Notes on Weather Radios

I first discovered Weather Radios in December of 2001 when I was 14 going on 15. That previous spring and summer I had begun to cultivate an interest in all forms of radio communications. As previously stated, I always had a fascination with weather. So, to me, a weather radio seemed to be a pretty cool device.

I wrote these notes on Weather Radios in the composition book I had been EDCing on October 3, 2018. The main source for these notes I have taken that I will cite is Wikipedia.

Without further ado, here are the notes:

A Weather Radio is a special radio receiver that is designed to receive the signals from government owned radio stations that broadcast weather observations continuously.

Routine reports are interrupted when a weather emergency arises.

Some non weather emergency information may be broadcast such as a natural disaster, civil emergency or terrorist attack.

Broadcasts occur on the VHF High Band.

Two varieties are sold: Home and Portable.

Portable models come with features such as crank power in addition to grid current and batteries for use in an emergency when the power is disrupted. Smaller portable/pocket models do not typically feature Specific Area Message Encoding, but allow outdoor enthusiasts to get weather information in a compact device.

Modern Home models have in addition to Specific Area Message Encoding, visual alert features such as text displays and multi-colored lights. They also have connections to add peripherals such as pillow shakers or bed shakers, strobe lights and loud sirens for people with sensory disabilities. There peripherals can be connected via the weather radio’s accessory port.

NAVTEX gives Global Weather alerts for ships at sea. It is a Low Frequency Teletex broadcast.

In the United States NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of automated weather broadcast stations giving weather information from a nearby Nation Weather Service forecast office. A broadcast cycle lasts between three and eight minutes.

Specific Area Message Encoding activates radios based on the Federal Information Processing System codes and radios equipped with that said feature will only activate when the corresponding administrative division programmed in the radio has an emergency.

Weather Radio Channels and Frequencies:

Original Number…..Frequency…….Marine Number……New Number
WX01…………….162.550 MHz…..39B…………………….7
WX02…………….162.400 MHz…..36B…………………….1
WX03…………….162.475 MHz…..97B…………………….4
WX04…………….162.425 MHz…..96B…………………….2
WX05…………….162.450 MHz…..37B…………………….3
WX06…………….162.500 MHz…..38B…………………….5
WX07…………….162.525 MHz…..98B…………………….6
WX08…………….161.650 MHz…..21B…………………..N/A
WX09…………….161.775 MHz…..83B…………………..N/A
WX10…………….163.275 MHz…..113B…………………N/A

Notes on the Barometer

I have been fascinated by the weather since early childhood.

I have also had a keen interest in sciences of all kinds, throughout my life though I am not very good at it. I mean I am so terrible at science that I don’t even hold an Associate’s Degree.

However, I do spend a good bit of my time engaged in independent learning.

In this page, I will post the transcript of notes I had taken in my composition book that detail information about Barometers.

Without further ado, here they are:

These notes were taken on October 1st and 2nd of 2018.

The main reference that I will cite is Wikipedia as that is where I got the bulk of this material from.

Notes on the barometer and its inventor(s).

Barometers are used in meteorology to measure atmospheric pressure.

Pressure tendency detects short term changes in weather.

Measuring air pressure within surface weather analysis is helpful in locating surface troughs, high-pressure systems and frontal boundaries.

The term “barometer is derived from ancient Greek words which literally translate into words that mean weight and meter/measure.

Evangelista Torricelli (October 15, 1608-October 25, 1647) an Italian physicist and mathematician are credited with inventing the barometer in 1643.

Italian astronomer and mathematician Gapardo Berti (1600-1643) may have also unintentionally created a water barometer sometime between 1640 and 1643.

French scientist and philosopher Rene` Descartes (March 31, 1596-February 11, 1650) described the design of an experiment to measure air pressure possibly as early as 1631 but no evidence is there to suggest that he actually built such an instrument.

On July 27, 1630, Italian mathematician, physicist and astronomer Giovanni Battista Baliania (1582-1666) wrote to Italian polymath Galileo Galilei (February 15, 1564-January 8, 1642) describing a failed experiment in which he made a siphon led over a hill ~21 meters high. Galileo replied explaining that the power of the vacuum held the water up but at a certain height the amount of water was simply too much and the vacuum could not hold anymore, like a cord that can only support so much weight. This was a restatement of “horror vacui” or “nature abhors a vacuum, a theory which dates back to ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, Aristotle (384-322 BC.) Galielo restated this theory as “resistenza del vacuo.”

These theories were published in Galileo’s “Discoursi” and they reached Rome in 1638.

Raffade Magiotti and Berti were excited by these ideas and sought another way to produce a vacuum besides a siphon.

Magiotti devised the experiment and Berti carried it out sometime between 1639 and 1641.

A simple model of this experiment consisted of filling a long tube with water plugged on both ends, then stood up in a water-filled basin. The bottom plug was removed and the water inside the tube flowed into the basin. However, only a portion of the water flowed out of the tube and the height of the water inside the tube stayed at an exact level, which happened to be 10.3 meters or 34 feet, the same height that Galileo and Baliani observed to be limited by the siphon.

The most important detail of this experiment was that lowering the water in the tube left a space above it in the tube with no immediate contact with air. This suggested the possibility of a vacuum existing in the space above the water.

Torricelli, a pupil, and friend of Galileo interpreted the results of this in a novel way. He proposed that it was the atmosphere and not the attracting force of the vacuum that held the water in the tube.

Followers of Aristotle and Galileo thought air to be weightless.

Torricelli questioned and challenged this belief and suggested that air indeed has weight and it was the weight of the air which pushed up and held the column of water.

