Skip to comments.Did You Know Feds Will Temporarily Cut Off All TV and Radio Broadcasts on Nov. 9? (2:00PM EST)
Posted on 10/22/2011 11:57:55 AM PDT by eak3
If you have ever wondered about the governments ability to control the civilian airwaves, you will have your answer on November 9th.
On that day, federal authorities are going to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).
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Hey, thats my 40th birthday!
Right during rush. hope it’s short. I won’t miss abc’s top of the hour news.
scary they have that power. bet they could turn off all electronic networks with the flick of a switch. TV/Radio/Cell
I still have my CB radio at least. But i bet they have a way to jam the signal of that as well.
Were you born at 2:00pm?
Is this their “little balloon test”?
Makes you wonder which one they are really testing.
Thinking maybe we do need short wave radios..
I can’t see a legitimate need to cut off radio and TV in an emergency.
Quite the opposite in fact.
That power BELONGS to US!!
These people need to GO!!
First test for Obama ‘12 commercials?
On November 9, the public will hear a message indicating that This is a test. The audio message will be the same for both radio and television. However, the image on the screen and the text/crawl at the top of television screen may not be the same for all viewers. When the EAS test is over, regular programming will resume.
As we continue working with all our partners to prepare for the test in the months ahead, FEMA and the FCC plan to conduct outreach to organizations representing people with hearing disabilities to prepare that community for the national EAS test. Outreach will include specific information tailored to the needs of those with hearing disabilities that will be readily available at online sites.
How long will the test last?
We anticipate that the test will last approximately 3 minutes. While most messages, such as tsunami or hurricane warnings, are limited to 2 minutes by the EAS system, the Presidential message capability does not have a time limit. So to evaluate if the system properly interprets the Presidential message code in this test, the message duration must be longer than two minutes in length.
Where I live 2:00 pm is prime time for soap operas and Jerry Springer. Fans will be totally pizzed.
But will they simulcast en espanol?
Short of a thermonuclear EMP pulse or shooting down the communications satellites, they can't. Radio and television stations go along with the Emergency Alert System. It's not the government actually shutting them off, which, short of the above mentioned scenarios, they physically can't do.
The Internet is a different story. Strange as it sounds, the Internet is the creation of the Department of Defense, and they can turn it off like a switch. Radio and television? Not.
Here in Michigan, Rush comes back on after commercials at 2:06 so hopefully just fewer commercials. Most AM radio ads are kinda lame anyway.
Do you remember CONELRAD? I still remember making/modifying a broadcast receiver that would sound an alarm should an alert be called. You were to switch to either 640 or 1240 KC (now kHz) for instructions. Hams were to cease broadcasting immediately. I will make a point of getting on the air at that time.
Don’t worry, the world’s suposed to end sometime today, anyway.
This, I gotta see.
On the Federal Level alone?? Don't think they can do it. Imagine the surge....
That was yesterday and you and I are still here....
50-60 years ago it was a legitimate policy. The Soviet bombers could have used strong signals to home in on our cities, much as the Japanese had done with the commercial radio signals from Honolulu in 1941.
For how long is “Temporarily”?
Here is the message:
Hello, this is his Excellency, Supreme ruler of the US and anointed lion king speaking. Now you know the power I have over you mere serfs. Just try to unseat me in the coming election and see what I can do. Now we will proceed to that portion of this message which will list the names of those who are to immediately report to reeducation camps. If you see the name of someone you know on this list, go get them and bring them in as it is your civic duty to do so. Also to you loyal core of block watchers, you are to report anyone to my security forces who exhibit any of the following items: Gadsen flag, NRA sticker, any demeaning image of me your lord high exhalter ruler, memberships in known subversive organizations like the libertarian party, GOP, Free Republic, Tea Party, and anyone else you suspect to be disloyal. Remember, the empire is at stake here. Thank you and good day.
Now we return to regular programming which will be a continuous rerun of His Excellencies speeches.
Class of 1990 RULES!
That was yesterday.
Yes, they’re testing the EAS that day. It’ll be the first nation-wide test of an emergency system since the 1950’s. HOWEVER...they aren’t “shutting off” the networks by any stretch of the imagination.
For three, that’s right...just three...minutes, they will activate the EAS from the White House using the exact same activation codes they’d use if the President wanted to speak to the American people during a national emergency. They want to see how well (or not) the system works. EVERY station will be required to broadcast the message, and those that don’t will be asked by the FCC to explain why they didn’t.
On this test, we will NOT hear or see Barry the Boob. This will be audio only...no slide or visual will be used. For some inexplicable reason, there is no standard visual to use in a national emergency (Why not?). This means some TV and cable systems will show a blank screen during the test. (I can just see some little old grandma out there in the Midwest who doesn’t realize what’s happening and dropping dead of a heart attack, thinking Doomsday is upon us.)
