May 4, 2004
Spring - KWPX-TV
Art Blum - KONA (via phone)
Mark Allen - WSAB
Lowell Kiesow - KPLU
Don White - KCPQ/KTWB
Greg Thies - KING-TV
Ted Buehnor - NWS Seattle
Kris McGowan - FCC
Jim Tharp - Entercom
Don Miller - WSEM (via phone)
Roland Robinson - Bates
Dave Carr - Bates
E. Wayne Hatchel - Bates
Bob Wyatt - KSPS (via phone)
Clay Freinwald - Entercom
recent broadcast of 10.5 on NBC
was discussed. It was pure Hollywood
with little basis in fact. It raised
the ire of emergency management
people in California. Locally, the
Space Needle was not happy with
has given their Environmental Hero
award to Clay Freinwald in Seattle
and Ron Valley in Spokane. They
were both nominated by Ted Buehner.
meeting notes on the previous SECC
meeting were accepted, and have
been posted on the WSAB web site.
reported on the monitoring assignment
work group meeting in Ellensburg.
A big thank you to Bob Johnson for
the use of the KITCOM facility.
Clay is disseminating the information
into a new Tab 10 which will be
distributed some time in the future.
There will be quite a few changes.
new state wide AMBER plan was discussed.
In early March, there was a meeting
between broadcasters, law enforcement,
and other interested parties that
resolved the last remaining issues
with the plan. The sponsors signed
off on it. It will replace the existing
Tab 26 in the state plan. Originally,
the different local plans had different
criteria for issuing alerts. Under
the new plan, alerts are issued
by WSEM under the direction of the
Washington State Patrol. The purpose
of this is to have uniformity across
the state because the alerts are
issued state wide. Those entities
with approved plans will have their
alerts issued automatically. Areas
without an approved plan will have
their alerts reviewed by the WSP
before being issued. Existing plans
will be reviewed and revised to
meet the new guidelines. Local entities
will have until January 1, 2005,
to have their local plans approved.
After that date, areas with out
approved plans will go through the
WSP. The SECC approved the state
wide AMBER alert plan. The plan
will take effect on June 14. The
web portal will be up the same date,
with a media event about a month
later. Several local plans were
sent back to be revised to comply
with the new state plan.
problem with the recent Walla Walla
AMBER alert was caused by a hardware
problem at EMD. This has been resolved.
use of EAS for 911 center outages
was discussed. EAS alerts can be
filtered at the station level if
they are not relevant. But if there
are too many alerts, they could
become part of the background noise
and ignored. EAS is not too good
for detail. There needs to be a
source for more information about
some alerts. The TV stations are
concerned about the cable over ride
issue, which will be discussed at
the next meeting.
had a conversation with Harold Price
at NAB. He writes the code for the
Sage ENDEC. New chips that will
accept Windows based programming
are on the way for the ENDEC, but
they are not out yet. The original
EAS proposal had text capabilities.
This will be in the new chips. The
text part will run in the background
after the EOM tones. Sage will do
this voluntarily. Other manufacturers
can add it if the want. The specifications
are all part of the public record.
Sage also has a new blue ENDEC out
with AES audio in and out.
theme of the EAS session at NAB
was expanding EAS by thinking outside
real event codes for testing was
discussed. There is a difference
of opinion around the country on
the legality of it. The Washington
State SECC is opposed to any use
of real event codes for testing
purposes. The tsunami test on September
15 will use the RMT code here, although
some areas are using the regular
tsunami warning code. The September
RMT was originally scheduled for
September 6. Watch the remailer
for a time and other information.
Spokane, at the recent EAS meeting,
the Washington State Patrol and
the Idaho State Patrol discussed
AMBER. Idaho has grant money for
broadcasters to upgrade or enhance
Kennedy is the new local chair in
new Com Labs satellite unit will
be installed at NWS this Friday.
the NWS, the Seattle Experiment
is moving forward. It is authorized
for the Western US. It will be coming
soon to Portland, Spokane and Pendleton.
The new NWS codes are being implemented.
There have been issues around the
WSAB has a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Allen was at the Puerto Rico
Broadcasters Association meeting.
They have no AMBER plan, and are
interested in how we do it here.
FCC is entering their travel season.
They plan on visiting all the stations
in whatever area they are in. They
will inspect any stations not in
the alternative inspection program.
will be a test of the tsunami warning
system every September. This will
be coordinated with the September
new software for the Sage ENDEC
was demonstrated at NAB, but it
is not available yet. It will require
the purchase of new firmware. The
software itself will also have to
be purchased. The old version was
radio repeaters that use decoders
that do not regenerate header codes
can cause problems if they are being
monitored for EAS alerts.
SBE news, the FCC plans to release
a NPRM for EAS this fall. This probably
means more changes for EAS.
New Jersey SECC publishes a newsletter.
It lets people know what is happening
Recently Clay held EAS classes at
Entercom. He also travels a lot.
next meeting will be Thursday, July
8th, at 9:30 AM at the WSEM building
at Camp Murray. The cable over ride
issue will be discussed. Cable representatives
are encouraged to attend.