I'm anxious to see if the unit works. I had a screw up on the cable, so the TOA is sending me an adapter to remedy that.
In the meantime, while I cannot mount the antenna at the permanent site (I'm not going up on that roof any more than I have to) I did plug everything in and is running inside my home near a window with a loaner adapter. All seems happy. I did message and get a reply from support that my station is connected and reporting time from GPS ok.
I wonder, as a possible storm approaches this afternoon and tonight, what one can see from their station?
I realize that until the control center activates my station that I won't have access to their site to see lightning, and also the LPS-200 box might not be fully active until it gets enabled by the control center.
Nonetheless, the manual indicated that one might possibly see the Threshold light blink. I assume that is when the box determines a stroke has occurred and reports it.
So my first question is, when a storm is relatively nearby and in progress, can one look at their box and see blinking frequently, or is is pretty infrequent? How far away does this thing pick up strokes and blink? 100 miles max? 1500?
Second is what one sees coming from the USB port monitored with TerraTerm or some other display package? In addition to the commands, when it is just idling I get an occassional line of:
[appGps.c:309] GPS LOCK: 4/19/2017
and also this with the status:
[appLog.c:1659] CHAN C ENABLED 0: COUNT 0, OFFSET -1758, LP 1
[appLog.c:1664] CHAN C THRESH: POS 32767, NEG -32767
[appLog.c:1666] CHAN D ENABLED 1: COUNT 964078, OFFSET -1758, LP 1
[appLog.c:1671] CHAN D THRESH: POS 4915, NEG -3276
I assume that the count for channel D (brings back memories of The Man From U.N.C.L.E with 'open channel C') which does go up occasionally indicates that it has heard a qualifying stroke, but wonder if anyone knows for sure.