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telcodad
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join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
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reply to moes

Re: Nationwide EAS Test 11/9 2:00 PM EST

While I was not near any TV or radios at 2PM ET, I see that there are some early media reports saying there were many problems with the test:

Gizmondo: So That Emergency Alert System Test Was Pretty Much a Failure
»gizmodo.com/5857970/so-that-emer···-failure

NYT: It Was Only a Test, but What a Test
»mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2···-a-test/

"Many of the reported failures affected cable and satellite television subscribers, and some were quite head-scratching: Some DirecTV subscribers said their TV sets played the Lady Gaga song “Paparazzi” when the test was underway. Some Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York said the test never appeared on screen. Some Comcast subscribers in northern Virginia said their TV sets were switched over to QVC before the alert was shown.

In some cases the test messages were delayed, perhaps because the messages are designed to trickle down from one place to many. A viewer in Minneapolis said he saw the message about three minutes late. A viewer in Chattanooga, Tenn., said she saw it about 10 minutes late."

GTFan

join:2004-12-03
As predicted, epic fail and waster of time and money.

Is anyone surprised? Probably not, so let's spend even more time and money to get it to work, then never use it!

I'd be LOL'ing if it wasn't so sad.


motorola870

join:2008-12-07
Arlington, TX
kudos:4
reply to telcodad
said by telcodad:

While I was not near any TV or radios at 2PM ET, I see that there are some early media reports saying there were many problems with the test:

Gizmondo: So That Emergency Alert System Test Was Pretty Much a Failure
»gizmodo.com/5857970/so-that-emer···-failure

NYT: It Was Only a Test, but What a Test
»mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2···-a-test/

"Many of the reported failures affected cable and satellite television subscribers, and some were quite head-scratching: Some DirecTV subscribers said their TV sets played the Lady Gaga song “Paparazzi” when the test was underway. Some Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York said the test never appeared on screen. Some Comcast subscribers in northern Virginia said their TV sets were switched over to QVC before the alert was shown.

In some cases the test messages were delayed, perhaps because the messages are designed to trickle down from one place to many. A viewer in Minneapolis said he saw the message about three minutes late. A viewer in Chattanooga, Tenn., said she saw it about 10 minutes late."

my area only had the alert tone sound with static for 30 seconds and then the test ended tone. So there was no "this is a test" alert in my area but just static. This is in North Texas and this was on an FM station.

moes
Premium
join:2009-11-15
Cedar City, UT
we got an image on the screen and the tones and then static like a message was supposed to be played atleast the local broadcasters handled it right and even apologized for the issue about the audio


Mike Wolf

join:2009-05-24
Beachwood, NJ
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this is what my test was like

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUT0v1xhoLo


Basically the duckfarts were heard, an echo of it, a voice attempted to speak "thi-" then just silence.

Basically the official FEMA view on the malfunctions: "If everything worked perfectly we'd feel we missed something"


Oregonian
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West Linn, OR
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reply to telcodad
said by telcodad:

Some DirecTV subscribers said their TV sets played the Lady Gaga song “Paparazzi” when the test was underway.

This made me laugh.

CSD8086

join:2004-03-12
US
reply to Mike Wolf
said by Mike Wolf:

the duckfarts were heard, an echo of it, a voice attempted to speak "thi-" then just silence.

My local broadcast station (Boston-based) indeed played the spoken audio message in its entirety. It's sad that the quality of the message made the broadcasts from the moon sound like they were in 5.1 surround.

You would think that in 2011, we'd have something that was a few notches up from Morse code...


Mike Wolf

join:2009-05-24
Beachwood, NJ
kudos:4

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New hardware updates should solve this problem in future tests, Just gotta wait for IPAWS and CAP *sigh*

In January 2010 Alaska conducted a live code emergency action notification (the same code used for this national test) and proved that the national EAS was functional but identified necessary improvements. The next Alaska EAS test in 2011 the following year proved a success and reinforced the idea that continued EAS testing and exercising improves the system. It’s important to remember that this is the first test. The Nov. 9 test should provide us with an accurate snapshot on where we are as a nation so we can improve the EAS incrementally.


Mike Wolf

join:2009-05-24
Beachwood, NJ
kudos:4
reply to Oregonian
This isn't the first time directv has played music during an EAS lol

»youtu.be/zhrWUG8MO7Y

CSD8086

join:2004-03-12
US
said by Mike Wolf:

This isn't the first time directv has played music during an EAS lol

»youtu.be/zhrWUG8MO7Y

Ya know, the least they could do is limit the songs to those that were contained on the Clear Channel banned songs list:

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Clear···morandum

It would at least set the mood...


Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to Mike Wolf
Directv plays music on the holding / info slides / channels.


telcodad
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An article on the Broadcasting & Cable site about today's test:

EAS Test Reveals Deficits - Emergency alert worked in most areas of the country, not in others
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···cits.php


djdanska
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reply to telcodad
"Many of the reported failures affected cable and satellite television subscribers, and some were quite head-scratching: Some DirecTV subscribers said their TV sets played the Lady Gaga song Paparazzi when the test was underway"

I can hear it now on tomorrow's 700 club: "that here queers with directv are trying to indoctrinate our youth!" haha!
--
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult. The day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
Alden Nowlan


Mike Wolf

join:2009-05-24
Beachwood, NJ
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what's sad is that that will actually happen! lmao