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Deadline Extension Granted for Sage EAS Users

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Ahead of the December 12 deadline, users of Sage brand EAS equipment now have another 90 days to meet that pending FCC deadline for updating EAS firmware.  Sage previously announced in early November that the update has taken them longer to produce than they had anticipated and that there will be insufficient time for many users to install the update by the deadline.

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National EAS Test Successful in Michigan and Nationwide

This past Wednesday’s (10/4) nationwide tests of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts appear to be a success both in Michigan and across the nation.  The EAS test this year was conducted using the Internet IPAWS CAP feed to EAS units located in each EAS participant’s facility.

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Nationwide EAS Test Set for October 4 – Start Your Preparations Now

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FEMA and the FCC announced that this year’s Nationwide EAS Test is scheduled for October 4, 2023 (with a back-up date of October 11 in case there is a real or threatened event that occurs around October 4).  FEMA will transmit the nationwide test of the EAS at 2:20 pm EDT on October 4, 2023 using the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the Internet-delivered warning system that has been required for broadcasters for about a dozen years.

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EAS Software Upgrade Update

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As a reminder, the FCC has enacted new rules that affect the programming of EAS decoders. All stations are required to install the updated software by December 12th, 2023. Stations should not to wait until the last minute to secure and install the updated software.

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Broadcast Engineering Comes to Ferris this Fall

“We have identified a need for broadcast engineers in [Michigan],” MAB President and CEO Sam Klemet said. “We are looking to get a new pipeline of engineers, and we have been working with Ferris to bring those that are in the broadcast engineering industry to talk to students and provide sample curriculums.”

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April 18 SMPTE Meeting Includes Tour of WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Detroit Section will host a meeting this Tuesday Night (4/18) at the studios of WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV in Detroit.  The meeting is free and open to guests and non-members and begins at 7:00 p.m.

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New EAS Handbook Available/Form One Filing Deadline Approaching

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Your MAB has learned that the FCC recently issued a new, 2023 edition of its EAS Operating Handbook.  As noted in the FCC EAS rule Part 11.15: “A copy of the Handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for authenticating messages and initiating actions.”

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Budget Now for EAS Upgrades

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FCC-mandated changes to the Emergency Alert System are scheduled to go into effect on December 12. These changes may require software and/or hardware updates that broadcasters should budget for now.

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