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WV EAS meeting

Post by Tom Taggart » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:06 am

About 40 engineers attended the statewide EAS meeting in Charleston on Monday; Al Kenyon from FEMA spoke. Main takeway: check your EAS decoder programming before mid-September

1. There will be a statewide test using the "NPT" code on Wednesday September 17. It will actually originate from the FEMA server in Washington. The decoders have the code available, although most are probably not set up to receive the code--just a simple matter of re-programming incoming filters. This may or may not substitute for the September RMT.

2. We were allowed to look at --but not keep--a copy of the new proposed state plan. Still lots of errors--missing stations, incorrect contact numbers, etc. One interesting conundrum is how to handle border stations. For example, in Parkersburg, the Clear Channel studios are in Vienna, but only one of their four stations (WDMX) is licensed to WV. They seem to carry both Ohio and WV alerts. In the draft plan has one of their Ohio stations listed, but not the others. Same in Wheeling where the CC WVKF is listed, though licensed to Shadyside, Ohio.

However--and here are the sharp horns of that dangerous beast the conundrum--the state plan is also an enforcement document, used by the FCC for "revenue enhancement." So probably the safest approach is to only list the WV licensed stations in the plan, even though in border areas we carry alerts relevant to both sides of the border.

3. Most counties have emergency services offices qualified to send emergency traffic to the FEMA server (which could then be disseminated to the stations in that local area via internet. Does not seem to be a plan yet to actually make this part of the state plan. The statewide test may help this process along.

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Re: WV EAS meeting

Post by Rock » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:06 am

Thanks a bunch for the recap, Tom!!
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Re: WV EAS meeting

Post by Tom Taggart » Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:16 pm

One tip. On the Sage EAS decoders, be careful to check that you don't have the NPT code in more than one filter set---for example, in a filter set for immediate relay and a different set for log only. The decoder can't handle this, and will ignore any message with this code.

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Re: WV EAS meeting

Post by Rock » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:24 am

Oooooh. Got it!
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Re: WV EAS meeting

Post by Big Media » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:46 am

Any news on the proposed new state EAS plan? Held up in committee?

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