Has anyone every discussed putting something like this http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrbro.htm in a custom POI file? If not, does anybody think it would be worthwhile? I just tune around on my amateur radio if I want to hear them, but there could conceivably be times when a person wants to know which transmitter is closest to them. I am not sure if the most curent actual coordinates would be easy to obtain or not. Here are some archaic ones:
Might be a lengthy task putting this together, but certainly could be beneficial to those dialing in NOAA frequencies. In this day of cell phones and scanners though, I'm not sure how much interest there might be.
Uploaded list of Iowa NOAA Weather Stations - IAwxstations.csv
Minnesota too - MNwxstations.csv
Wow, nice job, thank you!
Have the station lists for each state downloaded from the NWS web site - and am working on them - the fun part is the NWS lists their sites in a table with headings:
Call Sign | Site Name | Site Location | Frequency | Power
and sometimes the Site Names & Site Locations seem to be transposed, as a site location may not geocode out to an actual city - so going through them state by state and geocoding, and fixing location errors will take a bit of time. I'll post again when done.
I was in northern Minnesota this weekend and I discovered that four Minnesota stations show the same coordinates. They are:
-94.0718,46.487,"Arnold Site, 162.55, KIG64"
-94.0718,46.487,"Bogus Lake, 162.45, KXI43"
-94.0718,46.487,"Gun Flint Lake, 162.525, KXI45"
-94.0718,46.487,"Omen Lake, 162.55, WXJ64"
I'm working on this - that first Minnesota try may have put in some generic coordinates when geocoded and I missed it.
I was looking around today and came across your NOAA weather radio project. Being a ham radio operator and GPS enthusist I thought I would offer to help you with this.
If you would like for me to do a few states let me know. If you have created a format that you like i.e. callsign, frequency, state, city or whatever it may be I will follow your lead on that and make mine identical for easy merging of files etc.
Let me know.
And rather than upload the 50 state files, and the combined national file - I zipped them up, and sent them by email to Miss Poi for her to do with as she pleases.
The biggest challenge was getting some of the 'Site Locations' used by the NWS to geocode...many of them seem to be geographical place names that don't have addresses attached...so - I ended up using
http://www.topozone.com/ and http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq
to get at a lot of the sites located. I did a visual compare of each state to the NWS' state maps of sites, and I think I got 'em all as close as I can get them absent specific address infomation or having coordinates provided for each transmitter...(the NWS has deemed that infomation a matter of National Security - don't ask me why...) - so all we're waiting for is Miss Poi to go through her e-mail, and unzip the files & let us know where they are.
And I made use of RT's verifier - the only duplicates left in the file(s) are instances where there are two stations at the same site - regular & marine info or in Spanish.
Thanks for the offer of help.
Thanks to Miss Poi for taking the zip file I sent by e-mail and organizing them.
Keith & Miss POI
Thanks a bunch for the NWS transmitter listing. My experience is that the best and most timely warning of impending bad weather (tornados, sever thunderstorms, etc) is my NWS with SAME monitoring. This POI is now in my Nuvi.
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