Tip & How-To about Midland WR-100 Weather/RDS Radio

The Solution to the "Check Reception" Problem

Midland Weather Radio owners around the world, if you are getting a "Check Reception" message on your weather radio, this is nothing to worry about. This just means that you haven't received any warnings or tests for about a week or more. The National Weather Service (NWS) runs Required Weekly Tests (RWTs) or Required Monthly Tests (RMTs) to all Midland Weather Radio owners on Wednesdays (every Wednesday for RWTs and a certain scheduled Wednesday of the month for an RMT (i.e 2nd Wednesday of the Month)). You can weed out the RWT because if this was running every week, you wouldn't be getting the "Check Reception" message. This means you are getting a monthly test on a certain Wednesday of every month. To know when you get this is the tricky part, but once you see the first test, you will know from now on when the NWS gives out these tests. They usually run it on that same Wednesday of every month. To know when they do this, you have to watch your radio every Wednesday around 10:00 a.m., as this is when they administer the tests. Keep watching your radio throughout the day as the NWS can administer the test at anytime. When you see the advisory light light up on your radio, and nothing is being said about a Amber Alert or weather advisory, this means the NWS is administering a test. The type of test will be scrolling on the LCD screen. This will be the type of test you get from now on. The advisory light will stay lit for a few hours, but will eventually turn off. This will mean the test is over. After this, you shouldn't receive another "Check Reception" message for some time. THIS IS NOT A MAJOR PROBLEM and nothing to stress about.

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message says check reception. radio is in same location as always


This message means that the radio didn't receive the weekly check-in or test signal from the station it's tuned to, sometimes the station will fail to send it. To clear this message, simply turn the switch on the side of the radio off for a few seconds, then turn it back on.

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I think it means bad reception? No way to really know, the owners manual is useless.

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I get this when it loses the radio signal. I have to unlug it and remove/replace the batteries to reset the stations. You might also try hitting the weather/snooze button, listen to the quality of the reception and then move the antenna around to try and find good reception. These radios are picky about antenna reception location.

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how do i get my WR 100 to stop squeaking durring a weather emergency?


Have you tried tuning to different NOAH frequencies to see if one of them gets better reception? Also, if the radio is close to other electrical devices, they could be causing interference with your weather radio reception.
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Keeps flashing check reception


That's because you haven't received a Required Weekly Test (RWT) for the present or past week. I just had a problem like this not to long ago. You should try unplugging the radio and taking out the batteries. Put the batteries back into the radio and plug it back in. Check to make sure your settings are still intact (you'll have to reset your time.). I'll have to check the radio this week to make sure that RWT comes in. The National Weather Service (NWS) does its Weekly Required Testing on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., I haven't had a "check reception" message scroll across the screen since everything was reset; and to enhance your confidence doing this, I actually saw a person who works on these radios, do this to my radio. As far as the weather radio going off, it really does go off when severe weather strikes, because mine just went off (my area is receiving a flash flood warning). The weather you have been receiving probably isn't "severe" enough for the NWS to sound the alarm. For more information on when and what type of event sounds the alarm, and the procedures proceeded when the alarm goes off; go to these websites:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrtest.htm

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrwarn.htm#B

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=nwrfaq.

Hope this helps!

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