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  • Steve_Boylan@lotus.com
    Jim wrote: Just about. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was the previous international time standard. In 1970, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
    Message 1 of 6 , Jan 25, 2001
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      Jim wrote:

      Just about. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was the previous international time
      standard. In 1970, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
      adopted Coordinated Universal Time as the standard. Needing a Three Letter
      Acronym (TLA) for this standard, the ITU tried to figure out what to use.
      Here's the story from the Web site of the U. S. National Institute of
      Standards and Technology:

      http://www.boulder.nist.gov/timefreq/general/misc.htm

      > Why is UTC used as the acronym for Coordinated
      > Universal Time instead of CUT?
      >
      > In 1970 the Coordinated Universal Time system
      > was devised by an international advisory group
      > of technical experts within the International
      > Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU felt it
      > was best to designate a single abbreviation for
      > use in all languages in order to minimize
      > confusion. Since unanimous agreement could not
      > be achieved on using either the English word
      > order, CUT, or the French word order, TUC, the
      > acronym UTC was chosen as a compromise.

      There's a lot of information on that site about time, time zones, time
      standards, and other fun stuff. For your reference, the differences
      between UTC and the local time zones in the US are:

      Zone Standard Daylight Savings
      ---- -------- ----------------
      Atlantic UTC - 4 UTC - 3
      Eastern UTC - 5 UTC - 4
      Central UTC - 6 UTC - 5
      Mountain UTC - 7 UTC - 6
      Pacific UTC - 8 UTC - 7
      Alaska UTC - 9 UTC - 8
      Hawaii UTC - 10 UTC - 9

      You can find a nice tables for converting between UTC and local time at the
      U. S. Naval Observatory site at:

      http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/zones.html

      And, of course, there ought to be all kinds of material here for scouts
      needing information for merit badges...

      - - Steve, KE1KF
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