Torricelli believed that the level of which the water stayed at in the tube (10.3 meters of 34 feet) was reflective of the air’s weight pushing on the water in the basin, thus limiting how much water can fall from the tube into the basin.

Torricelli viewed the barometer as a balance or measuring instrument instead of a device to merely build a vacuum.

Because pf Torricelli being the first to observe this, he is credited as being the inventor of the barometer.

Torricelli’s gossipy Italian neighbors spread rumors that he was engaging in sorcery and witchcraft. Torricelli thus decided to keep his experiments a secret to avoid being arrested by the Roman Catholic Church.

In order to be more covert, he needed a liquid denser than water, to which Galileo suggested he use Mercury. As a result, he only needed a tube that was 80 centimeters long as opposed to 10.5 meters.

*SIDE NOTE*: While I was initially taking these notes on that evening in early October 2018, I decided to take a few sips of Wild Cherry Pepsi in an attempt to temper the sting of depression which I frequently suffer. Soft drinks, while extremely addictive do indeed help me write better and they do help fight depression, at least for me. Wild Cherry Pepsi is my favorite soft drink.

Decreasing atmospheric pressure was initially postulated by French physicist Lucien Vidi (1805-April, 1866.) He later invented the barograph, a device which records the pressure readings of an aneroid barometer.

German writer and polymath Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe (August 28, 1749-March, 22 1832) invented a water driven barometer based on Torricelli’s principles. It is known as the weather ball barometer and is comprised of a glass container with a sealed body half-filled with water. The narrow spout is open to the atmosphere. When the pressure is lower than it was at the time the body was sealed, the level of water in the spout will rise above the water level in the body. When the pressure is higher, the water level in the spout will drop below the water level in the body. This device is known as a “weather glass” or a “Goethe Barometer.

Mercury Barometer:
A vertical glass tube closed at the top sitting in an open Mercury filled basin at the bottom. The Mercury’s weight creates a vacuum at the top known as a “Torricelli Vacuum.” The Mercury in the tube fluctuates until the weight of the Mercury column balances the force of the air pressure bearing down on the reservoir. Higher temperature levels around the instrument will reduce the density of the Mercury, thus the scale must be calibrated in such a way to compensate for this effect. The tube must be as long as the amount of Mercury in addition to the headspace as well as the maximum length of the column.

Torricelli observed slight changes each day in the height of Mercury in the tube and concluded that this was due to changing pressure in the atmosphere.

On December 5, 1660, German scientist, inventor and politician Otto von Guerricke (November 20, 1602-May 11, 1686) observed that the air pressure was unusually low and predicted a storm which struck the next day.

The Mercury barometer’s design made the expression of atmospheric pressure in inches of Mercury popular. The range is typically between 26.5 and 31.5 inches (670-800 millimeters) of Mercury.

One atmosphere is equivalent to 29.92 inches or 760 millimeters of Mercury.

On June 5, 2007, the governments of the European Union restricted the sale of Mercury, effectively ending the manufacture of new Mercury barometers in Europe.

An aneroid barometer uses a flexible metal box instead of any liquid to measure air pressure. It was invented in 1844 by Lucien Vidi. The box is known as an aneroid cell or capsule made from an alloy of Beryllium and Copper.

The evacuated capsules are many times several stacked together to add movement and are protected from collapsing by a strong spring. Any change in the surrounding air pressure causes the capsule to expand or contract.

This movement drives mechanical levers in such a way that their changes are amplified and displayed on the dial face of the instrument. Many models also feature a manually set needle to mark the current observation and compare with previous and future observations so a change can be seen.

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) barometers are extremely small ranging size between 1 and 100 micrometers. They are manufactured using photolithography or photochemical machining. These can be found in miniature weather stations, electronic barometers, and altimeters.

Certain smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3 through S6, the Motorola Xoom, Apple iPhone 6 as well as higher end Casio and Timex watches have built-in barometers using MEMS technology.

Pressure in atmospheres Patm=p*g*h
Where p=density of Mercury=13,595 kg/meter cubed (sorry I don’t know how to do sub and superscript on here) g=graviation accelaration=9.807 meters per second squared, h=height.
1 torr=133.3 Pascals or 0.03937 inches of Mercury.

My personal commentary:
Most weather predictions for civilians are obtained through the mass media and government run forecasting services. Should our enemies hit us with an EMP all of this will come to a grinding halt.

Personal maybe even homemade barometers may make a comeback should this happen.

After all, we would still want to know when will storms be headed in our area so we can spend time cuddling with bae.

A barometer could possibly give some advanced notice of incoming foul weather.

However, all modern conveniences will be gone so will we actually have the time to cuddle with bae?

The weather might be the least of our worries as I’ve stated before and cuddling with bae might be highly frowned upon because cuddling sometimes leads to intercourse and intercourse ultimately means more hungry mouths to feed…

Computer Instruction Notes

I have been EDCing a Composition Book containing notes I have taken on subjects that I’d like to be well versed in. This page and others will feature the notes I have written so others can be as educated as I am on these subjects.

This particular page will deal with my Computer Instructions, specifically on how to get a better operating system for your computer. These are very general, but I still find them to contain valuable information.

The reasons why you may want to change your operating system is either because you are sick and tired of dealing with Microsoft Windows’ painfully numerous shortcomings or the version of Linux you are using is out of date and no longer supported. Maybe you are like me and you liken trying different flavors of Linux to trying different flavors of ice cream.

Whatever the reason, these instructions should be quite useful.

Without further ado, here it is:

…October 1, 2018, is when this was written…

Upgrading your computer’s operating system.

Check the hardware specifications of machine desired for upgrade.

Determine whether your machine is 32 bit or 64 bit.

Search for a distribution that is compatible with hardware specs.

Download the .ISO file.

