Originally Posted by 4:3 Toshiba
Just who all broadcasts from the Dallas tower farm?
Does this forum cover weather radio signal reception for weather radios?
I have a fairly new Midland WR-120 weather radio, and I have seen times when I got no alert in spite of warnings scrolling across the TV. I've ruled out incorrect radio settings. My reception signal comes from Spencer Mountain.
I am a huge weather junkie and own multiple wx radios - I'm old school and it's more reliable than weather apps. And don't be offended by my helps here - in other words I don't want to come across as a smarty. I just want to make sure all the bases are covered. Plus, given your comment about "incorrect radio settings" I will assume you've read the user manual, etc.
First, in what county do you live? This is important because you could live in a county not served by the Spencer Mountain transmitter, thus any tone alerts they transmit (tones which trigger your radio) would not apply to your location. I say this because there are 3 different NOAA weather radio stations that serve the Charlotte Metro and county combinations vary a bit for each one.
Secondly, this COULD ultimately be your issue. Not every TV weather scroll you see would meet the severity criteria for the National Weather Service to transmit a tone alert. For winter weather events, Winter Storm Warnings (not Watches) are "toned". Winter Weather Advisories are NOT toned, either. Ice Storm Warnings would also likely be toned. Generally, any weather event that's a threat to life/property is "toned". And while lightning is certainly a threat, there are no such warnings and thus are not toned - the sound of thunder is your warning here.
The Greenville-Spartanburg National Weather Service has a weather radio webpage that may provide some help http://www.weather.gov/gsp/nwr
You can also verify some alarm functionality, by way of the weekly tone alert test transmitted each Wednesday between 11am-Noon. Given the newness of your radio, I doubt it audibly alarms for the weekly test - however it does log it and it will show on the radio's LCD display. This display does hold "tone alert" history - maybe up to 30 events - and you should be able to "scroll" back through the history and see its tone alerts. You should find how to display this history in the user manual.
Hope you get the radio to working - please reply back with your results!