Joe Mauk, Chair of California’s San Joaquin Valley SECC, sent us the following RMT sound file recorded off the air on 9/27/2011 that was broadcast on KMGV. The RMT came from the National Weather Service’s low band VHF NOAA Weather Radio (NWS NWR) in Hanford, California. The audio quality and intelligibility are poor. There is a high background noise level. The National Weather Service has announced that they will shortly be able to originate their EAS events using CAP IPAWS OPEN. While some NWS NWR radio systems can produce better audio than the example posted, we believe that a large number of NWR radio systems cannot. The transition to Text-To-Speech (TTS) using CAP IPAWS OPEN will correct this condition 100% since conversion from text-to-speech occurs at each CAP device at broadcast and cable systems set up to poll IPAWS OPEN aggregators. As announced yesterday on this site, FEMA has filed a Petition for Partial Reconsideration for the TTS band in the FCC’s Fifth Report and Order. The BWWG is working on a formal Comment in support. More on that soon.