SERVICE: NWR Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME)

REFERENCE: Memos, handouts, E-Mails, WSOM Chapter C-64

ISSUED BY: All Warning Offices

PURPOSE: The NWR Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) will allow users to receive NWR products on an "event specific" and "county specific" basis versus having their alarm receiver "go-off" for all 1050 Hz alarms that apply to the entire service area of each transmitter (which may be a 40-mile radius covering numerous counties).

CHANGES: From the 1960s through the mid 1990s, NWR utilized only one alarm tone for all watches/warnings/statements to activate receivers throughout the transmitter's service area. Thus, everyone's receiver was "turned-on" for all Tornado Warnings, etc., in all counties served by the monitored transmitter, even though the tornado may be miles away and moving away from many areas receiving the warning on NWR. Significant improvement in the NWR warning system was needed. SAME will allow users to program their NWR receiver to "alarm" only for the event(tornado, etc.) and county(s) they desire. This will vastly reduce the conception of over warning perceived by many NWR users.

COMMENTS: Besides serving the general public, emergency managers, the media, industry, etc., SAME has been designated as the method by which most NWS warnings and emergency information will enter the new Emergency Alert System (EAS) which replaces the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) 1-1-97. SAME allows NWS warnings to interrupt CATV channels, automated radio station programming, and then have the scheduled programming resume. SAME is an integral part of the Console Replacement System (CRS).

CONTACT: Tim Troutman, W/SR11x3
NWR Dissemination Meteorologist
(817) 978-1100 Ext. 108

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Last updated September 14, 2000
Dianna Taylor