RadioShack® 7-Channel Weatheradio® Model 12-250 Event Codes
 
Weatheradio® 12-250 Picture
The following table documents the various EAS event codes supported by the RadioShack® 7-Channel Weatheradio® with NWR-SAME model 12-250 and how they are displayed on its LCD and LED displays. For information on the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME), see the FCC 47 CFR Part 11 (EAS) Rules information on the FCC's EAS website.

For information on the EAS event codes supported by the older model 12-249, please click here.

EAS ACTIVATION NAMEEVENT
CODE
LCD DISPLAYLEDALARM
SOUND
Practice/Demo WarningDMODEMO MESSAGENoneNone
Required Monthly TestRMTMONTHLY TESTNoneBEEPS
Required Weekly TestRWTWEEKLY TESTNoneBEEPS
National Periodic TestNPTNATIONAL PERIODIC TESTGREENBEEPS
Tornado WatchTOATORNADO WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Tornado WarningTOR 1TORNADO WARNINGREDWARBLE
Tornado WarningTOW 1TORNADO WARNINGREDWARBLE
Severe Thunderstorm WatchSVASEVERE THUNDER WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Severe Thunderstorm WarningSVR 2SEVERE THUNDER WARNINGREDWARBLE
Severe Thunderstorm WarningSVW 2SEVERE THUNDER WARNINGREDWARBLE
Severe Weather StatementSVSSEVERE WEATHERGREENBEEPS
Special Weather StatementSPSSPECIAL WEATHERGREENBEEPS
Flash Flood WatchFFAFLASH FLOOD WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Flash Flood WarningFFWFLASH FLOOD WARNINGREDWARBLE
Flash Flood StatementFFSFLASH FLOODGREENBEEPS
Flood WatchFLAFLOOD WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Flood WarningFLWFLOOD WARNINGREDWARBLE
Flood StatementFLSFLOODGREENBEEPS
Coastal Flood WatchCFACOASTAL FLOOD WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Coastal Flood WarningCFWCOASTAL FLOOD WARNINGREDWARBLE
Winter Storm WatchWSAWINTER STORM WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Winter Storm WarningWSWWINTER STORM WARNINGREDWARBLE
Blizzard WarningBZWBLIZZARD WARNINGREDWARBLE
High Wind WatchHWAHIGHWIND WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
High Wind WarningHWWHIGHWIND WARNINGREDWARBLE
Hurricane WatchHUAHURRICAN WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Hurricane WarningHUWHURRICAN WARNINGREDWARBLE
Hurricane StatementHLSHURRICANGREENBEEPS
Tsunami WatchTSATSUNAMI WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Tsunami WarningTSWTSUNAMI WARNINGREDWARBLE
Special Marine WarningSMWSEVERE MARINE WARNINGREDWARBLE
Emergency Action NotificationEANEMERGENC ACTION WARNINGREDWARBLE
Emergency Action TerminationEATEMERGENC ACTION TERMINATREDBEEPS
Civil Emergency MessageCEMTUNE TVREDWARBLE
Evacuation ImmediateEVIEVACUATE IMMEDIATREDWARBLE
Immediate Evacuation WarningIEW 3IMMEDIAT EVACUATE WARNINGREDWARBLE
Law Enforcement WarningLEWLAW ENFORCE WARNINGREDWARBLE
National Information CenterNICNATIONAL INFO CENTERREDWARBLE
Avalanche WatchAVAAVALANCHE WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Avalanche WarningAVWAVALANCHE WARNINGREDWARBLE
Volcano WatchVOA 3VOLCANO WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Volcano WarningVOWVOLCANO WARNINGREDWARBLE
Shelter In Place WarningSPWSHELTER IN-PLACE WARNINGREDWARBLE
Civil Danger WatchCDA 3CIVIL DANGER WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Civil Danger WarningCDWCIVIL DANGER WARNINGREDWARBLE
Radiological Hazard WatchRHA 3RADIOLOG HAZARD WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Radiological Hazard WarningRHWRADIOLOG HAZARD WARNINGREDWARBLE
Hazardous Materials WatchHMA 3HAZARD MATERIAL WATCHYELLOWWARBLE
Hazardous Materials WarningHMWHAZARD MATERIAL WARNINGREDWARBLE
Fire WarningFRWFIRE WARNINGREDWARBLE
Local Area EmergencyLAELOCAL AREA EMERGENCREDWARBLE
Unrecognized code ending in S**S 4UNKNOWN STATEMENT TUNE TVGREENWARBLE
Unrecognized code ending in W**W 4UNKNOWN WARNING TUNE TVREDWARBLE
Unrecognized code ending in A**A 4UNKNOWN WATCH TUNE TVYELLOWWARBLE
Unrecognized code ending in E**E 4UNKNOWN EMERGENC TUNE TVREDWARBLE
NoneNoneCHECK OP 5NoneNone
??TEST MESSAGE 6NoneNone

1 For a "Tornado Warning", the radio will respond to either the "TOR" or "TOW" event codes. "TOW" was a National Weather Service proposal to replace the "TOR" event code.

2 For a "Severe Thunderstorm Warning", the radio will respond to either the "SVR" or "SVW" event codes. "SVW" was a National Weather Service proposal to replace the "SVR" event code.

3 These codes are not currently defined in the EAS rules (FCC 47 CFR Part 11) and were not included in the EAS changes being implemented by the National Weather Service effective June 30, 2004. They were defined in the National Weather Service's Detailed SAME System Specification which is no longer available. This specification provided information on proposed event code changes to the EAS rules, some which were rejected.

4 The asterisks indicate that any characters can prefix the specified character. If the radio does not recognize the event code, it will examine the last character to determine the alert level.

5 The event "CHECK OP" is displayed when the radio has not received a SAME transmission in seven days of continuous operation. Turning the radio off and back on again will clear this message. If this message consistently reappears, the radio should be checked out. While it is possible that the National Weather Service in your area has not been transmitting the required weekly test, more than likely there is a reception problem, incorrect FIPS codes for your area have been programmed into the radio or there an internal problem with the radio's SAME decoder.

6 The message "TEST MESSAGE" does not translate to any of the currently defined or proposed EAS event codes.
 

 
Unsupported Event Codes
The following event codes were implemented by the National Weather Service effective June 30, 2004. They are not supported by the 12-250 but will be displayed as either "UNKNOWN WARNING TUNE TV", "UNKNOWN WATCH TUNE TV" or "UNKNOWN EMERGENC TUNE TV".
 
EAS ACTIVATION NAMEEVENT
CODE
Child Abduction EmergencyCAE
Dust Storm WarningDSW
Earthquake WarningEQW
Network Message NotificationNMN
Nuclear Power Plant WarningNUW
911 Telephone Outage EmergencyTOE
Tropical Storm WarningTRW
Tropical Storm WatchTRA
 
Compiled by Robert G. Schaffrath, N2JTX
Last modified June 23, 2004