posted on Sep, 18 2009 @ 01:32 AM
The only thing that actually comes down on an "EAS test" is the tone and the audible message like "this is only a test". The Bars and scroll are
provided by the local TV station running the test.
An operator at said station can put anything he wishes on the scroll at the bottom of the screen.
The only time you should worry is if there is an audible alert that comes over the speakers following the first 3 long tones at the beginning of the
test/message. The audible alert actually comes from the EAS transmitter just like the tones do.
I have admittedly thrown some strange text on scrolls during an EAS test at early morning hours... it was only noticed once.
Many operators get a little creative when they know a "weekly" test is scheduled, they are not as important and can be transmitted when is most
convenient on the scheduled day. The "monthly" tests are a different matter... these must be transmitted within 15 minutes of receiving the signal
from the EAS receiver, else a hefty fine can be issued.
The scroll is really only there for the hearing impaired, since they would not hear the "official" audible message that is transmitted.
[edit on 18-9-2009 by TwiTcHomatic]