Jim Gorman Defends Intermediary CAP Devices
The author is president of manufacturer Gorman-Redlich Mfg. Co.
In a recent interview
in Radio World,
Richard Rudman made several claims about “legacy” EAS units and intermediary
CAP-DEC1 CAP-to-EAS unit
“Considering the age of first-generation EAS SAME equipment, problems with their
power supplies, printers, etc., purchasers of CAP converter devices may have
just postponed the inevitable: purchase of a 100-percent CAP-capable box.”
I would like readers
to know that Gorman-Redlich stands behind our equipment without putting an
end-of-life date on it. For example, we still maintain and repair customers’
weather radios and antenna monitors that we manufactured over 35 years ago and
I am confident that this EAS equipment will continue to perform well into the
Given the fact that
current-generation EAS equipment has numerous printing and logging options and
easily serviceable or replaceable external power supplies, this tired rhetoric
also has no teeth.
Some people in the
trades continue to make claims that intermediary CAP devices will not be able
to perform as required and each time these claims turn out to be false.
First, there were
claims that intermediary devices would not be able to handle GMC message (note
that these claims came before there was even such a thing as a GMC message).
Now that it is confirmed that there will be no such thing as a GMC message,
this message falls on deaf ears.
There were claims
that intermediary devices would not be able to pass FEMA IPAWS Conformity
assessment testing. The Gorman-Redlich CAP-DEC 1 has passed all applicable
portions of the testing (including CAP, IPAWS and ECIG) and is listed in the
Next, there were
claims that intermediary devices would not be able to handle maps associated
with CAP messages. There are several problems with this, including the fact
that there is no specification for delivering maps or other images in the ECIG
or other documentation and, even if there were, there is nothing that would
preclude intermediary devices from processing them, as we demonstrate at
various trade shows.
are circulating that intermediary devices will not be able to generate the
enhanced CAP text required by the ECIG (and, therefore, the fifth FCC Report
& Order). As our CAP-DEC has passed conformity assessment, it has also
passed testing to determine that it does, in fact, generate both the FCC
required text as well as the enhanced CAP text. This text is displayed on the
unit’s interface and can be output to character generators, signboards or other
devices via USB, RS-232 or other means as needed. Examples of this
functionality can be seen in action at the NRB and NAB shows this spring.
As a final note, I
would like to add that our CAP-DEC1 “intermediary device” has been connected to
the FEMA IPAWS alert feed since it has been online and has correctly received,
processed and logged all CAP messages therein. Units that are currently
shipping are capable of connecting to the FEMA feed and software updates are
available to current customers who have versions from before the FEMA feed came