[SOLVED] Baofeng Radio Not Receiving NOAA Weather Channels

My buddy Dave uses his Baofeng to receive NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather channels for timely updates on weather conditions.

However, lately he has encountered some issues with his radio not being able to receive NOAA broadcasts. I decided to give him a hand resolving this issue. Through the course of my research I documented other issues that people have encountered.

This article will guide you through troubleshooting steps to resolve this problem.

Understanding NOAA Weather Channels

NOAA weather channels broadcast continuous weather information, including forecasts, alerts, and emergency information. These channels operate in the VHF band, specifically between 162.400 MHz and 162.550 MHz. To receive these channels, your Baofeng radio needs to be correctly programmed and capable of tuning to these frequencies.

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Common Issues and Solutions

Incorrect Frequency Programming

  • Solution: Ensure that your Baofeng radio is programmed to the correct NOAA frequencies. The NOAA weather channels are as follows:
    • 162.400 MHz
    • 162.425 MHz
    • 162.450 MHz
    • 162.475 MHz
    • 162.500 MHz
    • 162.525 MHz
    • 162.550 MHz
  • Programming Steps:
    1. Turn on your Baofeng radio.
    2. Switch to VFO mode (frequency mode).
    3. Enter the desired NOAA frequency using the keypad.
    4. Save the frequency to a memory channel for easy access.

Antenna Issues

  • Solution: Check the antenna connection. A loose or damaged antenna can significantly reduce reception quality.
    • Verify Connection: Ensure the antenna is securely attached to the radio.
    • Upgrade Antenna: Consider upgrading to a high-gain antenna for better reception, especially if you are in a remote or urban area with many obstructions.

Proximity to Broadcast Source

  • Solution: Ensure you are within the coverage area of a NOAA weather station. NOAA broadcasts have a limited range, typically 40-50 miles from the transmitter.
    • Location: Move to a higher elevation or a location with a clear line of sight to the transmitter. Buildings, hills, and other obstructions can interfere with signal reception.

Interference from Other Electronic Devices

  • Solution: Electronic devices can cause interference, reducing your radio’s ability to receive NOAA signals.
    • Reduce Interference: Turn off nearby electronic devices that might cause interference. Move your radio away from potential sources of electromagnetic interference.

Radio Settings and Configurations

  • Solution: Ensure that the radio settings are configured correctly for receiving NOAA broadcasts.
    • Volume and Squelch: Adjust the volume and squelch settings. Turn the volume up and adjust the squelch until you hear the NOAA broadcast. If the squelch is set too high, it may mute weak signals.
    • Mode: Ensure the radio is set to receive mode and not in transmit mode or any other mode that might block reception.

Firmware Updates

  • Solution: Check if there are firmware updates available for your Baofeng radio. Firmware updates can fix bugs and improve performance.
    • Check Manufacturer’s Website: Visit the Baofeng website or contact customer support to check for firmware updates.


Troubleshooting a Baofeng radio that is not receiving NOAA weather channels involves checking programming, antenna connections, location, interference, and settings. By systematically addressing each potential issue, you can often restore NOAA reception and ensure you have access to vital weather information. Regular maintenance and proper settings are key to reliable performance from your Baofeng radio.