I was a bit sad because the transistor weather radio I had owned for decades was no longer working.
I tried a few things but nothing I did changed its status. His disappearance was terminal. I loved the radio and didn’t want to just throw it in the trash, but giving it a burial in the garden didn’t seem appropriate either. This is one of the dilemmas of our time.
I blame his passing on old age, and maybe he fell to the ground once too often.
I think I originally bought it from Roy’s Electronics a couple of decades ago when the store was in the lower mall. I phoned various stores in town, but none carried them, and a few even asked what a weather radio was. Obviously times have changed and I ended up ordering one online. I hated taking out my old one, but was thrilled to have a new one.
Now, for those of you who may not be familiar with weather radio, here is a brief explanation of how they work: Scattered across the country, the government has set up broadcast stations to transmit local weather. Our station covers North and South Slave. You can get current local and regional conditions, five-day forecasts, Great Slave Lake marine conditions and three-day forecasts.
So if you’re on the lake or camping, if you’re within range, you can get 24/7 weather forecast in English and French. That’s assuming you have a weather radio. If you’re traveling, you can get local weather for most places you go.
It’s pretty obvious that they’re recording the information somewhere in the south by people who really don’t know the north or how to pronounce certain names. These are FT Providence, Bay-checo and Kay-kisa. So they could brush up on their pronunciations. It’s convenient to be able to get the weather forecast when you’re out of town.
They have a phone version of it at 873-2734. However, they seem to have dropped that part of the service, which is stuck on old dates and much colder weather. It will be interesting to see how long they keep that number. Maybe years, decades or centuries.
All this is brought to you by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Atmospheric Protection, Climate Change, and nobody knows what else. The government loves long names, and they keep getting longer to show they care. The new weather radio I received is a leap forward in technology, so I think it’s only fitting that the network of weather radio stations needs an upgrade as well.
My old weather radio ran on replaceable batteries. There were only three channels: A, B and C. That was about it. The new radio has a rechargeable battery that can be plugged into a charger used on phones and computers. It has a small solar panel that will maintain the charge and a crank, just in case you run out of power. It would take hours to charge it that way, but easy enough to get the power to hear it once.
It also has the full weather band, plus AM and FM, so it doubles and triples into a radio. It has a built in flashlight and when I pressed a button a very loud scary siren sounded. It surprised me so much that I almost dropped the radio, which would be ironic because that’s why I had to buy a new one. So that’s a big improvement.
With the way things are going, it’s only a matter of time until someone comes up with a weather radio, a weather station that connects to satellites and can track thunder and thunderstorms, blizzards and precise smoke from wind and forest fires. I would add earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. In addition, local flight conditions and solar radiation. Why not. That’s the problem with being a weather junkie, you always want more.