[sbe-eas] FCC NPRM on National testing
jdehnel at ksl.com
Wed Mar 10 15:18:06 EST 2010
I always thought 000000 would be used for an EAN. Does anyone know what was used when that false test went out in Illinois some time ago?
BTW, The HazCollect test failed to go out via EAS in Utah. NWS had issues they could not solve in time. But, that's why we test.
From: sbe-eas-bounces at sbe.org [mailto:sbe-eas-bounces at sbe.org] On Behalf Of Adrienne Abbott
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Subject: Re: [sbe-eas] FCC NPRM on National testing
Several others have asked this same question. I don't have an answer, although my list of FIPS codes notes that the code for the US is 000000. Would that be the code used for a national test? I would think that only FEMA would have the authority to issue a test with a locator code of 000000.
If you want to go by yesterday's "national " HazCollect Test from NWS as an indication of how a national EAN would run, the national HazCollect Test apparently went out by states. The Western Nevada/Eastern California Operational Area received it twice because we cover parts of two states, Nevada and California. There are two receipts, one for "All Nevada" and one for "All California". Both were issued at 11:16 AM PST, or 2:16 PM EST. Because the test was scheduled for 2:15 PM EST, it looks like everything went out on time, but there's no way to tell if it took one batch or three to send out everything.
FCC and FEMA officials say they are still writing the procedures that will be used for the national test and they are looking for information and guidance from those of us "in the field". That's why it's so important that we comment on the FNPRM.
"Radio burps, it cries, it needs to be fed all the time, it requires constant attention, but we love it." Jim Aaron WGLN
From: sbe-eas-bounces at sbe.org [mailto:sbe-eas-bounces at sbe.org] On Behalf Of Steven C Johnson
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 7:57 AM
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Subject: [sbe-eas] FCC NPRM on National testing
I was just reading Part 11 and came up with a question that I have not been able to get an answer too. Perhaps someone on the list can help. The question involves FIPS codes on a national alert.
Under the EAS protocol, it appears that a national alert would need to be addressed to all 50 states plus about 25 territories and bodies of water -- approximately 75 FIPS codes. Part 11.31(c) however states that EAS message support up to 31 individual FIPS codes.
How would an EAN be generated? There is not presently a national FIPS code that I know of. Is there a provision in the protocol to allow more than 31 codes on and EAN? Would the protocol have to be sent at least 3 times to get all the FIPS codes alerted? Anyone know how this would work?
Steven C Johnson
Johnson Telecom, LLC
Steve at JohnsonTelecom.com
704 968 7031
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