19990211: NOXX47 KWBC & "97" products

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     FOS/NOAAPORT NOTICE NO. 1421          FEBRUARY 11... 1999
     
     ATTENTION    FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS
                               NOAAPORT USERS
     
     EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 11 1999 AT 1530 UTC THE NATIONAL
     WEATHER SERVICE WILL BEGIN ISSUING A NOTICE
     CONTAINING AN ALERT MESSAGE REGARDING UNOFFICIAL
     NWS PRODUCTS CONTAINING 97 IN THE WMO HEADING.  THE
     ALERT MESSAGE WILL BE DISSEMINATED UNDER THE WMO
     HEADING NOXX47 KWBC.  THE NOXX47 KWBC MESSAGE WILL
     BE TRANSMITTED EIGHT TIMES PER DAY AT APPROXIMATELY
     THE FOLLOWING UTC TIMES 0030  0330  0630  0930
     1230  1530  1830 AND 2130 FOR THE FIRST WEEK.
     FOR WEEK TWO THE MESSAGE WILL BE TRANSMITTED
     FOUR TIMES PER DAY AT APPROXIMATELY THE FOLLOWING
     UTC TIMES 0330  0930  1530 AND 2130.  FOR WEEK
     THREE THE MESSAGE WILL ONLY BE TRANSMITTED ONCE
     PER DAY AT APPROXIMATELY 1530 UTC.
     
     THE NOXX47 KWBC MESSAGE WILL ONLY BE DISTRIBUTED ON
     AWIPS/NOAAPORT AND FOS IDS  DDS  AND PPS.
     
     THE TEXT OF THE ALERT MESSAGE FOLLOWS.
     
        ALERT     ALERT     ALERT     ALERT     ALERT
     
     NOTICE ABOUT UNOFFICIAL NWS PRODUCTS CONTAINING 97 IN
     WMO HEADING
     
     AS DEPLOYMENT AND TESTING OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER
     SERVICE ADVANCED WEATHER INTERACTIVE PROCESSING SYSTEM
     /AWIPS/ CONTINUES THERE ARE A GROWING NUMBER OF
     PRODUCTS WITH THE WMO HEADING FORMAT TTAA97 CCCC BEING
     TRANSMITTED ON THE AWIPS/NOAAPORT DATASTREAM.  THESE
     PRODUCTS WITH 97 IN THE WMO HEADING ARE UNOFFICIAL NATIONAL WEATHER
     SERVICE TEST PRODUCTS FROM
     UNCOMMISSIONED SYSTEMS AND ARE NOT /REPEAT NOT/ TO BE
     USED FOR ANY OPERATIONAL PURPOSE.  THESE PRODUCTS OFTEN
     DUPLICATE OR ARE SIMILAR TO OTHER OFFICIAL PRODUCTS WHICH
     DO NOT CONTAIN 97 IN THE WMO HEADING.  ONLY OFFICIAL
     PRODUCTS WHICH DO NOT CONTAIN 97 IN THE WMO HEADING
     SHOULD BE USED OPERATIONALLY.  PLEASE DO NOT REDISTRIBUTE
     THESE PRODUCTS OR POST THEM TO THE INTERNET.  NATIONAL
     WEATHER SERVICE IS TAKING STEPS TO MINIMIZE THE
     AVAILABILITY OF THESE PRODUCTS WHERE FEASIBLE.  IF YOU
     HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THESE PRODUCTS PLEASE
     CONTACT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TECH CONTROL AT
     301-713-0902.
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