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Offline RayW

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New Station Questions
« on: April 14, 2009, 10:24:55 PM »
I currently have a Vantage Pro 6150, fan, heater, and serial data port from about 2002/2005.  Late last year I had it repaired again, but the humidity is broke again.

I am thinking of getting the 6153 which I think is the equivalent to the 6150 Pro.  Are the items like the serial data module and rain gauge heater kit the same for both of them?  What about Weatherlink and VWS, plug and play or are there programming changes that have to be performed?  Is the new radio better at getting into a house and avoiding cell phone and wireless device interference?

And lastly, for the hams, I have a vertical that sits about 20 feet from the ISS and a horizontal loop that has the feed point attached near the anemometer and ISS is about 20 feet below the loop and I run 100 watts from 80 to 10 M, SSB and digital modes and some 6 M work.  Has anyone had any issues with the RF blowing things up? 

Ray
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Offline dalecoy

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Re: New Station Questions
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2009, 11:46:44 PM »
I currently have a Vantage Pro 6150, fan, heater, and serial data port from about 2002/2005.  Late last year I had it repaired again, but the humidity is broke again.

I am thinking of getting the 6153 which I think is the equivalent to the 6150 Pro.  Are the items like the serial data module and rain gauge heater kit the same for both of them?  What about Weatherlink and VWS, plug and play or are there programming changes that have to be performed?  Is the new radio better at getting into a house and avoiding cell phone and wireless device interference?

And lastly, for the hams, I have a vertical that sits about 20 feet from the ISS and a horizontal loop that has the feed point attached near the anemometer and ISS is about 20 feet below the loop and I run 100 watts from 80 to 10 M, SSB and digital modes and some 6 M work.  Has anyone had any issues with the RF blowing things up? 

Ray
http://www.xmission.com/~crwhite/

The Weatherlink stuff (software and serial data module) from your VP1 will work with the VP2.  The rain gauge heater kit will also work.  The fans are different, and there are two types.

I use the wired VP2 - and recommend it if you don't just have to (or want to) get the wireless.  As a ham, I never had any problems with the wired VP1 or VP2 - but YMMV of course.  [So, I can't say about interference to/from the wireless model]

Offline RayW

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Re: New Station Questions
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2009, 06:22:09 PM »
The Weatherlink stuff (software and serial data module) from your VP1 will work with the VP2.  The rain gauge heater kit will also work.  The fans are different, and there are two types.

I use the wired VP2 - and recommend it if you don't just have to (or want to) get the wireless.  As a ham, I never had any problems with the wired VP1 or VP2 - but YMMV of course.  [So, I can't say about interference to/from the wireless model]

Thanks Dale, have to be wireless since my computer and weather monitor are on the far side of the house.  I would prefer wired, but it is not in the books.

RayW

Offline Merc41

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Re: New Station Questions
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2009, 07:57:34 PM »
Hi Ray
I operate HF frequencies 80 meters up to 10 meters digital, ssb, and cw, without any problems at all. However, my dipole is up about 40 feet at the apex, and the iss is approximeatley 65 feet from that. I also operate 2 meters ssb and fm, with no problems at all. 100watts for hf and vhf.

I have the VP2 wireless....when I was ordering my station I asked the sales rep at Ambient if my ham radio would interfere with the weather setup, and was told no....and so far, I have had no problems.

Hope this helps..

Mark