As most of us (all of us) now have internet access, could the system be re-arranged so that the station to station leapfrog system could become the backup method? There will still be the occasional dropout of the internet, but it is a fast and high quality way of transferring information. But once again - who controls how that information would be transmitted? Would it be user centric, or vendor centric?
What would it take to receive the national level test from Sirius-XM and Directv? If a station/cable was willing to subscribe would the EAN alert be available? Would'nt this be a good redundant national level source?
What are the best ways to switch multiple station audio with a single EAS device?
While we complain of poor quality audio in EAS, the equipment is moving towards computer platforms. That means we now have sound card generated audio and consumer unbalanced audio I/O on EAS equipment. Can we achieve an audio quality similar to that of our normal programming with this equipment?
Using Cell Phone Servie to send messages to numbers in an affected area.
The 3rd party emails (from ideascale) that you use to confirm userids for FEMA membership automatically go to AOL's auto SPAM Folder causing all messages to be missed.
Using FEMA ids (from FEMA) for contacting users via emails would reach many more of us - AOLs SPAM filtering should not automatically put your emails in the auto AOL Spam Folder and then to the Trash where they will also automatically go.
The Best Practices should contain a recap of the two basic EAS operating modes, manual and automatic, and how the automatic mode relates to the FCC's definition of unattended operations. The point is that stations running in the manual mode must truly be able to respond to incoming EAS events in a timely manner in compliance with Part 11.
Perhaps a way may be found to allow amateur radio emergency nets and 2 meter repeaters to carry the audio of the test. I'm an emergency communications coordinator for my local church and would appreciate a way to be included.
Bob Paine, KA3ZCI
Here's the link: http://www.nab.org/documents/landingPages/barnett_fcc.asp... more »
A big thank you to everyone for your support and great ideas. The responses from this community have not only enhanced our working draft of the best practices guide, but the proactive dialogue across the country has truely been a national effort. Let us know what other topics still need to be addressed. Thanks again everyone!
local, state, federal, military standard operational procedures for NBC alerts, training for each area... I'm sorry you have this I'm sure. I just want my wife and children as well as all the old veterans' that I work for, because they know what to do in these times of great need to protect and serve.:)