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Weather Radios

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by GForce89, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. GForce89

    GForce89 Sharpshooter Member

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    I need some help from the osa crowd with this. Me and my wife just bought our first home and we already know we are going to get some sort of shelter installed at our home. I was wanting to know what the best weather radio is to have in our home and 1 for the shelter as well. Thanks.
     
  2. dennishoddy

    dennishoddy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Member

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    I have a midland, and there are not many other manufacturers.
    Read the instructions, and you'll only get the alerts that pertain to you.
    I've heard of folks that "say" they followed the instructions and still got state-wide alerts. Most fire departments offer a free programming, but I'm not sure that Ponca does.
     
  3. GForce89

    GForce89 Sharpshooter Member

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    Thanks. Even if they don't my dad has been a fireman there for 30 years so i am sure i could still get it for free. Lol. Keep em coming guys i need all the help i can get.
     
  4. white92coupe

    white92coupe Sharpshooter Member

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    I use my Garmin Rino 130 and my rino 655t. I Like the fact I can take it with me to different rooms. Both will switch from GMRS radio to NOAA weather radio when watches/warnings are in affect.

    Might be a good option if go hunt/camp/hike a lot.
     
  5. WTJ

    WTJ Sharpshooter Member

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    Oregon Scientific makes a decent portable radio. you may check C Crane also.
     
  6. p238shooter

    p238shooter Sharpshooter Member

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    The WX radios are great if you want to filter information so that you only hear if there is an alert for your area. If you would like more detail of what is going on, I would suggest you get a general purpose scanner (some of them might do the WX feature you are talking about also) but you also can monitor many police, fire, red cross, frequencies. and most importantly ham radio which in most areas do the majority of the live weather spotting and reporting that is used for emergency management, National Weather Service, and the tv and radio stations. If you will google for a ham radio club in your area, you most likely can find someone that will be able to assist you with information for many options that you may not have considered.
     
  7. acope

    acope Sharpshooter Member

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    Spend a few dollars ($80) and get this model of weather radio.

    http://www.midlandradio.com/Desktops-Weather.OCS/WR-300

    You will be able to select your S.A.M.E. code so you only get alerts for your area, just like most other radios...

    BUT

    You also can turn off those alerts that you don't want, except for Tornado Warning.

    We had the cheaper model and it went off all the time, High Wind warning, T-Storm warning, blah, blah, blah. Got sick of hearing it all the time. Purchased the better model and turned those off. Now if it goes off, I "KNOW" that it is something important.

    Hope this helps.

    Allen
     
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    EFsDad Sharpshooter Member

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    There is an app for you iphone, if you have one. It will alert you to all of the warnings, high wind, fire, snow, ice, thunderstorms and tornados. You can turn off all of the warnings except the tornado warnings, I think. It will show radar and where the storm is and which direction it is coming from. To me it is better than listening to the mostly overreacting news crews.
     
  10. Old Timer

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    Look for one with the SAME codes in it.
    If you do not program it, it will go off with anything and everything. If you program it with your county code, and if you are close to another county, add it also, then you can get just the stuff for your area. They also test it every Wednesday. They are not really hard to program, but do take some knowledge of how the system works. Some stores will have Ham radio operators come in and program radios for people when they buy them.
    I have programed a bunch of the $39 Midland radios, and they work well.
     

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