On Sat, 31 Dec 2005, Rob Seaman wrote:
Was watching time.gov and leapsecond.com (the comparative clocks).
Counted up to 23:59:60 (well, 16:59:60 in Tucson). The GPS-UTC
incremented as did the TAI-UTC. The TV didn't melt down either. No
obvious Airbuses plummeting from the sky. Life be good.
Some minor glitches:
(a) My Garmin 12XL GPS receiver (software version 4.53) did not register
the leap second on its time display. It went from 58 to 59 to 00, and
stayed one second ahead for the next few minutes until I rebooted it.
Then it came up correctly.
(b) Am I mistaken, or did WWV fail to correctly beep in the new year? We
were listening to 15 MHz, and we did not hear the 1.5 kHz tone that
signifies the beginning of an hour. (Actually, we heard no tone at all
at the beginning of UTC.) The specification
(http://www.boulder.nist.gov/timefreq/general/pdf/1383.pdf p. 44)
seems to indicate there should have been a 1.5 kHz tone, as at the
beginning of all hours.
It's possible our excitement just caused us to miss it -- now I wish
we had been recording. Oh well, I'm sure lots of people here were
Other than that, didn't see any major calamities.
Happy New Year,