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Thursday, October 25, 2012

NOAA Weather Radio Channel List

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I have collected and compiled a list of data sourced from the National Weather Service, and have put together the following PDF file, a channel list of all the NOAA weather radio stations of the United States. It cross references the location (city, state), and channel number to set on your weather radio.
NOAA Weather Radio Channel List
A weather radio should be on ‘the list’ of preparedness items to have, and can be a life saving tool, no matter what the season. They are not expensive, and provide a form of insurance for your safety. Once you set the channel to your nearest station, you can set it and forget it. It will automatically alert you if severe weather is approaching.
One common issue in outlying areas is the ability to receive a strong enough signal from the transmitting station. An antenna like this one can make all the difference.
Indoor / Outdoor Weather Radio Antenna
NOAA Weather Radio is a service that provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information from local National Weather Service offices. Weather messages are repeated every 4 to 6 minutes and are routinely updated every 1 to 3 hours or more frequently in rapidly changing local weather or if a nearby hazardous environmental condition exists. Most stations operate 24 hours daily.
During severe weather, National Weather Service forecasters can interrupt the routine weather broadcasts and insert special warning messages concerning imminent threats to life and property. The forecaster can also add special signals to warnings that trigger ‘alerting’ features of specially equipped receivers. In the simplest case, this signal activates audible or visual alarms. In the most sophisticated alerting system, digital coding is employed to activate specific emergency conditions in a specific area, typically a county. The technology is referred to as ‘SAME’ (Specific Area Message Encoding) and is common in many weather radios today.
MIDLAND WR300 Weather Radio
NOAA Weather Radio currently broadcasts from 400 FM transmitters on seven frequencies in the VHF band ranging from 162.400 to 162.550 megahertz (MHz).
By nature and by design, NOAA Weather Radio coverage is limited to an area within 40 miles of the transmitter. The quality of what is heard is dictated by the distance from the transmitter, local terrain, and the quality and location of the receiver.

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