EAS Test Report System (ETRS) Form 1 Now Past Due
Is Your Station Ready for the National EAS Test September 28?
regulations have changed and all broadcasters must comply including
Low Power FM stations. The deadline to complete ETRS Form 1 was
Friday, August 26. While the FCC could fine broadcasters for
missing the deadline, CCB believes there will be a short grace
period. We understand the FCC's main objective is to get the
broadcast industry ready now for the September test rather than impose
FCC is not expected to contact stations individually about the new EAS
equipment requirements, procedures, and tests since they have been
announced by various Public Notices on the FCC website.
your station has not filed ETRS Form 1 and otherwise prepared for the
new procedures and the National Test call
CCB today at (770-720-1037) with your credit card
information. We will then email you further instructions and a
brief questionnaire to gather information.
will prepare and file ETRS Form 1, and provide you with instructions for
filing Forms 2 and 3.
We will review the type EAS equipment, model, and software
version you have. Unless it has been changed very recently, it
will need to be updated. While only Digital Alert, Gorman-Redlich,
Sage, and Trilithic currently make EAS equipment, there are dozens of
possible firmware and software options. Some have not been
evaluated by the FCC. If you are fortunate to have newer
equipment, the update could be free. Older equipment might need to
be replaced at a $2,000 to $3,000 cost.
If your ETRS data needs to be updated or corrected after the initial
input, the FCC allows this through September 26. During this time
you can update your EAS equipment. This is important since no
broadcaster wants obsolete equipment which does not support the new
On September 28 each broadcaster must log into ETRS between 2:20 EDT and
midnight and answer two questions on Form 2 (which has not been officially
released yet). Only someone at the station can know if the test
was received and re-transmitted. With nearly 30,000 broadcasters
and cable operators attempting to log in at the same time, the process
will be slow or the system might crash.
If the Form 2 answers are "yes" then form 3 can be filed at
the same time. If there are problems, broadcasters can explain the
problems by November 14 on Form 3.
start the process, call CCB right away. Since 2000, CCB has
assisted churches, ministries, schools, and community groups with FCC
filings and equipment needs, and we operate WPCG-LP.
Based on the thousands of hours we have spent filing FCC forms,
it does not take us 43 hours (estimated by the FCC), but it is time-consuming, frustrating, and
has already involved multiple calls and emails to the FCC,
manufacturers, state broadcaster associations and online research!
Some states donít even have a State EAS plan or have outdated,
conflicting or misleading information.
us today! We would like to hear
from all our clients including those who have filed and updated their
Air / Licensed
unprocessed and Accepted for Filing
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Lapsed / cancelled
/ on air
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