On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, the frequency for KGG-99 changed from 162.450 MHz to 162.425 MHz. This will require everyone that listens to this transmitter to change their radio to the new frequency.
For several years, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards station KGG-99, broadcasting from tower facilities near Johnson Lake, Nebraska, on a frequency of 162.450 MHz, has "simulcast" the exact same weather information as station WXL-75 located near Atlanta (Holdrege) Nebraska.
However, as of May 7th, KGG-99 now has its own independent broadcast program, focused on providing watch, warning and advisory information for a 4-county area consisting of: Dawson, Gosper, Phelps and Frontier. In addition, routine 7-day forecast information on KGG-99 now focuses exclusively on Dawson and Gosper counties.
1) The main impact from this change is that KGG-99 will no longer broadcast watch, warning, and advisory information for counties outside the immediate listening area, which was formerly the case when the KGG-99 broadcast was a "simulcast" of the WXL-75 program. From now on, KGG-99 listeners in Dawson, Gosper, Phelps or Frontier counties will no longer have their weather radios alert them to warnings issued for Buffalo, Kearney, Harlan, Franklin or Furnas counties. Of course, warnings for these counties will still be broadcast on WXL-75, which operates on a frequency of 162.475 MHz. As has always been the case, listeners with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) capable radios have the ability to program warning alarm tones for only the county(ies) of their choice.
2) A second change on KGG-99 involves the addition of watch, warning and advisory information for Frontier county, which is served by the North Platte NWS Forecast Office. According to signal maps (see link below), only far eastern portions of Frontier county are within the primary KGG-99 listening area, generally near the communities of Eustis and Farnam. However, even for KGG-99 listeners in Dawson and Gosper counties, the addition of weather information for Frontier county may help serve as a "heads up" to potentially threatening weather moving in from the west or southwest.
Click HERE for detailed maps of the KGG-99 listening area (please note that these maps do not yet reflect the addition of Phelps and Frontier counties to the "official" listening area)
For a wealth of information on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, click HERE for the NWS Hastings weather radio Internet page (this page is also available from the "Weather Radio" link on the blue left-hand menu)
We at NWS Hastings welcome any comments or questions regarding these programming changes with KGG-99. For contact information, please click HERE