Retevis Sad has released a number of license-free NOAA weather radios (FRS and PMR446) with dual display and dual viewing, a feature that automatically scans the 10/11 available weather (WX) band channels, and locks on to the strongest weather channels to alert you to severe weather updates.
Let's learn something about NOAA weather radios. This quick read will give you the instructions you need to fully understand the Weather Service watches, warnings, forecasts and emergencies. When you're out hiking, camping, skiing, and in businesses that spend a lot of time outdoors, having NOAA equipment is a "must".
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency that’s part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. They report on ocean and atmospheric conditions and warn of dangerous weather approaching. Their nationwide radio station network, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR), broadcasts continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, issuing reports on all types of hazards, including natural disasters (avalanches, earthquakes), environmental disasters (oil spills and chemical releases) and public safety issues (such as 911 telephone outages, AMBER alerts or a terrorist attack). They work with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Alert System to be the single trusted source for all weather and emergency bulletins. Their extensive network of transmitters covers the entire U.S.
How Can I Listen to NOAA Weather Radio?
To listen to these important broadcasts, you’ll need a special receiver or scanner that can pick up the stations. The NOAA weather radio band can be found in standalone receivers designed to receive these specific frequencies and in multi-band receivers such as AM/FM radios, CB radios, shortwave receivers, VHF marine radios, scanners, car radios and GMRS/FRS two-way radios.
NOAA stations broadcast in the VHF public service band and are found at these 7 frequencies (in MHz): 162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475, 162.500, 162.525 and 162.550. Whether or not a two-way radio has built-in NOAA weather stations which will be indicated in the product’s details. To tune in to a weather channel, it’s typically as easy as pushing a single button, but this may vary between models. Check your owner’s manual for details. Channels 1 through 7 are the weather radio channels. Depending on your model of radio, a particular weather channel frequency will be assigned to a certain channel.
To see the coverage in your particular region, see the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards coverage map. They also provide a station listing by state, county coverage listing and transmitter search. Typing in your city or state and then clicking on the location on the map will bring up the transmitters in the area. Once you know the transmitter’s frequency, you can find which channel on your radio is programmed to it and then activate that channel according to your radio’s instructions.
I will be traveling to another area in the United States. How can I check what the NOAA Weather Radio coverage is in that area?
The National Weather Service has maps of NOAA Weather Radio coverage by state, and listings of coverage by both state and county. There are also computer-projected signal reception maps for each transmitter. Go to:https://www.weather.gov/nwr/counties
I will be traveling to Canada. Will my NOAA Weather Radio receiver work there?
Yes, it should. Canada has a Weatheradio network which broadcasts on the same frequencies that our U.S. Weather Radio stations do. The Canadian system uses concatenated English and French voices (where words and phrases spoken by an actual person are spliced together). For a listing of Canadian Weatheradio stations and broadcast frequencies, go to:https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/weatheradio.html
Can I pick up NOAA Weather Radio on my Marine Radio?
Yes, if your marine radio has the WX (or Weather) channels. They correspond to the Weather Radio frequencies as follows:
WX1 - 162.550 MHz
WX2 - 162.400 MHz
WX3 - 162.475 MHz
WX4 - 162.425 MHz
WX5 - 162.450 MHz
WX6 - 162.500 MHz
WX7 - 162.525 MHz
Are there special receivers for the hearing or visually impaired?
The hearing and visually impaired can also receive warning alarms by connecting a specially-designed weather radio to other kinds of attention-getting devices like strobe lights, bed-shakers, personal computers and text printers. Many pager companies now offer alerting pagers that provide the latest weather information.
For more information on Special Needs Weather Radio receivers, go to:https://www.weather.gov/nwr/special_needs.