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FCC Release: DO NOT USE EAS TONES EXCEPT FOR TESTS AND ALERTS

November 8, 2011
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FCC Release: DO NOT USE EAS TONES EXCEPT FOR TESTS AND ALERTS

DA-11-1867A1 (PDF Download)        

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Another Caution: Time for a Part 11.45 reminder to Talent

November 8, 2011
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Another Caution: Time for a Part 11.45 reminder to Talent

It is very likely the test tomorrow will bring about not only news coverage afterwards, but fodder for on air talent for “bits” and such. It would be a good idea to remind all Talent and production people that the FCC’s Part 11.45 specifically prohibits retransmission of tests and real EAS events from authorized...

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Important Information About TFT and SAGE EAS devices

November 7, 2011
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Important Information About TFT and SAGE EAS devices

After posting the information this morning about the new PEP station for Southern California, both TFT and SAGE responded with the following: TFT: No programming changes are needed for the November 9 nationwide test. No Events to forward nor locations (FIPS) need to be changed. In fact, putting in the Washington DC FIPS code...

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Southern California Gets New PEP station in Time for Test

November 7, 2011
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Southern California Gets New PEP station in Time for Test

The BWWG just received word from Bill Thompson, CE for KOGO, via the San Diego County EAS Operational Area list server that his station has sent its first RWT from its newly installed PEP EAS device and is now certified as a PEP monitoring assignment in time for the national test at 11 AM...

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Letter to Craig Fugate at FEMA from NCTA requesting live code test postponement

November 1, 2011
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The BWWG has obtained a copy of the letter from NCTA to FEMA asking that the November 9 test be postponed. As of this writing, there has been no decision from FEMA on postponement. Please check back to the EAS Forum list or this site for further developments. Richard Rudman The BWWG Fugate Letter....

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The Upcoming EAN Test

October 18, 2011
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Subtitle: Thanks, Alaska! We do EAS tests not only to find out what went wrong, but to also to find out what went “right”. National testing of our last ditch federal level public warning system must be done. How well we do that testing, how well the tests themselves are originated and, especially, how...

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Brand New PEP station in Fresno, CA

September 29, 2011
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Brand New PEP station in Fresno, CA

KMJ in Fresno has now been commissioned as a PEP station. This addition will be very valuable to stations and cable systems in Central California that have had difficulty monitoring KCBS. KMJ is a 50 kW DA1-U.    

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FCC Officially Postpones the EAS CAP Deadline Until June 12, 2012

September 16, 2011
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FCC Officially Postpones the EAS CAP Deadline Until June 12, 2012

    FCC-11-136A1   The FCC just issued a Report and Order officially postponing the CAP compliance deadline to June 30, 2012. I received this Report and Order from the FCC’s San Diego field office and have been given permission to distribute it even though it has not yet been published in the Federal...

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Latest word from FEMA on CAP IP connectivity

September 8, 2011
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As of this writing, FEMA IPAWS has not yet released the domain names or IP addresses that broadcasters need to program in to their CAP EAS devices to poll the federal CAP message aggregator. FEMA has stood up the testing environment for EAS device manufacturers to ensure their devices are able to retrieve CAP...

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Google’s filing to the FCC and the role of on-air-broadcasting

September 6, 2011
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Google’s EAS FNPRM Reply The BWWG’s take on Google’s EAS FNPRM Reply Comments   September 6, 2011 Richard A. Rudman   In its Reply Comments, Google led off with a statement supporting the Commission’s efforts to implement the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). They said in part, “Google supports the Commission’s efforts to facilitate the...

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