Help programming some common weather radios
User’s manuals for other common radios.
Click on your county, or on a transmitter site on the map below to get more information. You can also click on a surrounding area to get more information about NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio for that area. Middle Tennessee area NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio information is available by Transmitter or by County (see below).
Don’t live in Middle Tennessee? Click here for nationwide radio station listings by state.
|NOAA Weather Radio Transmitters Within the Nashville’s County Warning Area|
|Frequency (MHz)||Power (Watts)||Counties Served|
|Beechgrove||WXK-63||162.475||1000||Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marshall, Moore, Rutherford, Warren, Williamson, Wilson|
|Centerville||KWN-53||162.450||300||Hickman, Lewis, Maury|
|WWH-37||162.500||300||KY:Christian & Todd TN:Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart|
|Clifton||WZ2506||162.500||1000||TN:Decatur, Hardin, McNairy, Perry, & Wayne AL:Lauderdale|
|Cookeville||WXK-61||162.400||1000||Clay, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, White|
|Hickman||WXN-74||162.500||1000||Cannon, De Kalb, Jackson, Putnam, Smith, Trousdale, Wilson|
KY:Monroe & Allen
|Lawrenceburg||WWF-84||162.425||1000||Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Wayne, Williamson|
|Lobelville||KWN-52||162.525||1000||Benton, Decatur, Henderson, Hickman, Humphreys, Lewis, Perry, Wayne|
|Nashville||KIG-79||162.550||1000||Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Macon, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson|
|Spencer||WNG-629||162.450||1000||Bledsoe, Cumberland, De Kalb, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren, White|
|Waverly||WXK-62||162.400||1000||Benton, Dickson, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Perry, Stewart|
|Winchester||WNG-554||162.525||1000||Bedford, Coffee, Grundy, Franklin, Lincoln, Moore|
|Vale||KHA-46||162.450||1000||Benton, Houston, Humphreys, Stewart|
|Hopkinsville, KY||KXI-26||162.450||1000||Montgomery, TN|
|Click on a transmitter location to view a computer-generated map of the coverage area.|
- Make sure you have your weather radio receiver on the correct channel for your area corresponding to the correct frequency. (i.e., 162.400=channel 1, 162.425= channel 2, etc.)
- Place your weather radio near an exterior window facing the direction of the nearest weather radio transmitter.
- Pull your weather radio antenna all the way out to get the best reception. If you are close to 40 miles from the transmitter, you might have to purchase a small external antenna to ensure that your signal is strong enough to alert your radio.
- Change out your batteries at least twice a year–just like you would do with a smoke detector–to ensure your radio will work if you lose electrical power.
- Double-check that appropriate county FIPS codes have been entered correctly into your weather radio to ensure proper warnings are received. It is recommended that you program in at least a one county buffer zone especially to the west, southwest and south of your county. This could provide extra lead time if a warning is issued for an adjacent county.
- Check your weather radio receiver each Wednesday between 11 AM and 12 PM for the routine weekly test to ensure that your receiver is in good working order. (Note: In cases of inclement weather, the weekly test may be postponed to the next good weather day.)
NWR is a service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Department of Commerce. NWR provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information directly from each Warning & Forecast Office (WFO) across the country. Weather messages are recorded and run in a cycle lasting an average of around four minutes, and are updated frequently throughout the day.
When severe weather occurs, routine broadcasting will be interrupted to provide the listener with frequent updates on severe weather warnings or statements relative to each listening area. When a severe weather warning is issued and you are within about 40 miles of a transmitter, specially equipped receivers will alert, with warning and safety information following the alert. NWR is now the fastest way to get your warnings. New technology used by the National Weather Service (NWS) enables warnings to be broadcast over NWR just a few seconds after they are issued, adding valuable lead-time to potentially life-saving warnings.
NWS Nashville usually conducts our routine weekly test each Wednesday between 10 AM and noon (except in cases of inclement weather). If you do not receive the test, you should check your radio to see if it is programmed properly and tuned to the closest available broadcast.
The advantages to using CRS are numerous. First and foremost, CRS routes products to the affected NWR transmitter as soon as they are issued. There is no lag time after issuance, since recordings are no longer made. This is especially important during severe weather, as precious minutes will be added to each warning’s “lead time.” Automating these tasks also frees up NWS employees to devote more time to forecasts and operations. Also, old products are taken out of the broadcast cycle the moment they expire.
Programming on NWR will vary from office to office. Following is the normal programming schedule at NWS Nashville. (The program schedule is similar for all 12 transmitters.)
- Local and surrounding weather conditions are updated every hour.
- Short term forecasts are broadcast when weather conditions warrant.
- Local forecasts for the next seven days.
- Local climatic summaries.
- A regional weather synopsis or hazardous weather outlook.
- Detailed station identification messages are broadcast once every hour.
- The current local time is given every broadcast cycle.
- Weekly warning alarm test messages are broadcast each Wednesday, usually between 10 a.m. & noon, weather permitting.
- Regular programming will be interrupted during severe weather.
The following products are alerted using SAME codes and the 1050 hertz tone:
- Tornado warnings
- Severe thunderstorm warnings
- Flash flood warnings
- Winter weather warnings
- Tornado watches
- Severe thunderstorm watches
- Civil emergency messages
- Routine weekly/monthly tests
- Child Abduction Emergencies – Amber Alerts * ONLY SAME TONED *