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Weather radios

Posted Friday, March 7, 2008, at 9:29 AM

I just got through setting up a column about severe weather from U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon which we'll probably use on Sunday's opinion page. Among other things, Gordon urges the use of NOAA weather radios.

Well, Congressman, that's excellent advice -- if you can pick up the NOAA signal from where you live. Some of us in Bedford County can't, and for us, buying a weather radio (which I've done in the past) turns out ot be a waste of money. What would be even worse would be someone living right in the fringes of the signal area, who sets up the radio and seems to be getting a signal, but then maybe it doesn't work under different atmospheric conditions, leading to a false sense of security.

I did a web site poll a long while back on whether people could receive the NOAA signal from their location. More than half of those who owned a weather radio could receive the signal, but the percentage that could not was still pretty sizable.

Surely the federal government could do more to make sure that everyone living in a populated area -- and even in sparsely-populated areas -- can receive this potentially life-saving service.


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Here's the only way NOAA weather radio can be received within the Times-Gazette building: Stand in front of the general manager's office with a handheld police scanner held at full arm's length, pointed up and toward the west.

Just one example of why Shelbyville needs a centrally-located weather service transmitter.

-- Posted by David Melson on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 10:03 AM

I should have added that I live, not out in the country, but inside the city limits, on the south side of Shelbyville, and my bedroom, where I've tried unsuccessfully to set up a weather radio, is on the second floor.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 10:56 AM

Folks in the north and eastern part of the county get a good signal from the Beech Grove transmitter. Horse Mountain probably blocks the signal from reaching Shelbyville. Most people turn them off because they off then the storm is in Clarksville. The newer one have updated technology that only off then your area it is affected but I haven't invested in one of those yet.

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 11:03 AM

We really need an edit function on this blog... I'll try it again...

Folks in the north and eastern part of the county get a good signal from the Beech Grove transmitter. Horse Mountain probably blocks the signal from reaching Shelbyville. Most people turn them off because they go off then the storm is in Clarksville. The newer one have updated technology that only go off then your area it is affected but I haven't invested in one of those yet.

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 11:08 AM

I ALSO BOUGHT A NOAA WEATHER RADIO, I CANT GET A SIGNAL IN NORMANDY. ITS SUPPOSED TO COME ON WHEN DURING A SEVERE WEATHER ALERT KIND OF LIKE AN ALARM CLOCK. IT HAS WENT OFF ONCE IN 6MOS TO WARN ME OF AN AVALANCHE PROBLEM.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 8:13 PM

Ok, I know that it's hilly around Normandy, but have I missed the snow capped mountains on my journeys?

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 8:44 PM

LOL, YEAH ME TOO. IT WOKE ME UP AT LIKE 4:30 TO TELL ME ABOUT IT. I WAS FREAKED OUT BECAUSE IT CAME ON AND THOUGHT MAYBE IT WAS A TORNADO OR SOMETHING, I GUESS IT HAD PICKED UP A SIGNAL FROM OUT WEST SOMEWHERE. IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE WASTE OF MONEY.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 9:36 PM

The only signal I can get and I live right in town is from Lawerenceburg and that a great deal farther than Beech Grove!

-- Posted by crharris84 on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 9:40 AM

I am so very glad I read your article! I had on my list to buy a weather radio. Now, I know I will just have to rely on the weather report via television. By the way, did we ever get the loud siren to warn of an imminent tornado?

-- Posted by daisydotcom on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 11:18 AM

I'm not saying that no one should buy a weather radio -- not by any stretch of the imagination. But you may want to check before you buy. See if you have a friend who has a radio and would let you borrow it, so that you will know for sure whether or not the signal can be received at your location. There are many places in the county where it can be picked up -- it's just that there are too many where it can't be.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 1:51 PM


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