Programming your S.A.M.E.
This is simple guide to programming your
Weather Alert Radio
The links mentioned below are for the National Weather Service
office in Morristown TN, and covers all of E TN.
You can find other weather radio stations and codes by going to
and using the weather radio links there.
1) Plug the unit in, put the back up batteries in it, and turn it
on. Make sure the weather part is turned on.
For the next few items, you will need your manual to navigate
through the menus in your radio.
2) You need to select the weather service transmitter closest to
you, that serves your area.
You can find this information at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mrx/mrxnwr.php.
3) Once you select the right station, make sure you can hear the
station by getting out of the setup menu, and press the Weather
You may need to move around to get a good signal. Once you find
the best place, this IS where the radio needs to
It DOES need to receive a good quality signal.
4) Now you need to set at least one S.A.M.E. code for your
county. If you plan to set only one code, choose a "single"
setting in the menu.
5) Next, you need to enter that code. You find the proper code by
looking at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mrx/same.php.
6) If you want to enter multiple codes (highly recommended if you
live near a county line) then you would select "multiple" and
enter the differing codes,
such as SAME 01 or CODE 01, and enter the codes you find on
7) Set the clock.
8) Set the alert type. Voice is a good choice, as the radio will
send out a loud tone, then switch to voice during the alert, so
that you instantly hear what the warning is for.
9) Get out of the menus, make sure the weather radio switch is on
(this is probably a slide switch on the unit) and never turn it
10) If you have an extended power outage, change your batteries.
Also change them once to twice a year, when you change smoke
11) NOTE: always have an alternate way to receive weather
information. The NWS transmitters do go off the air from time to
time. Broadcast TV or radio is a good choice. If you have cable or satellite TV, you may not get an
You can find S.A.M.E. Weather
Alert Radios at many local stores, such as Walgreens, WalMart,
Feel free to contact the
McMinn Co Amateur Radio Club, Inc at firstname.lastname@example.org and please
put "Weather Radio Help" in the subject line.