Thank you for your prompt answer.
Would this be one of the new rules of UEB?
I ask because in the EBAE Manual, Fifth Edition, 2009, Section 8.2b, the contraction ea is not used "... in uneasy, anteater, or northeast because it would not be used in easy, eater, or east." Yet, in the UEB Rules, Second Edition, 2013, the ea contraction is used in northeast.
I will share your answer with other EBAE transcribers trying to adjust to UEB. Agggg!