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Weather Radio Purchase Guide: What is S.A.M.E.?

S.A.M.E. is Specific Area Message Encoding. S.A.M.E. radios receive the same alerts and warnings as the NOAA radios, however they allow users to adjust their reception and identify information for specific counties of interest and concern, rather than for an entire regional broadcast area.

Weather Radio owners can easily program a SAME-equipped receiver with a six-digit code for a specific county location. This eliminates the numerous "false alarms" for weather alerts that may apply to an area 40 or 50 miles distant. Multiple county codes can be programmed and memorized to permit storing home and business locations, travel/vacation destinations, and favorite recreational sites.

If you do not program the county code (or 0000), it will not filter a specific area, which is ideal for mobile applications or travelling.