08.24.2011 02:35 PM
Feds Issue National EAS Test Details

WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission has released more information regarding the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The test is scheduled to take place Nov. 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. EST. It will include a transmission by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of a live Emergency Action Notification code to all EAS participants, and a notice to the general public regarding the test of the national system.

The test will conclude with transmission of the End Of Message code rather than the Emergency Action Termination code. The use of the EOM code instead of the EAT code during the national test will not require broadcasters and cable providers to reconfigure their EAS encoders and decoders, the FCC said.

The location code for the EAS test will be the code for Washington, D.C. The FCC said its understanding is that most EAS encoders and decoders will automatically forward the EAN with the Washington, D.C. location code and will not require further configuration. The agency said that those uncertain if their device would forward an EAN code should contact the manufacturer, or FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Office at IPAWS@dhs.gov.

The FCC and FEMA, along with broadcasters and cable providers, are said to be engaged in outreach efforts aimed at informing the general public that the event is indeed a test.

The test will last approximately three minutes.

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Tuesday 06:00 AM
Eleven FCC Scenarios for The 600 MHz Band Plan
I suspect that the estimated $44 billion of auction proceeds do not take into account the fact that some spectrum the FCC will buy cannot be resold because it must be used as guard intervals in the 600 MHz band plan.~ Charles W. Rhodes

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology