The FCC’s ETRS Form 1 is due today, July 6th. ETRS Form 1 is the first form required as part of the FEMA/FCC National EAS Test that will take place on August 11th at 2:20 PM. Remember this test will use the traditional EAS “daisy chain” of broadcast stations. You must make sure you are monitoring stations consistent with the EAS State Plan. There will be no IPAWS messages sent directly to the stations.
To help stations navigate the FCC’s Form1, noted communications engineer Larry Wilkins has prepared a video that takes you through the process. To access the video click HERE.
To access the FCC’s ETRS webpage and Form 1 click HERE.
Your monitoring assignments can be found on the NYSBA website by clicking HERE.
Make sure your EAS equipment has the correct NPT code loaded in the incoming filter section. It should be set up to receive and process the NPT code, with the “six zeroes” national location code, and otherwise operate in compliance with the Commission rules. Also verify that the EAS equipment is operating with most up to date firmware. Contact your equipment vendor if you are not sure about your equipment and firmware. SAGE recommends:
1) Check your log to make sure that you are receiving weekly tests from your monitor assignments, and that you have been originating weekly tests and relaying Monthly Tests as required by your license type.
2) Make sure your ENDEC has a filter to receive and relay the NPT. The easiest way to check this is to access your ENDEC with a web browser. From the main page, click the Tools button on the left column, then click the “Verify Req” button. If you see “Your ENDEC will meet the FCC requirements for the National Periodic Test” on the last line, your ENDEC is ready.
If you have any questions regarding this update or the NPT, please email SAGE at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-872-4069 and press 1 for support. If you get voice mail, please leave a message and SAGE will call you back.