Pitcairn switched directly from UTC-8:30 to UTC-8

Paul Eggert eggert at twinsun.com
Wed Nov 10 23:40:22 UTC 1999

Howie Phelps of Sacramento regularly talks to Pitcairn via shortwave,
and in his talk yesterday he asked Betty Christian about the time zone
situation there.  Today he wrote me:

   Betty Christian told me yesterday that their local time is the same as
   Pacific Standard Time. They used to be 1/2 hour different from us here in
   Sacramento but it was changed a couple of years ago. So when it is noon
   here it is also noon on the island.

This confirms Rives McDow's report of the proclamation of the Governor
of Pitcairn, and refutes the CIA's and UK Hydrographic Office's claims
that Pitcairn switched to UTC-9 a few years ago.

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