32 Bit .ISO files work on both 32 Bit and 64 Bit hardware.

64 Bit .ISO files work only on 64 Bit hardware infrastructure.

Athalon AMD is typically 64 Bit.

Intel X86 is typically 32 Bit.

Use Startup Disk Creator (in Linux at least) or Unetbootin (otherwise) to “burn” the .ISO file to installation media (USB stick or SD card.) Use CD burning software to “burn” .ISO file to CD or DVD.

Insert installation media into computer desired for the upgrade, then shut down.

Start up the said computer again and access the BIOS, which is usually achieved by repeatedly pressing one of the Function Keys during and right after power up.

Go to the Boot Menu within the BIOS memory. Here you will modify the Boot Sequence.

Select the device containing the installation media to be the first boot device.

Save changes, then exit the BIOS and restart.

Follow instructions as the new operating system boots.

Restart when finished and be sure to remove installation media…

The Radio Shack Weather Cube

As I recently stated on Facebook, “The Weather Cube was an entry level Weather Radio made for and sold by Radio Shack from about 1969 to 2012…It had undergone design changes quite a few times, but is still a classic. I keep one in my living room and was just listening to updates on Tropical Storm Chris on it. I always pictured it being furnished in an off grid cabin in Yellowstone National Park. I also plan to write a blog post about this cool Weather Radio in the upcoming days…”

Well, here it is:

This piece will be dedicated to the history and features of this classic Radio Shack product.

The Weather Cube does only one thing-receives the U. S. Government’s and possibly a few other countries’ Government’s Weather Broadcasts.

It does not have an alert siren, S.A.M.E. feature or standby mode, just on demand weather information from the nearest weather broadcast station at the push of a button.

Still, this item sold very well and was built very well.

It has almost a cult following by YouTubers and other electronics collectors.

I would guess production began on the Weather Cube back in 1969. The reason why I would guess this is because it was first featured in the 1970 Radio Shack Catalog and known as, “The Barometer that talks.” This neat little device was cleverly marketed to “Anyone who flies a plane, farms, goes camping, owns a boat or spends time outdoors…” The price was $14.95 that year ($97.09 in 2018 Dollars.)

I don’t know how long it was in the research and development phase prior to that, but this truly was a genius product as millions were sold and a good bit of them are still in use, mostly by collectors.

The 1969-1970 version featured one frequency, 162.550 MHz. I believe it was crystal controlled but with fine tuning. The catalog number was 12-164.

In 1971, the catalog number changed to 12-165. The price was still $14.95 ($90.92 in 2018 Dollars.)

Then in 1973 or so, the Weather Cube also began receiving 162.400 MHz in addition to 162.550 MHz. This is because 162.550 MHz had become extremely congested and skip would occur in the spring and summer (also times when severe weather was most common.) The 1973 version was capable of tuning between frequencies 161.400 MHz and 163.500 MHz, which means it could have potentially tuned in some railroad, marine and federal government frequencies in addition to weather. It could have heard the Southern Pacific Railroad, which commonly used 161.55 MHz and was still in existence until September 11, 1996. The price also went up by one dollar to $15.95 ($90.52 in 2018 Dollars.).

In 1974, the Weather Cube for that year tuned between 162.400 MHz and 162.550 MHz. I believe it was done with a switching between permanently installed crystals, but could be wrong. The price jumped up yet another dollar to $16.95 ($86.64 in 2018 Dollars.) Of course, there had been some improvement in the radio.

In 1975 162.475 MHz was added as an additional frequency, but it wasn’t mentioned until the 1977 Radio Shack Catalog.

Between 1975 and 1976, the catalog number for the Weather Cube changed from 12-165 to 12-181.

I would imagine some time in the late 1970s or early 1980s, that the Weather Cube supported reception on 162.475 MHz in addition to the other previous weather channels.

Also in 1980, the price went up by another dollar to $17.95 (54.89 in 2018 Dollars.) It would remain that price for the rest of its design run, ending in 1992 (where it would have been $32.24 in 2018 Dollars.)

In 1989 or so, four additional Weather Broadcast Channels were assigned, though few Weather Radios would come to support all seven right away. These new frequencies are 162.425 MHz, 162.450 Mhz, 162.500 MHz, and 162.525 MHz

From 1969 to about 1992, the Weather Cube had the same outward appearance, though the frequency controls and frequencies available varied over those years. The appearance was made of simulated Rosewood, had a silver play button on the top front and a speaker that fired from the top. The antenna was telescoping and in the back right corner. They were powered by a standard Nine Volt Battery.

There was no Weather Cube to my knowledge in the 1993 Radio Shack Catalog.

Then in 1994, a new Weather Cube design came about with a catalog number of 12-239. It was made of a no-nonsense black plastic with a top firing speaker shaped in three-quarters of a circle. The fourth quarter in the front was the play button to turn the radio on. The telescoping antenna was located still in the back right corner. The volume and frequency controls were at the bottom and I believe the tuner was rotary not crystal controlled. This probably caught all seven Weather Channels but I’m not 100% sure. The price went up another two dollars and four cents to $19.99 ($33.99 in 2018 Dollars.)

In 1995, this new Weather Cube was advertised to receive all seven channels.

This Weather Cube would be featured until the year 2000 (where it would have cost $29.25 in 2018 Dollars.)

In the year 2001, there was no Weather Cube featured in the Radio Shack Catalog.

There was a different entry-level desktop weather radio featured in the 2002 Radio Shack Catalog, but it wasn’t cube-shaped and it also had a talking clock. The catalog number was 12-256. The price went up by a whole ten dollars to $29.99 ($42.01 in 2018 Dollars), but in all fairness, it featured a talking clock. It also ran on three AA batteries.

