Here are the dates and times of the EAS Required Monthly Tests (RMT). As a reminder, the EAS State Plan states that the RMT must be transmitted during the third full week of the month. The FCC’s Part 11 Rules state that during odd-numbered months, the RMT will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and local sunset; during even-numbered months, the RMT will be scheduled between local sunset and 8:30 a.m.
Tests will occur 5 minutes before the hour or half-hour. Remember, you have 60 minutes* in which to rebroadcast the test. If you are off the air at the time of the test, you must transmit the RMT upon resuming operation. If the RMT has been erased from your encoder through the receipt of another alert, you must transmit a Required Weekly Test (RWT) instead.
The date of the 2018 EAS National Test has not yet been set. When the date is announced, the schedule below will be revised. Under FCC rules (47 CFR 11.61), “(ii) A national test shall replace the required weekly and monthly tests for all EAS Participants, as set forth in paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section, in the week and month in which it occurs.”
December 14, 2017 (Thursday)
January 16, 2018 (Tuesday)
February 14, 2018 (Wednesday)
Source: NWS Caribou
March 15, 2018 (Thursday)
April 18, 2018 (Wednesday)
May 15, 2018 (Tuesday)
June 14, 2018 (Thursday)
Source: NWS Caribou
July 18, 2018 (Wednesday)
August 14, 2018 (Tuesday)
September 20, 2018 (Thursday)
October 17, 2018 (Wednesday)
Source: NWS CaribouNo RMT for October.
National EAS Test at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
According to the FCC’s rules (47 CFR 11.61): (ii) A national test shall replace the required weekly and monthly tests for all EAS Participants, as set forth in paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section, in the week and month in which it occurs.
November 13, 2018 (Tuesday)
December 13, 2018 (Thursday)
MEMA = Maine Emergency Management Agency
MDPS = Maine Dept. of Public Safety
NWS = National Weather Service
MPBN = Maine Public Broadcasting Network
*The FCC’s EAS Report & Order which took effect 5/16/02 extended the time for rebroadcasting an RMT from 15 minutes to 60 minutes.