Like I’ve said before, there hasn’t ever been a nation-wide test of the system. Now, you could say we sort-of had one in 1971 when the idiot operator at NORAD sent the wrong message during a weekly test. If you look at the results of what happened, then the system failed miserably. Over half the country would not have known if we were under attack. This is a way for the FCC to gauge how (and if) the system will work and to take steps to fix what doesn’t.
Now, something I didn’t know...the EAS is basically a last-ditch effort to get a Presidential message out to the people, just in case the President couldn’t use the networks to talk to us.
There are some who will view this as a way for Barry the Boob to prepare to put us under martial law, but I don’t look at it as something so sinister. It really is a good idea to do this...just to make sure it works. And if in some future time he does use it to do just that, then you can say “I told you so”.
It is my understanding that all broadcast stations have been retro-fitted with a control box interface, hard wired to the regional EAS system, so the EAS has priority to override. Any attempt to remove or defeat the override renders the equipment non-functional. It is no longer in the station engineers control at all. Any group attempting to seize control and get a message out will have non-functioning equipment.
This has been done for several years now and has been posted on FR. When the time comes to keep Americans from communicating with each other, it can be done. Any radio transmissions from Amateur Radio Operators or CBers will be dealt with as needed. You can’t jam an entire continent - I think...
Unless of course it was a political emergency like civil insurrection or someone trying to enforce the constitution. Or people wanting to -gasp- vote.
A situation they are obviously preparing for.
Dear Broadcast professional,
Your government is conducting a test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS) on November 9, 2011.
All television and radio communications must be turned off at 2:00PM EST. Per executive order any station continuing to broadcast between 2:00PM EST and 2:10PM EST will be subject to an immediate and permanent revocation of its privileges to use the public airways.
We are looking forward to your full voluntary cooperation during this critical test.
Your Betters at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS).
I have a friend who works in the broadcast business...he told me about this.
Hussein could very well be preparing for his cult to perform a coup next year. I’m half joking.
I remember that. Everyone wondered what was going on and not just in Indiana.
Wasn’t the world supposed to end yesterday?
pfffffffftt! So what, I don't watch tv anyway, and neither do most of my neighbors who have AT&T u-verse every time I key up my ham radio on 40 meters.
THAT is what happened with the idiot operator at NORAD back in ‘71.
Over half the country’s radio stations either didn’t get the message, didn’t broadcast the message, or didn’t believe the message. It was 25 minutes before the AP and UPI sent word that the EAN was a screw-up. If it were the real thing, the first signal that half the country would have known something was wrong was when they saw the bright flash...right before they vaporized.
The new system is designed that if missiles were coming over the Pole, the President could speak to the whole nation within 10 minutes over the EAS to let us know, then tell us to kiss our collective a$$es goodbye.
Could the EAS be used to deliver a statement announcing martial law? Yes, it could.
Yeah, but what if that during the few minutes of this test, that the White House broadcasts a subliminal message that instructs all people to immediately report to their nearest NPR affiliate or Apple Store where they will have the Apple iObama chip emplaned in their heads?
And once all the Apple iObama chips are activated by agents of Obama on Election Day, all will be programmed to vote for Obama.
Unless you have a bunch of neighbors still using old TV's with the digital conversion boxes, the likelihood of you interfering at all with them is going to be pretty remote.
On the other hand, 1,500 watts into a half-wave dipole on 7.2kHz has a tendency to disrupt everything from cable boxes, at&t uverse, telephone lines, computer speakers and a whole lot more....
Nope...saw something over at the FCC/FEMA that said Barry the Boob will NOT be in this message. Neither his image or voice will be used.
Could his narcissistic tendencies assert themselves between now and then and he DOES do the message? Could be, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
That’s my sister’s 50th birthday and we are taking her out to lunch that day, so I guess I’ll miss it. But my husband will be home listening to Rush Limbaugh. Funny this will happen during his air time.
Fear not, Citizens. The situtation is under control. Follow the directions of your appointed local authorities. Please resume your normal, approved activites.
However, someone else has responded saying that all broadcast stations now have black boxes fitted and the government can take control. I wonder what the truth really is.
I think that was yesterday.
So that means you’re really gonna be 60, cuz 60 is the new 40. :P
Happy B-day and congrats on your senior citizenship! :)
Pardon my ignorance, but where is Turkiye?
I’m inclined to believe it.
If the technological capability exists to do it, the political will/motivation will as well.
Just the word CONELRAD gives me the creeps. I was 5 years old and in kindergarten when the Duck and Cover stuff was going on. It terrified me. I remember one morning at 3 AM a car in my neighborhood caught fire and the horn got stuck and woke me up. I thought it was the sirens and got so scared I got under my bed in the Duck and Cover position. I can still hear those scary sirens.