Installation of NOAA weather radio transmitter in Joplin now act - KOAM TV 7

Installation of NOAA weather radio transmitter in Joplin now activated

Update 9/18/2014:  The City of Joplin, in partnership with the Springfield Office of the National Weather Service, is pleased to announce the installation of a new National Weather Service Weather Radio Transmitter. This 300 watt transmitter, located atop Joplin City Hall at 602 S Main, has the capability to cover not only Joplin, but all of Jasper County as well as much of the surrounding, contiguous counties.

"This transmitter strengthens the reception in this area as Joplin has been served by two NOAA transmitters in Avilla and Neosho throughout the years," said Keith Stammer, Emergency Management Director for City of Joplin and Jasper County. "These two transmitters will continue to operate and serve the area, while the installation of this third transmitter located in the center of Joplin will provide an additional, stronger and clearer signal to many in the area. This will help eliminate reception gaps previously identified within our area."

Many may not be familiar with NOAA weather radio's capabilities other than emergency broadcasting during storm situations, however NOAA weather radio provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information directly from the National Weather Service offices across the country. Weather messages are taped and run in a cycle lasting on an average of four to six minutes, and are updated frequently throughout the day.

When severe weather occurs, the routine broadcasting will be interrupted to provide the listener with frequent updates on severe weather warnings or statements for your area. When a severe weather warning is issued and you are within 40 miles of the transmitter, a weather tone will alert on specially built receivers, with warning and safety information following directly after the tone. With the new Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) weather radios, you can program your weather radio to only receive warnings for the county you program into the radio.

Joplin will transmit on channel #7, 162.550 MHz. NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is a service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) of the Department of Commerce. The voice of the National Weather Service, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards broadcasts may be heard 24 hours a day on any radio capable of tuning into any of the seven frequencies used by the NWS.

For more information about the National Weather Service and NOAA Weather Radios, contact Stammer at 417-624-0820, ext. 260.

3/6/2014:  A new 300 watt weather radio transmitter will soon be installed on top of Joplin's city hall.  Right now, there's one NOAA radio transmitter near Neosho and one near Avilla.  City officials say many people in and near Joplin aren't getting a clear weather radio signal.

The new tower will be owned and operated by Joplin.  The project will cost $50,000 and come from the city's general fund budget.

"I think the expense is well worth it.  Our number one and first effort in helping people be safe is forewarned is forearmed.  We want people to know ahead of time what's going to happen.  Weather radio is a very good way of doing that," says Joplin Emergency Manager Keith Stammer.

"We'll be able to cover all of Jasper County, down to Neosho itself, over into Cherokee County (Kansas), and then back over to our east, as well," says Stammer.

City officials say a slight delay in obtaining construction materials and other related items means the new tower will be up and running by June.
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