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NWR Receiver Consumer Information


NWR transmitters broadcast on one of seven VHF frequencies from 162.400 MHz to 162.550 MHz. The broadcasts cannot be heard on a simple AM/FM radio receiver. There are many receiver options, however, ranging from handheld portable units that just pick up Weather Radio broadcasts, to desktop and console models which receive Weather Radio as well as other broadcasts.

Where to Buy One

NWS staff produce Weather Radio broadcasts. NWS neither manufactures nor sells receivers. You can buy receivers at many retail outlets such as electronics, department, sporting goods, and boat and marine accessory stores and their catalogs as well as online.

Receiver Types and Models

NWS does not endorse a specific make or model of receiver. The lists below, which contain just some of the many NOAA Weather Radio/EAS receiver manufacturers and resellers, is provided as a convenience and not an endorsement.

Depending on the information you want to access, and how and where you plan to access our broadcasts, you have many options. There are standalone Weather Radio receivers as well as multi-band/function receivers with the weather band included. If you are want to be alerted to Warnings and Watches day or night, a standalone receiver might work best for you. If you just want to be able to tune to in the weather broadcast and do not care about receiving alerts, a general multi-band/function receiver might be better.

Standalone Receivers: Standalone receivers might also come with AM/FM bands, but their primary use will be to receive Weather Radio broadcasts. You can choose between handheld and desktop models, depending on whether you plan to take your radio with you when you go out. There are many choices from a number of manufacturers with prices ranging from around $20 to over $100, depending on the number of features included.

Multi-Band/Function Receivers:
These receivers bundle a number of features. Weather Radio is just one of many frequency bands included. You can find the Weather Radio band included in:

  • AM/FM radios
  • Shortwave receivers
  • CB radios
  • VHF Marine radios
  • Scanners
  • GMRS/FRS 2-way radios
  • Car radios
  • TV/Radio combinations*

Public Alert ™ Devicespublic alert logo and NWR All Hazards LogoNOAA All Hazards logo

We cannot recommend one brand of receiver over another, but we do recommend users look for receivers with the Public Alert and/or the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) All Hazards logo. The Public Alert Standard (CEA-2009-A) was developed by the Consumer Electronics Association in conjunction with NWS. Devices carrying the Public Alert logo meet certain technical standards and come with many, if not all, of the features mentioned below. NWS has evaluated devices carrying the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo for user friendliness and performance capabilities.

Residential Grade Radios and Features

Prices vary from $20 up, depending on the model. Many receivers have an alarm feature, but some may not. Among the more useful features in a receiver are:

  • Tone alarm: NWS will send a 1050 Hz tone alarm before broadcasting most warnings and many watch messages. The alarm will activate all the receivers equipped to receive it, even if the audio is turned off. This is especially useful for warnings during the night. (Public Alert - required)
  • SAME technology: SAME, or Specific Alert Message Encoding allows you to specify the particular area for which you wish to receive alerts. Most warnings and watches broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio are county-based or independent city-based (parish-based in Louisiana), although in a few areas of the country the alerts are issued for portions of counties. Since most NWR transmitters are broadcasting for a number of counties, SAME receivers will respond only to alerts issued for the area (or areas) you have selected. This minimizes the number of “false alarms” for events which might be a few counties away from where you live. (Public Alert - required)
  • Selectable alerting of events: While SAME allows you to specify a particular area of interest, some receivers allow you to turn off alarms for certain events which might not be important to you. For example, if you live in a coastal county, but not right at the beach, you might not care about Coastal Flood Warnings. This feature may also be called "Event Blocking" or "Defeat Siren". (Public Alert - optional)
  • Battery backup: Since power outages often occur during storms, having a receiver with battery backup can be crucial. However, unless you have a portable unit which you will use away from other power sources, an AC power connection is recommended to preserve battery life. (Public Alert - required for radios, optional for other devices)
  • External antenna jack: While most receivers come with a whip antenna you usually can extend to improve reception, depending on your location you also may need an external antenna. Some receivers come with an external antenna jack so you can connect to a larger antenna indoors or outdoors. You can often buy these antennas where you bought your receiver or from most stores with an electronics department. NWR broadcasts are in the Public Service VHF frequencies, just above FM radio and between the current TV channels 6 and 7. An antenna designed for analog VHF televisions or FM radios should work. You also can make your own antenna.
  • External device jack-special needs: Some radios have a jack to plug-in external notification devices, such as strobe lights or bed shakers, which can be useful for those with special needs. (Public Alert - required for institutional receivers, optional for consumer receivers).