Around 2009 or so, the Weather Cube made a comeback with an all-new design. The new catalog number was 120-500. There were some significant design changes such as the main part of the cabinet was made of a red plastic. It also had a front instead of a top firing speaker, which was black. The play button was grey and had a blue LED light to indicate that the radio was turned on. The telescoping antenna is still in the back right side of the radio and the frequency controls are rotary. It is designed to receive all seven Weather Channels. This latest and so far final incarnation of the Weather Cube ran on 4 AA batteries. It was sold until 2012 and had an MSRP of $24.99 ($29.35 in 2018 Dollars.) It was discontinued in the Summer of 2012 and actually, I purchased mine on clearance in early July of 2012 at the Radio Shack in Southland Mall. My hat still goes off to the girl (now a wonderful woman) in Radio Shack who reserved it for me, some six years later.

Since Radio Shack isn’t exactly in business anymore, I don’t think a new Weather Cube will be made for a long time, if ever again. If I ever came into serious money, I would start a company that could make replicas of all the cool vintage flashlights and electronics that are no longer on the market. There would definitely be some incarnation of the Weather Cube.

When the weather cube initially hit the market, weather broadcasts were done by a recorded human voice. Nowadays it is mostly computerized and that takes away most of the personalization in Weather Radio, at least in my opinion. I do keep one in my living room, loaded with Alkaline batteries from the Ruble, I mean the Dollar General.

While the Weather Cube has plenty of aesthetic appeals and makes an excellent conversation piece, people probably aren’t really willing to spend over $20 for a weather radio that won’t automatically activate. Also, very few people aside from hobbyists and collectors such as myself and those on YouTube will sit and listen to a Weather Radio broadcast on a regular basis.

I still say it would be the perfect coffee table or nightstand item to be furnished in an off-grid cabin either in the Smoky Mountains or Yellowstone National Park, but not many people actually listen to my ideas.

UPDATE May 2021: I actually wrote a story in which a Weather Cube is featured in an off grid cabin. However, the I’d imagine the cabin to be in Minnesota or Michigan, not the Smoky Mountains or Yellowstone since it is near a lake and up North. The model I pictured is either the either the mid 1990s model or the late 2000s/early 2010s model.

Here is a link to that story.

It was always advertised to receive Weather Radio broadcasts from transmitters up to 25 miles away. I have received them successfully (and mostly crystal clear too) on my Weather Cube from about thirty plus miles away, or so.

They do make excellent weather radios for power failures or getting vital weather information during an actual tornado but pocket-sized entry level battery-powered weather radios have since entered the market which is more convenient to carry to a safe room. Some of these were Radio Shack models others are made by companies such as Midland. The model that comes to my mind first is the Midland HH50B, which I hope to write an article about in the near future.

I guess this concludes my piece on the Radio Shack Weather Cube and I hope it has been a wonderful trip down memory lane for all you weather and electronics buffs out there!

Thank you for taking the time to read and may God bless you!

Houma-Thibodaux Area LWIN Users

You will need a digital scanner capable of handling APCO 25 Phase 1 Trunking and receiving the 700 and 800 MHz bands.

These are the location of towers for the LWIN system in the Houma-Thibodaux area:

