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Author Topic: So, what's up with all of these NOAA Weather Radio outages?  (Read 1094 times)

Offline ThaDood

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I do on occasion check this page out, since supposedly our tax $$$$$'s are paying for these, but scroll down and check out how many outages there are as of late, (5/28/2022).   https://www.weather.gov/nwr/outages   Weird... 
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Re: So, what's up with all of these NOAA Weather Radio outages?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2022, 1715 UTC »
Itís not much better here in Canada. Our equivalent is Weatheradio Canada. Our local AM Weatheradio Canada (the VHF one is fine) has been of air for at least several years. I phoned and asked about it a few weeks ago and found they had been unaware of the problem (for SEVERAL YEARS). I have a feeling it might be hard to fix because the transmitter is a LPB AM-5 and low power broadcasting (LPB) is out of businesses so now there is nowhere to service their products.
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Re: So, what's up with all of these NOAA Weather Radio outages?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2022, 0440 UTC »
Oh yeah!!!! I've always thought that made some nice sense to have a Weather FREQ broadcasting on the AM BC band. Well, if that is indeed a LPB AM-5, unless that took a big lightning hit and fried that, a decent tech shouldn't have too much trouble replacing anything on that transmitter. Even if a new crystal is needed, a DDS oscillator will do very nicely on that. I know this, since a friend of mine is running his AM Carrier-Current station with an AM-5 and a DDS OSC for his selected FREQ. So, far, rock solid for 8 years with him on that. So, can be done.
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Re: So, what's up with all of these NOAA Weather Radio outages?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2022, 1952 UTC »
I've noted a couple of recent outages for 162.55 which is the big one for Denver (300 W I think, whereas I'm under the impression that most transmit at 100 W.... I could be full of it though, except the 300 W part). Hopefully not something that happens during tornado/microburst season.
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Re: So, what's up with all of these NOAA Weather Radio outages?
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2022, 1714 UTC »
Oh yeah!!!! I've always thought that made some nice sense to have a Weather FREQ broadcasting on the AM BC band. Well, if that is indeed a LPB AM-5, unless that took a big lightning hit and fried that, a decent tech shouldn't have too much trouble replacing anything on that transmitter. Even if a new crystal is needed, a DDS oscillator will do very nicely on that. I know this, since a friend of mine is running his AM Carrier-Current station with an AM-5 and a DDS OSC for his selected FREQ. So, far, rock solid for 8 years with him on that. So, can be done.

You're dealing with Canadian government.  These are the people that are so uptight that when a new station signs on, they have to have a representative from IC come out and sign on the transmitter.  I highly doubt they will retrofit an old transmitter with parts that would void its type acceptance.

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Re: So, what's up with all of these NOAA Weather Radio outages?
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2022, 2127 UTC »
Oh yeah!!!! I've always thought that made some nice sense to have a Weather FREQ broadcasting on the AM BC band. Well, if that is indeed a LPB AM-5, unless that took a big lightning hit and fried that, a decent tech shouldn't have too much trouble replacing anything on that transmitter. Even if a new crystal is needed, a DDS oscillator will do very nicely on that. I know this, since a friend of mine is running his AM Carrier-Current station with an AM-5 and a DDS OSC for his selected FREQ. So, far, rock solid for 8 years with him on that. So, can be done.

You're dealing with Canadian government.  These are the people that are so uptight that when a new station signs on, they have to have a representative from IC come out and sign on the transmitter.  I highly doubt they will retrofit an old transmitter with parts that would void its type acceptance.

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The Canadian's are a picky bunch. When the transmitter that served the little towns along the inside passage from Vancouver to the Alaska border gave up the ghost, a bunch of hams in the region retrofitted a Kenwood transceiver to do the job 24/7 at their own cost and labor. Radio/TV Canada rejected it w/o firing it up for testing into a dummy load.

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https://swling.com/blog/2022/08/noaa-weather-radio-needs-some-serious-upgrades/    I wouldn't mind if my tax $$$$$'s went for that. Question is, will it?
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