«TABLE OF CONTENTS: Features Your new MIDLAND Weather Receiver What is S.A.M.E?. Getting to Know Your Weather Receiver Quick Start Instructions ...»
If no program buttons are pressed for about one minute the Weather Receiver will exit the menu mode.
1. WEATHER/SNOOZE alert, warning tones & 9 minute snooze button. Press this button to put the weather/hazard receiver into standby mode (alert monitor mode.) Press button again to return to hearing National Weather Service weather/hazard voice reports.
- Press this button to cancel alert warning tones and any external alert features when alert is active.
2. WEATHER SWITCH ON/OFF. Main power switch for Weather Radio, turns it on & off. (Only the clock is active when this switch is off.)
3. Volume (UP & DOWN) buttons. Switch Weather Receiver on, then press these buttons to adjust to desired listening level.
4. “WARNING” Alert Status light ─ Red. Indicates that the National Weather Service has issued a warning for your area.
5. “WATCH” Alert Status Light ─ Yellow. Indicates that the National Weather Service has issued a watch for your area.
6. “STATEMENT” Alert Status Light ─ Indicates a S.A.M.E. statement has been issued for your area by the National Weather Service.
7. MENU button. Press to activate programming mode. (Use directional arrows to move through programming menu options.)
8. SELECT (programming) button. Press this button to enter the selected menu mode. Press this button to confirm your menu option selection.
9. Arrow buttons – directional arrows (up, down, right & left.) Use directional arrows to move through the Weather Receiver program menus.
Note you can also use the arrow buttons to review previous alerts when in normal display mode.
BACKLIGHT OF THE DISPLAY.
Pressing and releasing a button will turn on the backlight of the Weather Receiver display for about 5 seconds.
ICONS ON THE DISPLAY.
The following icons appear on the Weather Receiver display to indicate the monitor functions that are active.
IF YOU HEAR MORE THAN ONE CHANNEL.
When you program the Weather/Hazard channel, you may hear weather and hazard alerts on more than one channel. This means that your are receiving broadcast from more than one National Weather Service station in your area.
Simply choose the one that sounds clearest.
11 http://www.midlandradio.com About NWR, NOAA, NWS, & S.A.M.E. County Codes.
National Weather Radio (NWR) is a service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.) As the "Voice of the National Weather Service", NWR is a continuous broadcast of the latest weather and hazard alert information from your local National Weather Service (NWS) office. It is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In 1994, NOAA began broadcasting coded emergency signals that identify the specific geographic area (such as the county within a state) that is affected by an emergency. Until that time, such specific emergency weather information was sent in other ways to broadcast stations and others and then relayed to the public. NOAA transmits the coded emergency signals using a technique called Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E..) The MIDLAND Weather Radio (Model WR-100 ) is designed to receive these S.A.M.E. county code transmissions.
NWR divides the United States and territories by state and county (or parish) and assigns a six-digit code number called a FIPS (Federal Information Processing System) code, also known as a NWR/S.A.M.E.
You can program the Weather Receiver with up to 25 S.A.M.E. County Codes. The Weather Receiver allows you to receive broadcast alerts for either your own county or for up to 25 counties. You do this by programming in the S.A.M.E. county codes for counties important to you. This will eliminate any Alerts that are not within your area of interest. For example, if you only want to be informed for alerts within your own county just program in the S.A.M.E. county code for your own county. But, if you want to be informed about counties that are North, South, East and/or West of you, you will also program in those S.A.M.E.
When you program your S.A.M.E. country code(s) into the MIDLAND Weather Receiver, you eliminate any Alerts that are not within those counties. Warnings, watches and statements of weather and other area emergencies ─ about 50 different types ─ will activate the Weather Receiver for only your programmed specific area.
The S.A.M.E. message the NWR sends contains information that tells the weather receiver the time period for which the alert is valid. NWS can set the active time of the alert from 15 minutes to up to 6 hours.
When the designated time has passed, the Weather Receiver display message and light will automatically reset to their normal state.
All National Weather Service stations periodically transmit test signals.
Some stations broadcast a test signal only once a week, while others test more often. NWS also may broadcast System Demonstrations.
You can find out when your local NWS station broadcasts test signals by calling the NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office (listed under ‘Weather” in the Federal Government section of the telephone book.) During the weekly test signal, the local NWS station will give a list of counties covered by their transmitter. The NWS test signal allows everyone with Weather Receiver receivers to verify the operation of their equipment.
The following test signals may be sent by the NWS during testing:
As the NWS adds new test capabilities, your Weather Receiver is set to receive them and alert you automatically with no modifications.
Connecting the External Alert Output to an External Device You may need to turn on or turn off another device when an alert is received. The WR-100 provides a switch closure to signal other devices at the EXT. ALERT jack when the monitor receives an alert.
The output is compatible with home automation devices from suppliers like X-10 and others. Connect the positive lead of the interface to the tip of the 1/8 inch (3.5mm) phone plug and the negative lead to the body of the plug.
