It is hardwired into my 12VDC line and is always on...
The programmable type not much use for me as I was always moving around the different states...
I hadnt thought about getting the Iphone app - that sounds like a good idea to go along with my Police Radio app...
My Posts are IMHO based on my experiences - PM me Roy and Carolyn
RETIRED DOAF/DON/DOD/CONTR RADIO TECH (42yrs)
K9PHT (Since 1957) 146.52M
2010 F150, 5.4,3:73 Gears,SCab
2008 Starcraft 14RT EU2000i GEN
2005 Flagstaff 8528RESS
Why get just a weather radio when for
$41 you can get a pair of FRS/GMRS handhelds with weather. Another great thing about these radios, is if the rechargable battery goes dead and you can't get to a charger, you can use regular batteries. Works great for short range communications. Amazon has them here.
Ron & Charlotte
WD8CBT since 1976
28' Prowler & 05 Ram QC LB
I started with nothing and I still have most of it left
I never fail, I just succeed in finding out what doesn't work
We bought the Midland from Walmart for about $30. Digital all hazards radio with S.A.M.E. technology (program by county). Look for the NOAA on the box. We don't program the county. When we arrive at our new destination, all we have to do is go to "menu" and scroll thru the channels until we find the one with the strongest signal and select it. We hear warnings from around us, which gives us more warning. It works every time NOAA issues a watch or warning. It operates plugged in or with battery backup. If the power goes off, we power up the generator anyhow. We always look at the atlas to see what county we're in and what are the surrounding counties. When the alert radio goes off, I grab the atlas and see which way the storm is headed. If it says severe warning or tornado warning for our area, we head for the shelter (which we have done just a few times).
Lonny & Diane
2004 Country Coach Allure 33' "Big Blue"
Towing 2008 Chev Colorado 4x4
Have tried several in the Sticks/bricks and they go off 5 to 10 times a week to test the system, to warn of or "severe" weather, and gosh knows what other reason.
Can you say "Cry Wolf"
Yep I know about the ones that are suppose to only warn a local area - had one - and around here the local area is 3 or 4 counties wide - 50 to 75 miles across. It sure is no help to hear that there is a thunder storm in a rural area 35 miles from here and I'm very happy to hear that they are testing the system - so are the cats - it scares the heck out of them.
When a damaging storm went by 4 or 5 miles away last year, doing a lot of damage to the Aluminum roof cities, the alarm sounded and where did all the poor folk go. Well as the alarm stated "take cover" so all the folk went into their houses. Got to be good to know, 5 minutes early, that your house is going to be destroyed with you in it. When all you RV'rs that own/use one where do you go when the alarm sounds? Maybe go inside your RV to take cover...mmmmm???
To say it another way, the cost of constant false alarms is greater than the benefit of knowing a storm is 5 (or 55) minutes away when you can't do any thing about it.
One other point - Do all you good folk who have them in your RVs reset the "local area" each time you stop? If you don't you won't get any warnings.
I want to know what is happening two counties away...
Be aware that the NWS station that is in the same state you are in is NOT always the one you should monitor...
e.g. The staff at IBSP had no warning of the severe storm that hit on the 30th of June because the WX monitor radios were all tuned to KWO39 (Chicago). I had plenty of warning because my receiver was monitoring the Racine, WI station.
Not only a RADAR image but video from the dash-cams of the NWS storm spotters.
Extra Class Ham Radio operator - K9ERG (since 1956)
Retired Electronics Engineer and Antenna Designer
Was a campground host at IBSP (2006-2010) - now retired.
Single - Full-timer
2005 Four Winds 29Q
1982 6.2L Diesel Suburban 1500
CCRADIO -2 radio designed for long-range AM Reception Emergencies! Includes short wave, NOAA and FM. Has visual and audible alarms. I have one of the earlier models and love the radio. Use for talk radio while boondocking and in in parks. Very stable. Battery life is over 200 hours from 4 D cells. Includes ac chord.
2005 Fleetwood Bounder 32W 8.1.
2009 Honda Fit Sport