I have recently researched most Emergency Alert Weather/EAS radios available and also own a Midland WR-100B prior to this First Alert. Fact is, the First Alert radio has it all; it is well engendered and thought out.
Internal software with full database of USA so no need to look up via the Internet or a call to NOAA for your county SAME codes when programing the radio.
Battery backup as most other weather alert radios with the addition of an option of loading rechargeable A A s and has an internal circuit to recharge these batteries.
Atomic clock receiver built in so no need to set the clock.
SAME programing options on this radio allows one to filter your alerts down to the north/south/east/or west part of your county. I live near the south county line and therefor set the radio to receive my south county SAME code and my neighboring county north SAME code.
One of the few dual radios. This radio not only monitors the NOAA weather channels for the SAME codes but also monitors a local FM station for the EAS coded signal for AMBER alerts, etc.
LCD screen tilts to adjust for optimal viewing depending on the location you choose.
Built in AM/FM radio that still monitors NOAA freqs when playing your favorite music station.
It monitors itself and alert you if it senses it didn't receive the weekly test signal from your local NOAA station.
The LCD screen is small.
As typical with most atomic clock WWVB enabled receivers, success in capturing a WWVB signal varies depending on the location of the radio within your house. (I live in the Pacific NW in a valley) Signal degradation can be caused by local interference (other near by electronic equipment within your home), missalignment of the radio's internal antenna to the originating signal from Colorado, and shielding of building material within ones home. Unfortunately there is no option for an external antenna; it uses an internal ferrite bar antenna. If there was it would significantly help in capture a signal in most any location.
All in all this is an excellent radio. As with most similar alert radios, this radio also has options of connecting various things through it's external alert jack to get ones attention. I hooked up my X-10 home automation system to the external jack and once triggered it flashes the house lights and plays a wave file that verbalizes a message to go and pay attention to the alert radio. The radio is a bit pricey but given it's many pluses I'd say it's worth it.
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