance of our equipment. Regards, Chris Wahler Director of Marketing ACR Electronics, Inc.
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: RE: [LEAPSECS] a system that fails spectacularly Date: December 8, 2005 2:44:46 PM MST Dear Rob, I don't know what to think of your E-mails to John Bell regarding Leap Second, but I can tell you that many of your assumptions are inaccurate. We only have a few transponders out of hundreds of products that are affected by the Leap Second adjustment. The users of that product do not speak in terms of UTC, but rather in Course over Ground, Heading, Speed, and Position. GPS data for their vessel is displayed and transmitted to near by vessels to enhance navigational safety. The timing of our announcement, mailings and email blast to registered owners of our equipment has nothing to do with our plans to implement the standard or with our lawyers. Getting information into our users hands in a timely manor to give us the best chance of compliance is all we are trying to accomplish. Sure I could have made this announcement in July, but why would I? There is nothing our users can do until Jan 1st anyway. Ultimately we need them to perform the task out lined the Technical Bulletin on the dates prescribed. I would like to point out that it is the Quality Systems of our facility that have been registered by UL to the ISO 9001:2000 Series Standards not our products. We are very proud of that fact. Not many of our direct competitors can make that claim. With all due respect to Mother Earth we are just trying keep our customers that depend on GPS data safe. Regards, Chris Wahler Director of Marketing ACR Electronics, Inc. 5757 Ravenswood Rd. Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. 33312-6645