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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 8:33 PM CDT on June 26, 2016

... Upgrades coming soon to NOAA Weather Radio...

The National Weather Service is in the process of rolling out a
significant upgrade to the computer system which produces the
broadcasts for NOAA Weather Radio. The existing system was
installed in the late 1990s, and largely continues to use the same
equipment today. A new computer system, called the broadcast
message handler, will be used to generate the audio messages of
the forecasts, observations, watches, and warnings, which are
routinely heard over the air. While the actual broadcast program
will remain unchanged, you may notice the messages being read in a
different voice.

At the Lincoln NWS office, we are scheduled to install the new
equipment next week, on July 6, with testing expected to last
about a week. During the test period, programming schedules will
be verified, and word pronunciations will be validated for the
local area. Once this has been verified, the routine broadcast
will be switched over to use the new system. As we monitor the new
system over the air, we will have the ability for a short time to
Switch Back to the old system if necessary.

No changes are being made to the contents of the program schedule.
As the changes are being made at our office and not at the actual
transmitter locations, coverage areas will remain the same.
Watches and warnings will continue to cause receivers to alert as

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