Using NWR SAME
- When an NWS office broadcasts a warning, watch or non-weather emergency, it also broadcasts a digital SAME code that may be heard as a very brief static burst, depending on the characteristics of the receiver. This SAME code contains the type of message, county(s) affected, and message expiration time.
- A programmed NWR SAME receiver will turn on for that message, with the listener hearing the 1050 Hz warning alarm tone as an attention signal, followed by the broadcast message.
- At the end of the broadcast message, listeners will hear a brief
digital end-of-message static burst followed by a resumption of
the NWR broadcast cycle.
Programming Your ReceiverTo program NWR SAME receivers with the proper county(s) and marine area(s) of choice, you need to know the 6-digit SAME code number. Then follow the directions in your radio's user's manual. You can get your SAME number two ways:
- Online at the United States and Territories Table.
- By telephone at 1-888-NWR-SAME (1-888-697-7263) for a voice
- State identification Column: Identifies the
state for the county listed in column two.
- Counties Column: Counties ins
a specific state listed alphabetically. If a county is covered
by more than one NWR transmitter, the county will be listed on
multiple rows. If a county is not covered, it will be listed
with a remark of
"--No NWR Coverage--" in the Transmitter Column (4).
- NWR SAME Code Column: This 6-digit sequence
uniquely describes each county. For coding of a whole
county, the first digit is zero. For coding of a part
of a county, the first digit is a non-zero
number. The 2nd through 6th digits use the INCITS 31 – 2009 FIPS codes. The 2nd and 3rd digits
are the 2-digit state/equivalent territory identifier; the last
three digits are the county or equivalent area identifier.
- Transmitter Location Column: City and state
of the NWR transmitter covering the county. Some counties are
covered by a transmitter in an adjacent state.
- Transmitter Frequency Column: Frequency the
transmitter broadcasts on. There are seven frequencies (in MHz)
used throughout the NWR network: 162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475,
162.500, 162.525, 162.550.
- Transmitter Call Sign Column: Station call
sign of the transmitter.
- Transmitter Power Column: Peak power of the
transmitter in watts.
- Remarks Column: Used when a transmitter covers
only part of a county.