KZZ-66 operates 24 hours a day on a frequency of 162.400 MHz. KZZ-66 transmits at 300 watts of power, from a tower located 2 miles northeast of Galesburg.
The following counties are included in the coverage area:
Numbers in parentheses are used for the Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME), utilized by some NOAA Weather Radio receivers.
To see a map of the listening area, click here.
Listeners in Henry County can also receive severe weather warnings on station WXJ-73 in Rock Island, and WXL-22 in Princeton. Knox County warnings also air on WXJ-71 in Peoria, and WXJ-92 in Macomb. Mercer County warnings also air on WXJ-73 in Rock Island, and WXN-83 in Burlington, IA.
During adverse weather conditions, some normal programming is suspended. This is done to broadcast more important information frequently.
During severe thunderstorm and tornado watches, and flood warnings, the following will NOT air: Regional Weather Synopsis, Climate Summary.
Most normal programming is eliminated during severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. Broadcast cycles are limited to severe weather watches and warnings, flood warnings, and Hourly Weather Roundup (local conditions only).
When a severe weather watch or warning is issued, it is preceded by special alarm signals, which activate specially designed weather radios. These radios will alert you to the warning broadcast, through use of a siren or other means of notification. Radios that have the alarm feature and a battery backup are highly recommended. The cost of these radios range around $30, but may be as high as $80 for the programmable models, which allow you to screen out warnings that do not apply to your area. These radios can be found at many electronic stores.
The alarm features will be used for the following messages:
This alarm feature is tested Wednesday between 11 AM and noon. If severe weather is a threat, the test will be held the first available good-weather day.