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Recently in Weather Radios Category

Recently in Weather Radios Category

December 12, 2017

When winter weather arrives, will you be ready?

Blizzard1_-_NOAA.jpgNational Weather Service Forecast Office Goodland KS. Photo: Brad Schick, NWS.

When we talk about emergency weather preparedness, the discussion often refers to spring storms, National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the annual hurricane season. However, severe weather events aren't limited to the warmer seasons. Severe weather can happen anytime, including and especially during winter. Just because the monsoon season is over doesn't mean we can let our guard down. A blizzard may be just around the corner. So here's another variation on the same old question. When winter weather arrives, will you be ready?

Snow and ice storms aren't mere annoyances. They can be dangerous, destructive and devastating. Severe winter storms can create power outages, communication disruptions, and road hazards. They can make streets impassable, air travel impossible and any outdoor activity extremely limited. In some situations they can leave people immobile, trapping them for days indoors. It's not over when it's over, either. When the snow and ice begin to melt, the flooding begins.

Do you have an emergency preparedness kit? If not, the time to build it is now. The Department of Homeland Security created an entire web site to help you build your own emergency preparedness kit. Called ready.gov, this site gives you more than just a simple checklist of items to have in case of an emergency. It provides valuable information about many types of disasters and helps you develop an emergency plan for survival. Sure, It takes some effort now, but it can save you a lot of trouble later, and possibly even save lives.

Build A Kit lists 13 essential items you need to assemble a basic disaster kit. The most important item on this list, without question, is water. The second item is food. The number 3 item on this list is a radio.

A radio is a crucial item to have in a weather emergency, after food and water of course, because it is a basic, tried and true form of communication, a technology proven time and again to be indispensible in a natural disaster or severe weather event. It can serve as an early warning system before a disaster, providing advance notice of an impending event so you can gain precious time to evacuate or prepare. Afterwards, when the power is out and other forms of communication are down, a radio can be a lifeline to the outside world, to keep you informed of relief efforts as well as potentially hazardous or threatening post-storm situations around you.

There are many emergency and weather radios on the market, and they vary in features, form, and function. While their primary purpose is generally the same, these radios are not equal. Some are intended for use in the home or office, some outdoors. Some are base stations, others are mobile or even handheld. Each is designed for a specific type of operating environment, scenario or user. In other words, the emergency radio isn't for purchase as an after thought. It's a choice, based on your requirements, environment, budget and needs.

At Buy Two Way Radios, we understand the many choices and options available. This is why we recently updated our Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Guide for 2017. This handy, one page guide takes all emergency and weather radios currently listed on our web site and compares their key features on a simple chart for quick and easy reference at a glance. Best of all, there is no price for this portable document. The Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Guide 2017 is FREE to download and print for your personal perusal and reference.

Here is a quick overview of some popular features included with the weather radios listed on the chart and currently available on our site.

Emergency Weather Radio Comparison Chart 2017

Model Weather
Alerts
SAME Clock AM/FM
Radio
Display USB Backup
Power
Midland HH50
Midland HH54VP
Midland EX37VP
Midland ER210
Midland ER310
Midland WR-120
Midland WR400
Motorola MWR839

For more information about choosing an emergency weather radio, listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 13 - Emergency and Weather Radios.

November 26, 2017

List of Holiday Specials for 2017!

Holiday Deals Many of our Cyber Monday deals are still available! Check below for details, we'll be updating this list as the deals expire!

Cyber Monday 2017 is November 27, and this year the deals are bigger and better than ever at Buy Two Way Radios! We're pulling out all the stops this holiday season, with sales, bundles, rebates and value added extras on radios and radio accessories to make shopping and gift giving a lot easier on you and your wallet. Whether you are searching for business, FRS/GMRS, CB or ham related items, we're sure to have a great deal for you.

But why hunt around to find a great deal? We've already done it for you. We've compiled a list of everything on sale at Buy Two Way Radios for Cyber Monday, right here. So relax, grab your favorite beverage, and check out our list of Cyber Monday Specials for 2017 at Buy Two Way Radios!

DMR Deals
  • FREE mag mount antenna with the purchase of a TYT MD-9600 dual band digital radio ($20 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    The Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is a dual band 144-148/440-450MHz amateur radio antenna with 2.5 dBd gain on UHF and Unity gain VHF. It includes a 3 1/4" magnet mount and a 12ft premium 95% tinned copper shield RG58 A/U cable with a UHF male (PL-259) connector.

    Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is valued at $20. No promo code is necessary. Your free antenna will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid until December 24, 2017 or while supplies last. Not valid with any other promotions or promo codes. No rain checks.

  • FREE TYT MD-2017 Speaker Microphone with the purchase of a TYT MD-2017 ($19.99 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    The TYT Speaker Microphone for MD-2017 (TYT-SM-MD2017) is a genuine TYT accessory with a belt clip that swivels 360 degrees. It is designed to work with the TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Two Way Radio equipped with a multi-pin Motorola (M3) connector. Your free microphone will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Supplies are limited. Offer valid from November 27 until December 3, 2017 or while supplies last. No rain checks.


  • FREE Baofeng UV-5R radio with the purchase of a TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR radio ($29.99 value).
    No longer available!

    For ONE WEEK ONLY, get a FREE Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band UHF/VHF Radio when you buy a TYT MD-2017!

    You read that correctly. For every TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way Radio you purchase during the week of December 4-10, 2017, we'll give you a Baofeng UV-5R radio, FREE! Click here for more info.
  • FREE mag mount antenna and power supply with the purchase of a TYT MD-9600 dual band digital radio ($95 value)

    This offer is no longer available!

    The Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is a dual band 144-148/440-450MHz amateur radio antenna with 2.5 dBd gain on UHF and Unity gain VHF. It includes a 3 1/4" magnet mount and a 12ft premium 95% tinned copper shield RG58 A/U cable with a UHF male (PL-259) connector.

    The TYT TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply has an output voltage of 13.8V DC and is adjustable between 9V and 15V! It offers automatic current limiting within 30A for protection from short-circuits and and includes a built-in backlit single volt/current meter to keep you informed of current power levels.

    Tram 1185 Amateur Dual-Band Magnet Antenna is valued at $20 and the TYT TH-1380 30A Switching Power Supply is valued at $79.99. The Total value of this free bundle is $99.99!

    No promo code is necessary. Your free antenna with mag mount and power supply will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid until December 3, 2017 or while supplies last. Not valid with any other promotions or promo codes. No rain checks.

  • Buy one TYT MD-380 Battery Pack, Get 1 FREE!
    This offer is no longer available!

    Purchase a Lithium Ion Battery Pack for MD-380 DMR Radio (2000 mAh) and you get one FREE! Every battery purchased earns you one additional battery - with no limit of the number of battery packs you can purchase on this offer! This BOGO (Buy One, Get One) battery offer is fulfilled by Buy Two Way Radios, so the free battery pack is sent with your order. This is a great deal and is available for a limited time only or while supplies last. No rain checks. When we're out, we're out. Offer is good to U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

Go Ham for the Holidays
  • Limited Edition Wouxun KG-UV8E Holiday Bundle! ($299 value)
    This special holiday version of Wouxun's amazing Tri-band two way radio takes their 144MHz, 222MHz and 420Mhz band transceiver, adds a full complement of accessories and add-ons, and puts it all into one big festive package at a super special holiday price! The entire kit is only $189.99!

    This Limited Edition is loaded with almost every 8E add-on available, including a standard 1700mAh and a 26000mAh Li-Ion battery pack, belt clip, tri-band antenna, wrist strap, desktop charger, AC power cord, 12V DC power cord, battery eliminator, speaker microphone, silicon case, USB programming cable, programming software, owner's manual.

    The Wouxun KG-UV8E Limited Edition (regularly $229) is now available for the holidays in limited quantity.

  • 5% off a ham radio or accessory with Promo Code: HOLIDAYHAM17
    Enter the promo code at checkout and get an extra 5% off the purchase of an amateur (ham) radio in our store! No purchase limit. Offer valid on Cyber Monday, 2017.
    This offer is no longer available!


