NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)
 
NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) can alert you for emergencies anywhere within the coverage area of the NWR transmitter, typically several counties, even though the emergency could be well away from the listener. Weather receiver with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) will alert only on weather and other emergencies for the county(s)/ area(s) programmed.
 
  • When an NWS office broadcasts a warning, watch or non-weather emergency, it also broadcasts a digital SAME code that may be heard as a very brief static burst, depending on the characteristics of the receiver. This SAME code contains the type of message, county(s) affected, and message expiration time.
  • A programmed NWR SAME receiver will turn on for that message, with the listener hearing the 1050 Hz warning alarm tone as an attention signal, followed by the broadcast message.
  • At the end of the broadcast message, listeners will hear a brief digital end-of-message static burst followed by a resumption of the NWR broadcast cycle.

The following messages are always alerted on a NWR Transmitter if they apply to any part of its coverage area:

MESSAGE EVENT: CODE

  • Tornado Warning: TOR
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: SVR
  • Flash Flood Warning: FFW
  • Tornado Watch: TOA
  • Severe Thunderstorm: Watch SVA
  • Hurricane Watch: HUA
  • Hurricane Warning: HUW
  • National Emergency: EAN 2.

The following messages are sometimes alerted if they apply to the coverage area of the transmitter, depending on the circumstances and the area of the country. Check with the National Weather Service programming office of the NWR transmitter:

MESSAGE EVENT: CODE

  • Flash Flood Watch: FFA
  • Winter Storm Warning: WSW
  • High Wind Warning: HWW
  • Tsunami Watch: TSA
  • Tsunami Warning: TSW
  • River Flood Watch: FLA
  • River Flood Warning: FLW
  • Special Marine Warnings: --none--
  • Local non-weather emergencies: CEM
NWR TRANSMITTERS
    
COUNTIES COVERED
LOCATION
CALL
FREQ
POWER
BERKELEY
CHARLESTON
DORCHESTER
Charleston
KHB29
162.55
1000
X
X
X
Cross
WXM93
162.475
100
X
Orangeburg
KHA35
162.525
300
X
 
AREA SAME CODES
 
COUNTY
CODE
 
 
Berkeley
045015
 
 
Charleston
045019
 
 
Colleton
045029
 
 
Georgetown
045043
 
 
Orangeburg
045075
 
 
COVERAGE MAPS

The follwing maps show the approximate coverage ares of the Low Country NWR transmitter sites. The coverage maps are shown in a three color format, which relates to three estimated signal levels.

  • White: Signal level of greater than 18dBuV: Reliable coverage
  • Green: 0dBuV to 18dBuV: picking up a signal is possible but unreliable
  • Red: Less than 0dBuV: Unlikely to receive a signal

Charleston

Cross

NOT
AVAILABLE

Orangeburg

 
SPECIAL MARINE WARNING BROADCASTS
MARINE
ZONE ID
DESCRIPTION
SAME#
TRANSMITTER
FREQ
CALL
WATTS
AMZ300
Synopsis for South Santee River SC to Savannah GA out 20 NM and Savannah GA to Altamaha Sound GA out 60 NM including Charleston Harbor and Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary
075300
Charleston SC
162.550
KHB29
1000