[sbe-eas] Required things to relay [was Chilling Effect]
nevadaeas at charter.net
Thu Feb 18 20:40:02 EST 2010
This brings up a discussion I recently had with one of our engineers…I have several cases where a broadcast company has main studio waivers for several full-power stations that are licensed to very rural communities but carry the same programming as one of the company’s metropolitan stations. That programming includes EAS tests activations received and sent by the “mothership”. The rural stations do not have their own EAS equipment because, among other reasons, there’s no one to check the printouts and do a weekly log. However, I don’t think a Main Studio Waiver includes an exemption for EAS and monitoring assignments and some of these rural stations are in areas separate from the “mothership” Operational Area. And the tests and activations carried by these rural stations from the “mothership” don’t really apply to the communities of license, even if the “mothership” includes the counties in their list of Locator Codes. . In some cases, these remote stations are in other states, including states that are in a different time zone than the “mothership”. Is this legal? The manager of one of these companies does not carry any local EAS activations because they don’t apply to all the stations in his network. Is this just a loophole in Part 11? How are these stations going to handle the upcoming National tests?
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For the RWT I meant as follows;
m) ...... When transmitting the required weekly test, EAS Participants shall use the event code RWT. The location codes are the state and county for the broadcast station city of license or system community or city. Other location codes may be included upon approval of station or system management. EAS messages may be transmitted automatically or manually.
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Some comments on Franks post -
Unless something has changed, the FCC rules usually concentrate on a station's city of licensee and providing a certain level of field strength over the city of license.
CF - Yes Frank, this is still the case. However, in many cases, the City of License has little or nothing to do with the focus of the station.
Meaning a city of licensee determines what plan you are in.
CF - Sorry Frank - This is not always the case. Case in point - A 'Rim-Shot' station is licensed to City A, but it's focus and primary coverage area is City B. In planning Monitoring Assignment as well as which Local EAS Area the station is to work with, the COL is meaningless in many cases. (I can provide a number of additional examples if desired)
Also the EAS rules say a station must use the FIPs county of license number in RWT tests.
CF - Not quite sure what you mean by this
Of course, TV and radio signals know no bounds and listeners in an adjacent state will get the alerts as well.
CF - Of course.
CF - The bottom line is that the SECC should be the body that determines who monitors what and what areas the station participates with.
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