What to Know About NOAA Weather Radio
Information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about NOAA Weather Radio.
What is NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)?
A nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office.
NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What hazards does it announce?
NWR broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards:
- natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches)
- environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills)
- public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages)
What area does it cover?
NWR includes 1000 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories.
NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz): 162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475, 162.500, 162.525, 162.550.
WHN Tip: Click here to find your local NWR station.
What are the types of NWR radios?
Standalone Receivers: Available as handheld and desktop models. May also include AM/FM bands. Prices range from $20 to over $100 depending on features.
Multi-Band/Function Receivers: Includes a number of features and frequencies including AM/FM radios, Shortwave receivers, CB radios, VHF Marine radios, Scanners, GMRS/FRS 2-way radios, Car radios, TV/Radio combinations.
NOTE: Since the conversion of television signals to digital in 2009, the analog TV band of multi-function receivers no longer work. Click here for more information.
What features should I look for in an NOAA Weather Radio?
Tone alarm — Activates receivers (even if audio is off) before broadcasting most warnings and many watches.
SAME technology (Specific Alert Message Encoding) — Allows user to specify the particular area for which to receive alerts.
Selectable alerting of events —Allows user to turn off alarms for certain events which are not of importance to that user. (May also be called "Event Blocking" or "Defeat Siren".)
Battery backup — Enables receiver to function even when power is lost.
External antenna jack — Improves signal reception.
External device jack (special needs) — Connects radio to plug-in external notification devices, such as strobe lights or bed shakers, which can be useful for those with special needs. Click here for more details for special needs use.
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