Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask
...updated to 9/16/19
The 2019 NPT was on August 7, 2019 at 2:20 PM EDT. The FCC and the FEMA urge everyone to get ready. There is even a video now posted on the ETRS (EAS Test Reporting System) page.
This year's test was designed to test the legacy daisy-chain system, from the PEP (Primary Entry Point) to the LP (Local Primary) to the individual stations that pass the test on to others. The IPAWS/CAP system was not be involved in this test.
The following is more information on the NPT, the Forms - registering and reporting - and the frequently asked questions:
The purpose of the 2019 test is to both focus on the station-to-station chain, and to see if every station in the country gets the test.
Additionally, stations must have a copy of the new EAS Handbook at the operating position.
THE ETRS (EAS Test Reporting System) AND REPORTING
FORM ONE QUESTIONS:
FORM TWO QUESTIONS:
This form is designed to simply have stations answer- by midnight EDT of the test day:
There is a batch file option, should you be reporting for multiple stations. Need help? email@example.com
FORM THREE QUESTIONS:
The FCC will ask more detailed questions, requiring more time to answer, but provided 45 days to do so. The form continues to undergo some changes, but we understand stations will be asked to provide information as to:
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
If you have not recently updated your firmware, you should contact your manufacturer and ensure you have the right version. DASDEC is V3.1 or 4.0, Sage is V89-34, Trilithic is V18.10.05 - Gorman-Redlich is V9.9.5 or V20.9.7
Be sure you are monitoring your assigned station. State Plans are here.