  • FREE Leixen Camo Back Pack Bag with purchase of a Leixen VV-898P or VV-898SP backpack radio ($30 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    The Leixen VV-BP-CAMO Back Pack Bag is designed exclusively for VV-898 dual band mobile backpack radios, with a large, interior pocket to hold the radio housing and eyelets on top of the pack to let the antenna and speaker microphone cable out of the bag. No promo code is necessary. Your free Leixen Back Pack Bag will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • FREE XLT Universal Carrying Case with the purchase of a Wouxun KG-UV8D ($18 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    The XLT Communications CS200G is a solid case made with Cordura® fabric for stylish durability and lightweight strength. It is coated with DuPont™ Teflon® to repel water and oil based spills. This case is designed to work with many makes and models of two way radios, including the Wouxun KG-UV8D. Your free case will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • FREE T-Shirt with purchase of any Wouxun mobile radio ($10 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    Our stonewashed blue 100% cotton t-shirt goes great with your favorite jeans or other casual wear, so you can wear it with frequency while on the go or just lounging around. Your free T-Shirt will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid on Wouxun KG-UV920P-A, KG-UV950P, KG-UVR5 or KG-UV980H mobile two way radios while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • FREE Amateur Radio Quick Reference Card with purchase of a Baofeng UV-6RA ($4 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    This handy guide for ham operators includes charts on amateur radio bands, frequency ranges, the phonetic alphabet and more! It's laminated, making it a durable, weather resistant and waterproof companion when operating inside your ham shack or outdoors. Your free amateur radio quick reference card will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • FREE Amateur Radio Quick Reference Card with purchase of any ham radio starter kit ($4 value)
    This offer is no longer available!

    Offer valid on all ham radio starter kits, including the Ham Radio Starter Kit - HT, Ham Radio Starter Kit - Mobile/Base Station, Digital Ham Radio DMR Starter Kit - HT and Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Digital Radio Value Kit. Your free amateur radio quick reference card will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

  • Seasonal Special
    • Buy 6 Baofeng UV-5R Radios, Get 1 FREE!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase six Baofeng UV-5R dual band two way radios and you get one FREE! Every six radios purchased earns you one additional UV-5R radio - with no limit of the number of radios you can purchase on this offer! This is a great deal and is available for a limited time only! This offer is fulfilled by Buy Two Way Radios, so the free radio is sent with your order. A minimum of 6 UV-5R radios must be purchased to qualify for a free radio. Limit of one FREE radio per six radios purchased. Offer is good to U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    CB Holidays
    • FREE CB DAY Starter Kit with purchase of a Galaxy or Uniden CB Radio ($14 value)
      Buy a Galaxy or Uniden CB radio and get a FREE CB Day Starter Kit! The kit includes a Two Way Radio Frequency T-Shirt, CB Radio Quick Reference Card and a CB Radio audio CD. Your free CB Starter Kit will automatically be added to your order at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No rain checks.

    Winter Weather Preparedness Promotion
    • Special sale price on Motorola weather radios!
      Buy a Motorola MWR839 AM/FM Weather Alert Radio for only $69 on Cyber Monday!
      The Motorola MWR839 is a feature-rich, public alert certified weather radio with SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology. the MWR839 provides early warnings when severe weather strikes or a civil emergency occurs. It also features a built-in AM/FM radio alarm clock, a connection for an external trigger for an optional strobe light or bed shaker, and an auxiliary port. Available at this price in a very limited quantity. No rain checks.

    Family Recreation Sale on FRS Radios
    • 5% off select FRS radios and accessories with Promo Code: CAMP17
      This offer is no longer available!

      Enter the promo code at checkout and get an extra 5% off the purchase of Olympia and Uniden FRS radios and accessories in our store! No purchase limit. Offer valid on Cyber Monday, 2017.

    • Get a $10 Rebate on Midland GXT1000VP4 radios
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase this set of Midland GXT1000VP4 radios and you qualify for a $10 Mail-in Rebate! This great deal from Midland is available for a limited time only!

      This offer is fulfilled by Midland directly, so your rebate will be mailed to you after Midland receives your mail-in rebate redemption form. Offer valid on products purchased from November 20 through December 20, 2017 only. Limit of two (2) GXT1000VP4 value pack rebates per household (each value pack includes two radios, for a total of four radios). Rebate will be issued in U.S. funds. Offer valid for U.S. residents only.

    • Save $5 on the purchase of Motorola T100 and T107 Talkabout radios
      This offer is no longer available!

      The affordable Motorola Talkabout T100 and T107 two-way radios are the perfect gift for kids this holiday season. They are compact, easy to hold and easy to use. Available in neon blue or bright pink. Offer valid November 25 through December 9, 2017 on a minimum purchase of one pair of T100 or T107 radios.