Larose Lafourche Parish

Gray Terrebonne Parish

Gibson Terrebonne Parish

Theriot Terrebonne Parish

Paincourtville Assumption Parish

Port Fourchon Lafourche Parish

Montegut Terrebonne Parish

Bayou Towers Terrebonne Parish

Talkgroup ID Numbers
First Number in Decimal, Second Number in Hexadecimal:
6847 1abf Acadian Ambulance Houma-Thibodaux Area
41552 a250 Assumption Parish Coordinate 1
41553 a251 Assumption Parish Coordinate 2
41554 a252 Assumption Parish Coordinate 3
41555 a253 Assumption Parish Coordinate 4
31523 7b23 Napoleanville Fire Primary
31524 7b24 Napoleonville Fire Talk
31525 7b25 Napoleanville Fire Officers
31526 7b26 Labadieville Fire Primary
31527 7b27 Labadieville Fire Talk
31528 7b28 Labadieville Fire Tertiary
31529 7b29 Paincourtville Fire Primary
31530 7b2a Paincourtville Fire Talk
31531 7b2b Paincourtville Fire Officers
31532 7b2c Pierre Part/Belle River Fire Primary
31533 7b2d Pierre Part / Belle River Fire Talk
31534 7b2e Pierre Part/Belle River Fire Officer
31535 7b2f Bayou L’Ourse Fire Primary
31536 7b30 Bayou L’Ourse Fire Talk
31537 7b31 Bayou L’Ourse Fire Officers
31538 7b32 Parish Fire Mutual Aid
31542 7b36 Acadian Ambulance Service 1 Assumption Parish
31543 7b37 Acadian Ambulance Service 2 Assumption Parish
31552 7b40 Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 1
31553 7b41 Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 2
31554 7b42 Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparednes 3s
31558 7b46 Assumption Parish Red Cross Channel 1
31559 7b47 Assumption Parish Red Cross Channel 2
31562 7b4a Assumption Parish Hospital Talkgroup
31539 7b33 Assumption Parish Public Works 1
31540 7b34 Assumption Parish Public Works 2
31541 7b35 Assumption Parish Public Works 3
31544 7b38 Assumption Parish Shelter 1
31545 7b39 Assumption Parish Shelter 2
31546 7b3a Assumption Parish Waterworks 1
31547 7b3b Assumption Parish Waterworks 2
31548 7b3c Assumption Parish Waterworks 3
31549 7b3d Assumption Parish Council on Aging Channel 1
31550 7b3e Assumption Parish Council on Aging Channel 2
31551 7b3f Assumption Parish Council on Aging Channel 3
31555 7b43 Assumption Parish School Board 1
31556 7b44 Assumption Parish School Board 2
31557 7b45 Assumption Parish School Board 3
31560 7b48 Assumption Parish Public Works
31561 7b49 Assumption Parish Public Works
31563 7b4b Assumption Parish President
33514 82ea North Lafourche Fire Dispatch
33515 82eb Lockport Vol. Fire Dept.
33516 82ec Gheens Vol. Fire Dept
33517 82ed Lafourche Parish Fire District #1
33518 82ee Chackbay Volunteer Fire Department
33519 82ef Choctaw Volunteer Fire Deptartment
33520 82f0 Lafourche Crossing 308 Fire Department
33521 82f1 Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department
33522 82f2 Bayou Bouef Volunteer Fire Department
33523 82f3 St John Vol Fire Dept
33524 82f4 Lafourche Fire District # 3 Dispatch
33525 82f5 Lafourche Parish Government General
33526 82f6 Lafourche Parish Government Operations
33527 82f7 City of Thibodaux Administration
33528 82f8 City of Thibodaux Water Plant
33529 82f9 City of Thibodaux Council Members
33530 82fa City of Thibodaux Public Works
33531 82fb City of Thibodaux Maintenance
33532 82fc Lafourche Parish Building Maintanance
33533 82fd Lafourche Parish Right Of Ways
33534 82fe Lafourche Parish Mechanics
33535 82ff Lafourche Fire District #1 Dispatch
33536 8300 North Lafourche Levee District
33537 8301 Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter
33538 8302 Lafourche Parish Council Members
33539 8303 South Lafourche Ambulance Ops
33540 8304 Lafourche Parish Solid Waste
33541 8305 Lafourche Port
33542 8306 Lafourche Parish Purchasing
33543 8307 Lafourche Parish Recreation
33544 8308 Lafourche Parish Bridge Tenders
33545 8309 Lockport/Gheens Volunteer Fire Departments Dispatch
33546 830a Lafourche Parish Public Works 1
33547 830b Lafourche Parish Public Works 2
33548 830c Thibodaux Regional Hospital
33549 830d St. Ann Hospital
33550 830e Our Lady of the Sea Hospital
33551 830f South Lafourche Levee District
33553 8311 Lafourche Parish Parish Coroner
33554 8312 Lafourche Port Communications
33555 8313 Lafourche Parish Fleet Maintenance
33556 8314 Lafourche Airport Public Works
33557 8315 South Lafourche Ambulance Primary
33559 8317 American Red Cross Lafourche Parish
33560 8318 City Of Lockport
33561 8319 Lockport Public Works
33562 831a Lockport Council Members
33567 831f Lafourche Parish All Agency Special Event Channel
33568 8320 Lafourche Parish All Agency Special Event Channel
33569 8321 Lafourche Parish Parish Water
33570 8322 Lafourche Parish Fire District #3 Fireground 1
33571 8323 Lafourche Parish Fire District #3 Fireground 2
33573 8325 Lafourche Parish Fire District #1 Chiefs
33584 8330 Port Fourchon Administrators
33585 8331 Port Fourchon Maintenance
41648 a2b0 Lafourche Parish Coordinate 1
41649 a2b1 Lafourche Parish Coordinate 2
41650 a2b2 Lafourche Parish Coordinate 4
41651 a2b3 Lafourche Parish Coordinate 3
33048 8118 Terrebonne Parish Fire Dispatch
33049 8119 Terrebonne Parish Fire North
33050 811a Terrebonne Fire Central
33051 811b Terrebonne Parish Fire South
33052 811c Terrebonne Parish Fire Tactical 1
33053 811d Terrebonne Parish Fire Tactical 2
33054 811e Bayou Blue Fire 1
33055 811f Bayou Blue Fire 2
33056 8120 Bayou Black Fire 1
33057 8121 Bayou Black Fire 2
33058 8122 Bayou Cane Fire 1
33059 8123 Bayou Cane Fire 2
33060 8124 Dularge Fire 1
33061 8125 Dularge Fire 2
33062 8126 Bourg Fire 1
33063 8127 Bourg Fire 2
33064 8128 Coteau Fire 1
33065 8129 Coteau Fire 2
33066 812a West Terrebonne Fire and Rescue Dispatch
33067 812b West Terrebonne Fire and Rescue Tactical
33068 812c Grand Caillou Fire 1
33069 812d Grand Caillou Fire 2
33070 812e Houma Fire 1
33071 812f Houma Fire 2
33072 8130 Little Caillou Fire 1
33073 8131 Little Caillou Fire 2
33074 8132 Montegut Fire 1
33075 8133 Montegut Fire 2
33076 8134 Schriever Fire 1
33077 8135 Schriever Fire 2
33078 8136 Village East Fire 1
33079 8137 Village East Fire 2
33080 8138 Terrebonne Parish OEP 1
33081 8139 Terrebonne Parish OEP 2
33082 813a Terrebonne Parish OEP 3
33083 813b Terrebonne Parish Government 1
33084 813c Terrebonne Parish Government 2
33085 813d Terrebonne Parish Government 3
33086 813e Terrebonne Parish Government 4
33089 8141 Terrebonne Parish Hospitals
33106 8152 Terrebonne Parish Levee District
33114 815a Good Earth Transit Buses
41756 a31c Terrebonne Parish Coordinate 1
41757 a31d Terrebonne Parish Coordinate 2
41758 a31e Terrebonne Parish Coordinate 3
41759 a31f Terrebonne Parish Coordinate 4

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New Orleans Area Conventional Public Safety Frequencies

