There are two National Weather Service radio stations in proximity to Leavenworth County. We are in the Pleasant Hill, MO NWS service area. Their radio station is KID-77 which operates on 162.55 (Channel 1). Although not the next closest but one from which we can usually get a heads up when tracking springtime storms (typically tracking NE up I-35) is WXK-92 which operates on 162.475 (Channel 3). The handhelds (FT1DR, FT2DR, FT3DR, and FT5DR) are very similar, if not exactly the same when using the weather feature. There may be differences in the exact menu number, but the programming method is identical. The same is true of the mobiles (FTM-100, FTM-300, FTM-400).
FT5DR. Use Setup Menu no. 14 to activate WX Alert.
Most Yaesu YSF-capable radios have ten (10) weather frequencies already Pre-Programmed in a special memory area. To hear the weather being broadcast by NWS, Use P.RCVR. See inset. In the event that NWS transmits weather alerts for storms and hurricanes, your radio should automatically switch to the weather frequency and you will hear the update, provided that WX Alert is turned on.
FTM-400DR. To activate the weather alert feature, Setup -> Signaling -> 9 WX ALERT. The FTM-400 has the ability to assign a microphone programmable key for instant QSY to the WX bank of frequencies pre-programmed in memory. The feature is only available on P1 and P4 on your microphone. The P1 key is the default and, if you did not change it, it was factory programmed for WX. To check the programming or to re-program the P-key, see inset.
If you have a P-key programmed for Weather, use that key to ensure you are on the correct NWS radio transmitter for your area. See insert. The WX Alert feature, if turned on, will be monitoring the last recalled WX frequency selected.