    • FREE pair of lanyards with purchase of Olympia R100, R300 or R500 FRS/GMRS radios
      Offer valid for a limited time only while supplies last. No rain checks.

    Manufacturer Rebates and Specials on Business Radios
    • Up to 20% discount on Kenwood radios with promo code KW17!
      This offer is no longer available!

      This Cyber Monday, take advantage of the best deal ever on Kenwood two way radios! For a very limited time, use promo code KW17 at checkout and save 20% on any Kenwood radio with a regular price over $200! The same promo code will also allow you to save 10% instantly on any radio with a regular price under $200!

      This offer can also be combined with Kenwood's current "Buy Six" specials that are described below. This is the best offer we've ever seen for Kenwood radios and it ends at midnight on Monday, November 27th! Don't miss it!

    • Buy 6 Kenwood Analog Business Radios, Get 1 FREE!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase at least six Kenwood PKT-23, TK-2400V16P, TK-3400U16P, TK-2402V16P, TK-3400U16P, TK-2360ISV16P or TK-3300ISU16P radios and you qualify for one FREE radio of the same model!

      This offer is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the free radio will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your online rebate form. Offer valid on up to 60 radios purchased from October 1 through December 31, 2017. Limit of one FREE radio per six radios.Click here for full details and register online with Promo Code PRO-27115 at Kenwood's rebate website to claim your rebate.

      NOTE: Rebates must be uploaded or postmarked on or before January 14, 2018. Radios delivered before or after the promotion date are not eligible, regardless of invoice date. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy 6 Select Kenwood ProTalk® Radios, Get 1 FREE Radio PLUS a FREE Multi-Charger!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase at least six Kenwood TK-3230DX, NX-240V16P, NX-340U16P, NX-240V16P2 or NX-340U16P2 radios and you qualify for a FREE radio of the same model INSTANTLY (at time of purchase) plus a FREE Multi-Charger!

      The FREE radio is sent with your order. The FREE multi-charger is fulfilled by Kenwood directly, so the free mutli-charger will be mailed to you after Kenwood receives your online rebate form. Offer valid on up to 90 radios purchased through December 31, 2017. Limit of one FREE radio and multi-charger per six radios. Click here for full details and register online with Promo Code PRO-27116 at Kenwood's rebate website to claim your rebate.

      NOTE: Rebates must be uploaded or postmarked on or before January 14, 2018. Radios delivered before or after the promotion date are not eligible, regardless of invoice date. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy 6 Midland BizTalk™ BR200 Business Radios, Get 2 FREE!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase six Midland BizTalk™ BR200 business two way radios and you get TWO FREE! Every six radios purchased earns you not one, but two additional BR200 radios - with a potential maximum of 20 FREE radios (on a maximum purchase of 60 radios)! This is an incredible deal from Midland and is available for a limited time only!

      This offer is fulfilled by Midland directly, so the free radios will be shipped to you after Midland receives your online submission form. Offer valid on up to 60 radios per customer/company purchased from September 1 through December 31, 2017. Click here for details. A minimum of 6 BR200 radios must be purchased to qualify. Midland's rebate terms and conditions apply.

      NOTE: All claims must be entered by 11:59pm CST on Monday, January 15, 2018 to qualify. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible regardless of purchase date. All transactions are subject to validation. Offer is good to U.S. residents only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy 6 Motorola Business Radios, Get a FREE Multi-Unit Charger PLUS a Prepaid Card!
      This offer is no longer available!

      Purchase six Motorola business radios and you qualify for a FREE multi-unit charger plus a prepaid card! Every six radios purchased earns you an additional multi-unit charger and prepaid card - with a potential maximum of 10 FREE multi-unit chargers and 10 prepaid cards (on a maximum purchase of 60 radios)! This is a great deal from Motorola and is available for a limited time only!

      This offer is valid on the following models: CLS1110, CLS1410, CLP1010, CLP1040, CLP1060, DLR1020, DLR1060, DTR410, DTR550, RMM2050, RMU2040, RMU2080, RMU2080d, RMV2080, RDU4100, RDU4160d and RDV5100 radios.

