Emerson Instant Weather Band Radio Directionsby Christopher Raines
Weather radios supply continuous observations, conditions, alerts and forecasts for your area. They can prove essential during power outages when television and cable weather outlets are unavailable. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broadcasts weather information through its nearly 1,000 transmitters. Those transmitters are located in all states, adjacent coastal waters and certain United States territories. Emerson has manufactured Instant Weather Band radios to offer convenient access to NOAA radio transmissions in your area.
Find the battery compartment on the back of the unit. Press the arrow marking on the compartment cover, and slide the cover down. Insert four "AA" batteries. Slide the compartment up to close.
Determine what NOAA weather station covers your county. Go to NOAA's Weather Radio page for county coverage (see References). Click on the link for your state or territory or the "Marine" link for adjacent coastal waters. Scroll down the county listing page to find the transmitter location, call sign and frequency for your county.
Extend the FM/TV/Weather Band telescopic antenna on top of the radio. Place the radio near a window or on an elevated surface to enhance reception. Direct the antenna in the direction of the transmitter nearest your home.
Turn on the radio. Press the weather band button on top of the radio. Slowly rotate the weather band's tuning control on the radio until you get a signal for a transmitter in your area. According to Emerson's manual for the RP 1103 (see References), you do not need to use the control again unless you change locations.
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