Why is my weather radio beeping?

Why is my weather radio beeping?

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For those of you with a Midland WR-120 NOAA weather radio, there is a reason why your radio started beeping over the weekend... and instructions on how to make it stop. For those of you with a Midland WR-120 NOAA weather radio, there is a reason why your radio started beeping over the weekend... and instructions on how to make it stop.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

For those of you with a Midland WR-120 NOAA weather radio, there is a reason why your radio started beeping over the weekend... and instructions on how to make it stop.

Midland contacted FOX6 News with the following information about the WR-120, a NOAA weather radio sold to hundreds of thousands of people across Alabama in recent years:

The Midland WR-120 desktop NOAA weather radio knows it is supposed to receive a weekly test from the National Weather Service every seven days.  If the radio goes for ten days without receiving a test, it gives out one beep every ten minutes.

[Last] week's national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) required National Weather Service offices to cancel their weekly NOAA Weather Radio tests.  Midland WR-120 radios, having not received a weekly test in the past ten days, are now beeping once every ten minutes.

The radio will re-set itself at the next weekly test, or the next watch/warning issuance.  

If you cannot wait that long:  To cancel the beeping, unplug the radio from the wall, turn the radio over, and remove one battery.  Replace the battery and plug the radio back in.  The settings on the radio will NOT be affected by this, as the SAME county code, and all other information is stored on a flash memory chip.   

But you WILL need to re-set the clock.  To do so:

1)    Push MENU.  "SET TIME" appears.
2)    Push SELECT
3)    Use the up/down arrows to adjust the hour up or down. To get from AM to PM, just continue past the hour 12.
4)    Use the right button to move to the minutes setting
5)    Use the up/down arrows to adjust the minutes up or down.  Right arrow to access both of the minute digits.
6)    When you have set the clock to the proper time, hit MENU twice.  The radio will display "SAVING".  You are done setting the clock.


We apologize for the inconvenience.  The ten-day missed test alarm is a way to assure viewers that their weather radio is performing properly.  

NOTE: The previous version of this radio, the Midland WR-100 does not make an audible beep.  However, it will display the words "CHECK RECEPTION" until it is re-set using the same steps as outlined above.  Like the WR-120, the radio will automatically re-set itself at the next weekly test, or the next watch/warning issuance.

Thank you again for your support of the NOAA Weather Radio Network.

Bruce Jones
Meteorologist/Spokesperson
Midland Radio Corporation


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