      This offer is fulfilled by Motorola directly, so the free multi-unit charger(s) and prepaid card(s) will be shipped to you after Motorola receives your online submission form. Offer valid on up to 60 radios per customer/company purchased from September 1 through December 31, 2017. All six radios purchased must be within the same product series. Click here for details. A minimum of 6 radios in the same series must be purchased to qualify. Motorola's rebate terms and conditions apply.

      NOTE: All claims must be entered by 11:59pm EST on Monday, January 15, 2018 to qualify. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible regardless of purchase date. All transactions are subject to validation. Offer is good in the U.S. and Puerto Rico only and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

    • Buy the Vertex Standard EVX-S24 (Yellow) for only $199.99!
      This offer is no longer available!

      The Vertex Standard EVX-S24 Yellow Version is regularly $269.99, but through the holidays you can get them from Buy Two Way Radios for only $199.99! There is no maximum allowable purchase, but they are in limited supply, so if you want to take advantage of this special price, you may want to act now. When they're gone, they're gone!

    • Get a $20 rebate on Icom F1000S/F2000S radios!
      Purchase at least five (5) Icom F1000S or F2000S Radios (display/4 key models only) and you qualify for a $20 rebate per radio! This is a great deal from Icom exclusively for our business customers with a maximum savings of up to $1000!

      This offer is fulfilled by Icom directly, so the rebate will be mailed to you after Icom receives your online or mail-in rebate form. Offer valid on up to 50 radios purchased between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. To redeem your rebate, go to Icom's rebate page, download the Mail-in Rebate Form, fill out the form and mail it to Icom with the items requested on the form.

      NOTE: Purchases must be made between 9/1/2017 and 3/31/2018. A minimum purchase of 5 radios is required. All radios must be the same model. A maximum purchase of 50 radios is allowed. All claims require a proof of purchase from an Authorized Icom dealer and a copy of a UPC code per radio model. All Rebate claims must be sent in by April 15, 2018. Allow 8-10 weeks from submission of rebate request for delivery. Rebate applies to models with displays and 4 key column. Offer valid in US for commercial or business end users only.

    Of course, if you have any questions or can't find the special you are searching for, contact us. Give us a call, send us an e-mail or enter our live chat online. We'll be open from 8 AM to 6 PM ET during Cyber Monday!

    May 25, 2016

    Midland EX37VP Emergency Radio Kit unboxing video


    Midland is well established as a manufacturer of consumer FRS/GMRS two way radios, and their GXT1000 and LXT600 value packs are popular among outdoor enthusiasts such as hikers, campers and hunters. The company is also well respected for their line of quality emergency weather radios, and many of these products, most notably the WR120 and WR300, are often mentioned or recommended by meteorologists and other weather professionals.

    Midland has now combined elements from both product lines to create a new series specifically designed for emergency preparedness. Called Midland E+Ready Emergency Solutions, products in this series include the Midland EX37VP Two Way Radio Emergency Kit.

    In this exclusive unboxing video, Danny Feemster from Buy Two Way Radios opens up the kit, gives you a first look at everything included and offers his first impressions of this emergency communications solution that, according to Midland, is recommended by the Department of Homeland Security.


    March 21, 2016

    Get a $10 rebate on select Midland radios!

    Note: This promotion expired April 2, 2016 and is no longer available.

    Midland-Rebate-Q1-2016-2.pngSpring is in the air, and so are the savings with rebates on select Midland FRS/GMRS and Emergency Weather radios!

    Purchase a set of Midland GXT860VP4 Two Way Radios with Headsets and Charger or a Midland WR300 Weather Radio and get a $10 rebate! This mail-in offer direct from Midland is available exclusively from Buy Two Way Radios for a limited time only.

    This mail-in offer is fulfilled by the manufacturer and will be mailed to you after Midland receives your rebate redemption form. Offer valid on up to 2 radios purchased through April 2, 2016. Limit of two rebate redemptions per household. Click here for the rebate form. Rebate must be mailed by May 2, 2016. To track your rebate, visit www.reward-central.com/Midland and follow the instructions on the site.

    The following models qualify for this special offer:

    Model Max Purchase Option
    Midland-GXT860VP4 Midland GXT860VP4 Two Way Radios with Headsets and Charger 2 packs $10 Rebate per pack
    Midland-WR300 Midland WR300 Weather Radio 2 radios $10 rebate per radio


    NOTE: Radios must be purchased between March 20, 2016 and April 2, 2016 to qualify. Offer valid for U.S. residents only. Rebate will be issued in U.S. funds.


