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Old 12-18-2009, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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What is the advantage to having a weather radio? Are they worth buying and what brand do you prepared people recommend (for under $50)?
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Yes, there is an advantage to a weather radio. "Midland" has long made these radios so look for them.

Information in stormy seasons can be the difference between life and death depending on where you live.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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I have a Midland WR-100 Weather Radio that has worked great for me for two years now, and I only paid $10.00 for it. It alerts me to pending hazardous weather, either by voice or sound. It's been going crazy today with the snow storm coming.
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Many FRS radios also have weather bands. You get two radios in a package for under $50 and you can also communicate with each other out to about 1/2 mile. You'll see claims that they can reach out 10, 18 or even 27 miles. Don't believe it.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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I have a weather radio made by Oregon Scientific. I can't remember how much I paid for it, but I don't think it was inordinately expensive. After living through three hurricanes I am perhaps a bit more anxious about weather than I was before. I love having it and knowing I'll get a warning if there is something serious approaching, especially a tornado.
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Eton FR-300
49.95....Amazon has them
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I have a Radio Shack weather alert radio. Just a plain weather alert with no bells or whistles.
Yes, it does serve it's purpose as you are alerted to bad weather coming your way..even if it's just heavy rains. It plugs in with a batter backup. Don't recall the cost..but it wasn't much..maybe $50 or so.
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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I have a Reecom radio that cost me less than $60.00. It has worked perfectly and has warned me quite a few times when I wasn't expecting any problems, especially at night. Description is as follows:

Reecom R1650 NOAA All Hazards and Weather Alert Radio with SAME and AM/FM offers a Public Alert Certified Weather Radio with a proprietary SAME digital decoder technology that will provide notification warnings about approaching weather conditions such as tornadoes, hurricanes and floods and is programmable to specific county or counties. This public alert radio also provides you with information about civil problems such as Amber alerts, nuclear accidents and even terrorist attacks.

The R1650 digital weather alert radio features 180 hours of battery back-up operation in standby mode when there is an AC power failure (batteries not included). This unique feature is very important to all emergency alert radio owners during emergency periods! It picks up all 7 NOAA weather channels with PLL tuning, using SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) it can monitor up to 26 county codes concurrently, has a selectable defeat siren function (48 events can be set to defeat siren if they are not of your interest) and is a NOAA all hazards public alert CEA-2009-A certified receiver. Comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty.
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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What is the advantage to having a weather radio? Are they worth buying and what brand do you prepared people recommend (for under $50)?
I apologize for not answering your original question, but a weather radio is like gold where I live.
They are well worth buying, but get a good one. The Eton I told about earlier works with or without electricity. Has a hand crank to recharge the battery pack if needed.
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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I've always had Midlands, no problems at all with them, this is my current one.



There are also services that will send you the same alerts you'd get with a weather radio to your cell phone via text message.
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