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KXI86 Crescent City, 162.500 MHz

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio station KXI-86 serves portions of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, including Iroquois County and surrounding areas, from a 300 Watt transmitter in Crescent City, Illinois. The nominal effective range of the transmitter is about 40 miles. Continuous 24 hour programming is provided from the National Weather Service Chicago Forecast Office, located southwest of Chicago in Romeoville Illinois.

A map of the listening area is shown below, with Specific Area Message Encoder codes shown for each county. Severe weather watches and warnings are tone-alerted for all counties shaded in blue. Tone alarm tests for the Crescent City radio occur each WEDNESDAY at approximately 11 AM.


Map of KXI-86 Warning Area

Signal coverage area map

County SAME code
Ford 017053
Iroquois 017075
Kankakee 017091
Vermilion ** 017183
Newton 018111
Benton 018007
***Vermilion county warnings are issued by the NWS office in Lincoln, IL.


Broadcast Cycle

  • Station ID Message
  • Regional Weather Synopsis
updated around 430 AM and 430 PM, or as needed
  • Hourly Temperature Roundup
updated between 5 and 10 min past the hour
  • Short Term Forecast
only when precipitation or active weather is near North Central Illinois
  • Iroquois County and surrounding area Forecast
updated 4 AM and 4 PM and as needed
  • Severe Weather and other special programming during "active" weather