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Offline hankster

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USPLN Sensor Request
« on: October 03, 2016, 06:30:53 PM »
Has anyone ever had TOA Systems contact them with a request to place a USPLN sensor at their location?

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 08:24:10 PM »
I have not, but if they were to ask, I would say Yes with the condition of me getting free data access. Especially if you are using my internet connection.
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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2016, 11:56:05 PM »
I talked with Tim Bent, the President TOA Systems, today and I'll be hosting a sensor station for them. They are contacting some people to help fill in some holes that they presently have in the US. In my case they are having issues with stations in the Keys and the Bahamas so my location will be filling in for those stations. I should be getting the hardware within a couple weeks.... as long as Hurricane Matthew doesn't put a delay in the schedule.

For hosting the sensor station I will get full access to their data throughout the world. Basically he said any info they have I will be able to access. I will not be able to use that live data on my web site. They do have some publically available information and we will look into being able to display some of that information on my site.

They are also working on some new 3D systems and I may also be able to work with them as they develop them. Should be interesting and exciting. Love playing with new toys!

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2016, 06:39:53 AM »
Sounds like a good deal you got there. I sure wouldnt mind doing that too.
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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 07:40:44 PM »
I got all of the equipment today. Hope to get it installed this weekend. Problem is, not much lightning this time of year :(


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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2016, 09:09:51 PM »
Here are a couple pics. One of the Strike and GPS antenna mounted and the other of the sensor mounted inside a cabinet in my shed. The sensor is hooked to my network using an ethernet cable hooked to a WiFi extender.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2016, 08:24:22 AM »
It appears to be an E-Field antenna, is that true? Any noise issues in that location? Can you monitor anything yourself, or is all the data sent to the "mother ship"?

Looks interesting, if you can post the data to your website, please let us know the URL.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2016, 05:02:39 PM »
I haven't really dug into any details since I finally got it setup and running. I did have to move the antenna as I had it too close to the weather station ISS and the pole was shielding the strike antenna. I'm going to see what other details I can get since things are pretty quiet this time of year.

I only have two different viewing options. One is a public gif that everyone can see and the other is a secure site that uses Google Earth to display the lightning. I can not use the Google Earth view on a public web site, only the public gif. The Google Earth is real time (updated every 15 seconds) and I can rotate, zoom in/out and view any place on earth for lightning using the normal GE controls. I'll post a couple screen shots.

1st is the public gif. Pretty simple and easy to understand.

2nd is Google Earth that is zoomed out. The larger icons makes it easy to find where lightning is happening as you look for it. The top left graph is total strikes in the system overall. The lower left graph is lightning within 12 miles of my location.

3rd is zoomed in some. Here it shows positive CG as a + , negative CG as a dot and CC is an X. Color coded for time intervals.

Note that at any time there is info in a sidebar that gives the number of each kind of strike that is in the active Google Earth window.

Here is the public gif that is available to anyone. 2nd and 3rd are attached.


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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2016, 05:37:13 PM »
How does one access that public gif? Are they by area like the one you show?
I have only ever been able to access this one, which covers the entire North American continent:


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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2016, 07:28:15 PM »
Thanks for the links!!

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2016, 09:13:13 PM »
After playing with the display for a while I have found that if I zoom in close enough blue ellipticals appear around each strike. What they tell is that there is a 95% chance the lightning was within that area. Attached are a couple of examples. In these the smaller circles/ellipticals are 250m around, the more oblong ones are up to 1750m long. When looking at the detail data you can see the exact size of each one. Kind of cool that you get an idea of how accurate it is for each strike.

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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2016, 06:30:38 AM »
Thats pretty cool!

Is that a horse racing track in the lower right corner of that map?
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Re: USPLN Sensor Request
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2016, 07:52:58 AM »
Don't know what that track is. Took that screenshot a couple days ago.