NOAA Weather Radio at Rochester, MN Gets Upgrade

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio station serving the Rochester, MN area (southeast Minnesota) was recently upgraded with a brand new transmitter, new cabling, and a new antenna. This replaced original equipment that was installed back in the 1970s.

Broadcasting weather alerts for an 8-county area in and around Rochester, this upgrade included state-of-the art broadcast equipment, modern stability, and full broadcast power at 1000 watts. Station WXK41 broadcasts at 162.475 MHz and originally went on the air in 1976.

NOAA Weather Radio is a direct source of weather information from the National Weather Service 24 hours a day. Routine broadcasts include current weather conditions and daily forecasts, but severe weather watches and warnings are instantly alerted using this service. Non-weather hazards can also be alerted via this device.

For additional details on NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, check our Internet web page at: weather.gov/lacrosse/?n=nwr

Weather radio service in southeast Minnesota is maintained by a partnership between the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation (MNDOT).

If you have any questions about this upgrade or NOAA Weather Radio, feel free to contact Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the NWS La Crosse at: todd.shea@noaa.gov

view of old weather radio transmitter view of new weather radio transmitter

Original transmitter (SRS)

Example of new Armstrong transmitter



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