Friday, September 2, 2011

Time Shifts and Radio Signals

Radio World: Nationwide EAS Test to Last About 3 Minutes

FEMA, et al will conduct a test on November 9th  that will be three minutes long. May not seem such a big deal but three minutes in air time world is a very long time. I can't help but think, when I read articles like this and the upcoming year long national grid testing, the secretive testing in the south east United States, that two things are going on: one, we're not being told half of what is really going on with these tests, which leads to my second conclusion: they are getting ready for something big that we will be both witness to, as well as subject to its aftermath.

The FCC says that during the test, FEMA will originate a “live” Emergency Action Notification code to all EAS participants, including radio and TV stations, cable systems, Sirius XM, satellite TV providers and wireline video service providers. As part of the test, the public will be told the EAS has been activated for a national emergency, along with an audible notice that “this is a test.”
The commission and FEMA, along with stations and cable providers, are working on outreach efforts to inform the public to avoid panic about the test.
There’s also been a lot of debate within engineering circles about how the test will conclude.

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