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  •  is a weather radio different then having NOAA? (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, weatherdude

    my old walkman has NOAA so I keep it handy.   Do I need something other then NOAA??

    "Orwell was an optimist"

    by KnotIookin on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 06:39:19 AM PDT

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    •  Huh? (4+ / 0-)

      A "weather radio," as we are discussing here, specifically receives and sounds an alarm for National Weather Service alerts, in addition to just playing the content of the weather band broadcasts. I'm just using NOAA as Shorthand for National Weather service, since NOAA is the umbrella agency. Is this what you are asking?

      There are lots of radios with weather band, that will receive the National weather service broadcasts, but I think only a "weather radio" receives the alerts, which is the most important part of this discussion. Does your walkman receive these alerts? If so, good. (If not, you still need some sort of weather radio if you're in a high tornado risk area.)

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      "'club America salutes you' says the girl on the door/we accept all major lies, we love any kind of fraud"--The Cure, "Club America"

      by Wheever on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 08:06:24 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, very different. (1+ / 0-)
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      Having just a NOAA weather band (listening to the radio station) doesn't do much, because it's just a bunch of text, tones, and alerts for 50-60 counties. A modern NOAA Weather Radio will sound a tone like a fire alarm if your specific county goes under a watch or warning.

      •  ok got it... later for the old walkman and on to (1+ / 0-)
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        getting a real weather radio  :)

        "Orwell was an optimist"

        by KnotIookin on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:21:11 AM PDT

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        •  Be sure the radio advertised has "S.A.M.E. (0+ / 0-)

          Encoding" with it. Each county in the US and Canada has a unique 6 digit code that's programmed into warnings, and when a warning is issued with that county's code, that's how the weather radio picks it up and goes off.

          It's similar to how the emergency alert system works on TV and radio. Not the same processes, but with the SAME encoding.

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