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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2012, 03:38:44 PM »
Now you've got me curious about the OSI WIVIS device.  Was this easy to set up and calibrate, or was it a hair puller?
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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2012, 12:07:43 PM »
It's not too bad to setup. No calibration is necessary. It is self calibrating. The biggest pain is keeping the lenses clean. However, you don't need to check on it. It's actually smart enough to tell you when the lenses need cleaning.
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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2012, 06:35:24 PM »
That is a Very cool set up. and I must admit I like a Combination of both analog and Digital.
and, I like the OSI WIVIS device. I first heard about real time weather sensors on Youtube  and, had been
wondering if they were hard to set up. From what you just mentioned apparently not.
and, Yes I Agree you've got a Sweet Setup Hats Off!.
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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2012, 01:37:50 AM »
Basically you have your own ASOS station... that AWSOME! That's my dream!!!

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« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2012, 04:57:39 PM »
Basically you have your own ASOS station... that AWSOME! That's my dream!!!

Thanks to ASOS I was able to aquire a lot of these that were being retired.
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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2012, 06:53:27 PM »
Is member WxStation still around? Under a new name? Anyone know how to contact this person? I'm drooling over his collection!!!  :shock:

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« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2012, 11:39:09 AM »
Yes I'm still here. I hosed up the WxStation account.
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« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2012, 11:41:49 AM »
Nice pics, WxStation! :D
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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #33 on: December 28, 2012, 06:30:22 PM »
Here's a shot of me working the weather office at the airport keeping an eye on the weather for air traffic control and our wonderful pilots. The beige phone with the red light is the one you did not want to hear ring. If it rang it meant there's been an air mishap and I needed to secure all weather data. I had it ring twice on me. Luckily neither one was weather related. I have lots of stories from this office.

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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #34 on: December 31, 2012, 01:56:55 PM »
It's been gone for over a year and I finally got my other Kollsman back from being tuned up. I was really happy when I set the elevation and it matched the other one. Also if you look at the photo above of the weather office, you will see the Kollsman in the rack. These were the standard for pressure before ASOS.



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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #35 on: December 31, 2012, 02:33:02 PM »
Those instruments bring back memories. Is that the readout for the rotating beam ceilometer in the middle of that rack??
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« Reply #36 on: December 31, 2012, 05:08:49 PM »
Those instruments bring back memories. Is that the readout for the rotating beam ceilometer in the middle of that rack??

Yes it is. That was the most annoying piece of gear we had. The noise it made when the pen sweeped across the chart. You had to listen to that all day long. It used thermal paper so you would see some bluish arcs of light come out of the pen as it marked the cloud base on the chart. We were always wondering who would be the first idiot to stick their finger under the pen and get zapped.
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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2013, 02:59:17 PM »
A closet full of Heathkit Wx instruments.  You could get a thousand dollars for all of that if you sell them on eBay.  People like me love those Heathkits.  I see their barograph in that picture.  I used to drool over that as a kid when they offer it in their catalog.  I'm very envious !
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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2013, 08:32:38 PM »
I've had several questions about the Heathkit pieces. Here's a look at each one. I'm not interested in selling any of these at this point. In some cases I have both the assembled and unassembled version. The reason for having both is that I built some of these kits when I was a kid and didn't do a very good job building them. I decided shortly after high school that I wanted another shot at it. So I ordered the same kits again from Heathkit. However, I never got around to building any of them. My original goal was to build every single one of their weather kits.


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ID-1290 Weather Station


ID-1290 Weather Station


ID-1290 Weather Station (Partially assembled)


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ID-1490 Digital Clock/Thermometer


ID-1590 Digital Wind Speed/Direction Indicator


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ID-1795 Digital Rain Gauge


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IDW-1890 Digital Wind Computer


ID-1990 Digital Barometer


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ID-2295 Relative Humidity Indicator


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IDW-5001-C Advanced Weather Computer


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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2013, 08:36:58 PM »
WOW!!! You got a gold mine there is unboxed equipment!! Nope, I'm not asking if you want to sell... I would wonder though if you know where one could purchase a new mast unit, cups, vane and mounting pole? Thank you.