    December 9, 2014

    Choosing the right NOAA weather channel

    Weather channels and weather alerts are considered standard features in many makes and models of consumer FRS/GMRS two way radios and CB radios available today. Cobra, Garmin, Midland, Motorola,Olympia and Uniden all offer NOAA weather channels in many of their FRS/GMRS products, and a couple even offer them in a few models on the low end.

    These are no doubt useful and potentially life saving features in portable handheld two way radios. But how do they work? How do you use NOAA weather channels on a two way radio or, for that matter, on a dedicated handheld or desktop emergency weather radio?

    There are seven radio frequencies on the VHF band designated specifically for NOAA weather broadcasts. These frequencies are used by a network of transmitters across the US to broadcast weather information, warnings and alerts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Some two way radios even have three additional weather channels, two of which are used by Canada for marine weather broadcasts. The seven NOAA frequencies are listed as follows:

    • 162.400
    • 162.425
    • 162.450
    • 162.475
    • 162.500
    • 162.525
    • 162.550

    There is no standard channel assignment for weather frequencies on two way radios. For instance, The weather frequency 162.400 MHz may be assigned to Channel 1 on one make and model radio and assigned to Channel 4 on other one. Radio manufacturers program channel assignments with weather frequencies at their discretion. While it may seem confusing, the question of which frequency is on which channel can usually be resolved by referring to the owners manual for your particular radio. The manufacturer will typically print a list or table of the weather frequency channels in the manual, along with instructions on how to access them.

    The real trick is to find out what frequency is most relevant to your area of operation. That's where the National Weather Service comes in. The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards web site provides a complete listing of all weather station broadcast frequencies in the US.

    There are two ways to search for the NWS transmitter most relevant for your area. The first option is to search the NWS Nationwide Station Listing Using Broadcast Frequencies. Simply click on your state, locate the name of the area closest to you on the list, and note the call sign and its corresponding frequency. Clicking on the call sign will take you to another page with additional details about the transmitter and a geographical map with a graphic depiction of its broadcast coverage.

    The second option is to go to NWR Transmitter Search, enter the name of an area or state in the search box, and click on the icon displayed on the map for information and details about the transmitter.

    Once you know the frequency of the transmitter in your area, it's just a matter of locating the channel on your radio programmed to that frequency and then activating it according to the instructions in your manual. That's really all there is to it.

    For an example of how to activate weather channels on a handheld walkie talkie, watch our Radio 101 video How to activate weather alerts on Motorola Talkabout MS Series radios. While the video is specific to some Motorola Talkabout FRS/GMRS radios, it may provide a general overview of how the process works on other radios as well. Consult your owner's manual for the specific steps required to activate weather channels and alerts on your make and model of radio.

    December 5, 2014

    What is SAME technology?

    If you own or have ever shopped around for an emergency or weather radio, you may have heard the acronym S.A.M.E, or the term SAME. It's often thrown around in product descriptions and mentioned in marketing brochures for NOAA weather radios or even some consumer two way radios with weather channels and alerts. But what is SAME? What does this technology do? How does it work, and why is it considered such an important feature in a weather radio?

    What is SAME?
    SAME is an acronym for Specific Area Message Encoding. It is a digital protocol or code used to send a 1050 Hz warning alarm tone and encoded alert message for audible and/or visual reception on radios equipped to receive and decode such messages. It was originally developed by the National Weather Service in the late 1980's and was eventually adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 1997 as part of the EAS (Emergency Alert System). Today the SAME protocol is used in both the United States and Canada as a standard component of national emergency weather alert broadcasts in these countries. It is used as part of the NWR All Hazards Alert network of weather radio stations that broadcast weather and other emergency information across the United States.

    How SAME works
    A SAME alert message includes a digital header with a SAME code designating the type of alert being sent and the affected area (or county) to which it is being sent. A radio equipped with SAME technology receives the code, decodes it, activates a 1050Hz warning tone to get the attention of the listener, and proceeds to activate and/or display the message being broadcast.

    The NWS emergency broadcast transmitters typically cover about a 40 mile radius, although coverage may be considerably less in more remote or mountainous areas. Each area or county in the NWR network is assigned a six digit SAME code unique to that specific area. To receive warnings and alerts for a designated area or county, the proper SAME code must be programmed into the radio. Some radios may allow the user to program multiple SAME codes to allow the radio to receive warnings and alerts for more than one area. This can be quite a handy feature, especially when traveling to other areas outside your primary location.

