CGC #1099

by CGC on November 7, 2011



                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1099

                    Monday, November 7, 2011


                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor

    Copyright 2011, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)



  CGC #1098 carried an engineering advisory article from KOGO(AM), the 
LP-1 in San Diego, and the first paragraph of that article has caused 
some concern.  The first paragraph is as follows:

  "KOGO is now a PEP for FEMA/EAS, and as such, sent a RWT last night 
from the 'new' PEP Sage Endec.  The RWT Protocol showed only "District 
f Columbia" as the area, since that is the FIPS code that the EAN 
Message on Wednesday, 11-9-11 will contain.  Your boxes should forward 
the message anyway, but it might be smart to put the DC FIPS code in 
your boxes 'just in case.'"


  To clarify the situation and avoid any possible panic here at the 
eleventh hour before the first-ever national EAS test, Harold Price, 
President, Sage Alerting Systems, this morning commented as follows:

  "The KOGO article suggests that "it might be smart to put the DC 
FIPS code in your boxes 'just in case.'"

  "We're starting to get calls on this here at Sage.  I don't want the 
many thousands of Sage users to think they need to run out and tweak 
the box with 48 hours left until the test is run.

  "For the record, if a user has used the default settings, or has 
followed our quidelines at [the URL below], they don't need to make 
any changes.  The default settings use a wildcard for location, and 
will carry the EAN without modification."



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