We have been asked for information on hand-cranked radios, but we suggest a better alternative, since hand-cranking is very hard work, and many Oakmonters do not have the capability. There was a very good article in the September 1st. Kenwood Press about the NOAA Weather Scan + Alert radio, which is quite inexpensive at about $30.00. It takes AA batteries and has an A/C adapter. There are more expensive choices, of course, which are listed in that article.
The NOAA WEATHER SCAN + ALERT – NOAA Weather Scan will automatically scan through 7 available weather (WX) band channels with flood, tornado, thunderstorm, civil danger warnings, and more. It also locks onto the strongest weather channel to alert you of severe weather updates. NOAA Weather Alert will sound an alarm indicating that there is a risk of severe weather hazards and emergencies in your area
- PROGRAMMING – S.A.M.E. – The Specific Area Message Encoding automatically locks on to your county’s NOAA weather radio signal requiring minimal programming from the user. CUSTOM – Program your radio to receive weather alerts from up to 25 different counties and be alerted only when those specific counties are threatened
- TRILINGUAL DISPLAY – The compact alert monitor displays emergency advisories in 3 languages: English, Spanish, and French
- ALARM CLOCK – The built-in clock features an alarm with a snooze button
- INCLUDED IN THE BOX – All Hazards Weather Alert Radio, AC Power Adapter and Owner’s Manual
Attached is a pdf copy of the owners manual for reference. The link to the Midland website is also included.