EAS ENCODER UPDATE INFORMATION

REGARDING CHANGE IN DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME START/END DATES
Page Last Updated: 2/26/07

Researched by Gary Timm, Broadcast Chair
Wisconsin State Emergency Communications Committee



WARNING: All manufacturers I was able to speak with advised me that users should NOT simply change the Time-of-Day readout on the front of their EAS unit on DST day. This will cause the internal UTC clock to be incorrect, causing you to possibly miss receiving alerts due to the UTC-based times sent in EAS Alerts. If your unit requires an upgrade (see info on your unit below), you are best advised to do nothing until a proper upgrade for your unit is received. The time readout on the front of the unit, as well as TV crawls, will show the incorrect time however. Most manufactures will be posting instructions on their website regarding changing the time manually if you choose to do that, but these procedures must be followed very precisely to avoid having an incorrectly set internal UTC clock.

TFT

The TFT EAS 911 unit does automatically adjust for Daylight Savings Time, so an upgrade will be needed. TFT is currently in beta testing on a new set of chips. The upgrade will be firmware Version V.87.0, which they expect to have available on March 1, 2007. The upgrade kit is a set of two EPROMs, which will cost $130, plus S&H. There is a 10% discount for orders of 10 or more upgrade kits. This upgrade also includes other operation improvements. See document below for details. Order forms will be posted on their Web site when the upgrade kit is available. A procedure to change the time manually will be posted on their website, if you desire to go that route. Contact TFT at: 408-727-7272, or info@tftinc.com

TFT News Release

SAGE

The Sage ENDEC unit does automatically adjust for Daylight Savings Time, so an upgrade will be needed. The firmware developer expects the upgrade to be available during the first week of March. The new firmware is Version 6.2. The cost to upgrade to this new version depends on your current firmware version. To find your current firmware version, reboot the Sage unit and the version number will print. To upgrade from Version 6.1, the cost is $50 plus S&H. To upgrade from Versions 5.x, the cost is $200 plus S&H. If you are running either Endec Pro or Endec DJ software, read the documents below before upgrading. The Harris documentation below states that in the new version you will be able to enter the DST start/end dates yourself, so this new chip will be good for any future changes as well. The documentation also gives instructions for properly resetting the time manually if you do not receive the upgraded chip by DST day. A document will also be placed on the Harris Support page. Harris is accepting orders now, to be filled as the upgrade becomes available. Contact Harris at: 800-622-0022, or the Sage Help Line: 217-221-7560, or tsupport@harris.com

4-page Harris Document

2-page Harris Document

GORMAN-REDLICH

The Gorman-Redlich EAS unit does automatically adjust for Daylight Savings Time, so an upgrade would be needed for the time to display correctly. However, Jim Gorman told me he is holding off on producing an upgrade chip until he is more certain that this DST date change is permanent. He notes that Congress only authorized the date change for 2007, 2008, and 2009. If the date change becomes permanent after that point, he will pursue offering an upgrade chip.

BURK

The Burk EAS unit does not automatically adjust for Daylight Savings Time, so no upgrade is needed. DST is adjusted manually by “setting a flag” in the menu, which Burk users should already be familiar with.

MTS

The MTS System 3000D EAS unit does automatically adjust for Daylight Savings Time, so an upgrade will be needed. MTS expects the upgrade to be available in the first week of March. Watch their Web site, or call 919-553-2995, or email: skip@mts-comm.com

The other MTS product, the Encoder II computer software program, relies on the clock in the computer it resides on as the time reference.

HOLLYANNE CORPORATION

The Hollyanne Model HU-961 EAS unit appears to not automatically adjust for Daylight Savings Time, so no upgrade would then be needed. Per their Web site, they no longer manufacture the HU-961 EAS unit. A phone call to their number, 308-428-4705, yields a recorded message stating they are no longer making the EAS unit. Current users are advised to contact the dealer where they purchased the unit. On the Hollyanne support site, a document showing how to set date and time makes no mention of DST. This is the basis of my presumption above that no upgrade is needed. Users of the unit will no doubt be aware of whether the unit does automatic DST updating or not.

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