Probably a stupid question about weekly EAS tests--more because I'm
scratching my head at this.
I was checking our EAS log from last week, and saw two tests sent a
couple hours apart. When I pulled the operating log to see if both had
been scheduled, I remembered why. The first one had been sent in
practice mode--not on-air. I was training in a new employee and just
wanted to walk her through the process since a test was scheduled later
in the morning. The Sage log shows NO indication that it was a practice
test. The details in the log are identical, other than the date & time.
I have not gone to look up the rule, but I think the weekly tests need
to be on-air, so it actually tests the functionality of the unit, don't
they? If a station wanted, they could send all their weekly tests in
practice mode, and the only way it would make a difference is if the FCC
were listening and comparing actual on-air content to the logged tests.
Obviously an LP station would have to be on-air for downstream stations
to receive tests. I'm thinking of a station like us at the bottom of the
food chain, where nobody is listening for our EAS tests.
I would have thought the Sage would stamp a practice test as such--never
noticed before that they weren't. Thoughts?
WHWL * WEUL * WHWG
Gospel Opportunities, Inc.
130 Carmen Drive
Marquette, MI 49855
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