1700 AM Radio
Update – AM1700 can also be heard via phone by calling (415) 655-0811. This is one alternative if you don’t have a radio.
In an emergency, where do you turn for information? How do you get emergency information if you lose electricity? Does the local news give you enough information about your community? Tune to AM1700!
Arlingtonians can now tune into AM1700 Arlington, a new emergency radio station with the capability of providing up-to-the-minute information during an incident or emergency. Broadcasts are made in English and Spanish.
Turn to AM1700 for the latest Arlington-specific information.
The new station began broadcasting on October 16, 2006
Be sure to have a battery-operated radio so that you can tune to AM1700 during power outages.
AM1700 Arlington is similar to the radio systems used by airports to share information on parking.
With a single antenna and transmitter, 1700AM Arlington produces a signal capable of being received anywhere in the County.
During power outages, AM1700 Arlington runs on a generator.
Residents can tune in via a battery-powered radio or one that operates by power generated through hand-winding.
Remember to pre-set your vehicle radio to AM1700 Arlington.
The station equipment is located in two redundant secure locations in secure County facilities.
Arlington’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been working on this project for more than two years, securing the necessary Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses, finding a site for the antenna, obtaining the equipment and building the infrastructure.