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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #225 on: July 17, 2017, 06:31:09 AM »
Raises a question of power usage if they're getting that hot.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #226 on: July 18, 2017, 11:44:13 AM »
It burns .6 amps at 12 volts or 7.2 watts. 173 watt-hours a day. -7 days per kWh. 5.2 kWh a month, so roughly US $0.53 a month depending on rates.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #227 on: July 18, 2017, 02:53:33 PM »
A question for users who are set up with them:

I've been online for a couple months and had quite a few storms move over me or close by during that time.  Not once has the little alert thing ever showed that strikes were nearby on the report thing.  they show up on the Google Earth Maps, but on on the alert.  Does the alert work for anyone?

I've emailed and they corrected an error in my location, supposedly, but it still doesn't work.  I see the correct lattitude, but the longitude is  at -91 and they say the display of the field is truncated but set correctly in their software.

Oh well, I don't depend on it anyway but would just be nice if it did work.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #228 on: July 18, 2017, 03:10:36 PM »
It works for me. I get a rather annoying alarm bell sound when it goes off.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #229 on: July 18, 2017, 03:23:11 PM »
Then it must be configuration at their place.  I was wondering if as 'mere' equipment site hosts we weren't entitled to that, not that I use it but would be one more fun piece of info to know.  I'll bug them later once again to see if they can advise.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #230 on: July 18, 2017, 07:24:45 PM »
I get the dinger too.  Remember, it's only within that small circle.

 
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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #231 on: July 19, 2017, 12:55:05 PM »
Hi,

I too get the alarm bell, thought the house was on fire, LOL, then realised it was the TOA/Google Earth software sounding a bell because of strikes within the alarm zone - yes that's the important point, just because you can hear thunder does not mean that the storm is within your zone.  As I recall, the zone size is small, it's like 10km all around, so unless the storm is very close or overhead, the alarm won't sound.  Just as well really, it could get pretty annoying otherwise.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #232 on: July 19, 2017, 02:05:41 PM »
unless the storm is very close or overhead, the alarm won't sound.  Just as well really, it could get pretty annoying otherwise.
Nick. dw7240.com.

The local tv/radio meteorologists around here are always saying that if you can hear thunder you can get hit by lightning. I have always had a hard time believing that. I guess their philosophy is "better safe than sorry".

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #233 on: July 19, 2017, 02:09:06 PM »
Sounds like an old telephone, which is the type of ring tone on my cell phone.  So when the TOA alarm sounds, I find myself reaching for my cell phone.



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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #234 on: July 21, 2017, 06:29:11 PM »
I know a few have said they are having high CPU usage when running GE. Yesterday as I watched a storm develop right overhead I thought about this and checked my CPU usage. I'm using a late-2008 MacBokk Pro with a 2.8Ghz Core 2 Duo, 8GB memory and an SSD.

This screen grab was taken while GE was updating. I was currently zoomed out a bit to see if there were any other thunderstorms close by. This storm was giving me 120+ strokes in 10 minutes within the alert zone.

The screen grabs shows 14.2% CPU, it normally runs 8-10% if it's not updating. Also including a screen grab of the the fun we had last evening. I'm not sure if GE uses more CPU on a Windows machine or the reason others are seeing high CPU utilization.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #235 on: September 02, 2017, 08:49:20 AM »
When I looked at my own web page where I have the regional and US map on USPLN, the maps are missing.

If I attempt to look at the map directly, I just get a 404 error with links to

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Please visit The Weather Company/IBM to learn more about their lightning services and offerings.

Please visit TOA Systems to learn more about their lightning networks and offerings.

A quick look did not show the maps on either of these sites. I sent an email to Sandy asking about it. My Google Earth based maps are still OK after logging in.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #236 on: September 14, 2017, 03:29:22 PM »
Also joined the fun but from the other side of the ocean (France). Just one thing striking (no joke  :twisted: ) my antenna is completely different from yours here . it is a long metal one (see picture). GPS module seems identical but the main antenna is a 2 part thing, lower part seems fiber plastic coated and on top just a long metal whip screwed.  ham-tenna according paper for 40 meter band. The box is same as yours .... not to sure if I detect much as the data is pretty rudimentary (compared to BO)  the stats shown are the ones from global network or what my antenna detects ??? Couldn't find a real answer in the help/faq part ...

Any others in Europe ?

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #237 on: September 14, 2017, 04:31:43 PM »
Mike,
Did you ever hear back from Sandy? 

Is the company still solvent and functioning?  All these reports are a wee bit worrisome.  I have nothing invested except my time and providing electricity and internet, but being able to see these other data is always fun.
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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #238 on: September 18, 2017, 04:45:36 PM »
Sandy got back with me the other day and again today with a link to a regional map.

Here is mine: http://toasystems.com/gifs/rogerscity.gif



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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #239 on: September 18, 2017, 06:08:11 PM »
unless the storm is very close or overhead, the alarm won't sound.  Just as well really, it could get pretty annoying otherwise.
Nick. dw7240.com.

The local tv/radio meteorologists around here are always saying that if you can hear thunder you can get hit by lightning. I have always had a hard time believing that. I guess their philosophy is "better safe than sorry".

Up here they say "When thunder roars - go indoors!" 

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #240 on: September 20, 2017, 10:31:17 PM »
I lost my link that Sandy sent for the public lightning map. Can someone share theirs and maybe i could get mine to work from that.  Thanks
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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #241 on: October 01, 2017, 06:38:47 PM »
The "last updated" time seems a little off. Is it like this for everyone?
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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #242 on: October 01, 2017, 06:39:59 PM »
Looks like a EuroDate.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #243 on: October 03, 2017, 08:05:29 AM »
Looks like a EuroDate.


#-o that never even crossed my mind.
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