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Kankakee County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Weather Radio Information

NWR Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME)

  • 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.

SAME Radios Explained

Since weather patterns move primarily from West to East, it's a good idea to include surrounding counties in your radios warning list.

The links below shows the SAME codes for Kankakee and the surrounding counties.

Know your neighbors - Codes for Kankakee and surrounding counties.


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