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Feed Notes

The Metropolitan Emergency Radio System (MERS) utilizes talk group 33017 on Site 401 of the Metropolitan Area Regional Radio System (MARRS).
This talk group is usually patched to a simulcasted network of analog repeaters operating on 154.130 MHz using a CTCSS tone of 151.4 Hz. These repeaters are licensed to the Mid-America Regional Council under call sign WQVV524.

Users of MERS are emergency managers and public safety personnel on both sides of the Kansas and Missouri state line, as well as the National Weather Service and Red Cross. The channel is primarily used to communicate severe weather watches and warnings from the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Missouri to various agencies, as well as receiving precipitation, sighting, and damage reports from public safety.


Participating agencies:

The feed will be manually activated if severe weather threatens, and automatically activated for the following:

Due to the delay or possible failure of any of the equipment involved to provide this feed, it should not be used as a single source of information in making critical life-saving evacuation decisions.

The radio monitors the analog patch using an early 1980's era Motorola Maxar which connects to a homemade clone of the Decibel Products/Andrew DB220 folded dipole antenna. This feed, along with the Kansas City SkyWarn Net feed is encoded using a 1997-1998 era IBM Aptiva computer with an AMD 233 MHz processor with 64 MB of RAM. The soundcard is a CT4870 Creative Labs. The operating system is a GUI-less version of Linux Debian 6.0. Liveice is used as the source client.

Updated: June 10, 2015, 06:27 PM CST