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Weather Station Hardware => Boltek/NexStorm Lightning Detectors => Topic started by: mihec on June 15, 2020, 05:20:38 AM

Title: Detection performance in mountaineous region
Post by: mihec on June 15, 2020, 05:20:38 AM
I am considering a purchase of the LD-250 system. My location is in the valley and surrounded by hills an mountains ranging from 2000-5000 ft. I understand the detection range will not be as good as in flat regions but still am interested how much to expect?
I currently own an AS3935 which reports strikes in ~5-15 miles range.
Does anyone has a Boltek installed in a similar landscape? I'd appreciate any feedback.
Thank you.
Title: Re: Detection performance in mountaineous region
Post by: mihec on March 29, 2021, 06:03:02 AM
This is the first answer to my own question after getting the LD-250. There was no storm close to my place yet but there were few farther away. General direction was captured quite well! After the storms come closer, I will report back again.

I have a question regarding false positives: the detector triggers to the heater and other unknown sources. Excluding the heater switch ON/OFF, I would get e.g. 10 or 20 (probably) false strikes per day. Does this sound OK or should the detector be silent (0 false strikes)?
Title: Re: Detection performance in mountaineous region
Post by: JupiterJoe on April 14, 2021, 02:26:38 PM
10 or 20 false strikes a day isnít bad at all. Unfortunately, thereís noise out there and not every location is 100% quiet.
Also, check out the Astrogenic forum. You may get better exposure there.
https://forum.astrogenic.com/
Title: Re: Detection performance in mountaineous region
Post by: mihec on April 15, 2021, 10:27:31 AM
Thanks, I've registered there and already got replies to this question.
Regards.