Weekly Tech Reminders: EAS Updates, FCC News

An excerpt from this week’s Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes
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The following is from the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s weekly e-newsletter, Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes. Thanks to ABA’s Larry Wilkins. To subscribe to the newsletter, email lwilkins@al-ba.com.

A COUPLE OF EAS REMINDERS

Please make sure that all incoming filters have the "Location box" set to local area on all filters. On the local area tab, stations should only have the counties in their service area selected. This will set your EAS decoder to only respond to alerts and/or test for your service area. In doing so, you will not be filling up your log or interrupting programs for alerts/test from other areas. EAS originators can then target alerts for a specific area.

Another item to check while in the configuration...verify that under the outgoing tab that the location for RWT filter is set to "local area" (not all of state).

We are just trying to help remove some of the unnecessary "clutter" in the EAS logs.

Secondly, if you are an Alabama station using a Sage Endec, make sure you have the information below added to the FTP section (under the email/FTP tab).

  • FTP Host/Path: ftp.al-ba.com/EASLOG
  • FTP User Name: al-ba
  • FTP password: al-ba1

Don't forget to save the file and reload into the Sage unit.

If you are an Alabama Station using a DasDec unit please add the following email to you list of email addresses receiving reports: alabamasecc@gmail.com.

And finally, if you haven't install the IPAWS security certificate update, please do so today. Visit the home page of your equipment manufacture for instructions.

FCC NEWS

As the FCC continues to approve licenses for new translators and LPFMs, the interference complaints continue to rise.

The commission will consider, during its July 12 Open Meeting a Report and Order that would streamline rules governing formal complaint proceedings sent to the Enforcement Bureau. Specifically, the order would create a uniform set of procedural rules for formal complaint proceedings and would, among other changes, adopt uniform response deadlines for filed complaints and create a shot clock for resolution of formal complaints.

Also the commission plans to consider an Order and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would look at new ways to use of C Band spectrum — that midband spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band currently used by fixed-satellite service earth stations and space stations.

The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. Eastern on July 12 and will be streamed live.

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