Conventional Public Safety Frequencies of the New Orleans Area:
155.2050 Saint Bernard Parish Acadian Ambulance Dispatch*
155.2350 Saint Tammany Acadian Ambulance Dispatch*
463.0500 New Orleans Acadian Ambulance Dispatch*
33.8600 Tangipahoa Parishwide Fire Dispatch
159.1200 Kentwood Fire Dispatch
153.9150 Wilmer Fire Dispatch
154.3400 Tangipahoa Parish Fire District 1 Amite Area
154.2200 Tangipahoa Fire Protection District 2 Husser Area
154.3250 Tangipahoa 8th Ward Volunteer Fire Department
151.0850 Saint Charles Parishwide Fire Dispatch (Simulcast of Trunking System)
154.0700 Saint John The Baptist Parishwide Fire Dispatch
453.3520 Jefferson Parishwide Fire Dispatch
856.5125 Jefferson Parish Third District Fire Dispatch (Metairie/Metry Area)*
855.2125 Kenner Fire Dispatch*
154.2950 Gretna Fire Dispatch*
855.0875 Gretna Fire Tactical (Gould and David Crockett)*
851.0375 New Orleans Citywide Fire Dispatch*
154.4450 Plaquemines Parishwide EMS and Fire Dispatch (except Belle Chasse)
154.3250 Belle Chasse Volunteer Fire Department
154.3850 Saint Bernard Parishwide Fire Dispatch
153.9500 Saint Bernard Parish Fire Tactical Simplex
154.0100 Saint Bernard Parish Fire Tactical Fireground
152.0600 Saint Tammany Fire Dispatch
152.6600 Saint Tammany UniFire Dispatch
152.5400 Saint Tammany UniFire Fireground 1 Tactical
152.0600 Saint Tammany UniFire Fireground 2 Tactical
154.1750 Saint Tammany Fire District #1 Slidell Dispatch
154.4150 Saint Tammany Fire District #2 Madisonville Dispatch
154.2350 Saint Tammany Fire District #3 Lacombe Dispatch
154.2500 Saint Tammany Fire District #4 Mandeville Fire Dispatch
153.8300 Saint Tammany Fire District #4 Mandeville Fire Tactical
155.3250 Saint Tammany Fire District #4 Mandeville EMS Tactical
159.4650 Saint Tammany Fire District #5 Folsom Dispatch
154.1450 Saint Tammany Fire District #6 Lee Road Dispatch
154.3100 Saint Tammany Fire District #7 Talisheek Dispatch
154.4450 Saint Tammany Fire District #8 Abita Springs Dispatch
154.9550 Saint Tammany Fire District #8 Abita Springs Tactical
154.2050 Saint Tammany Fire District #9 Bush Dispatch
155.9550 Saint Tammany Fire District #10 Sun Dispatch
154.6000 Saint Tammany Fire District #10 Sun Tactical
154.3250 Saint Tammany Fire District #11 Pearl River Dispatch
154.6000 Saint Tammany Fire District #11 Pearl River Tactical*
154.4000 Saint Tammany Fire District #12 Covington Dispatch
154.3850 Saint Tammany Fire District #13 Goodbee Dispatch
154.1900 Saint Tammany Fire Mutual Aid

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Houma-Thibodaux Conventional Public Safety Frequencies

These are the conventional fire and medical frequencies used by different entities the pager frequencies alert all first responders to any fire, wreck medical emergency, etc. The tactical frequencies are used on the fireground or incident scene and may or may not be linked through a repeater.
154.1750 Terrebonne Parishwide Pagers
154.0550 Couteau, Schriever, Village East Tactical
154.2500 Dularge and Bayou Cane Tactical
154.3550 Bourg and Montegut Tactical
158.8350 West Terrebonne Tactical
154.4300 Bayou Black and Bayou Blue Tactical
154.3850 Houma Dispatch/Tactical
155.3850 Terrebonne General Medical Center Paging
151.0400 Lafourche Mutual Aid
154.2350 North Lafourche Fire Pagers
154.3400 South Lafourche Fire Pagers
154.9950 Lafourche Fire District 1 Raceland/Des Allemands Pagers
155.0250 Thibodaux Pagers
154.0250 Thibodaux Tactical
155.1750 Oschner-Saint Anne General Hospital *RARELY USED*
155.3400 Lafourche Parish Ambulance ER Net *RARELY USED*
158.8050 Lockport and Vacherie-Gheens Pagers
154.0850 Assumption Parishwide Pagers
155.8050 Bayou L’Ourse Tactical
As of 2018, these also simulcast from the LWIN System, but may soon be deprecated…

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Radios for Listening to VHF Marine Traffic

Below and attached is a list of radios capable of “hearing” VHF Marine Radio traffic. This list contains the model number, notable features, MSRP and prices from other various dealers along with a link the product on the manufacturer’s and various dealer’s websites. I’ve only listed the most economic models because one does not need a whole bunch of extra features for just listening to marine traffic. Also, there is a plethora of vintage and older models, but I’ve chosen to only list models that are currently on the market…

…Transceivers-These radios can talk as well as receive on Marine Channels. However, it is extremely illegal to transmit on them if one is on land (without specific permission) or if one interferes with any marine operations while on water (or land.)

