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Old 12-27-2015, 07:08 PM   #1
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Weather radio - brands and features?

Or hell- specific radio recommendations are welcome. I'm headed from CA to FL starting Tuesday and am spooked by the recent blizzards and tornadoes. I think our Walkie-Talkies have weather bands, but I honestly don't know how to access it. I'd like a stand alone radio because they're not always on, too.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:14 PM   #2
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I got one that is crank, battery or solar. Works great. Did a search on line and I think I got it from Amazon. Also the radio in the dash has the weather that is automatic. First time it came on for a test while we were traveling startled the heck out of me!
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:14 PM   #3
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I have a Midland WR-120EZ weather radio. I can program in the state, county and alert type that I am in so that I get alerts for that state/county. I can also just turn just the weather channel and it gives me an up to date report.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:15 PM   #4
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Are you thinking portable or something to keep in the rig when not driving?
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:16 PM   #5
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Are you thinking portable or something to keep in the rig when not driving?

I was mostly thinking for just in the rig when setup at a site. I never considered needing one for when we are underway.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:23 PM   #6
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A hint on using NOAA weather radio when traveling: The notifications often refer to counties, and if you are not really familiar with the areas you will travel through, you need a map with good county info. to find out if an alert pertains to your location or route. Something like this PDF file is good because it can scale up for detail:

http://www.county.org/about-texas-co.../countymap.pdf

You can then compare with a normal atlas view to locate your position in relation to cities and roads.
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I usually study maps before our trips, makes it easier when I get there to find again.
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A hint on using NOAA weather radio when traveling: The notifications often refer to counties, and if you are not really familiar with the areas you will travel through, you need a map with good county info. to find out if an alert pertains to your location or route.

That's a good point. I rarely know where we are when we are there for a couple of weeks much less this quick trip across the country. I'll make sure to jot notes about where we are at, county-wise.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:29 PM   #9
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I have a small Midland, battery powered, All Hazards radio that can hook on your belt. Can turn on for continuous broadcast or set to alert mode (only comes on if an alert is published. Never actually been in an alert so I can't tell you how well this feature works). I don't have the model #.
When you turn it on it automatically searches for nearest NOAA broadcast center.
Safe travels; been enjoying seeing the places your family has been visiting while I'm stuck in the (still snowless) Syracuse, NY area.
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Midland YES!

I bought this when I got the TT and the DW did not know it existed until the audible went off at a CG and sent her into shock. After getting her out of the tree, she made me buy one for the house.

You can set it for a state or down to a single county or multiple counties.

The big thing is, everywhere you go several NOAA weather channels are available, it will find them all when you turn it on, you just have to pick the best signal/station and it will use that one. That is the "only" PIA that I have with it.

It has battery backup and IMO good service, plus cheap at $30+ from Walmart.

The real plus is that you can set it to not alarm on watches just an actual warning.
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