[sbe-eas] PEP Stations
tom at bosscher.org
Fri Feb 3 20:02:41 EST 2012
Maybe my example of the upper peninsula of Michigan is not a good
example. Our state EAS chair, Larry Estlack, obtained grant money that
bought the Comlabs Emnet system for all the LP1's and LP-2's in the
state, plus the county EOC's. So Michigan is pretty well taken care of.
As a side note, none of my stations are an LPx's. yet we are buying
our own Comlab terminal for $ 4,000. Why? So we can have access to that
information. One really cool item about Comlab system is that a station
has the capability to 'talk" to the emergency management people to ask
questions about an event. Hence, we desire that.
It's been said that all disasters are local. With the Emnet system,
we will be pretty set here in Michigan. My idea about using Direct and
Dish is for the national stuff, like the EAN. There is no cheaper way,
or more redundant way to have FEMA get the word out to the country than
Another curmudgeon viewpoint. I was once added up all the radio and
TV facilities, and all dispatch and EOCs in the US. And for the cost of
just 1500 feet of the Big Dig in Boston, FEMA could buy the Comlab/Emnet
system for all of them. Redundancy? Comlab has to have competitors, so
let have two independent companies, with separate uplinks and
satellites, for the cost of 3000 feet of the Big Dig. Something about
national priorities gets stated here.
There is nothing wrong with FEMA doing actual radio station PEP
installations. But still, there are huge, and I mean huge areas of the
county were you cannot pick up the PEP's. And having the NPR squawk
channel as a PEP is a great idea. But the Direct and Dish TV would close
up a lot of loose ends.
Oh, one more thing. After FEMA would be on Dish and Direct, they
would, once a week, conduct a RMT of a different state. This way FEMA
would be testing the national PEP system every week, and the FEMA folks
would learn how to conduct tests. Hint: They need to hire a broadcast
engineer on at least a contract basis to teach them a few things. :)
On 2/3/2012 5:57 PM, Ryan McCauslin wrote:
> Maybe the Upper Peninsula in Michigan will receive a PEP station as
> WJR is over 300 miles from Sault Ste. Marie alone. Does the Western UP
> rely on Wisconsin for PEP messages?
> - Ryan McCauslin
> mccauslinr at gmail.com
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