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The Birmingham National Weather Service office says that the Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio transmitter is down until further notice.
"We understand how important it is and
we're doing our best to get this thing up and running," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Linhares.
Officials say the transmitter, broadcasting on frequency of 162.550 MHz, initially went down last weekend and technicians determined that some equipment needs to be replaced.
"One of the things has to do with there is
some problem up on the tower itself. That tower is up on Red Mountain and it's
somewhat 400 feet high," Linhares said.
The NWS says that due to limited personnel available to make the repairs, the transmitter may not be repaired until May 3.
"They have identified several problems with
the transmitter and I think the management with our office has talked with
technicians and everything about getting this thing up as soon as possible," Linhares said.
If you live in Jefferson County, you can try using the Tuscaloosa (162.400 MHz), Oneonta (162.425 MHz) or Anniston (162.475 MHz) transmitters. Those who live in Shelby County can try the Anniston transmitter.
In the video above this story, Wes Wyatt shows you how you can change your transmitter channel. If you have any trouble with that player, click here to watch the video.
In addition, certain weather radios will begin to beep constantly if a weekly test does not occur at least every 10 days. This means that if the Birmingham transmitter cannot be repaired before April 29 or April 30, some weather radios may begin beeping until the next test can be conducted.