End of thread. Re: [BCD396XT] Re: Weather Alert OMG!!! - ENOUGH!!!
- It's not. At least it's no worse than any of the other units I've
purchased in the last 10 years. Yes, some older ones were adjustable,
and that's likely what led to industry interdiction when they were not
suitable for the purpose for which they are intended. There are more
than enough lawyers out there who would jump at the chance to exploit
As for why, Paul Opitz posted the reason why it is so 'loud'. It has to
meet the ANSI/CEA spec that specifies that the alert tone *must* be "an
SPL of a minimum of 77 dB at one meter." Yes, that IS loud. As Paul also
said, it's in the same class as smoke detectors. Both are loud for a reason.
So, for ANYONE who thinks the Uniden scanners are too loud for the
weather alerts, *** petition ANSI/CEA to LOWER the specification ***.
Stop blaming Uniden for not wanting to violate this spec and be subject
to a lawsuit. Yes, industry standards are enforceable in court even
though they are not laws or regulations. When you violate such
standards, you are guilty of negligence - perhaps gross negligence in
light of the fact there are lives at stake combined with a willful
ignorance of industry standards IF they made a decision to not comply.
As for the alert being annoying, please read what you wrote! You're
complaining because an ALERT TONE is too 'annoying'. That's it's entire
purpose - to get your attention. It wouldn't be much of an alert if it
were easily ignored or missed. If it were, I'm sure there would be a
thread complaining about it not being loud enough.
But again, there will be NO MORE Uniden bashing for obeying this
industry specification. Again, if you think the Uniden scanners are too
loud for the weather alerts, *** petition ANSI/CEA to LOWER the
specification ***. Oh, and good luck with that, as you will have to
prove it's in everyone's best interests.
Jason W. Watts wrote:
> Is it any worse than a tone you might hear using some of the stand-alone weather radio receivers for some reason?
> Jason W. Watts
> Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone from i wireless
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "nocreativety" <ASSAF_X@...>
> Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 20:25:38
> To: <BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com>
> Subject: [BCD396XT] Re: Weather Alert OMG!!!
> Everyone goes through this. You turn on the wx alert, figure just in case, and it goes off and nearly kills you. It is just kind of an initiation, a way to teach you never to turn it on ever again. I almost had a heart attack the first time I heard it as well.
> --- In BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com, "j0hnburt0n" <j0hnburt0n@...> wrote:
>> Wow!!! Is that weather alert tone annoying or what?!? The alert tone is a heart attack waiting to happen.
- If the forecast is for severe storms overnight, I would put the 396xt in an
adjacent room or a nearby bathroom.close the door partially too and then if
the tone is activated, it won't be loud enough to give you a coronary but it
should be loud enough to wake you.
I used to have an old analog base scanner in the kitchen downstairs for this
purpose and it was plenty loud to wake me at night at that distance even
when we were upstairs sleeping when the NWS activated the tone. I had to
get rid of that scanner though as it didn't have FIPS or SAME capabilities
and without those capabilities, it was a most annoying and frustrating
event on many a stormy night.
From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2009 11:14 AM
Subject: [BCD396XT] Weather Alert OMG!!!
Wow!!! Is that weather alert tone annoying or what?!? Here in the midwest, I
would like to set the scanner on wx alert mode when a storm front is due to
move through overnight. I could never get away with this unless I placed the
scanner into a hermetically sealed, lead-lined mayonaise jar and then
covered it with pillows! The alert tone is a heart attack waiting to happen.
I sure wish there were optional settings for the wx alert much like the
other alert tones. I've reverted to my gmrs radio for wx alerting because it
has tone options and volumn settings. Unfortunate after paying $500 for the
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