This page has information about my online stream of NOAA Weather Radio KHB-36. This is the NOAA Weather Radio station that broadcasts from near Manassas, VA, and whose coverage area includes much of the Washington DC Metropolitan area. This feed regularly receives a large amount of listeners during severe weather events.
If there is no audio on this feed, please first check the NWS Public Information Statement to make sure that the transmitter isn’t offline for maintenance or other problems.
Making the feed
This feed is powered by a NooElec RTL2832U-based software-defined radio. It’s connected to a high-gain VHF amateur radio antenna. The audio is routed to an open-source utility called Broadcast Using This Tool, which is encoding the audio and sending it to the server. The audio filter being used is built into the SDR decoding software, and removes a large amount of the static that would otherwise make it harder to hear.
I switched from a separate scanner to a software-defined radio because the computer can now power the radio receiver (it connects via USB), allowing me to not have to power a scanner and also cleaning up some extra cables from my desk.
Listening to the feed
The stream used to be hosted by Weather Underground. Unfortunately, they experienced too many issues with their streaming audio server, and in the face of declining listenership, decided to stop providing hosting for NOAA Weather Radio streams. I’m now hosting the stream through my own streaming server instead. The link to listen in your browser will open a new tab, while the media player link will download a playlist file that can be opened in your media player of choice. I’ve tested the “listen in your browser” function in Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
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