Programming Your NOAA Weather Radio

NWS does NOT manufacture any brand of weather radio receiver. To get assistance programming your receiver, or to discuss problems, you may be experiencing with its operation, please contact the receiver's manufacturer.  Below is a list of many NWR manufacturers. If your radio's manufacturer is not listed, please refer to your User/Owner’s Manual for contact information.

Traveling to Canada?

Your Weather Radio receiver also will work in Canada. Environment Canada, which includes the Canadian weather agency, operates weather radio transmitters that generally operate on the same frequencies as the U.S. NOAA Weather Radio network.

Receiver Recalls

For information on Weather Radio receiver recalls, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission web site and choose "Radios Weather" in the product type list

Weather Radio Receivers for Consumers
Manufacturers
The following manufacturers have had their radios evaluated and approved by the National Weather Service.  NOAA WEATHER RADIO approved manufactures may also produce other models which are not approved by the National Weather Service. Visit their web sites to view specifications and owner's manuals to compare features.

Note that these manufacturers may also produce other models have not been approved by the National Weather Service. Visit their web sites to view specifications and owner's manuals to compare features.

The links below take you outside this government site.
Manufacturer
Company Information

NOAA All Hazards logo
Models

Alert Works
6800 W. Central Ave.
L-2
Toledo, OH

Phone: 419-843-9114
Fax: 419-843-9115
Email: Karl@straussmarketinginc.com
EAR-10

Aervoe Industries, Inc
P.O. Box 485
Gardnerville, NV 89410

Phone: 800-227-0196 Soladyne 7415

Alerting Solutions
837 Arnold Drive,
Suite 600
Martinez, CA 94553

Phone: 925-228-2152

Sarmex
Beacon

Ambient Weather
6845 Frye Rd
Chandler, AZ 85226

Phone: 480-346-3380
Email: support@ambientweather.com
WR-111

Bell and Howell
1111Rose Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Phone: 847-550-9998
Fax: 847-550-7106
BH-1808
Straford labs model 1200991 Chinon Model 1808

Chaney Instrument Co.
(AcuRite)
965 Wells Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Toll free: 877-221-1252
Email: info@chaney-inst.com
Acu-Rite Model 08500
Acu-Rite Model 08560
Acu-Rite Model 08580

Cobra
6500 West Cortland St
Chicago, IL 60707

Phone: 773-889-3087 CX396A
CXT312, CXT331
CXT332, CXT345
CXT390, CXT395
CXT531, CXT545
CXT595, CXT1035
MR HH350, MR HH450
MR HH500

Energizer
533 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141

Phone: 800-383-7323
WRADL8AA

Kaito Electronics, Inc
5185 Cliffwood Drive
Montclair CA 91763

Customer Support: 866-KAITO76
 (866-524-8676)
Fax:(909)-628-7999
Email: kaito@earthlink.net
KA500
KA600

La Crosse Technology
2817 Losey Blvd. South
La Crosse, WI 54061

Tech Support: 608-782-1610

810-106
810-805

Midland Radio
5900 Parretta Dr
Kansas City, MO 64120

Phone: 816-241-8500
Email: mail@midlandradio.com

75-822, 9001Z, 1001LWX
ER120, ER300
GXT860,  GXT1000,  GXT2000
HH50,  HH54
LXT560,  LXT600
NT3
WR10,  WR11,  WR120,  WR300
XT511

Motorola (Giant International)
3495 Piedmont Rd.,
Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 800-638-5119
email: giantintl@callcenter.com