    Once the SAME code for a specific area is programmed into the radio, an emergency or alert broadcast from an NWS office with that code can activate the SAME receiver and transmit the alert message through the radio.

    Why SAME is important
    There are many radios on the market today equipped with weather channels and alerts, and that's a good thing. Whether you're indoors or out, you need to stay informed of changing weather conditions, especially when things become potentially hazardous.

    It isn't just weather, either. Other emergency situations can arise, and you need to be alerted to them, as well. In such situations, an emergency radio isn't just handy, it can potentially become a lifesaver.

    However, every emergency situation or alert does not affect everyone, and a sweeping radio broadcast over a broader area may not even apply to yours. Just because you hear the message doesn't mean it is intended specifically for you. But how can you know?

    That is where SAME technology comes in. With a specific code designated for a specific area, SAME aims specific alerts directly to their intended audience. Those 3 AM weather and other emergency alerts intended for your area can wake you, keep you informed and at the ready, while alarms and alerts intended for other areas won't interrupt, annoy or disturb you.

    Of course, to program the SAME radio, it is necessary to know the correct code for your area. It's easy. All you need to do is visit the NWS NOAA web site and look it up. You can search for County Coverage Listings by State or download a complete list of same codes for all states and counties in simple text.

    Weather Radios with SAME
    Here is a chart of popular radios equipped with SAME technology:

    Make/Model Type Band SAME Two Way
    Radio
    Motorola MWR839 AM/FM
    Weather Alert Radio
    base station AM/FM/Weather YES No
    Midland WR-300
    Weather Radio
    base station AM/FM/Weather YES No
    Midland WR-120
    Weather Radio
    base station Weather YES No
    Midland HH54VP SAME
    Handheld Weather Radio
    handheld Weather YES No
    Midland HH54VP2 SAME
    Handheld Weather Radio
    handheld Weather YES No
    Cobra MR-HH450 DUAL
    Marine and GMRS Radio
    handheld GMRS/VHF Marine YES YES
    Garmin Rino 655t
    Two Way Radio w/ GPS
    handheld FRS/GMRS/Weather YES YES
    Garmin Rino 650
    Two Way Radio w/ GPS
    handheld FRS/GMRS/Weather YES YES
    Uniden BCT15X
    Beartracker Scanner
    base/mobile Multiple YES No
    Cobra Marine MR-F80B-D
    Submersible VHF Radio
    fixed mount VHF Marine YES YES
    Uniden Oceanus D UM415
    Submersible VHF Marine Radio
    fixed mount VHF Marine YES YES
    Uniden Solara D UM380
    VHF Marine Radio
    fixed mount VHF Marine YES YES

    Want a more in-depth discussion about weather radios, including those with SAME technology? Listen to The Two Way Radio Show Podcast episode TWRS-13 - Emergency and Weather Radios.

    August 2, 2013

    The perfect gift - the Midland WR-300 weather radio


    Looking for the perfect gift for a family member or a friend? Give the gift that shows you really care about their safety and well-being, the Midland WR-300 Weather Radio!

    We have emergency and weather radios for every budget at Buy Two Way Radios.

    July 31, 2013

    Stay safe outdoors with an emergency weather radio


    Whether camping with the family, hiking with friends or out on a fishing or hunting trip, stay informed of changing weather conditions with a Midland NOAA weather radio. Need one? We have a full selection of emergency and weather radios in our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios.

    July 29, 2013

    Keep your family safe with an emergency weather radio


    A weather disaster can occur anywhere at any time. That is why it is important to always be prepared. Emergency communications is important to that preparedness. In fact, FEMA places an emergency weather radio near the top of their Basic Disaster Supplies Kit checklist.

    An emergency NOAA weather radio can alert you to potential weather disasters and help keep your family safe. A complete selection of emergency and weather radios is available for quick delivery from our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios.

    July 26, 2013

    How NOAA broadcasts emergency weather alerts


    Ever wondered how the National Weather Service broadcasts emergency NOAA weather and S.A.M.E. alerts to your emergency weather radio? This video produced by Midland is an interesting inside look at the process and how it works.

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