Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio Receiver Recently? Programming Information Here!

Recently, many people have obtained new NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) receivers, and have had questions on how to program them.  Most of the newer models have the capability to alarm for warnings for only user-selected counties, using a feature called Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME).

The Lincoln NWS office broadcasts weather information on nine transmitters to serve central and southeast Illinois.  Each of the links below has information on the county numbers needed to program your radio.

  • Peoria - WXJ-71 transmits at 162.475 MHz.  Cities in the coverage area include Peoria, Galesburg, Lacon, Mason City, and Canton.
  • Springfield - WXJ-75 transmits at 162.400 MHz.  Cities in the coverage area include Springfield, Decatur, Lincoln, Jacksonville, Clinton, Mason City, and Taylorville.
  • Champaign - WXJ-76 transmits at 162.550 MHz.  Cities in the coverage area include Champaign-Urbana, Charleston-Mattoon, Danville, Paxton, Paris, and Farmer City.
  • Newton -  KXI-48 transmits at 162.450 MHz.  Cities in the coverage area include Effingham, Greenup, Marshall, Newton, Robinson, Olney, Flora, Lawrenceville, Fairfield, and Albion.
  • Jacksonville - WXM-90 transmits at 162.525 MHz.  Cities in the coverage area include Jacksonville, Beardstown, Winchester, Mount Sterling, Pittsfield, and Carrollton.   
  • Shelbyville - KXI-46 transmits at 162.500 MHz.   Cities in the coverage area include Taylorville, Shelbyville, Vandalia, and Effingham.
  • Paris - KXI-47 transmits at 162.525 MHz.  Cities in the coverage area include Charleston, Tuscola, Paris, and Marshall in Illinois, and Terre Haute in Indiana.
  • Bloomington - KZZ-65 transmits at 162.525 MHz.  Cities in the coverage area include Bloomington/Normal, Mackinaw, and Eureka. 
  • Galesburg - KZZ-66 transmits at 162.400 MHz.  Cities in the coverage area include Galesburg, Kewanee, and Monmouth. 

You may notice that some of these cities are covered by more than one transmitter.  You can determine which of these transmitters covers your area best, and listen to that transmitter.

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