County’s new Weather Radio Station (WZ2518) moves forward

by    the fans of Mark Trail

This is good news for anyone interested in Public Safety in Eagle County, Colorado.

Funding was approved (~$33,670.00) last week, which now allows Eagle County’s Director of Emergency Management (Barry Smith – Click Here) to order the new Weather Radio Transmitter for our new National Weather Service Radio Station (WZ2518 at 162.450 Mhz at 300 watts) to be installed on Castle Peak, just north of Eagle, Colorado as reported earlier by the ECT – Click Here.  Barry has been working on this project for years – and now the funding has finally come through.  Credit Barry with 100% of this multi-year effort, not the local politicos.

This new NWS radio transmitter will transmit weather forecasts and emergency weather forecasts 7x24x365 to anywhere in Eagle County that has a NOAA Weather Radio (Click Here) that you can purchase from (example) your local Radio Shack.

Today, our County’s closest NWS Radio Station is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado (WWG43 at 162.500Mhz at 100 watts).  That radio signal is too weak for most weather radios to pick up – hence the need for Eagle County to have our own Weather Radio Station.

Side Note:  Local Weather aficionados that have Comcast cable TV – have noticed that the Denver TV stations – now show a NWS severe Weather (ticker) at the bottom of your TV screen during severe weather in Denver Counties.

So?  So what that means is your Denver TV station is now coming in from the Comcast leased CDOT optic fiber from Denver that runs along I-70.  In the old days Comcast pulled that Denver TV signal off their Satellite TV (dishes) located near the Comcast TV cable (head-end) located in Avon.  That single cable (head-end) serves Eagle County from east Vail west to Cordillera.  Eagle and Gypsum are not currently part of the Comcast cable TV/Internet franchise area in Eagle County.


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