This is a post I simply had to do, because of more than one person asking about one of the terms, which relate to how either NWR or Weatheradio Canada operates. So, for those who keep asking what watchdog or any seemingly unknowable term (relating to Weatheradio Canada or NOAA Weather Radio) is, here is a standalone version of a portion of a recent issue of the newsletter, with what I called “Weather Radio Terminology”, as apposed to a glossary. Here, I will explain in more detail about most of the terms I mentioned here in the previous issue of the newsletter and that particular section. These both relate to both or either Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather Radio and I will state whether the term in question, relates to one or the other.
Specific Area Message Encoding:
A method of alert localization, in which you can set alerts to go off for one or more regions or counties of your choosing. This is on both Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather Radio and has been for years.
Fancy initials which simply mean Weather Radio transmitter, relating to both WXR Canada and NWR.
The All Counties setting allows you to receive SAME alerts from anycounties within the listening area of your local WXR. This and the next term relates to various models of WX radios and not WXR Canada or NWR.
The same as All Counties,
Basic Tone Alert
A WX radio with only the abbility to alert using the 1050 Hz tone for short fuze warnings or alerts which only require it. Weatheradio Canada mostly uses it currently, for alerts such as: Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Warning, along with the monthly 1050 Hz tone test on the first Wednesday of each month.
Canadian Location Code:: which relates to Weatheradio Canada.
A six digit code representing the local area in which alerts will open up your WX radio.
Federal Industry Processing Standerds:
The NWR counterpart to CLC.
An indication to Weatheradio Canada listeners that there has been no new data after 3 hours and a “stay alive message” is sent out. This was first on the network in 2010 and this also relates to the next term below.
Stay Alive Message:
A message stating that a WXR is going through technical difficulties and can not broadcast weather information at this time. This relates to both NWR and Weatheradio Canada but, only Weatheradio Canada has a name for the outage, other than “outage.”
The software used by Weatheradio Canada to disseminate weather information from the Internet over the network.
I hope this helps.