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NOAA ALL Hazards Weather Radio

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The Voice Of The National Weather Service

NOAA ALL Hazards Weather Radio (NWR) provides listeners with continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information from your local National Weather Service office. Broadcasts are specifically tailored to weather information needs within the listening area of the transmitter. The transmitter listening area is usually within 40 miles of a transmitter but can vary depending on surrounding terrain and atmospheric conditions.

Regular broadcast programming includes local forecasts, climate data, hourly weather conditions, extended forecasts and more. These products are continuously updated throughout the day or as need is dictated by change in the weather. Broadcast cycles are generally 4 to 7 minutes long but are shortened during severe weather to provide the listener with active weather watches or warnings that pose a threat to life or property.

NOAA Weather Radio utilizes seven frequencies in the VHF band between 162.400 and 162.550 megahetz (MHz) to broadcast across the country on over 800 transmitters nationwide. These frequencies are outside the normal AM or FM broadcast range thus requiring a special receiver or weather radio. These radio's can be bought at electronic stores starting at around $20.

Most receivers can be remotely activated by a tone alert transmitted by the National Weather Service preceding a warning. However, some receivers are equipped with a special feature, Weather Radio Specific Area Message Encoding (NWR SAME), that allows for pin point warnings within a county.

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All About Weather Radio Receivers
Tone Alert Tests
for all area transmitters are conducted every Wednesday between 11 am and noon, (but usually right around 11).   In case of severe weather, the test will be postponed until the next available non-severe weather day (at the same time).

Buying a NOAA Weather Radio

Special Needs NOAA Weather Radio

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Broadcast Cycle

NOAA Weather Radio Recalls

Oregon Scientific has recently recalled their desktop SAME weather radio model WR-122.  For details about this recall, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

At any time, you may visit the CPSC for the latest NOAA Weather Radio recalls.  Go to their site at and select "Radios (Weather)" from the list of products.

FIPS Codes for SAME Decoders
(receivers that alert only for counties selected by the users)

Understanding FIPS codes and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME)

For toll-free EAS/SAME Information - call
   1-888-NWR SAME

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