First Alert WX268 Public Alert Weather Radios monitor a nationwide network of government radio towers broadcasting weather warnings, weather watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day!
Public alert weather radios were introduced in 2004 and have expanded the traditional emergency alert system in the U.S. to now include civil emergency messages such as terrorist attacks, problems at nuclear plants, industrial fires, chemical spills, biological hazards and Amber alerts.
This Public Alert Certified Weather Radio also provides traditional weather alert warnings for hurricanes, tornadoes, storm warnings, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and many more weather-related events.
Featuring an AM/FM clock radio and atomic time that automatically updates itself daily, this state-of-the-art weather radio includes more than 80 built-in warning messages, a scrolling LCD text display and a loud user-selectable alert siren of either 80 or 90 decibels!
The First Alert WX268 Public Alert Radio has a 21-inch telescoping antenna, backlighting for easy night viewing and accurate digital tuning for all seven National Weather Radio channels. It features SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology, allowing you to filter out distant alerts and only monitor local county alerts instead.
Monitors weather alert channels plus civil emergency messages.
Event-blocking option allows you to reduce certain unwanted alerts (tests, administrative messages. etc).
Includes 21-inch integrated telescopic antenna.
Features S.A.M.E technology.
Instruction manual included.
Public Alert Certified Weather Radio
Easy-to-read LCD screen.
Siren can be set to mute or high.
Radio automatically switches to voice broadcast mode when alert siren sounds.
Backlight will stay on continuously when AC adapter used as power source. Backup battery operation allows backlighting for about 10 seconds when a key is pressed.
Wall-mountable or tabletop design.
Atomic time never needs resetting.
Unit has external antenna connection jack (F-type connector).
English or Spanish language selection for display screen. Dual alarm setting.
Power source is a 12-volt AC adapter (included).
Backup power supplied by 5 AA alkaline batteries (not included).
Weighs only 13.5 ounces without batteries.
90-day limited warranty from manufacturer.
Model Number: WX268
Dimensions: 5.5"L x 8.25"W x 1.75"D
Weight: 13.5 oz. (without batteries)
How it works
The WX-268 displays NOAA and EAS text messages on the LCD screen. When an alert is received, the alert siren sounds and the radio automatically switches to the voice broadcast. Messages are identified by one of three color-coded LED lights as follows: “Advisory” (yellow), “Watch” (orange) or “Warning” (red). External handicapped accessory devices are also triggered, if connected. To simplify programming, the WX-268 has a built-in database of over 3000 state and county locations. You can select up to 20 locations for your radio to respond to. Note: You must select the correct weather channel to receive warnings from NOAA for the state/county locations that you have programmed. There are advanced optional settings which you can use, such as Event Blocking, Alerting Options and Select Source to customize the response of your radio.
Receive important warnings on AM, FM, and WB.
The First Alert® brand Public AlertTM Radio, Model WX-268, complies with the exacting standards for CEA-2009 Public AlertTM devices, and will provide reliability, long life and outstanding performance. The WX-268 receives digitally encoded civil and weather emergency alert messages transmitted from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Radio (NWR) broadcast towers. NOAA has more than 900 towers in the 50 states and near adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the U.S. Pacific Territories. The WX-268 Public AlertTM Radio receives all 7 NOAA weather channels and uses Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.) technology to identify specific areas, like a county or portion of a state. The WX-268 also receives alerts broadcast by the Emergency Alert System (EAS) over commercial AM and FM stations. In addition, the WX-268 receives the signal from the atomic clock at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies. The NIST clock automatically sets the correct time and date and adjusts for daylight savings time.
NOAA/EAS Alert Function
Your Public AlertTM Radio will automatically sound an alert tone siren and flash the corresponding LED color indicator when it receives a weather or civil emergency broadcast from NOAA (Weather Band) or EAS (AM/FM Bands).
Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.)
Allows you to store up to 20 different location codes into memory. Each code identifies a specific geographic area, typically a county as defined by NOAA and EAS. Setting the S.A.M.E. location helps reduce unnecessary alerts.
Alphanumeric Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
The LCD displays the NOAA weather band, AM and FM channels, time, programming information and alert/status description. The LCD tilts to provide optimal visibility. When powered from the AC adapter or 12V DC source, the display is backlit continuously for low light situations.
Radio programming is stored in non-volatile memory and will not lose settings, even when AC and battery power is removed.
This feature can be used to control external handicapped accessible devices such as strobe lights, pillow vibration modules and external sirens.
Alert Audio Output
Allows connection of the siren and audio signal to a Public Address system, amplifier and un-amplified external speaker. The volume control knob controls the audio output.
External Antenna (F connector)
Allows connection to an optional external antenna (not included) to improve reception in fringe or low reception areas such as a shelter.
Rear Power Jack
Connects to 9V AC wall adapter or 12VDC car accessory plug adapter.
The unit will operate on five AA rechargeable Ni-Cad, NiMH or standard alkaline batteries. A switch located in the battery compartment is provided to select the type of battery used. Alkaline batteries will provide up to 24 hrs of operation while rechargeable NiCad and NiMH batteries will provide up to 12 hours.
NIST Auto-set Atomic Clock
This radio monitors a time signal broadcast by the atomic clock at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Upon receiving the signal it will automatically set the clock to the correct time. Reception varies according to time of day and location.