• LYNNE
    3
    Hi there, we are embarking on our first trip south for a couple of months... can be scary!! Ray, I’ve been following you & Anne since you first headed out from Victoria!
    My question is, does anyone use a NOAA weather radio, or a CB for weather reports for where you are? I realize the NOAA is for the States only. We have a portable CB hooked up, with a great antenna outside the rig, it has 9 weather channels. I used channel 2 today for the thunderstorms coming through Alberta, helped a lot.
    Your suggestions please?
    Cheers, from Alberta! Lynne :nerd:
  • VW's-Travels
    87
    Ray is the one who prompted me to get an emergency/weather radio a few years ago.
    Here's a link to the video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xhPXmkx6B4&t=82s
    I didn't get the same model but I did get a CCRANE brand radio.
    Here's Rays link - CCrane AM/FM/Ham/Weather Emergency Radio, Walkies & CB - http://amzn.to/2kim9Zi
  • Ray
    364
    Thanks @VW's-Travels :)
    @LYNNE I think your CB is a great choice, as it has a big powerful outside antenna for good range. Does it give weather alerts?
  • LYNNE
    3
    Hi Ray, from what I've experienced the Canada station does give alerts. Not sure which station to use while in the U.S.
  • Ray
    364
    Usually just scan to see which one is working. My stuff seems to work well in both countries, I have a little pair of two-way radios with the weather channels and they work in the US.

    In most locations, the service broadcasts on one of seven specially-allocated VHF radio frequencies, audible only on dedicated "weather band" receivers or any VHF radio capable of receiving 10 kHz bandwidth FM signals centered on these assigned channels, which are located within the larger "public service band". The radio frequencies used by Weatheradio Canada are the same as those used by its American counterpart, NOAA Weather Radio, and receivers designed for use in one country are compatible for use in the other. Since 2004, the service has used Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alerting technology to disseminate severe weather bulletins. Weatheradio has indicated that, in the future, it also plans to add other hazard and civil emergency information (such as natural disasters, technological accidents, AMBER alerts and terrorist attacks) to its broadcasts.[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weatheradio_Canada


    Also, there are many cell phone apps out there that will alert.
    I have the NOAA one - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apalon.weatherradar.free&hl=en
  • LYNNE
    3
    Thx Ray, I knew you were the guy to go to!! BTW, what do you do about phone service? I'm going to use my personal hotspot for downloading my email, that being said I will need phone service.
  • Ray
    364
    This was last snowbird seasons setup - https://www.loveyourrv.com/cell-phone-internet-plans-we-use-as-canadian-rv-snowbirds/
    I reevaluate the options out there each fall and see what's the best bet. Things are changing so fast these days I don't like to get locked into a plan.
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