EM1011R,  MD270R,  MH230
MJ270R,  MJ271R,  MR350 
MR365,  MS350,  MS355R
MT350,  MT352,  MU350R
MWR839,  T8500R,  T8530R

MZ Berger
29-76 Northern Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

Customer Support: 800-221-0131
Nelsonic NLC788

Oregon Scientific
19861 SW 95th Place
Tualatin, OR 97062

Phone: 800-853-8883
Fax: 503-684-8883
Email: customerservice@oscientific.com

WR602
WRB603
WRB603JD
WR608

RadioShack
300 RadioShack Circle,
MS WF4.136
Ft. Worth, TX 76102

Customer Relations
Phone: 817-415-3200
Fax: 817-415-3240

12-500,  12-519
12-521,  12-522
12-550,  1200991
1200993,  1200996

Reecom Electronics Inc.
3603 Woodlark Drive
Roswell, GA 30075

Phone: 770-641-9228
Fax: 770-641-1040
Email: sales@reecominc.com

R-1630
R-1650

Sangean America
9900 Jordan Circle
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 562-941-9900
M-F 9AM-5PM
Toll Free:
888.SANGEAN (726-4326)
Email: sales@sangean.com
CL 100

Spectra Merchandising International
4230 N. Normandy Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

Service Dept. 800-777-5331
Phone: 773-202-8404
Fax: 919-639-0547

Discovery D105X
Discovery D107X
Jensen MR-750
First Alert FA1160

viaRadio Corporation
620 Atlantis Road
Melbourne, FL, 32904 USA

Phone: 321-242-0001
Fax: 866-556-6663
Toll Free: 877-445-0001

Hearo Model 092
Hearo Model 093


Resellers
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other contact information
Ambient Weather
6503 W. Frye Road, Suite 11
Chandler, AZ 85226
Phone: 480-283-1644
Fax: 480-283-1645
Email: support@AmbientWeather.com
ExploraTrack (alternate site)
PO Box 1190
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Phone: 800-414-8655
info@exploratrack.com
FTL Distributing
PO Box 1442
Granger, IN 46530

Phone: 574-208-3854
web www.ftldist.com
email sales@ftldist.com

RadioShack
300 RadioShack Circle, MS WF4.136
Ft. Worth, TX 76102

Customer Relations
Phone: 817-415-3200
Fax: 817-415-3240

Ready Smart
North American Headquarters
148 Farley Street
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650-248-0655
Email: info@ReadySmart.com

Scientific Sales Inc.
PO Box 6725
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Phone: 800-788-5666
Phone: 609-844-0055
Fax: 609-844-0466
Email: sales@scientificsales.com

Weather Radios Direct
1950 E. Greyhound Pass,
Suite 18-187
Carmel, IN  46033  

Phone: (800) 567-7690
email: support@weatherradiosdirect.com
Weather Shack
P.O. Box 3156
Roanoke, VA 24015
Phone: 888-992-2270
Email: support@weathershack.com
Weather Your Way
2966 Gateway Avenue
Hartford, WI 53027

Toll Free Phone: 877-999-6879
Phone: 262-670-9697
Fax: 719-218-2250
Email: postmaster@weatheryourway.com


Industrial/Commercial Weather Radio Receivers
Designed for reception of Emergency Alert System EAS broadcasts as well as NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts. Prices may vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
click name for Internet link
other contact information
Communistarr, Inc.
215 S. Pavilion Avenue
Riverside, NJ 08075-3613
Phone: 800-952-7129
Fax: 856-764-6519
Computer Automation Technology Inc.
4631 N.W. 31st Avenue, Suite 142
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954-978-6171
Fax: 561-488-2894
Email: webmaster@catauto.com
Dayton Industrial Corporation
2237 Industrial Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: 941-351-4454
Fax: 941-351-6081
Email: SCARadio@aol.com
Gorman Redlich Manufacturing Co.
257 West Union Street
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740-593-3150
Fax: 740-592-3898
Email: jimg@gorman-redlich.com
Hamtronics, Inc.
65 Moul Road
Hilton, NY 14468-9535
Phone: 716-392-9430
Fax: 716-392-9420
Email: jv@hamtronics.com
MTS Communications Products
950 NC Highway 42 West
Clayton, NC 27520
Phone: 919-553-2995
Fax: 919-553-0437
TFT, Inc.
2243 Ringwood Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131-1737
Phone: 408-943-9323
Fax: 408-432-9218
Email: DParker@TFTInc.com
Email: info@TFTInc.com
Thunder Eagle, Inc.
P.O. Box 625
Vienna, VA 22183
Phone: 888-553-2928
Fax: 703-281-7459
Email: dgropper@thuneagle.com
Veetronix, Inc
PO Box 480
Lexington, NE 68850
Email: sales@veetronix.com
Warning Systems, Inc.
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 110
Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: (877) 218-9506
Fax: (256) 880-8785
Email: sales@warningsystems.com