Weekly Tech Reminders: Important Dates, Tests & More

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.


As you work on your calendar for 2018, here some dates you might want to enter.

NRB Convention Nashville, Tenn.: Feb. 27�March 2

Radio online Public File deadline: March 1

Daylight Savings Time starts: March 11

NAB Show Las Vegas: April 7�12

ABA annual Convention: Aug. 10�1

Radio Show Orland Sept. 25�28

Daylight Savings Time ends: Nov. 4


The FCC continues to open windows, this time in the dead of winter. Don't they know it�s cold in Washington this time of year?

Anyway it has set Jan. 25-31 as the next spectrum land rush for owners of any AM station-including Class A and B stations that were excluded from last summer's filing window-to apply for an FM translator. The one big caveat that remains is the broadcaster can't have participated in either the Jan. or July 2016 translator filing windows or the during the July-Aug. 2017 window.


It is strongly advised that when configuring incoming filters for your EAS equipment, that the location should always be set for "local area". This will allow agencies to target certain areas of the state for localized alerts without triggering EAS equipment in other areas. When a National or State wide alert is issued it will include all the counties so your device will see it as valid.

Verify that this will comply with guidance as part of your state�s EAS plan.


Do to the winter weather storm Alabama had last week the scheduled Required Monthly Test was canceled and will run Dec. 14 at 00:15.


Although the CALM Act has been with us for some time now, some of the new engineers coming into television may not be aware of what it is.

The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act is a federal law passed by Congress and signed by the President directing the Federal Communications Commission with developing and enforcing commercial loudness within US television programming. The Advanced Television Systems Committee has developed a loudness standard for television, referred to as A/85, which recommends techniques for establishing and monitoring audio loudness for digital television. The FCC has adopted ATSC A/85 as a recommended practice for compliance with the intent of the CALM Act.