Do you leave your weather radio on?

Posted by: teacher

Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/23/19 03:19 AM

Is it on all the time (to receive alerts) or do you just turn it on when bad weather is coming?
Posted by: Janysboy

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/23/19 10:55 AM

I leave it on all the time. It sits near my bedroom. Here in Missouri, storms can brew up quickly so I want to know if something is coming at 3 am.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/23/19 03:11 PM

I don't have a weather radio with SAME capability, so I rarely have it turned on for alert activation. The only thing that's likely to happen suddenly here would be a tornado, and we can hear the sirens indoors with our windows shut. I do have a tornado app on my phone that very reliably alerts when severe weather is coming.
Posted by: LesSnyder

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/24/19 12:46 AM

yes... the Reecom with SAME Alert technology is on all the time
Posted by: Russ

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/25/19 11:52 PM

I currently donít use a weather radio. The radio I have that should be capable of receiving NOAA has yet to receive a signal so maybe itís reception in the canyon where I live (SOCAL), or maybe the weather isnít noteworthy (no tornadoes or hurricanes) but Iíve found them fairly useless. Or maybe itís the radio...

That said, Iím considering the relatively new Kaito KA123 Digital AM FM NOAA Weather Radio which uses a silicon lab ďDPSĒ (DSP = Digital Signal Processing) chip. What I like about the KA123 is that it has ďalert modeĒ. My take is that the radio is basically on standby waiting for a prompt/signal from NOAA to activate. Is that typical of radios with SAME tech or is this something different? (Itís not a SAME radio.)

My better halfís pocket radio died recently so I ordered a Kaito KA220 AM/FM radio as a replacement. For a 2xAAA pocket radio, it looks pretty good ó DSP & PLL circuitry ósimple controls. Not a weather radio, but there are plenty of AM News stations here which should suffice.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/26/19 03:45 AM

SAME allows a weather radio to ďlistenĒ for an encoded signal thatís part of the alert tone that wakes up a radio. If your programmed location (county, municipality, marine zone) isnít in the encoded signal, your radio doesnít alarm. This, I am reliably informed, reduces the chance of a weather radio getting smashed by oneís aggrieved spouse when the alert does not concern you.
Posted by: Russ

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/26/19 12:41 PM

Got it. So the Kaito KA123 I was considering will wake up to every NOAA alert it receives, rather than only those which are zip-code specific. It might be good for those folks in tornado country who need a radio to carry around, but for leaving one turned on at home or in the office, a radio with SAME specificity is a much better option.

Here in SOCAL, the EQ in the middle of the night will either wake me up (or not), or kill me outright (possible but mostly hyperbole). The 3 second warning system in development will not be of much value to someone in REM sleep, let alone deep sleep. If an EQ wakes me up, it was probably big enough to make the news and an AM radio will suffice.

YMMV. If I lived in an area with tornadoes passing through, Iíd definitely have a Wx radio with SAME programming.

Posted by: hikermor

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/26/19 03:28 PM

The SoCal warning system for EQs may give you considerably longer notification of an impending EQ, depending upon your location relative to its epicenter. You might have five or ten minutes!!!

Hopefully one will have enough time to duck and cover, stop the vehicle, put down the blowtorch, etc. when the shaking begins. Not perfect, by any means, but way better than no system at all.
Posted by: Russ

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/26/19 04:28 PM

Five or ten minutes would be useful if youíre awake, but they arenít there yet and usefulness will depend a lot on its false alarm rate. Thereís nothing like a high false alarm rate to get people to turn off their warning system.
Posted by: teacher

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 10/29/19 07:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Russ
Five or ten minutes would be useful if youíre awake, but they arenít there yet and usefulness will depend a lot on its false alarm rate. Thereís nothing like a high false alarm rate to get people to turn off their warning system.


Or a loud, weekly test.
Posted by: teacher

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 11/26/19 12:26 AM

I am thinking of going to a weather app (with alerts) as well.
Posted by: teacher

Re: Do you leave your weather radio on? - 05/07/20 10:41 PM

Its tornado season and looks like an active hurricane season -- Time to turn on my phones weather alerts and automated.office weather radio.