NOAA Weather Radio

WNG-536 DeKalb, 162.550 MHz

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio station WNG-536 serves DeKalb county, from a 300 Watt transmitter in DeKalb, Illinois. The new transmitter is located on a tower provided by Northern Illinois University's Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Continuous 24 hour programming is provided from the National Weather Service Chicago Forecast Office, located southwest of Chicago in Romeoville Illinois.

In the map below, the counties shaded in blue are the counties which will tone alarm during severe weather watches and warnings on WNG-536. Specific Area Message Encoder codes are also shown for each county. Tone alarm tests for the DeKalb radio occur each WEDNESDAY at approximately 11 AM.

Map of counties being served by WNG-536 DeKalb


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Broadcast Cycle

  • Station ID Message
  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • 6 AM to 8 AM, and 4 PM to 6 PM, or more often as needed
  • Regional Weather Synopsis
  • updated around 430 AM and 430 PM, or as needed
  • Hourly Temperature Roundup
  • updated between 5 and 10 min past the hour
  • Short Term Forecast
  • only when precipitation or active weather is near North Central Illinois
  • DeKalb Area Forecast
  • updated 4 AM and 4 PM and as needed
  • Rockford Climate Summary
  • 6 AM to 10 am, and 430 PM to 7 PM
  • River Stages
  • for the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers (during the warm season)
  • Severe Weather and other special programming during "active" weather

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