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Ecowitt question
« on: January 16, 2022, 07:10:58 AM »
I had a wether station for many years but several years ago my Davis quite, e rice hosting stop web site got to costly. I stop.
I want to get a new WS , I知 looking at Ecowitt with lighting detection.
I have few questions
1st , Ecowitt ask what frequency to use. I知 in USA
2nd do I order straight from the them?
3rd . If I get a new domain name , can I have it directed to my data on  Ecowitt or do I need a website? I just want a basic info
Thanks
Rick
https://www.ecowitt.com/shop/goodsDetail/133
https://www.ecowitt.com/shop/goodsDetail/165

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Re: Ecowitt question
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2022, 07:44:36 AM »
I had a wether station for many years but several years ago my Davis quite, e rice hosting stop web site got to costly. I stop.
I want to get a new WS , I知 looking at Ecowitt with lighting detection.
I have few questions
1st , Ecowitt ask what frequency to use. I知 in USA
In the USA 915 MHz is used
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2nd do I order straight from the them?
Yes you can, normally no problems
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3rd . If I get a new domain name , can I have it directed to my data on  Ecowitt or do I need a website? I just want a basic info
You can not directly access your data at https://www.ecowitt.net/  every visitor needs to do a logon.

If you want others to  freely see your weather-data, you need a  small website.
That should not be a costly one as the weather-data load is relative small.
There are dozens of free hosting companies  such as https://www.000webhost.com/   or https://en.altervista.org/

I maintain a weather-template for hundreds of users, and a considerable part  of them use the free hosting with a subdomain such as https://meteoxyz.altervista.org/

If you want your own domain  f.i. https://myowndomain.com  you can upgrade to a paid for plan.

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Re: Ecowitt question
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2022, 08:18:23 AM »
I had a wether station for many years but several years ago my Davis quite, e rice hosting stop web site got to costly. I stop.
I want to get a new WS , I知 looking at Ecowitt with lighting detection.
I have few questions
1st , Ecowitt ask what frequency to use. I知 in USA
In the USA 915 MHz is used
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2nd do I order straight from the them?
Yes you can, normally no problems
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3rd . If I get a new domain name , can I have it directed to my data on  Ecowitt or do I need a website? I just want a basic info
You can not directly access your data at https://www.ecowitt.net/  every visitor needs to do a logon.

If you want others to  freely see your weather-data, you need a  small website.
That should not be a costly one as the weather-data load is relative small.
There are dozens of free hosting companies  such as https://www.000webhost.com/   or https://en.altervista.org/

I maintain a weather-template for hundreds of users, and a considerable part  of them use the free hosting with a subdomain such as https://meteoxyz.altervista.org/

If you want your own domain  f.i. https://myowndomain.com  you can upgrade to a paid for plan.

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Thanks
Rick
https://www.ecowitt.com/shop/goodsDetail/133
https://www.ecowitt.com/shop/goodsDetail/165
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Re: Ecowitt question
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2022, 12:39:03 PM »
Another option, in the US, is to get the Ambient station.

3 reasons

1. I think their web server site is better.  Easier sharing.

2. Shipping ECOWITT to USA (for me) was close to $100.... making the difference in price much less than it appears.

3.  Easier returns (due to shipping).

George

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Re: Ecowitt question
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2022, 10:24:23 AM »
Thank you all , I did. Not know that was over the pond station .
Before I order
What you all think about Weatehrflow Tempest
I can get the whole set up for $295.00  free shipping
Thanks again

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Re: Ecowitt question
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2022, 11:57:42 AM »
I have a Tempest, Davis and Ambient WS5000.

The Tempest is a cool design, but IMO has 4 problems which take it off my recommendation list.

1.  Rainfall estimator (Rain gauge) is unreliable.  Does not catch very light rain and in general is way off on rainfall totals.  They have a new feature called NR (neighborhood rain) where they will "correct" the rainfall estimates to what shows up in other weather stations in your area, including COCORAHS reports.  That is nice but if you really want to know what happened at your house, that may not work for you.

2.  Depending on site placement, unit will lose charge (over the course of several weeks) if it does not receive DIRECT sunshine for a few hours a day... at least a few days a week.  i.e. even here in Atlanta with shaded areas in the fall (when sun gets lower)... it will not charge and could eventually shutdown.  They are working on supplemental power source options because of this problem.

3.  Wind is sampled once every 3 seconds missing short lived wind gusts.  Not an issue if you are not in a gusty area... i.e. open exposure on all sides, lakeside, open fields, etc...  My Ambient WS5000 does a much better job of catching wind gusts than the Tempest.

4.  Water droplets hanging off of the upper part of the unit will sometimes cause erroneous high wind readings.   I think they may have addressed this with software because I have not seen it lately but perhaps that is also why it misses some wind gusts mentioned in #3 above (not sure).

Hope that helps.

George

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Re: Ecowitt question
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2022, 12:22:35 PM »
I have a Tempest, Davis and Ambient WS5000.

The Tempest is a cool design, but IMO has 4 problems which take it off my recommendation list.

1.  Rainfall estimator (Rain gauge) is unreliable.  Does not catch very light rain and in general is way off on rainfall totals.  They have a new feature called NR (neighborhood rain) where they will "correct" the rainfall estimates to what shows up in other weather stations in your area, including COCORAHS reports.  That is nice but if you really want to know what happened at your house, that may not work for you.

2.  Depending on site placement, unit will lose charge (over the course of several weeks) if it does not receive DIRECT sunshine for a few hours a day... at least a few days a week.  i.e. even here in Atlanta with shaded areas in the fall (when sun gets lower)... it will not charge and could eventually shutdown.  They are working on supplemental power source options because of this problem.

3.  Wind is sampled once every 3 seconds missing short lived wind gusts.  Not an issue if you are not in a gusty area... i.e. open exposure on all sides, lakeside, open fields, etc...  My Ambient WS5000 does a much better job of catching wind gusts than the Tempest.

4.  Water droplets hanging off of the upper part of the unit will sometimes cause erroneous high wind readings.   I think they may have addressed this with software because I have not seen it lately but perhaps that is also why it misses some wind gusts mentioned in #3 above (not sure).

Hope that helps.

George
Do you have the lighting detector for the ambient 5000?

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Re: Ecowitt question
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2022, 12:55:18 PM »
Yes... just recently.

There has been no lightning yet to test.

I should say that the Tempest lightning detector is nice.

George


 

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