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Yellow advisory light has come on and wont go off

The advisory light came on several days ago after a test message and has not reset. turning the unit off and then back on doesnt reset it nor does unplugging it, light remains lit

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Duhhhhhhhhhhh.............i took the batteries out and then put them back in............problem solved.............duhhhhhhh

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Good morning, afternoon, evening or night; whatever time of day you are viewing this. Thank you for choosing FixYa to assist you with this question. You're receiving a message on your radio screen that says "Check Operation" and want to know how to clear it out. Whenever you see that "Check Operation" message on your radio, that means your radio has not received any activity (warnings or messages) for a number of days or weeks. This is something the radio does automatically. The message will clear off your screen when an alert has been announced or a Required Weekly Test (RWT) or Required Monthly Test (RMT) has been performed. I have a Midland WR-100 Weather Radio and it does the same thing. I get a Required Monthly Test on the last Wednesday of each month. After the test is completed, the message goes away. The National Weather Service conducts these test on Wednesdays starting at 10 a.m. Check your radio on Wednesday to see if you still see this message. The message should be gone around 6:00 PM or later. I hope this answers your question and thank you for choosing FixYa to answer your question. We hope you get the best user experience out this radio. Stay safe this Severe Weather Season, keep updated with your NOAA Weather Radio and have a good day, evening or night; whatever time of day you are reading this. Visit our website again the next time you need assistance with a problem or need a question answered.

Feb 25, 2011 | Midland Weather/Hazard Radio with SAME...


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.

on Jan 17, 2011 | Midland WR-100 Weather/RDS Radio

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No reception. Says check reception.

I am assuming that you have a Midland WR-100 Weather Radio. The display is saying check reception because you haven't received any kind of warning, Required Weekly Test (RWT), or Required Monthly Test (RMT) in a while. Do not panic. All you have to do is just watch the radio either every Wednesday, the first Wednesday of every month, the last Wednesday of every month or whatever Wednesday the NWS radio station in your county does their test. They usually run them starting at 10:00 a.m.. Keep watching it throughout the day because it could start at anytime. The display screen will read whatever test you are getting. When you watch your radio, look for the advisory light to light up. If nothing is said on the radio, then that means they are running a test. Your light will stay on for a few hours, but it will eventually go off. If this doesn't help, try moving your radio to a different place in the room or another room. If that doesn't help, unplug the DC cable and take out the batteries, then re-install them again. Hope this solution helps.

Jan 17, 2011 | Personal Radios

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Check reception is scrolling on screen

I am constantly seeing this problem arriving on this website. This is not a problem. The radio is just letting you know that you haven't received any warnings or tests for a certain amount of time. All you have to do is watch your radio every Wednesday around 10:00 a.m. until you see the advisory light come on. Keep watching the radio throughout the day because the test can begin at anytime. The reason why I am stating "watch your radio every Wednesday around 10:00 a.m." is because this is when the NWS starts their Required Weekly Tests (RWTs) or Required Monthly Tests (RMTs). Depending on what kind of test your county runs will determine what Wednesday you get this test. If it is a monthly test, you will receive this on whatever Wednesday that your county is scheduled to give this test (i.e. the 4th Wednesday of the month). You wouldn't be getting this message if you were getting an RWT. The NWS radio station for my reception area gives the test on the 4th or last Wednesday of every month. The advisory light will stay on for a few hours, but it will eventually go off. Hope this solution helps. Reply back if it doesn't. The real solution to this and key ingredient is patience.

Jan 16, 2011 | Midland WR-100 Weather/RDS Radio

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We are under a winter advisory but no lights are on

The National Weather Service (NWS) has certain criteria for issuing warnings, watches and advisories. They do not issue a warning, watch or advisory if the circumstances are "not" severe enough for them to sound the alarm. If you thinking this is a useless piece of junk, its not. This thing really does work and I have proof. Back in September, our area was under a Flash Food Warning and the weather radio sounded more than once. This meant the conditions we were having were severe enough for the NWS to sound the alarm. Your winter advisory was not severe enough for the NWS to sound the alarm. To find out more about their criteria go to Hope this sheds some light on your situation.

Jan 09, 2011 | Midland WR-100 Weather/RDS Radio

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We have had severe weather all day and it didn't go off. It had been working perfectly for a year. When I turn on the weather/snooze button I get a constant loud squeal on every channel. any ideas??

Check this website's FAQs page- Your answer may be in FAQ #10. It may be also that your local NWS transmitter may not have been receiving a good transmission because of the type of severe weather that you had. Maybe you should call your local NWS office and plea your case. I don't know if this will help, but this is my suggestion.

Sep 08, 2010 | Midland WR-100 Weather/RDS Radio

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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:

Hope this helps!

Jun 23, 2010 | Midland WR-100 Weather/RDS Radio

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Radio wont come in all of a sudden worked fine 2 days ago.

Check your conection in plug, plug fuse. If these are ok have a look inside your radio and see if the fuse has blown inside on the circuit board where your power cord enters the radio.

Dec 15, 2009 | Dewalt DC011 AM/FM Radio

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Need to make sure programmed

Program the Midland 74-109 Weather Radio
a) Turn unit on. Extend the antenna. Adjust volume up slowly; Do you hear anything? If not, try replacing the 9 volt battery with a fresh one, in the accessible battery compartment underneath the unit. Repeat above steps.
b) If no sound is heard, turn unit over and look for "WEATHER" slide switch on bottom. With unit on & volume adjusted to comfortable hearing level, slowly slide switch down (or up) through various frequencies [1)162.550, 2) 162.400, 3) 162.475, 4) 162.425, 5) 162.450, 6) 162.500, 7) 162.525] until voice transmissions are heard. This should be the closest National Weather Service (NWS) broadcast for your area. Check the NWS website at for your state, click on the state name, and look for the site name or site location nearest you. The frequency for that site should be the strongest, and appropriate for your area.
c) You can set the alert tone, for special weather alert broadcasts, on the bottom of the unit on the slide switch marked "ALERT". Set the switch to the desired type of alert: 1) LED [LED on top of unit (marked ALERT) lights up when alert is broadcast-no siren tone/alarm is heard] 2) LED & ALARM [LED lights up and alarm/ siren tone is heard] 3) VOICE [LED on top of unit lights up and voice broadcast is heard, only; no siren tone/alarm is heard].
d) Be sure to press the "ALERT" button on top of the unit and leave the volume at a comfortable listening level to hear weather alerts for your area (Alert LED on top of unit lights up to show Alert function is active). You can test the present volume level by pressing the "TEST" button. Be sure to press the "ALERT" button again after listening to the volume level to re-set the Alert function. You can listen to weather broadcasts anytime, by pressing the "WEATHER" button. After listening, be sure to re-press the "ALERT" button to reset the Alert function.
e) 9 volt battery life should last about 6 to 7 months, depending on how much unit is used an number of alerts received. Replace battery every 6 months, or when you replace your smoke alarm battery, or at beginning and end of daylight savings time. A 12 volt AC adapter to replace the battery, can be used. One should have been supplied with unit. If not, a replacement can be found at Radio Shack.
f) This should complete your Midland Weather Alert Radio Model 74-109 programming.

Apr 09, 2009 | Midland 74-109 Weather Radio

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Keeps flashing check reception

I unplugged mine, took out the back up batteries, and waited several minutes.

I reinstalled the batteries, plugged it back in, and reset the time.

For now, it seems to have solved the problem.

Dec 10, 2007 | Midland WR-100 Weather/RDS Radio

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