NOAA Weather Radio  

WXK24 Odell, 162.450 MHz

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio station WXK24 serves portions of central and northeast Illinois, including the Pontiac, Gibson City, Morris and Ottawa areas, from a 1000 Watt transmitter in Odell, Illinois. The nominal effective range of the transmitter is about 40 miles. Continuous 24 hour programming is provided from the National Weather Service Chicago Forecast Office, located southwest of Chicago in Romeoville Illinois.

A map of the listening area is shown below, with Specific Area Message Encoder codes shown for each county. Severe weather watches and warnings are tone-alerted for all counties shaded in blue. Tone alarm tests for WXK24 occur each WEDNESDAY at approximately 11 AM.

warning area for WXK-24
County FIPS code
Lasalle 017099
Grundy 017063
Livingston 017105
Ford 017053
Marshall** 017123
Woodford** 017203

**Note that FIPS codes are used for programming SAME-equipped NWR receivers. This utilizes a six digit number for each county. The first three digits are the state code, with the last three digits being the county code. Marshall and Woodford county warnings are handled by the NWS office in Lincoln, IL.

Broadcast Cycle

  • Station ID Message
  • 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
  • Livingston County Forecast
  • updated 4 AM and 4 PM and as needed
  • River Stages
  • for the Illinois River (during the warm season)
  • Severe Weather and other special programming during "active" weather

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