Thread: EAS test......failed!

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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    If you didn't know the federal government activated the EAS system on a national level for the first time today at 1 pm CST. It didn't go as planned. Why am I not surprised?

    http://gizmodo.com/5857970/so-that-emergency-alert-system-test-was-pretty-much-a-failure

    It went ok on the station I was recording, but the voiceover had tones going in the background and other voices.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46KfvoUVw5M
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    Figures, Epic Fail on there part as usual!!!
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    Quote by masterlink
    Figures, Epic Fail on there part as usual!!!


    Watching that other video it went better than I thought it would, but it still failed. Many stations didn't broadcast it, some had no audio and some had bad audio.
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    That emergency alert crap is just an annoyance. Worse than that, the endless tests are very counterproductive. Think about it, when you hear -that- noise & see the tv screen go blank, do you think "OMG! the house is gonna blow up!" ...or do you think "oh geez, another of those damned tests"? It's a quite literal case of crying wolf.

    I don't think that emergency broadcast system has been used for an actual emergency more than twice in my entire life (and I'm not even 100% certain it was ever used for real at all).


    As far as this recent test goes, this thread is the first I've heard of it. I heard nothing before it happened, I saw/heard no sign of the laert itself, and (until now) I had heard nothing of it after the fact. I have dish network, and frequently have one of the sirius stations on as a screensaver of sorts.
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    Some TV stations use EAS for weather alerts, but around here they have their own alerting system. The system was built in the early 90s and is already antiquated when compaired to today's technology. The way that it works and the fact some stations don't have theirs is auto broadcast mode makes it a failure in a sudden emergency.
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    The EAS and it's predecessor the EBS are never used for anything around here, except those stupid periodic tests.
    "This is a test of the emergency broadcast system. In the case of an actual emergency, we'd be running for our lives instead of wasting time alerting you. We repeat, this is only a test."
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    Knowing America, the EAS would probably be more effective if tweeted from Kim Kardashian.
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    Like during 9/11 the news stations will break in and report what is happening and it will never be triggered.
    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    My personal EAS test worked. I farted and people cleared the room. Success.
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    Since not that many people watch broadcast TV anymore & most people only listen to terrestrial radio in their cars to/from work/school/etc, conventional alert broadcasts are nearly useless.
    In contrast, countless people spend a great deal of time online (even when they're not supposed to) and a large portion of those are hooked in with fecesbook & shitter. In addition to that, alerts would get re-spread via word of mouth (text of keyboard?) online.
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    • 9 years 22 days ago
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    Quote by bassman21
    Quote by masterlink
    Figures, Epic Fail on there part as usual!!!


    Watching that other video it went better than I thought it would, but it still failed. Many stations didn't broadcast it, some had no audio and some had bad audio.


    I agree with ya there
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    • 9 years 21 days ago
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    Not surprised.. hell we were supposed to have either a one minute message from FEMA or three minutes of hearing the President.. I heard neither. just 30 seconds of dead air.

    and I know fox19 had a delay in their EAS test.. I don't think they interrupted until 2:02 or 2:03. Epic fail.
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    • 9 years 20 days ago
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    The EAS has always been a work in process, but this is an embarrassing moment.
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