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Old 24-07-2015, 14:51   #1
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Station about to change frequency

My simple hand held VHF has 10 WX (weather) stations. I press "1" and I get a radio message telling me the "current conditions", and a forecast for my immediate region. If I press 2, I get the same, but for a different region, maybe 50-100 miles from where I am. Same for 3 etc, but a different region. The "different" regions are usually "noisey", e.g. crackle, etc.

Last week the announcer on "1" started to say that instead of the transmission being on Frequency 123.45Hz, it will be on 123.67Hz. Or something like that.

What impact will that have on my VHF radio ? I don't have the controls to change to a different frequency. Just have the dumb 1,2,3, etc.

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Re: Station about to change frequency

The weather channel frequencies and channel numbers are listed here
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARINE PRODUCTS VIA NOAA WEATHER RADIO
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Re: Station about to change frequency

Are the actual frequencies around 162 MHz??
What is the brand and model of the radio?
If what you have is a weather-only receiver for the US market the odds are that it will have a preset for the new frequency.
If, on the other hand, it is a "commercial" VHF radio you may need to have a dealer or radio whiz program the new frequency.

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Re: Station about to change frequency

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I don't have the controls to change to a different frequency. Just have the dumb 1,2,3,
which station - a Canadian one or a US one?

Anyway, I'd bet a loonie it will simply move to one of the other 'dumb' WX channels. Write down the exact frequencies the next time they announce it; I'm sure it's one of the ones on the chart that Paul L linked to. We all have that 1,2,3... thing on our VHF radios for weather broadcasts.
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Last week the announcer on "1" started to say that instead of the transmission being on Frequency 123.45Hz, it will be on 123.67Hz. Or something like that.

What impact will that have on my VHF radio ? I don't have the controls to change to a different frequency. Just have the dumb 1,2,3, etc.
It won't have any impact on your radio. They're simply moving away from 1 to a different numbered channel. When they move, just try all the channels until you find the clear one again.
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Re: Station about to change frequency

Macbeth,
1) As the others have pointed out, this will have no effect on your radio....other than you will switch to one of the other "wx channels" on the radio to hear the weather conditions and forecast for your immediate region...


2) In actuality there are seven frequencies assigned for VHF weather broadcasts in North America...and they are:
WX 1 = 162.550mhz
WX 2 = 162.400mhz
WX 3 = 162.475mhz
WX 4 = 162.425mhz
WX 5 = 162.450mhz
WX 6 = 162.500mhz
WX 7 = 162.525mhz


3) If you had told us where you are at, we would have been able to give you more details, etc. (such as possibly telling you in advance what "wx channel" to tune to, in the future / after their change)
"Ontario" is a BIG province.....from the Hudson Bay to Lake Erie....

Here is a link to the current VHF weather stations in Canada....scroll down to "Ontario" to find your "local" one...
http://www.dxinfocentre.com/wx.htm
(note the "planned" remarks, for some stations, etc...)

And, another link to some more Canadian marine radio info...
Canadian VHF Marine Radio Frequencies and Their Usage



I hope the above helps...

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Re: Station about to change frequency

FYI-in Canadian waters or close to Canada:

The following channels/freq have what are called "Continuous Marine Broadcasts" which include WX,Notices to Mariners,etc.

CH 23B 161.750

CH 25B 161.850

CH 28B 161.000

CH 83B 161.775

You can access these by selecting the channel & switching to International mode,if I recall correctly.
Don't ask me why-probably because Canada is bilingual,which takes more channels & $$ .

Also,regular WX CH 1-9 are broadcast in English for one half the hour & in French the other half.Just keep switching thru them all til you find one you can receive & understand.
You will get forecasts for sunburn,crop growing,traffic on the 401, & all sorts of interesting stuff.

CH 23B,25B,28B,83B are operated mostly by our CG,& stick mostly to Marine info.

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