Radio: Uniden MHS75
Special features: Waterproof to JIS8 Level.
MSRP: $99.99

Manufacturer Link:
Radio: Uniden Atlantis 250-BK
Special features: Entry Level (lowest price Uniden), Waterproof to JIS4 Level
MSRP: $89.99
Wal Mart Price: $70.17

Manufacturer Link:

Wal Mart Link:
Radio: Cobra MR HH125
Special features: Entry level (lowest price Cobra) Waterproof (exact depth unknown), can be run on AAA Alkaline batteries in a pinch.
MSRP: $69.95
West Marine Price: $59.99
Wal Mart Price: $39.41

Manufacturer Link:

West Marine Link:–mr-hh125-3-watt-waterproof-handheld-vhf-black–10230498

Wal Mart Link:
Radio: Cobra MR HH350
Special features: Floats if dropped in water, also in white, Gets weather alerts.
MSRP: $99.95
West Marine Price: $99.95

Manufacturer Link:

West Marine Link:–hh350-handheld-floating-6-watt-vhf-radio–14781611
Radio: Standard Horizon HX-150
Special features: Rugged, Floats, Waterproof to IPX7 standard, Gets weather alerts.
West Marine Price: $99.99

Manufacturer Link:

West Marine Link:–hx150-floating-handheld-vhf-radio–14272991
Radio: Standard Horizon HX-290
Special features: Rugged, Floats, Waterproof to IPX8 standard, Glow in the dark strip to write owner name on, This is the radio Jen and I use.
West Marine Price: $129.99

Manufacturer Link:

West Marine Link:–hx290-floating-handheld-vhf-radio–12008231
Radio: West Marine VHF75 (house brand)
Special features: Waterproof to IPX7, floats, long life Lithium Ion battery (11 hours.)
Price: $119.99

Try searching these model numbers online on Google to find and compare other prices.
Also try Ebay, but I would reccomend getting one in a new unopened package..

These radios CANNOT transmit at all. They also typically cost more and are sometimes harder to find. Their antennas are designed for general coverage and not specifically for VHF Marine so they won’t be as sensitive (less receiving distance) or loud either. However, you can listen to other communications with them beside VHF marine. Sometimes they can be tedious to program as well. Also, there is absolutely no chance of a child getting a hold of one and accidentally interfering with marine operations.
Radio: Uniden BC75XLT
MSRP: $99.99
Uniden Factory Outlet Price: $89.99
Scanner Master Price: $82.95
Wal Mart Price: $76.66
Special features: Dedicated Marine search (also dedicated railroad search.) 300 Channel memory. Detects nearby transmissions without knowing the frequency. I use this model for both train watching and boat watching (among other things.) It’s difficult for beginners to operate though.
Manufacturer’s Link:

Uniden Factory Outlet Link:

Scanner Master Link:

Wal Mart Link:

Also try Ebay.
Radio: Radio Shack Pro 649
Special features: One touch marine search button. 200 channel memory. Weather alerts. Entry level (cheapest Radio Shack Scanner.)
MSRP $119.99
Also try searching Ebay for a Radio Shack Pro 82 or Pro 404 which were the predecessor models to this one. I advise getting one of those as new old stock in mint condition if you decide to go that route.

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PR Flange Based Flashlight Bulb Data

Standard Bulbs:
PR2=2 “D” Cells. 2.38 Volt 0.5 Amp (Standard 2D Flashlights)
PR3=3 “D” Cells. 3.57 Volt 0.3 Amp (Standard 3D Flashlights)
PR4=2 “AA”/2 “C” Cells. 2.33 Volt 0.27 Amp (Standard 2AA/2C Flashlights)
PR6=2 “D” Cells. 2.47 Volt 0.30 Amp (Military Angle-Head 2D Flashlights)
PR7=3 “D” Cells. 3.7 Volt 0.3 Amp
PR12=5 “D” Cells 5.95 Volt 0.5 Amp (Standard 5D Flashlights)
PR13=1 6V “908” Cell/4 “D” Cells. 4.75 Volt 0.5 Amp (Standard 6V Lanterns/4 “D” Flashlights)
PR15=1 6V “918” Cell. 4.82 Volt 0.5 Amp (Standard Screw Top Lanterns)
PR18=6 “D” Cells. 7.2 Volt 0.55 Amp (Standard 6D Flashlights)
PR20=7 “D” Cells. 8.63 Volt 0.5 Amp (Standard 7D Flashlights)
PR35=4 “AA” Cells. 4.6 Volt 0.35 Amp (Two Way Flashlights)

Need Voltage and Current Draw data for the following:
Krypton Upgrades:
2 “D”=KPR102.
3 “D”=KPR103.
1 908 6V/4 “D”=KPR113.
2 “AA/C”=KPR104.
5 “D”=KPR112.
6 “D”=KPR118.
4 “AA”=KPR135.
Xenon Upgrades:
2 “D”=XPR102.
3 “D”=XPR103.
1 908 6V/4 “D”=XPR113.
5 “D”=XPR112.
6 “D”=XPR118.

…Need Halogen PR Bulb data…

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North American Railroad Frequencies

Canada Only Channels (other uses in the United States):
159.810 AAR Channel 002
159.930 AAR Channel 003
160.050 AAR Channel 004
160.185 AAR Channel 005
160.200 AAR Channel 006

“Legacy” Channels used in the United States:

