Some Stations Rejected This Week’s IPAWS RWT

FEMA says they were digitally signed with an expired digital certificate
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On Monday morning, the IPAWS Required Weekly Test was sent out, but failed on reception at some stations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following report to EAS participants:

The RWTs for Monday 9/12/16 were digitally signed with an expired digital certificate. If your EAS receiver is set to “check signature” then it would have rejected the RWT. This will be reflected in the September RWT report.

Note: We are in the process of replacing the expired certificate and hope to have it ready in time for the next RWT cycle. Normally, you would not see alerts on the EAS feed signed with expired digital certificates, but IPAWS RWTs are generated internally and posted directly to the EAS feed.


The note concluded by saying if you have any questions or concerns, email ipaws@fema.dhs.gov.

Among those taking note of this was Larry Wilkins of the Alabama SECC, who emailed Alabama Broadcasters Association members in his state about the issue and reminded station chiefs to record the missed RWT in their station logs.

A national EAS test is scheduled for later this month. Also: All of this coincides with National Preparedness Month.

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