Oct. 3, 2018 EAS Presidential Alert test

Andy Ringsmuth andy at andyring.com
Tue Oct 9 14:20:39 UTC 2018

> On Oct 8, 2018, at 11:19 PM, Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com> wrote:
>> Perhaps I'm the only one who would spend more than $50 on a weather
>> alert device?
> Fewer than 5% of households buy weather radios.
> WEA can reach over 60% of households with cell phones. Its not 100%.
> Yes, 5% of households are willing to spend $50 on a weather radio.  How to reach more than 5%?

I’ll chime in again as I’m the original poster for this whole thread (and no I’m not with the FCC or FEMA or anything else, just an average network guy like the rest of us).

My weather alert radio did not activate during this test last week. I don’t know if it was supposed to or not, but it certainly does go crazy any time there’s a weather warning issued and for the weekly tests.

Yeah, this thread is getting somewhat removed from the original question, so what the heck.  I’ve often thought that vehicle radios should have a location-based weather radio built in, just like the location-based regular weather radios you can buy. If I’m traveling in an unfamiliar city and the weather is looking dicey, I won’t have any idea what AM station to turn on. Or if I’m on some 2-lane highway in Nowhere, Oklahoma, etc. etc. etc. Heck, I submitted that idea to a couple aftermarket car stereo manufacturers years ago but was met with crickets.

Andy Ringsmuth
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