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    Leap Seconds Continue Until 2023...
    From: Sean C
    Date: 2015 Nov 18, 00:40 -0800

    ...at least. A member of the LeapSecs mailing list provided a link to a report from the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015's (WRC-15) Sub Working Group 5A3, which reads:

    AI 1.14 (SWG 5A) (to consider the feasibility of achieving a continuous reference time-scale, whether by the modification of coordinated universal time (UTC) or some other method, and take appropriate action, in accordance with Resolution 653 (WRC-12)).

    No common CEPT position.

    Short report, including status for week 2:

    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.

    -Sean C.

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