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Old 09-29-2015, 08:01 PM   #1
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Does anyone know where I can get or have a recommendation for a 12 volt NOAA Weather Radio that would work in the Motorhome while traveling. My old motorhome had a NOAA Weather Radio built in the JENSEN radio in the center console and while traveling whenever an alert tone came on it would interrupt whatever I was listening to and play the NOAA broadcast. My new Coach has an nice radio in the center console however it doesn't receive NOAA weather alerts and I really don't want to replace it. I was wondering if anyone has come across a NOAA weather Radio that I could plug in the 12v power output and it have it on and it would break the squelch when a NOAA Alert came on. It would have to have a scanning feature as there are different frequencies in use at different locations. I found a few online but they seem to be of the handheld variety that may not work in a motorhome while traveling down the highway. Any recommendations are appreciated.
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Sorry Robmat I do not have an answer for that but if you do decide to replace your radio check out West Marine, they have stereos with NOAA built in.


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This might be an option. CCrane makes good radios. This one can be powered by batteries, or by plugging in to the mini USB power port. Easy to get a 12volt mini USB charge adapter.

C Crane CC Skywave AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather and Airband Portable Travel Radio with Clock and Alarm
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:26 PM   #4
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NOAA Weather Radio

Or this one. Having a CB radio is also good for traffic reports from truckers, or when there is no cell coverage. It automatically scans all NOAA weather channels.

Cobra 29 LX 40-Channel CB Radio with Instant Access 10 NOAA Weather Stations and Selectable 4 Color Display
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:01 PM   #5
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Sirius/XM satellite radio is what we use. Lots of weather radio stations.
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:49 PM   #6
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I'm in the same situation, except I am going to replace my stereo that does have NOAA and could not find a decent head unit that also has NOAA.

By decent I mean multiple inputs, works with iPhone and has bluetooth. None of which my current stock RV stereo has.

I'm probably going to add an CB radio. The one I was looking at is Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio handheld that can also be mounted to the RV's antenna. But it does not appear to "break in" with NOAA alerts.
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I purchased my Midland NOAA radio from Wal Mart. 110v with battery back up.mworked very well for us in May and June in Oklahoma.
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We use the NOAA weather app on all our mobile devices. We use a couple other weather apps as well. I think this gives me the same proactive monitoring any weather radio does.. Correct? This is as long as I have a cell signal. Since we have Verizon, we rarely have no signal.


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Here are a couple that have the channel scanning feature and run on 12 volts. (Although you may have to buy the appropriate power adapter.)
http://www.reecominc.com/
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Why 12V? If you have an inverter in your coach, anything you want to buy will work.

We have a Midland weather radio that will work on batteries or A/C current. We use it primarily when parked and rely on the cell phone and our gps when moving.
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There are many out there most have battery operation and can be powered off a wall wart (Thus can be powered off a DC/DC converter as well)

The longer the antenna (up to around 17 inches) the better. So a desk top is usually better than a pocket model. .And if you can use an external antenna (And know what to put up) that's even better.

What do I use? Several ham radios and a Midland pocket model.. The pocket model often can not hear the stations even with the TS-2000 next to it shows S-9 (Very strong) singnal.. Better antenna on the TS-2000 is why (I have an external antenna on it) But internally there is not a lot of difference among modern Weather Radios.. So the major differnece is the antenna

Battery operated or backed up is better (though in your case not needed since you will be running off house power which is battery)

External antenna capable is best, with external antenna (Ask if you get one like that and I'll find an antenna for you)

Long (17 inch approx.> I can work out the exact length if you wish) antenna is better than a stubby. And that covers it.
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I use a Midland 74-200 weather radio. It is a small table top unit with 12v. DC capability. It does not have scanning capability for the times when you are rolling. I just tap through the channels when I park to find the strongest station for that area (easy to do). It is wired directly into my house bank of batts and has been on 365/24/7 for over a dozen years (in 3 different RVs).

Midland no longer makes this unit, but they are available on eBay.

Here are some pics of the Midland unit that has been my sentinel for years.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Midl...iw=911&bih=411
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PASDAD1 - I have a CC Radio - the best AM/FM on the market. It does have weather frequencies but you have to tune them individually and they do not have the tone squelch that silences the radio until NOAA puts out an alert. Thanks for the suggestion.
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