The new rules take effect April 30, 2012.
The purpose of the document is to promote consistency in policy across Federal grant programs, and to ensure compatibility among Federally funded projects.
The 130-page FCC Fifth Report and Order on EAS addresses many of the ongoing concerns with EAS, but there are still a few details that are not yet settled. So what's new? Here's an overview.
Now that the IPAWS OPEN server is on-line, it makes sense to get your CAP-enabled EAS equipment going.
TFT and Gorman-Redlich units have Supplier's Declaration of Conformity certificates on file with FEMA.
Multichannel AES switch/converter
Some highlights: CAP converters are allowed, but governor must-carry is denied.
Weekly tests will begin Dec. 12 and begin a regular schedule every Monday.
The tests were reported by participants of the SBE's EAS Exchange.
Was the national EAS test a total failure? Hardly. There were problems, but the test was successful in bringing these problems to light.
The general feeling is that the national test, while not perfect, revealed several problems that might not have otherwise been noticed.
Radio magazine is told many units are already capable of receiving the CAP data.
The webinar will discuss what worked, what didn't, and what is being done to fix the problems.
Manny Centeno says a great deal was learned from the first national test, and it's important for FEMA and broadcasters to "continue to strike while the iron is hot."
The official statement: The Nationwide EAS Test served the purpose for which it was intended: to identify gaps and generate a comprehensive set of data to help strengthen our ability to communicate during real emergencies.
The Nov.9, 2011, national EAS test has concluded. How did your station do?
The audio message in the test has been shortened from 2.5 minutes to 30 seconds, reducing the overall length of the test.
The Digital Alert Systems white paper offers fundamental information about this EAS test, as well as instruction on operations during an actual emergency.
The handbook must be posted at the operator position during the Nov. 9 test.
The program delivery system will send an RWT daily until Nov. 8 so stations can ensure their receivers are properly set.
Watch this video to see how your station's EAS encoder/decoder will function during the Nov. 9 national EAS test.
The FCC will publish a s special EAS Handbook just for the national test.
The guide includes details on configuring several popular models of EAS equipment to properly relay the Nov. 9 national test.
The final webinar before the Nov. 9 national test will review all the details and discuss the EAS Best Practices Guide.
Our October 2011 issue has a new look, but it still has the familiar feel you expect.