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Ham Radios & Weather Radios

2020-04-23 by: David White
From: David White 
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I know that we have some HAM enthusiasts on the list.
I've wanted to get a HAM radio for a while, although I don't have a license
or anything (maybe some day).

I'm looking for radio model and brand recommendations.
Weather Alert (NOAA) is a must.
HAM Radio capabilities would be cool.

Given the experience on Easter Sunday night, I've decided that I need to
get a weather radio - Hamilton County didn't send any alerts over the
cellular network, and the only reason I found out about the tornado was
because my Google Pixel non-Verizon phone alerted me and woke me up.
Neither my work phone, nor my wife's phone (both iPhone and Verizon)
alerted us.

(We lost 2 trees in our yard, and were probably only about 3-5 miles away
from the actual tornado. It was pretty intense, but besides the gutter on 1
side of my garage, my dog's fence, and those 2 trees, we got off lucky)

Given my eventual desire to get a HAM radio, I got to thinking....
Can a HAM radio double as a Weather Alert radio? I'm sure that a HAM would
double as a weather monitoring radio (just listen to the weather bands
whenever I want), but wasn't sure about actual alerting.

I also don't want to be woken up in the middle of the night over a mere
thunderstorm warning, or even a flood warning (since I live near the top of
a hill away from any creeks and such... we basically have no flood danger
here).

-- 
David White

=============================================================== From: Mitch Tuck ------------------------------------------------------ There are a few that work as a weather radio as well but have to be co figured that way. I have a yaesu vx-7r handhelds that can. Are you wanting more of a handheld or mobile/base radio?

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ I'd probably like something handheld. It doesn't surprise me at all if / that HAM radios can access weather bands. My question is more along the lines of -- can it be programmed as a weather ALERT radio, i.e. to wake me up if there is a tornado warning. I just learned the difference yesterday between a normal weather band radio vs. a NOAA weather alert radio. -- David White

=============================================================== From: Mitch Tuck ------------------------------------------------------ I have not used either one of these, but they both support severe weather alert. Ft-4xr and the ft-65r. When I was looking I stayed at the lower end of the price scale. These both run sub $80. My radio if set in that mode does give loud alert tones.

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ You would be be better off with a dedicated weather radio for that purpose. Some HTs like my yaesu aren't meant to be charged while they are powered on. The super cheap baofengs can monitor NOAA channels and it's good to listen to the skywarn nets, but their transmit is sloppy and their selectivity is garbage (subject to neighboring interference) but they are cheap and work. -B

=============================================================== From: Mitch Tuck ------------------------------------------------------ I agree. I use to use my yaesu as a weather radio, but found due to charging, and a few other issues I elected to go with a dedicated weather radio.

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ Thank you. I'll go with a dedicated weather alert radio, then, and will get a ham radio when I'm ready to take that plunge. -- David White

=============================================================== From: Stephen Haywood ------------------------------------------------------ I can't speak to Ham radios but the Weather Radio App is great for the iPhone and will give you alerts based on your location. -- Stephen Haywood CISSP, OSCP, OSCE 423.305.3700

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