Fort Smith NOAA Weather Radio Listeners: Check Your Broadcast!

The coverage pattern of the Fort Smith NOAA All Hazards Radio - 162.550 MHz - has shifted due to an improper tilt to the radio antenna. We currently believe the antenna tilt is the result of earlier severe weather. This tilt may make broadcast, and therefore, the warning reception, unreliable in parts of west central Arkansas and east central Oklahoma until it is corrected. The process to correct the problem is underway, but is unlikely to be completed before the severe weather threat increases Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Anyone that is accustomed to receiving warning information from the Fort Smith transmitter should check the broadcast to verify that the signal strength is normal and that there is not more static than usual. If the broadcast does not sound normal, it is recommended that you not rely on the weather radio for your lone source of warning information until the antenna is fixed.

Those of you in Crawford, Franklin, and Adair counties may be able to tune to the Fayetteville transmitter - 162.475 MHz - to receive warnings. Residents of southern LeFlore County may be able to receive information from the Broken Bow transmitter - 162.450 MHz. Parts of Sequoyah County are also covered by the Muskogee transmitter - 162.525 MHz.

In addition, thanks to our partners at the Little Rock National Weather Service, the Russellville transmitter - 162.525 MHz - will temporarily broadcast warning information for Crawford, Sebastian, and Franklin counties, and the Mena transmitter - 162.400 MHz - for LeFlore County.

We apologize for this inconvenience. It will be corrected as soon as possible.

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