Information for NOAA Weather Radio Owners!

Whether you are a new weather radio owner or have owned one for years, you’ll find all the information you need for programing your radio.

Radio Test Days

Every Wednesday between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon (Eastern time) the National Weather Service in Indianapolis conducts a test of NOAA Weather Radio.  If there is hazardous weather during the normally conducted test time, the test will be postponed until the next available good weather day. 

Please note that your weather radio may not activate an alarm as it would in an actual warning. This is due to test codes being sent rather than the actual code for a warning. Depending on the model of your weather radio, the radio may have indicated a routine weekly test was issued in a variety of ways. Some radios make sounds or simply show a light for the routine weekly test.  The test product that is issued exipres 15 minutes after it is issued, so if you are not present during the test time, you may not see anything at all on your radio.

Programming Your Radio

If you own a S.A.M.E. (Specific Area Message Encoded) radio, you can find programming codes for the counties you are interested in on this page.



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