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MIDLAND WR300 Weather Radio

by Midland See the Amazon Page for this brand
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,513 customer reviews) 73 answered questions

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  • Receives All NOAA Weather Channels
  • S.A.M.E. Technology
  • AM/FM Radio with Clock and Alarm
  • Memory system for 30 Counties
  • Ability to Add & Remove Alerts,1-Year Limited Warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Midland
  • Model: WR-300
  • Power Source Type: AC
  • Item Height: 2.25 inches
  • Item Length: 7 inches
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Product Details

Product Manual [418kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 2.2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009V2YV
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: WR-300
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,513 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Stay alert to conditions that affect you with Midland's WR-300 all-hazard/weather alert radio. The unit offers S.A.M.E. technology (Specific Area Message Encoding), which pre-programs the device to receive only those warnings that apply to your local area--you can choose state, county, and/or nearby counties. The single-speaker radio offers 23 programmable county codes, AM/FM tuning, date, time, alarm functions, and automatically switches from AM/FM to pertinent all-hazard alerts.

For tuning, the radio employs drift-free PLL (phase-lock loop) technology and an easy-to-read blue, backlit LCD. You get a convenient, 10-alert memory, and you can add, edit, and remove unwanted alerts at any time. The radio uses the supplied AC power adapter or four AA Batteries (not included).

S.A.M.E. Digital Technology- Allows you to receive alerts/warnings for your area.

User-Selectable Warning System- 90 dB siren alarm, voice alert, or visual LED flasher.

23 Programmable Locations- Memory system allows for user setting of up to 23 different counties/provinces.

Event Expiration Indicator- Display shows “EXP” when an alert has expired.

Ability to Add and Remove Alerts- Allows custom programming for the alerts in your area.

Instant Weather- Information direct from the National Weather Service and Environment Canada.

What's in the Box

Emergency Weather Alert Radio, AC Power Adapter, Owner’s Manual

Features

  • All 7 NOAA / Environment Canada Weather Channels
  • Stores up to 10 Different Previously Received All Hazards and Weather Alerts
  • Alarm Clock – Wake Up to Local Weather, AM/FM, or buzz
  • Full Calendar Display – Day, Month, and Year
  • Loud Alert to Keep Your Family Safe
  • Over 60 Emergency Alerts
  • Color-Coded Alert Level Indicators
  • Continuous Backlighting Option
  • Emergency Power Back Up (Requires 4 “AA” batteries, not included)
  • Public Alert Certified

Product Description

The Midland WR-300 23 Code S.A.M.E. Weather Alert Radio offers S.A.M.E. technology (Specific Area Message Encoding), which pre-programs the device to receive only those warnings that apply to your local area. You can choose state, county, and/or nearby counties. The single-speaker radio offers 23 programmable county codes, AM/FM tuning, date, time, alarm functions, and automatically switches from AM/FM to pertinent all-hazard alerts. For tuning, the radio employs drift-free PLL (phase-lock loop) technology and an easy-to-read blue, backlit LCD. You get a convenient, 10-alert memory, and you can add, edit, and remove unwanted alerts at any time. The radio uses the supplied AC power adapter or four AA Batteries (not included).1-Year Limited Warranty.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
877 of 884 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice SAME Technology Weatheradio April 20, 2005
By miket
Verified Purchase
After having tried just about every SAME technology weatheradio out there, I found the WR-300 to be one of the better ones, and definitely the best of the Midland weatheradios to date.

One of the best features it has is that it allows you to disable the audiable alerts for every watch/warning except life threatening ones like tornado warning, or biological hazard warning, etc. Other brands and models will only allow you to disable the most harmless events. I do not wish to be alerted at 3am because of a severe thunderstorm warning, or tornado watch. With the WR-300, I won't be alerted unless there is actually a tornado warning.

The blue LED backlit LCD display is pretty sharp looking, too! There is a menu feature that allows you to continuously keep the blue backlighting on, although I think it would be too bright in a bedroom at night, especially if the WR-300 is right next to the bed on a nightstand.

Some people have complained about the beeps for every keypress, and I did not find that to bother me. Maybe a softer "click" sound for every keypress would be better. Also, others have reported that their WR-300 leaked audio when the WX is muted. I did not have this problem at all; it worked fine for me.

Things I really liked about the WR-300:

1) Extensive audiable alert disable ability

2) Form factor and relatively small size

3) Blue backlit display

4) 4-AA battery backup (instead of 9v transistor batt)

5) Am/Fm/clock/alarm features

6) Menu flexibility (although not that intuitive)

I gave the WR-300 a 4 instead of 5 star rating because of the following minor issues:

1) No display of event(s) remaining time(s)

2) Menu navigation and master alert disable/enable operation was not intuitive.

