From the Editor

July 4, 2011

July 2011

Jim Dalke, CPBE AMD 8VSB CBNT

It’s July and time for our annual chapter picnic, Saturday the 23rd. We will return to the beautiful park and facilities at KOMO-AM on Vashon Island. The picnic cuisine will include barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers and potato salad and watermelon. Families and friends of the chapter are all welcome. This year’s event will be hosted by our friends at BSW with adult refreshments provided by Hatfield and Dawson Engineers. The festivities begin at noon. There is more information at www.sbe16.org.

June was a big month for EAS: The FCC set the date for the first ever national EAS Test on November 9. Press reports indicate that the CAP equipment deadline will not be extended. I am not convinced the deadline is realistic, but we will see. There are less than 90 days before broadcasters are expected to have the CAP enabled EAS equipment installed and operating. Meanwhile, FEMA has given those who originate emergency messages (like local government personnel) and software developers more time to make their transition to next-gen EAS. We will see what happens when the FCC reviews comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Part 11 rules governing EAS that are due July 26.

Meeting the CAP equipment deadline and preparation for the National test continues even though it is believed that a significant percentage of broadcasters are not compliant with the current EAS regulations, and certainly some who will not be able to make the September deadline.

As an inspector for the WSAB alternative inspection program, I can concur with a recent report that broadcaster’s public files are a challenge to maintain. Recently the FCC has issued a report recommending that broadcaster’s public files be available to the public on the Internet. There are a lot of broadcasters that believe an online version of the stations public files may be too “public.”

Meanwhile, 43 state broadcast associations have petitioned the FCC to temporarily suspend enforcement of the public file rules. They cite a statistic that the FCC has levied more than $2 million in fines for public file violations.

The Seattle radio market includes Family Radio’s AM 1460 in Kirkland. Family’s leader Harold Camping made his second (or is it the third?) apocalyptic prediction months ago. Now there are complaints being filed with the FCC to revoke the group’s broadcast licenses. The suggestion is that Camping was creating public panic and harm through his radio network. A week or so after doomsday passed, Camping suffered a debilitating stroke, rendering him speechless and ending his career as a daily talk show host.

Well, see you at the picnic,

73s

Jim Dalke, W7PB