19990310: GOES Y2K test

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     FOS/NOAAPORT NOTICE NO. 1441       MARCH 10... 1999
     
     ATTENTION    FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS
                  NOAAPORT USERS
     
     FROM         NESDIS
     
     SUBJECT      GOES Y2K TEST
     
     FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO RECEIVE GOES GVAR DATA... THIS IS AN
     EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO TEST YOUR SYSTEM FOR Y2K
     COMPLIANCE.
     
     A THIRD GOES Y2K TEST IS SCHEDULED IN TWO PARTS FOR
     MARCH 22-26 AND APRIL 5-8... 1999.  THE TEST WILL BE SIMILAR
     TO THE PREVIOUS GOES Y2K TESTS.  GOES GVAR DATA FROM THE
     GOES8 SPACECRAFT WILL BE RE-BROADCAST VIA GOES7...
     TIME TAGGED WITH A FUTURE DATE AND YEAR FOR Y2K TESTING.
     THE YEAR CROSSOVER FOR YEAR 1999 TO 2000 AND YEAR 2000 TO
     2001 WILL BE SIMULATED... AS WELL AS... FEBRUARY 29... 2000...
     SEPTEMBER 9... 1999 AND OCTOBER 9... 1999. THIS TEST IS ANOTHER
     UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL GOES USERS TO VALIDATE THEIR
     SYSTEMS FOR YEAR 2000 PROBLEMS.  GOES-7 WILL NOT BE
     AVAILABLE AFTER APRIL 1999.
     
     THE FOLLOWING IS A SCHEDULE FOR THAT THIRD REBROADCAST
     OF GOES-8 GVAR IMAGERY WITH FUTURE DATES... FOR THE PURPOSE
     OF YEAR 2000 COMPLIANCE TESTING. DURING THESE PERIODS...
     GOES-8 GVAR DATA WILL BE REBROADCAST VIA GOES-7. THE
     TIME-OF-DAY... /HOURS... MINUTES... SECONDS/ IN THE REBROADCAST
     GVAR DATA WILL BE THE CURRENT UTC TIME AT THE TIME OF THE
     REBROADCAST.
     
     THE DAY-OF-YEAR /DOY/ AND YEAR WITHIN THE GVAR DATA...
     REBROADCAST FROM GOES-7...  HOWEVER WILL BE THE SIMULATED
     DOY AND YEAR. THE PRODUCTS SENT WILL BE THOSE WHICH
     GOES-8 IS SENDING AT THE TIME OF THE REBROADCAST.
     
     THIS TEST WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON THE PRODUCTS SENT BY GOES-8
     OR ANY OTHER OPERATIONAL SPACECRAFT.
     
     CAVEATS
     
     THE SIMULATIONS REQUIRE THE USE OF BACKUP EQUIPMENT
     CRITICAL TO THE MISSION OF THE OFFICE OF SATELLITE
     OPERATIONS.  IF THIS EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED TO SUPPORT
     NORMAL OPERATIONS THE SIMULATION MAY CEASE WITHOUT
     NOTICE.
     
     DURING THE SCHEDULED TIMES OF THESE SIMULATIONS... BOTH
     GOES-8... WHICH IS PROVIDING THE SOURCE OF THE GVAR... AND
     GOES-7 WILL BE IN ECLIPSE DURING PARTS OF THE SIMULATION.
     DURING THOSE TIMES GVAR WILL NOT BE REBROADCAST. THESE
     TIMES ARE NOW EXPECTED TO BE APPROXIMATELY 0400- 0800 UTC
     HOWEVER... THESE MAY CHANGE DUE TO SPACECRAFT
     MANEUVERS.
     
     GVAR MAY BE BROADCAST FROM GOES-7 PRIOR TO... AND AFTER
     THE SCHEDULED TIMES FOR THE PURPOSE OF EQUIPMENT
     CONFIGURATION AND CHECK-OUT. THE SIMULATED TIME AND
     OTHER CONTENT OF THIS DATA WILL NOT CORRESPOND TO
     ANY PLANNED SIMULATION.
     
     THE ABOVE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER
     SERVICE YEAR 2000 HOME PAGE
     
     HTTP/COLON//WWW.OSO1.X3.NWS.NOAA.GOV/Y2K
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