Buy CAP Converters With Confidence
In a recent interview in Radio World, Richard Rudman made
several claims about “legacy” EAS units and intermediary CAP devices (“In
Alerting, Coordination Is Everything,” Jan. 4).
stated, “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
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 future.
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.
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
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.
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 FEMA RKB.
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.
claims 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.
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 online.
Gorman-Redlich Mfg. Co.