NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio

Important Note About Tone Alerts and Purchasing NOAA Weather Radios
NWS suggests consumers look for NWR receivers that are compliant with the Consumer Electronics Association Public Alert Standard for Weather Radio Receivers (CEA-2009-A). Those receivers have important features such as SAME and battery backup and should meet the minimum standard for Public Alert radios. Manufacturers that market at least one compliant receiver are shown with a Public Alert logo on the NWR Receiver Consumer Information page.

If NWR listeners are concerned about receiving the Routine Weekly Test (RWT), they should consult their owner’s manual to see how their receiver handles the test and whether it allows them to turn the audio alarm for the RWT back on (the First Alert WX-167 is one model that does).

Some newer model NWR receivers, including but not limited to the Midland WR-100 and First Alert WX-167, will not sound an audio alarm when the RWT is sent.  The Midland WR-100 and First Alert WX-167 receivers were among those sent to schools as part of the DOC/DHS/ED weather radio initiative.

In those cases where the audio alarm is blocked an LED should light up and a visual message appear acknowledging the RWT on the receiver display screen. This is consistent with the CEA 2009-A Public Alert standard which states that the audio RWT alarm may be disabled (blocked) by the manufacturer at the factory.

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