14 http://www.midlandradio.com A DC powered device using 12 Volts or less and requiring less than 200mA of current can be switched directly using the EXT. ALERT jack.
Observe the polarity of the jack so that the negative side of the external power source is connected to the body of the 1/8 inch (3.5mm) phone plug and the device is connected to the positive source and to the tip of the phone plug.
The internal switch is closed when an alert is received. Pressing any button on the front of the monitor will open the switch.
See “Quick Start Instructions” for battery installation.
Connecting Power. The AC power adapter is recommended for normal operation if the Weather Receiver is to be in service for more than a few hours.
Backup Batteries are also recommended during normal operation. The condition of the batteries is monitored by the Weather Receiver. When the “Low Battery” icon flashes on the display, the battery has been discharged and should be replaced. Do not leave a dead or weak battery in the monitor. Do not leave a battery in the monitor when it is not in use. The battery may leak and possibly damage your Weather Receiver. Dispose of batteries properly.
Your MIDLAND Weather Receiver can be emergency powered by (3) AA alkaline batteries. In an emergency situation, (3) AA alkaline batteries should provide approximately 24 hours of continuous operation. The clock will run for at least 10 days on batteries when the monitor is turned off with the MONITOR ON / OFF control.
15 http://www.midlandradio.com RECEPTION.
A System of Weather/Hazard Alert Broadcasts in the United States.
(NOAA) The National Weather Service operates National Weather Radio as a system of weather and hazard alert broadcasts covering a large area of the United States. Only a few areas are not included.
Currently, NOAA Weather Radio is directly available to 93% to 95% of the U.S. population.
Typical weather/hazard broadcast (162MHz) monitor reception distance will range from 25-50 miles. Your MIDLAND Weather Receiver can receive broadcasts from the Weather Stations up to 50 miles away depending on your location and conditions of weather, terrain, etc. If reception in your area is not good, try different locations in your home or office to find a place of good reception. A location near a window is a good starting place.
If A Weather Station Cannot Be Heard on any channel, contact your local National Weather Service office to verify that the station is on the air. Also verify the CHANNEL (frequency) they broadcast and the location of the weather station. If your local Weather Service is transmitting and you are not receiving the broadcasts, you may need an external antenna.
External Antenna can be used for better reception from greater distances. To use an external (outdoor) antenna, you must have an antenna with an RCA phono plug or an adapter to plug the antenna into the back of the WEATHER RECEIVER. One suggested antenna is the MIDLAND 18-259W VHF Through-Glass Antenna. This antenna improves reception when applied to either single-pane windows or double-pane windows.
Metal Structure (some mobile homes) Reception is difficult because the metallic structure impedes the transmission of monitor waves.
Place your Weather Receiver near a window. If this doesn't provide reasonable reception, an external antenna must be used.
*Note if you have reason to switch between different Weather Receiver channels, you may also wish to record the channel used for a particular county NWR frequency.
18 http://www.midlandradio.com SERVICE.
If your MIDLAND Weather Receiver fails to operate properly, check the “Troubleshooting” section in this manual before returning it for
service. If necessary, return as follows:
1. Pack the unit in its original box and packing.
2. Include the following:
a. Full description of any problems b. Money order for $20.50 to cover shipping and handling c. Daytime telephone number, name & address
3. For warranty service include a photocopy of the receipt showing the date of sale.
4. You do not need to return accessory items (AC/DC Adapter, batteries) unless they might be directly related to the problem.
5. A flat rate of $45.00 will apply to repairs not covered by warranty or units that are over one year old. Send only cashiers check, money order or Master Card or Visa card number.
ONE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY.
MIDLAND Radio Corporation will repair or replace, at its option without charge, your WR-100 weather alert monitor which fails due to a defect in material or workmanship within one year following the initial consumer purchase.
This warranty does not include any antennas, which may be a part of or included with the warranted product, or the cost of labor for removal or re-installation of the product in a vehicle or other mounting.
Performance of any obligation under this warranty may be obtained by returning the warranted product, freight prepaid, along with a copy of the original sales receipt to MIDLAND Radio Corporation at the address provided below.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary, from state to state.
Note: The above warranty applies only to merchandise purchased in the United States of America or any of the territories or possessions thereof, or from a U.S. Military exchange. For warranty coverage on merchandise purchased elsewhere ask your dealer.
FCC COMPLIANCE INFORMATION.
MIDLAND (NOAA) Weather Receiver Model WR-100, “S.A.M.E. Digital Weather/Hazard Alert Receiver” This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference; (2) This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Specifications are nominal and subject to change.
General Frequency Range (162.4O, 162.425, 162.45, 162.475, 162.50, 162.525, 162.55MHz) Number of WX Channels
Dimensions 130MM W x 50MM H x 152MM D (51/2 x 2 x 6 in.) Receiver 20 dB Quieting Sensitivity
FIPS County code Sensitivity at5kHz Dev.......... 0.5uV Channel Selectivity
Speaker Output at10%THD