Most residents of Ohio and Northwest PA. are within listening range of a NOAA Weather Radio transmitter. The NOAA Weather Radio network for Ohio and Northwest PA consists nine transmitters. Broadcasting frequencies and call letters are as follows:
AKRON: KDO94 162.40 MHZ
CAMBRIDGE: WXJ47 162.475 MHZ
CLEVELAND: KHB59 162.55 MHZ
COLUMBUS: KIG86 162.55 MHZ
ERIE, PA: KEC58 162.40 MHZ
DAYTON: WXJ46 162.475 MHZ
LIMA: WXJ93 162.40 MHZ
SANDUSKY: KHB97 162.40 MHZ
TOLEDO: WXL51 162.55 MHZ
BRIDGEPORT: WWF35 162.525 MHZ
Approximate aerial coverage of NOAA Weather Radio stations in Ohio are depicted on the above map. Since FM radio transmissions are line of sight, an antenna may be needed to monitor NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts, especially in fringe areas. However, sometimes just moving the receiver from one location in the building to another can increase reception. In addition, atmospheric conditions and topography will affect transmissions to varying degrees.
Weather radio broadcasts are repeated about every five minutes and are revised whenever forecasts are updated or weather conditions change. These broadcasts contain storm watches and warnings, radar information, current weather conditions, local area forecasts, Lake Erie forecasts, extended forecasts and special educational information.
From November through April special forecasts for travelers in and around Ohio are broadcast from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Climatological data is broadcast on all Ohio stations from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and on some stations similar data is aired from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
NOAA Weather Radio is the most efficient way to receive weather warnings and updated forecasts as you are getting the information directly from the National Weather Service. During severe weather, National Weather Service personnel interrupt routine broadcasts and substitute special warning messages.
One of the most valuable features of Weather Radio is that Weather Service personnel can activate specially designed warning receivers by transmitting a 1050 cycle-per-second tone when warnings are issued. This tone will sound an alarm or automatically increase the volume in many receivers. Such receivers allow interested listeners to be alerted to warnings for their area even if they do not have the volume set at an audible level.
NOAA Weather Radio has been the designated as the sole Government operated radio system to provide direct warnings into private homes for both natural disasters and nuclear attacks. Also, information about large scale man-made disasters such as toxic spills and nuclear accidents can be broadcast over these transmitters
You will need a Weather radio receiver that is either tunable or crystal controlled.
Weather radios are available in a variety of styles and prices. The price is usually proportioned to the sensitivity and quality of the receiver. For the best results consider receivers with the following features: (1) a sensitivity of less than 1 microvolt;(2) a fixed antenna, and (3) the capability to switch to all NOAA Weather Radio frequencies. Other desirable features are a warning alarm, alternative power source, and a provision for an external antenna input connection. IN SHORT A GOOD WEATHER RADIO WILL COST UNDER $30, HOWEVER THE NEW RADIOS WILL COST APPROXIMATELY $80.