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CRON to run every 30 minutes during business hours

I want to check a filter and send an alert every 30 minutes but only during business hours. The issue is we are running on Pacific Time so my CRON expression looks like this:

0 0/30 0-1,14-23 ? * MON-FRI

This works well Tuesday to Thursday, but it also send alerts on Sunday afternoon and stops alerts 2 hours early on Friday.

I really don't want to create 2 automations just to get 2 CRON statements.

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Darryl Lee Community Leader Dec 05, 2022

Unfortunately, I think the situation is still as @Jack Brickey wrote in Nov 2020:

Automation runs at UTC. I wish you could choose your Zone but not there today. 

I wonder if maybe you could use the {{now}} Smart Value and combine it with the convertToTimeZone function to write your own Advanced compare condition. I'll think on this a bit.

Darryl Lee Community Leader Dec 05, 2022

Or maybe something with the toBusinessDaytoBusinessDayBackwards, or plus or diff using BusinessDays (business days are considered to be Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Sorry, date calculations usually make my head hurt. But maybe you or others could figure out something clever with those?

After considering what it would take to implement those smart values, I just went with creating 2 automations. :(

Darryl Lee Community Leader Dec 07, 2022

LOL. Yeah, sometimes the less elegant way is probably simpler. :-}

Like Melissa Kibrick likes this

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