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« Reply #40 on: January 05, 2013, 10:20:17 PM »
WOW!!! You got a gold mine there is unboxed equipment!! Nope, I'm not asking if you want to sell... I would wonder though if you know where one could purchase a new mast unit, cups, vane and mounting pole? Thank you.

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I'm not sure if the 5001 sensors can be modified to work on the 4001. You could try these guys.

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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #41 on: January 05, 2013, 10:30:34 PM »
WOW!!! You got a gold mine there is unboxed equipment!! Nope, I'm not asking if you want to sell... I would wonder though if you know where one could purchase a new mast unit, cups, vane and mounting pole? Thank you.

Don in Ohio

I'm not sure if the 5001 sensors can be modified to work on the 4001. You could try these guys.

http://www.webbcon.com/forecasttech/products.html

Thank you. The way I understand it is the 4001 and 5001 parts can be used on either station. However this company is out of business. I already checked into it, but thank you again.

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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #42 on: January 06, 2013, 02:15:40 PM »
...and finally my very first weather station. This photo was taken in 1984. That's all for now.

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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #43 on: January 06, 2013, 04:08:04 PM »
These Heathkit photos bring  back some memories.

I actually had two of these and "abandoned" them when I sold the houses. I wish now that I had taken them down and kept them.



It is really nice that you kept your first station, kcidwx. My dad and I built home built vanes, anemometer (calibrated by sticking it out the car window) and even a lightning sensor. There was a mA meter that I had to keep readjusting as the storm got closer but it really worked. It was some "Popular Electronics" kind of project and used a darlington transistor pair.

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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #44 on: January 23, 2013, 10:53:50 PM »
Hey kcidwx ... I just viewed your video of you unpacking and hooking up your H.K. 5001-ID weather station. Very cool!!! For anyone here who has not seen it I'm posting the direct link. Hope you do not mind. I posted a comment as well as gave it a thumbs up! Nice job.  =D> Just one question... what did you use to get the wind speed so high while testing the alarm?

http://youtu.be/hRR5K_izD6k

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« Reply #45 on: January 23, 2013, 11:08:48 PM »
That is an amazing collection! I have a few older pieces of weather equipment that I am proud to own, maybe I will post a few pics soon. I enjoy the attention to detail and the craftsmanship that the older pieces have in comparison to the modern one I have now. VERY VERY COOL!!!!
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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #46 on: January 24, 2013, 12:17:22 AM »
Hey kcidwx ... I just viewed your video of you unpacking and hooking up your H.K. 5001-ID weather station. Very cool!!! For anyone here who has not seen it I'm posting the direct link. Hope you do not mind. I posted a comment as well as gave it a thumbs up! Nice job.  =D> Just one question... what did you use to get the wind speed so high while testing the alarm?

http://youtu.be/hRR5K_izD6k

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No I don't mind. I just used my fingers to spin the shaft to get the high wind speed. Sorry the video is so dry. I was half asleep when I recorded it.  :lol:
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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #47 on: January 24, 2013, 07:48:06 AM »
Hey kcidwx ... I just viewed your video of you unpacking and hooking up your H.K. 5001-ID weather station. Very cool!!! For anyone here who has not seen it I'm posting the direct link. Hope you do not mind. I posted a comment as well as gave it a thumbs up! Nice job.  =D> Just one question... what did you use to get the wind speed so high while testing the alarm?

http://youtu.be/hRR5K_izD6k

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No I don't mind. I just used my fingers to spin the shaft to get the high wind speed. Sorry the video is so dry. I was half asleep when I recorded it.  :lol:

And I was half asleep when I wrote my post last night lol.

What I think would be really cool with the amount of quality equipment you have would be a video tour of your stations in action indoors and out. You set ups would certainly be a great tool for anyone in the future who is wanting to set up a home weather station.

At any rate fine job on the video and thank you again for sharing it. I think I'll share it with my facebook friends.

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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #48 on: February 28, 2013, 01:09:06 AM »
Some of the ID-1290 build.

This is a second uncompleted ID-1290 kit I picked up. The guy had started the assembly back in the late 80's and never finished it. So I'm going to finish building it.



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Re: Old Fashioned Weather Station
« Reply #49 on: March 04, 2013, 12:03:41 AM »
Some of the ID-1290 build.






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