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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Tallahassee FL
1053 AM EDT FRI JUL 15 2016 /953 AM CDT FRI JUL 15 2016/

...NOAA Weather Radio Upgrade Planned for Monday with Feedback

At 10 AM EDT, 9 AM CDT, on Monday, July 19th, NWS Tallahassee
will "flip the switch" on an upgrade to the software and hardware
systems in our office that process our text products into voice,
products and broadcast the messages over the phone lines to the
10 transmitters we serve in Northwest Florida and South Georgia.

The system currently in place (Console Replacement System, or CRS)
is based on technology from the 1980s. The custom-built equipment
has long passed its usage time and MUST be replaced. The new
system (Broadcast Message Handler, or BMH) replaces that hardware
based system with a software system that works on an
off-the-shelf PC. We have every reason to believe that this
transition will be uneventful, although the voice will be slightly
different that the one you have been listening to over the past
several years.

NOAA Weather Radio listeners will not need to change a thing on
their receivers to continue to receive our broadcasts. The way
the transmitters and receivers work will NOT change.

However, as with any change or upgrade, there will be an
adjustment period as we fine tune the software to our local
operations. Most notably, some of the pronunciations of local
towns, rivers or other geographic references may need to be
adjusted. Unfortunately, it`s impossible to work out all of the
mispronunciations ahead of time, as automated voice software often
pronounces words differently when they are spoken in context. We
will work as diligently as possible to correct mispronunciations
as we become aware of them.

If you hear one of these mispronunciations, please don`t hesitate
to call our forecast staff at 850-942-8833 and then press option
9 to ring through. Alternatively, feel free to call Warning
Coordination Meteorologist Mark Wool at extension 223, or
Meteorologist in Charge, Jane Hollingsworth at extension 222.

We appreciate your patience as we transition to a more modernized
NOAA Weather Radio system.


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