National Tests Delayed by FEMA to Wednesday, October 3
is mandatory for all broadcasters including LPFM stations.
The EAS National Periodic Test has been re-scheduled for Wednesday,
October 3th at 2:20 EDT because of Hurricane Florence. The test will be delivered by
IPAWS simultaneously regardless of time zone. Your station’s “contact
person” must personally monitor the test and note time received and
retransmitted, audio quality and volume, etc.
Now log into your ETRS account and verify everything – contact
information, facility location, stations your EAS monitors, etc. Make
any necessary corrections immediately.
Do not delay until the test
Like last year, every broadcaster must log into the ETRS system by
midnight EDT on the test day and file Form 2 with answers to two
“yes”/”no” questions: Did you receive the test? Did you re-transmit it?
By November you should log in and complete Form 3.
Answers should be based on your EAS test print-out and your own
day-of-test observations. Many stations complete Form 3 immediately
after filing Form 2.
– Separate from the NPT, the FCC and FEMA have implemented a Certificate
Authority security protocol. All broadcasters using Digital Alert (DAS)
or Sage EAS equipment must update their software by September
24 (after the NPT) so their equipment can continue to certify
(validate) IPAWS messages. Contact these manufacturers by email or
phone for instructions. Gorman Redlich and Trilithic do not use
EAS participation is far more than an annual test. Broadcasters
are required to regularly (weekly if possible) print out, review, sign,
file in a folder marked “EAS” and keep for at least two years. This
folder should also contain your EAS Handbook which you should be
familiar with. The FCC can show up at any time without notice, demand
that whoever opens the door show all this information to them. Failure
to fully comply could result in substantial fines.
JohnBroomall@Yahoo.com or phone 770 720-1037 if your station
needs professional assistance of any type or broadcast equipment.
Air / Licensed
2000-2001 LPFM Window
Lapsed / cancelled
/ on air
See Recnet.com for detailed scorecard
6/30/18 FCC Report:
2,171 Licensed LPFMs