Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-10-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 109
Self-Tuning Weather Radio

Looking for ideas. I would like to find a weather radio that is "smart" enough to tune itself to the closest of the 7 frequencies as I drive across several states during the course of a day. I don't have satellite radio and don't want a CB radio.

The weather radios I find work well when in a specific area. It's even possible to use SAME to set the radio to "pay attention" to the local transmitters that cover the county in question. But when driving across Nebraska, for example, the SAME codes will change every 20 or 30 minutes as I drive through county after county. It's inconvenient to re-tune the radio, and dangerous to the extent it would require looking up the frequency for the county's transmitters.

Thus my idea of a weather radio that continually scans the 7 frequencies, and also listens to all 7 for alerts.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who wants to stay on top of weather, particularly during storm season. I searched the forums, but the few references I found that mentioned doing this didn't get into specifics about the brand/model, etc weather radio they own.

I'm all ears now. Thanks in advance.
__________________

bluesprinter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 05:26 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Viejo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Arcata, CA
Posts: 619
Re: Self-Tuning Weather Radio

FWIW - This is overkill if you only want a single function weather radio, but we just got a pair of Motorola GMRS handsets from REI that also have a weather radio scan function. Haven't had a chance to use them in the field yet, but they work great here at the house.
__________________

__________________
2002 E350 7.3 PSD
Quigley 4x4, EB50 floorplan
Viejo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 07:22 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
BIGVANS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Up In The Mountains
Posts: 425
Re: Self-Tuning Weather Radio

Just some info

http://www.weather.com/aboutus/radio/partners/



Attached Images
 
__________________
2003 Ford E-350SD 4x4
V10 / 4R100 / NV271
Front Axle - 1 Ton Spec Dana 60/King Pin/Open Knuckle/High Steer
Rear Axle - 1 Ton Spec Dana 60/Full Floating
Eaton E-Lockers Front And Rear/4:10 Gears
ARB Differential Covers - Nodular Iron With Dipstick And Drain Plug
Leaf Spring Suspension Front And Rear
46 Gal Transfer-Flow Fuel Tank
ExtremeAire Magnum Air Compressor
Reunel Rear Bumper
On And On ...
BIGVANS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 08:24 PM   #4
Site Team
 
daveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turlock Ca
Posts: 9,801
Garage
Re: Self-Tuning Weather Radio

What about a programmable scanner? Have you looked for something like that? If the squelch is set high it won't stop on a weak station. But I don't know if a station signal that is strong will be the correct one you want to hear.
__________________
2006 Ford 6.0PSD EB-50/E-PH SMB 4X4 Rock Crawler Trailer

Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures..........On and off road adventures
daveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2012, 07:08 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 101
Re: Self-Tuning Weather Radio

We have a weather radio that supposedly picks up the closest transmission. It's a Midland HH54. Seems to work for the most part. However, we have found that it is obviously very sensitive to terrain. We were in the the Grants, Silver City, Gila National Forest area last Dec and couldn't consistently pick up a transmission. I did a little research which led me to believe that there aren't many transmission towers out in the boondocks which is where we need the radio the most. Does that sound right or am I just not using the radio correctly?
oldbernie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2012, 07:50 AM   #6
Member
 
JayBea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 58
Re: Self-Tuning Weather Radio

Oldbernie, you are correct. I live in Silver City, we just got a Weather Radio station within the last 2 years. I just purchased a radio for my new SMB Sprinter and while coverage is good in Silver itself, you get no, or little, coverage anywhere north into the Gila. Oh well, our weather is generally not a concern. I think that you will find greater coverage in areas where knowing the weather is more of a necessity. Good travels...
JIM
__________________
The Mercury

-light of the morning, looking for shelter in this thunder and this rain

2012 SMB Sprinter, 2500 EB Tall, Brilliant Silver Metalic
12vdc no inverter, 180 w Permanent Solar, 120 w Portable Solar
Queen platform bed
(Delivery Taken 7/23/12) NM 31357RVB
JayBea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2012, 10:48 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 101
Re: Self-Tuning Weather Radio

Thanks Jim, I feel better now. Hate to feel like I can't operate a simple electronic device. We're heading up to the 4 corners area on Wednesday. Farmington, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonland and Mesa Verde. I'll let you know if the radio works any better.
oldbernie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 04:15 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Advanturetrek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 233
Re: Self-Tuning Weather Radio

I have an ICOM amateur radio. The scan and memory functions make it pretty easy to find weather broadcasts. Some amateur radios, like the VX-8GR, have special functions for listening to weather broadcasts.
__________________
The Yeti: SMB 4x4 Ford EB, super camper top, RVI interior build
http://www.advanturetrek.com
http://www.facebook.com/AdvantureTrek
Advanturetrek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 05:48 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 109
Re: Self-Tuning Weather Radio

Thanks to all who have shared thoughts to date. I was distracted by other tasks. I did check out some of the suggestions. Still haven't found something that automatically jumps to the frequency covering the portion of interstate or highway being traveled at the moment. If it doesn't exist, maybe I will invent it. Anyone know a good electrical engineer?
bluesprinter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 07:16 PM   #10
Site Team
 
daveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turlock Ca
Posts: 9,801
Garage
Re: Self-Tuning Weather Radio

Maybe this will work for ya??? Too bad some places have poor coverage. Sweet if it was a satelite transmission.

Weather app for your smart phone
__________________

__________________
2006 Ford 6.0PSD EB-50/E-PH SMB 4X4 Rock Crawler Trailer

Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures..........On and off road adventures
daveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.