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Old 08-27-2006, 07:53 AM   #15
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Ligthning Detectors

This will be on the agenda for the NEU business meeting as a new item. Ligthning is the most common problem here in the Northeast as a personal threat. http://www.spectrumthunderbolt.com/comparison.html
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:36 PM   #16
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If you are into gadgets, here is a link to a cool weather radio. Sharper Image : Oregon Scientific Portable Public Alert Radio & Weather Station : Radio Alert System

It is a portable weather radio with a base. It is also an alarm clock, auto set clock and weather sensor. It can handle up to 5 temperature remotes. So we now have temperature remotes for outside, refrigerator and freezer! My wife wanted to know why we would want to monitor the freezer temperature. My response of "because we can" was met with rolled eyes! Some people just don't undersand the allure of gadgets.
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:47 PM   #17
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Noaa weather radio with SAME (Specific Area Meassaging) alert system.SAME allows you to program the radio to respond ONLY to the county or counties that you are interested in, doing away with Alarms not intended for those counties.
With a weather radio you can almost always get weather forecasts and alerts without having to find the proper local radio station for an area you just arrived in.
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:07 PM   #18
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Noaa weather radio with SAME (Specific Area Meassaging) alert system.SAME allows you to program the radio to respond ONLY to the county or counties that you are interested in, doing away with Alarms not intended for those counties.
I very much concur with this. Be sure to get a unit with the SAME technology since in many cases you may pick up a warning but it might not be for the particular county which you are located in. Also buy a radio that can monitor multiple county codes at the same time.

When planning my trip itenary I lookup the counties in the states where I will be overnighting. From the NOAA site, I'll find the SAME code for each county and load those into my radio. From there all I need to do upon arrival is to set my radio for the best receiving channel, and I'll know that if the county I'm in gets an alert, my radio will sound the alarm. No need to load the proper county code at each stop.

Here is the model I use.

Portable Public Alert Weather Radio with SAME Model WR108

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Old 05-14-2007, 02:22 PM   #19
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Well, where I typically boondock there are no signals, NOAA or cell for that matter. So, I defer to prayer when I see very dark clouds coming.

I also listen to the radio and see what is expected FWIW!

When in an area where I can get a NOAA signal, my Motorola walkie talkies get me the info in addition to the local radio broadcasts. If I haul the TV with me, I get the info also from the local TV stations.
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If no better weather source...

Imprecise as all get out, but turning on the AM radio and listening for loud lightning static should at least tell you if thunderheads (source of hail and tornadoes) are within 25-50 miles or so.
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Imprecise as all get out, but turning on the AM radio and listening for loud lightning static should at least tell you if thunderheads (source of hail and tornadoes) are within 25-50 miles or so.
Great idea Bob. Low tech, but effective!
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:41 PM   #22
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I have one of the Grundig radios - not with the cell charger though, that would be a nice add on to have. I bought mine at a discount junk store selling off a Radio Shack store stock that had been in a fire. The box was trashed but the radio was new. Mine has a button that tunes it to the NOAA station without having to turn the knob and search in a panic. 2 minutes of crank time gives you 30 minutes of play - lots more when it's quite and you have it down low in volume. I used 4 AA batteries that would not light a flashlight for 3 days of power in it so now I keep a few old ones around just for the radio.

Came in very handy during Katrina. The Red Cross handed lots of them out but stopped when people were selling them on Ebay.

On the internet I use intellicast.com - great radar maps and generally good forecasts.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:37 PM   #23
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April '06 during turkey season, one of my hunting buddies woke me up early in the morning yelling "Tornado on the way. Get dressed and meet me at the Ranger station." His NOAA weather alarm had gone off waking him up with the alert. Within 10 minutes the rain hit hard and then the hail started falling. Luckily it was less than one inch hail but it sure came down hard.

A tornado missed us by 4 miles and the hail was really bad about 4 miles the other side of us. The tornado bent part of the firehall roof back, took part of the roof off a church across the street from the firehall, then leveled all trees over 4 feet as it went down a hollow and tore up a few houses. Without one of those radios, I guess the hail sure would have let me know something was amiss.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:04 PM   #24
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Oregon Scientific | U.S.

I bought my radio from Oregon Scientific and they have a great assortment of radios. They work great in and around urban areas, but its hard to pick up stations in the wild.

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We put a Pyle Marine radio/CD combo in our Airstream. It has the NOAA Weather bands built in...We Love it! It is a PYLE PLCD16MRWB, available on Amazon. Its also fairly water tight which helps keep out the occasional pesky ant.
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Untill yesterday, I had never heard of SAME technology for the radios. I pretty much get where I am going and scan the 7 or so frequencies for a signal I can hear. There is usally one that I can make out over others. I havent used the radio in the west yet, but given how hit and miss it is here in the east I dont expect a whole lot out of it. Having gagets are nice but its always good to keep an eye on things directly as well.
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Grundig with the built in Power Generator. Hope we don't ever need to use it though.
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Grundig with the built in Power Generator. Hope we don't ever need to use it though.
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Exactly what we have - got mine at a fire sale of Radio Shack stock - works great. Mine does not have the cell phone charger but does have a one button push for access to the NOAA weather band freaquency so in a pinch no knob turning.

During Katina it was a life line to the world. Used old remote contoller AA batteries which lasted for days in the radio but would not light a flashlight bulb.
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