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Hardware that controls NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts is nearly 20 years old and has reached the end of its expected service life. New hardware and software to manage NOAA Weather Radio programming has been implemented within the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS). AWIPS is the primary computer system used by the National Weather Service to provide forecast and warning services. Having NOAA Weather Radio within the AWIPS umbrella provides a more robust and reliable platform for support of NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts and allows greater capacity for future enhancements. The new NOAA Weather Radio Manager is called the Broadcast Message Handler (BMH).

The National Weather Service in Dodge City will change programming for the Dodge City NOAA Weather Radio transmitter to the new BMH platform around 7 AM on 29 June. If no significant problems are identified, the other transmitters will be switched to BMH on 6 July. The new BMH incorporates a new voice generation program, so NOAA Weather Radio will sound slightly different after the transition occurs. National Weather Service personnel have modified the automated voice to pronounce most words correctly, but there may still be a few words that require adjustment. If you hear mispronunciations or find other problems with the new broadcast, please contact Larry Ruthi or Jeff Hutton at the National Weather Service in Dodge City at 620-225-6514 or by electronic mail at w-ddc.webmaster@noaa.gov.