3) No visual indication as to whether or not the master audible alert is enabled or disabled.
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379 of 381 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be notified when the news stations are notified... September 3, 2005
I purchased this unit 6 months ago with the fear of "tornado season" coming. I live in an area where a tornado is likely with almost every storm. In past years, Easter weekend has been ruined by the destruction of houses in the path of a tornado.

We hear the alarm and listen to the weather service warning BEFORE the news stations can announce the warning on t.v.

The WR-300 has been great. The alarm is clearly heard by everyone throughout the house and the display gives a read out of the alert while the alarm is sounding. You can hear the local weather service with the touch of a button or press the AM/FM button and listen to local radio stations of your choice. The use of this radio is very simple. My kids know how to turn off the siren and how to press the weather radio button to listen to the verbal warning from the National Weather Service. The alarm is a great asset to have during night time hours.

The radio can be plugged in for everyday use and then when power is out for whatever reason, the backup batteries take over so that you can hear announcements and further weather warnings.

Many people have complained about the beeping while pressing the buttons. Yes, there is a beep but it is not that annoying. We do not do very much button pushing in the middle of the night and it has not bothered us.

There is a weekly test that can be a little annoying if you are asleep during the day. My husband is military and his schedule changes regularly, sometimes causing him to work mid-shift. When he is sleeping during the daytime hours, the alarm sounding during the weekly test can be disturbing but it is a small price to pay for safety. On the other side, the weekly test is a nice option. Each week we are assured that the radio is working and the alert will come through during an emergency.

This is a great item and wonderful purchase to make for yourself or a loved one. You really can not put a price on safety.
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649 of 661 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A weather radio saved our lives. August 16, 2004
Verified Purchase
I purchased 2 of these to replace the Midlands I lost in a tornado on July 13, 2004. The old radio saved the lives of myself, our 5 yr old and 3 of our grandchildren. If the radio had not been gone off, we would likely be dead. I never would have looked out the back door in time to get us all in the basement before an F4 hit our home. We live in the country and I have always had a weather radio. I tell everyone I know to get weather radio .
This is a nice model and I like the AM/FM feature. The problem I continually have had with every radio is that we live in the middle of the coverage areas and don't get the best signal at times. I have solved this by putting a Chore Boy stainless steel scrub pad on the antenna. It definitely improves the reception and seems to do better that foil. Other than that I think this is the best one I have had.
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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday's Technology - Be Prepared to Be Annoyed April 12, 2008
For several years, the National Weather Service weather radio network has been delivering warnings using two sets of technologies - a very old school single tone burst, which some older weather radios are trained to respond to, and the newer SAME codes, which deliver three sets of short data bursts which contain information about the county/counties the warning applies to, the type of warning issued, and the duration of the warning event.

SAME technology has allowed weather radios to respond with alerts intended only for your specific county. No more 3:00am weather warnings for an event three counties and 60+ miles away that will never impact you. Assuming you program these radios correctly, they will respond only to the warning criteria you set.

The Midland WR-300 conforms to the very basics of the SAME standard, but, like many of its competitors, has never implemented the full standard, which makes the radio obnoxious to deal with, particularly with its complete lack of support for the End of Message (EOM) standard. If you listen to a weather warning or test, you'll notice at the end of the message, three short data bursts are sent. That is the SAME standard method to tell weather radios that the warning message has concluded.

Well built weather radios recognize this EOM signal, and will immediately mute themselves.

The Midland series of radios, as a way of cutting engineering costs, ignore the EOM and simply have a five minute timer, which will eventually mute the radio.

After your third or fourth middle-of-the-night weather warning, you'll start to curse Midland for ignoring this important specification, as you either lie awake forced to listen to the radio blare for five minutes or you get up to go and shut it off.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good bad weather advisor.
Published 18 hours ago by Thomas P. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent
Published 1 day ago by Layne Chartrand
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product...Everyone needs to have one !!
I don't know why it took me so long to buy one of these. It was a very good investment and works great. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like it better then the WR-120EZ, more functions.
Published 2 days ago by Willfred Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps us informed and feeling safer.
It does activate and does so when needed. No false alarms so far. Make sure you program it correctly.
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Obnoxious Alarm Can't be Disabled
Although there is a choice of siren or voice alarm mode, even when voice is selected it is always preceeded by a 90 decibel 20 alarm blast that lasts about 20 seconds. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jean L
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Weather Alerts, Won't Replace Your Alarm Clock
Works great as a weather radio as other have reviews. The alarm clock function is just about useless, so don't count simply swapping your existing alarm clock for this weather... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 5 days ago by john dinsmore
2.0 out of 5 stars not dependable
have read and followed these directions exactly....several times....still cannot get radio to alert. My phone does, but the radio won't
waste of money.
Published 6 days ago by H W Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed It For Camping:
Is a nice radio. No need yet while camping to use the emergency system. There is not be best reception in the interior woods.
Published 6 days ago by Mary Skinner
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