[sbe-eas] FCC NPRM on the national test
nevadaeas at charter.net
Thu Mar 11 16:09:15 EST 2010
Remember that the EAN will come with an EOM and the EAT is a separate
activation which also includes its own EOM and is sent to let the National
Non-participating EAS stations know that they can resume broadcasting. I
asked several FCC representatives last week if the Non-participating
national stations were going to go off the air during the National Test and
they said they didn't know at this point but they rather thought that would
be the case. They said that FEMA was still in the process of writing the
procedures for the national test.
"Radio burps, it cries, it needs to be fed all the time, it requires
constant attention, but we love it." Jim Aaron WGLN
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Subject: Re: [sbe-eas] FCC NPRM on the national test
Maybe our Alaska friends can weigh in on this, and maybe I'm confused, but
doesn't sending an EAN alert mean they also have to send another, separate,
EAT alert to end the EAN? I just think that, first time out of the gate,
they want to test the system end-to-end, not any particular event code, and
using a dedicated test code like NPT with an EOM embedded in it reduces the
potential headaches by half. -Suzanne
> I agree with Leonard too.
> We need to see what this live code actually does on a nationwide
> As the SECC Vice-Chair for California, I really do appreciate and am
> sympathetic with the concerns Suzanne raised about the EAN, but in
> view the benefits of using the live EAN code far outweigh the
> On Mar 11, 2010, at 12:10 PM, Gary Timm wrote:
> > I must agree with Leonard Charles on this one.
> > All his points are correct.
> > Gary Timm
> > Wisconsin SECC
> > ________________________________
> > From: sbe-eas-bounces at sbe.org on behalf of Leonard Charles
> > Sent: Thu 3/11/2010 1:29 PM
> > To: suzanne at mab.org; SBE EAS Exchange - a mail list for discussion
> > about the EmergencyAlertSystem and other emergency communication
> > issues.
> > Subject: Re: [sbe-eas] FCC NPRM on the national test
> > Hi Suzanne, if the intent of the National Test is to discover that
> > all the country would be alerted, I'm afraid that the NPT code
> > not accomplish the mission. NPT is not one of the mandated "must
> > air" codes in the rules. Therefore, if broadcasters have it
> > programmed in their boxes at all, it is likely there as a log only
> > event and would not be aired no matter where it came from. For
> > those States/Areas/Stations that still rely entirely or in part on
> > the broadcaster daisy chain, the NPT would stop and die with the
> > first NP, SP, or LP station that only logged it and did not pass
> > on over the air.
> > I suppose you could undertake a huge PR campaign to get every
> > broadcaster to program NPT as a "must air" event. Even after that
> > no one could guarantee that all broadcasters would. And after the
> > test we'd still not know for sure if an actual EAN would light up
> > the entire country.
> > My two cents.
> > Leonard Charles
> > Wisconsin
> > From: sbe-eas-bounces at sbe.org [mailto:sbe-eas-bounces at sbe.org] On
> > Behalf Of Suzanne Goucher
> > Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 11:54 AM
> > To: sbe-eas at sbe.org
> > Subject: [sbe-eas] FCC NPRM on the national test
> > Hi folks,
> > Starting a new message thread -- The Maine SECC is going to file
> > comments in the national test proceeding, urging the FCC/FEMA to
> > the NPT, National Periodic Test, code instead of doing "live code"
> > EAN testing. This will avert public confusion, as well as
> > the need to massively pre- notice the American public that "this
> > only a test" AND to have to send a second "EAT" termination
> > message. I believe this suggestion is also going to be worked
> > the NASBA filing. It's not clear from the FNPRM whether they're
> > contemplating live-code testing or not, but the public is
> > to hearing RWTs and RMTs, and using NPT would avoid a lot of
> > confusion, IMHO. I toss it out there in case any of you want to
> > second this idea in your comments.
> > Suzanne D. Goucher
> > President & CEO
> > Maine Association of Broadcasters
> > 69 Sewall St., Suite 2
> > Augusta, ME 04330
> > 207-623-3870
> > fax 207-621-0585
> > suzanne at mab.org
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