National EAS Test is October 4th

Posted on September 28th, 2023 by

The National EAS Test is slated for October 4, 2023 at 2:20 pm EDT.  ETRS Form 2 reporting a station’s test receipt and retransmit information must be filed on or before October 5, 2023.  Finally, ETRS Form 3 must be filed no later than November 20, 2023 to report any test anomalies or difficulties (but it can also be filed right after stations file the ETRS Form 2 instead of waiting until October).  Forms 1, 2 and 3 can be accessed and completed in the ETRS System at this link using a CORES Username.  In the event that the scheduled Oct 4th test must be rescheduled due to conditions or events (i.e., a government shutdown), the fall back date is October 11, 2023 at the same time.

All EAS Participants – including Low Power FM stations (LPFM), Class D non-commercial educational FM stations, and EAS Participants that are silent pursuant to a grant of Special Temporary Authority – are required to register and file the required forms in ETRS, with the following exceptions (1) analog/digital TV translator stations; (2) FM broadcast booster and FM translator stations entirely rebroadcasting other FM stations; and (3) analog/digital full power stations operating as satellites or repeaters of a hub station (or common studio or control point) and rebroadcast 100 percent of the programming of the hub station or common studio/control point).

Now is the time for stations to check EAS equipment to be sure it is fully functioning and operating with the latest software updates.