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A reminder that the Department of Homeland Security plans to do a voluntary New England-wide EAS test on September 16 at 2:20 p.m.

The test will be a chance to try out a new EAS/IPAWS code number, “000000.”  The new national test code number is being used after the 2014 nationwide test, using a Washington, DC code, caused a series of glitches around the country.

To the average listener, the New England test will sound like a Required Monthly Test, with the only change is that the message will say, “This is a national periodic test of the Emergency Alert System.”

Participation is voluntary.  If your station elects to participate, your EAS decoder may have to be adjusted to pick up the new code.  DHS has scheduled another webinar for engineers to help make sure the stations are ready to take part:   


Topic: NE ISSRT Technical Webinar II

Date and Time:  Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 10:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time

Event address for attendees:

Audio conference information

US TOLL: 1-650-479-3207

Access code: 662 930 173

The VAB will also survey stations after the September 16 test to see if there were any glitches this time around.

Free sales and management seminar set for September 8.

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Hall of Fame nominations will close soon!

Know someone who deserves to be in the VAB Hall of Fame, or deserves other recognition from the broadcasting industry?  The VAB is accepting on-line nominations for:

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, September 25th.

Click here to make a nomination.

The awards will be presented at the VAB’s Hall of Fame Banquet, scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at the Hilton Burlington.

Renew your VAB membership today

The VAB membership year runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.  It’s easy to renew your regular or associate membership.  Click here to go to the membership page.  You can pay your dues with any major credit card.

Thanks to our member station support of the NCSA program, we’re able to offer the lowest dues of any state broadcasting association in the nation.

Anyone can join the VAB as an Associate Member!  It’s only $50 per year and includes a listing with contact information on our Associate Member web page.    You’ll also be the first to know about VAB special events and competitions.

It’s ABIP Time

The VAB, in cooperation with the FCC, has established the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) to help stations ensure they are in compliance with FCC regulations.

Under this program, a station that is inspected by a VAB technical inspector, and certified to be in compliance with the FCC’s technical rules, is exempt from routine inspections by the FCC Field Office for three years.

Certificate of Compliance Benefits:

    - Scheduling at your convenience

    - Exemption from routine FCC Field Office inspections for three years

     - Ensuring compliance with FCC regulations

     - Raising awareness among station personnel of     technical rules

How an ABIP Inspection Works:

The VAB's ABIP inspector, Robert Shotwell, is approved by the FCC to conduct inspections. These inspections are typically based upon the applicable FCC Broadcast Station Self-Inspection Checklist.

When the station is in compliance, the VAB will send a Certificate of Compliance to the station and to the FCC Field Office in Quincy, Massachusetts.

As a member benefit, the VAB subsidizes the ABIP program, saving every stations hundreds of dollars.  

The ABIP inspection costs $500, but the VAB will pay $400 towards the inspection.

Send your completed station agreement and payment to:

VAB, 500A Dalton Drive, Colchester, VT 05446.

The ABIP program is conducted every three years, and 2015 is an ABIP year. The next ABIP year for Vermont stations will be 2018.   

Download the ABIP station agreement here.