Weather Related Organizations => NOAA National Weather Service => Topic started by: alanb on July 11, 2020, 07:46:33 PM

Title: NWS warnings sound quality
Post by: alanb on July 11, 2020, 07:46:33 PM
I am sure this has been discussed before, but I couldn't find it with a search.

Why is the audio quality on NWS alert warnings so terrible? Not only is the alert horn more bone shaking than someone scratching their fingernails on the chalk board amplified by a bull horn, but the voice quality of the announcement is scratchy and muffled; worse quality than a recording made on a wax cylinder back in 1900. I understand why they want to get your attention, but surely modern technology can make some improvements in this system which still sounds the way that it did back in the 1970's.