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The Voice of the National Weather Service
  • NOAA Weather Radio serves as an alerting device for any life-threatening emergency, whether it's weather-related or not. NOAA Weather Radio, also called NOAA All-Hazards Radio, broadcasts information on chemical spills, forest fires, and terrorist attacks, in addition to weather hazards.

  • Some types of NOAA Weather Radios, called SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) receivers, can be programmed to sound alerts for only the county or counties that you specify. This eliminates alerts that are for distant counties of no interest to you.

  • Across the United States, NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts from over 400 FM transmitters on seven frequencies in the VHF band, ranging from 162.400 to 162.550 megahertz (MHz). The Paducah National Weather Service office now operates a total of eleven NOAA Weather Radio transmitters. The map below indicates the approximate coverage area of each transmitter, along with the frequency and call sign. The color shades in each transmitter area are not intended to depict actual transmitter signal coverage.

  • The latest transmitter updates, not yet depicted on the following map, are described here. Most recently, Union County, Kentucky has been added to the official coverage area of KIG-76, transmitting on a frequency of 162.550 MHz from near Evansville, IN.

Map depicting the areas covered by NWR transmitters.

NOAA Weather Radio Q&A 

  • When is the weather radio alarm tested? The NOAA Weather Radio alarm is routinely tested each Wednesday between the hours of 10 A.M. and noon, weather permitting. On the first Wednesday of each month, the alarm is also tested between 6 and 7:30 P.M. In the event of severe weather, the test is postponed until the first available good weather day. 

  • How do I report a problem or outage with the radio transmitter in my area? Please contact us after visiting the NOAA Weather Radio outage website.

  • What is the advantage of having a computer synthesized voice instead of a human voice on the weather radio? Check here for the how's and why's of the Console Replacement System (CRS) and its automated voice technology.
  • What can I hear on NOAA Weather Radio? Check our NOAA Weather Radio program guide for what information we broadcast and when we broadcast it.
  • Where can I find the county codes for programming my new NOAA Weather Radio with SAME (Specific Area Message Encoder) capability? For the county codes for programming your receiver, click here for more information.  

Get SAME Codes for your county.
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