We use the browser to control our Sage ENDEC and I do not see any practice mode on any of the pages that I checked. After seeing other responses, I went to the rack and tried the front panel to discover the practice mode. I never noticed that before. Was that also available on the old Grey box?
Very good point, Andy, about asking Sage to include a log note about the practice mode.
You may have discovered an anomaly in the Sage software. The
Practice mode does send a test but without switching the Sage
audio relays. You are correct that it does not show as a Practice
Test if you query the Sage log. However, I have the Sage
"dumping" the log to a computer and here is what the computer log
Practice Alert sent at 07/23/18 11:35:44
An EAS Participant has issued a Required Weekly Test for Crook,
OR, Deschutes, OR, Jefferson, OR, Klamath, OR, Lake, OR, Wasco,
OR, and Wheeler, OR beginning at 11:35 am and ending at 12:35
On 07/23/18 11:00, Alan Kilgore wrote:
I never heard of a "practice test" mode on an EAS unit. We
use the Sage ENDEC-D.
If I wanted to do a "Practice test" then I would have to
route the programming around our EAS unit to prevent it from
interrupting our broadcast. So, our box would not "know"
whether it was bypassed and it would not be able to discern
the difference between a practice and a regular test.
Perhaps you are using a unit from a different manufacturer.
On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 12:27 PM, Andy
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?
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