Oct. 3, 2018 EAS Presidential Alert test

Benson Schliesser bensons at queuefull.net
Wed Oct 3 19:28:21 UTC 2018

Hi, Andy.

I don't have a helpful answer for you, because I'm at the NANOG meeting in
Canada right now and as far as I could tell none of the attendees' phones
alerted. But I am curious if perhaps your office has a micro-cell for AT&T,
or something like that, which might have caused different behavior versus
the public tower?


On Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 12:22 Andy Ringsmuth <andy at andyring.com> wrote:

> Did anyone on AT&T or an iPhone receive the test today? I believe it was
> supposed to happen at 2:18 EDT, followed by one on broadcast radio at 2:20
> EDT.
> I’m in CDT, so 1:18 and 1:20 p.m. CDT.
> Message was heard on my desk radio at 1:21:35 p.m. CDT but as of the
> sending of this at 1:52 p.m. CDT, nothing on phones. I have an office full
> of AT&T iPhones and not a single one of them alerted.
> FEMA says https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test
> "Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes
> beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones
> that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose
> wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the
> test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell
> phones should only receive the message once."
> My wife, with a Sprint iPhone, received the test.
> ----
> Andy Ringsmuth
> 5609 Harding Drive
> Lincoln, NE 68521-5831
> (402) 304-0083
> andy at andyring.com
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