160.215 AAR Channel 007
160.230 AAR Channel 008
160.245 AAR Channel 009
160.260 AAR Channel 010
160.275 AAR Channel 011
160.290 AAR Channel 012
160.305 AAR Channel 013
160.320 AAR Channel 014
160.335 AAR Channel 015
160.350 AAR Channel 016
160.365 AAR Channel 017
160.380 AAR Channel 018
160.395 AAR Channel 019
160.410 AAR Channel 020
160.425 AAR Channel 021
160.440 AAR Channel 022
160.455 AAR Channel 023
160.470 AAR Channel 024
160.485 AAR Channel 025
160.500 AAR Channel 026
160.515 AAR Channel 027
160.530 AAR Channel 028
160.545 AAR Channel 029
160.560 AAR Channel 030
160.575 AAR Channel 031
160.590 AAR Channel 032
160.605 AAR Channel 033
160.620 AAR Channel 034
160.635 AAR Channel 035
160.650 AAR Channel 036
160.665 AAR Channel 037
160.680 AAR Channel 038
160.695 AAR Channel 039
160.710 AAR Channel 040
160.725 AAR Channel 041
160.740 AAR Channel 042
160.755 AAR Channel 043
160.770 AAR Channel 044
160.785 AAR Channel 045
160.800 AAR Channel 046
160.815 AAR Channel 047
160.830 AAR Channel 048
160.845 AAR Channel 049
160.860 AAR Channel 050
160.875 AAR Channel 051
160.890 AAR Channel 052
160.905 AAR Channel 053
160.920 AAR Channel 054
160.935 AAR Channel 055
160.950 AAR Channel 056
160.965 AAR Channel 057
160.980 AAR Channel 058
160.995 AAR Channel 059
161.010 AAR Channel 060
161.025 AAR Channel 061
161.040 AAR Channel 062
161.055 AAR Channel 063
161.070 AAR Channel 064
161.085 AAR Channel 065
161.100 AAR Channel 066
161.115 AAR Channel 067
161.130 AAR Channel 068
161.145 AAR Channel 069
161.160 AAR Channel 070
161.175 AAR Channel 071
161.190 AAR Channel 072
161.205 AAR Channel 073
161.220 AAR Channel 074
161.235 AAR Channel 075
161.250 AAR Channel 076
161.265 AAR Channel 077
161.280 AAR Channel 078
161.295 AAR Channel 079
161.310 AAR Channel 080
161.325 AAR Channel 081
161.340 AAR Channel 082
161.355 AAR Channel 083
161.370 AAR Channel 084
161.385 AAR Channel 085
161.400 AAR Channel 086
161.415 AAR Channel 087
161.430 AAR Channel 088
161.445 AAR Channel 089
161.460 AAR Channel 090
161.475 AAR Channel 091
161.490 AAR Channel 092
161.505 AAR Channel 093
161.520 AAR Channel 094
161.535 AAR Channel 095
161.550 AAR Channel 096
161.565 AAR Channel 097

Narrowband FM Splinter Channels:
160.2225 AAR Channel 107
160.2375 AAR Channel 108
160.2525 AAR Channel 109
160.2675 AAR Channel 110
160.2825 AAR Channel 111
160.2975 AAR Channel 112
160.3125 AAR Channel 113
160.3275 AAR Channel 114
160.3425 AAR Channel 115
160.3575 AAR Channel 116
160.3725 AAR Channel 117
160.3875 AAR Channel 118
160.4025 AAR Channel 119
160.4175 AAR Channel 120
160.4325 AAR Channel 121
160.4475 AAR Channel 122
160.4625 AAR Channel 123
160.4775 AAR Channel 124
160.4925 AAR Channel 125
160.5075 AAR Channel 126
160.5225 AAR Channel 127
160.5375 AAR Channel 128
160.5525 AAR Channel 129
160.5675 AAR Channel 130
160.5825 AAR Channel 131
160.5975 AAR Channel 132
160.6125 AAR Channel 133
160.6275 AAR Channel 134
160.6425 AAR Channel 135
160.6575 AAR Channel 136
160.6725 AAR Channel 137
160.6875 AAR Channel 138
160.7025 AAR Channel 139
160.7175 AAR Channel 140
160.7325 AAR Channel 141
160.7475 AAR Channel 142
160.7625 AAR Channel 143
160.7775 AAR Channel 144
160.7925 AAR Channel 145
160.8075 AAR Channel 146
160.8225 AAR Channel 147
160.8375 AAR Channel 148
160.8525 AAR Channel 149
160.8675 AAR Channel 150
160.8825 AAR Channel 151
160.8975 AAR Channel 152
160.9125 AAR Channel 153
160.9275 AAR Channel 154
160.9425 AAR Channel 155
160.9575 AAR Channel 156
160.9725 AAR Channel 157
160.9875 AAR Channel 158
161.0025 AAR Channel 159
161.0175 AAR Channel 160
161.0325 AAR Channel 161
161.0475 AAR Channel 162
161.0625 AAR Channel 163
161.0775 AAR Channel 164
161.0925 AAR Channel 165
161.1075 AAR Channel 166
161.1225 AAR Channel 167
161.1375 AAR Channel 168
161.1525 AAR Channel 169
161.1675 AAR Channel 170
161.1825 AAR Channel 171
161.1975 AAR Channel 172
161.2125 AAR Channel 173
161.2275 AAR Channel 174
161.2425 AAR Channel 175
161.2575 AAR Channel 176
161.2725 AAR Channel 177
161.2875 AAR Channel 178
161.3025 AAR Channel 179
161.3175 AAR Channel 180
161.3325 AAR Channel 181
161.3475 AAR Channel 182
161.3625 AAR Channel 183
161.3775 AAR Channel 184
161.3925 AAR Channel 185
161.4075 AAR Channel 186
161.4225 AAR Channel 187
161.4375 AAR Channel 188
161.4525 AAR Channel 189
161.4675 AAR Channel 190
161.4825 AAR Channel 191
161.4975 AAR Channel 192
161.5125 AAR Channel 193
161.5275 AAR Channel 194
161.5425 AAR Channel 195
161.5575 AAR Channel 196

The “Digital” Channels are listed as AAR 307-AAR 487 use the same frequencies as the analog channels listed above, but have the Nexedge modulation scheme.
They range from 160.215 MHz (AAR 307) to 161.565 MHz (AAR 487) in 6.25 KHz steps. Very few receivers are currently capable of intercepting traffic on them, but I believe one can use a software defined radio as well.

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