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Offline cabud

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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2018, 02:07:20 PM »
It is the really small USB. I am using the cable from my old Oregon station.

Ok, It is probably USB A to Micro B, or Mini B....guess I'll have to wait for the weather station to arrive to make sure.... I can't find info on line. Once it comes, I'll know for sure.

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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2018, 02:09:22 PM »
Hope these work!

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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #27 on: May 03, 2018, 02:16:56 PM »
Hope these work!

Thanks man! sure looks like Mini B....but I better wait for it to arrive, it's not real clear. Going into town for the afternoon, will get some mounting hardware.
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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2018, 04:24:01 PM »
Have you gotten the station yet? Let us know how the installation goes.
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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2018, 10:57:49 AM »
Have you gotten the station yet? Let us know how the installation goes.

yep! got the station, have the console powered up, played with the settings, I have the outdoor transmitter sitting in a window, so it is communicating with the console.

I am slow at things, as I am a busy family and church man. Working on the concept for pole mounting at the moment, need to get some hardware.

By the way, I was reading some comments about installing ball bearings in the wind instruments, for longer life, with these bearings

https://www.amazon.com/Miniature-Skateboard-Bearings-MR105ZZ-L-1050ZZ/dp/B00ZHSTKCE

I could not see how the anemometer comes apart for installing the bearings. Anyone care to comment on this? Thanks!

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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2018, 12:06:10 PM »
Whoa, this is a cool site, answered my question about the ball bearing for the anemometer

Lots of great info here for the FO stations

http://lancet.mit.edu/mwall/projects/weather/

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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2018, 03:12:13 PM »
I would plan to make a better radiation shield for the thermometer, other than that, everything else works like it should. I also don't recommend installing the rain bucket where you can't get to it for cleaning. It doesn't take much to plug up the inlet. One thing I have thought of but haven't gotten around to trying is taking some mesh metal screen and attaching it /tying over the top of the whole rain gauge to keep junk out of it. If you plan to mount it high, I would do this for sure...

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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2018, 03:32:01 PM »
I'm hoping to mount the solar/temp unit under a structural overhang to solve the radiation issue, with the solar panel facing out to sunlight.

I also had similar thoughts with the mesh cover, but had doubts about it....You could do a mesh cover as long as the mesh wasn't tight enough to deflect rain drops. I don't know how the mesh would affect accuracy by interfering with incoming water droplets.

Do you have any issues with bird perching and droppings in the rain bucket? I was going to look at making at making a spike surround similar to the Davis. I will be mounting the rain bucket in a place easy to access.

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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #33 on: May 14, 2018, 04:45:07 PM »
Birds are the biggest problem, but I have moved the gauge away from my TV antennas which the birds sit on and do their dirty deeds. Tonight or tomorrow I am going to take the extending phone cord I have and move the thermometer down to the ground when I install another UHF antenna for HDTV stations to my north that are giving me issues. I've put off doing this for over a month... Last night I was picking up channels down in Charleston with two antennas, one on the ground, so that got me motivated. It's hot here, so the time is now or never before the real heat kicks in.

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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #34 on: May 17, 2018, 08:50:06 AM »
I successfully extended the cable from the wind sensors a couple of days ago. Everything is working nicely, and I have my rain bucket about 3 ft off the ground now for much easier care. The transmitter is in reach now as well. One thing I will mention is that when you take out the batteries, you must go to the console and re-register the transmitter or you will have a blank screen. To to this, hold down set and use the bottom arrows to find "reregister transmitter" at the bottom. Use the up and down arrows to select "on" then press "history" on the right side of the console.

Many of the comments you see on amazon that are negative are because they are not registering their transmitters!

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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #35 on: May 17, 2018, 08:25:11 PM »
Awesome! I've had to do some calibration to get the accuracy in line with my Vantage Pro2+. This might sound crazy but my  temperature and humidity actually follows within 0.5 degree F of my Davis temperature and humidity station mounted next to it. Yes I did have to calibrate that.

When I get home I'll give you the calibration numbers I use. That's probably one of my favorite things about those FO stations is they give you control over calibration within the console.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2018, 08:26:53 PM by Skywatch »
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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #36 on: May 17, 2018, 11:47:29 PM »
Calibration numbers.
Wind. 0.73
Temperature. -0.5
Humidity. 10
Air pressure. (Set to local air pressure)
Light. 0.80
UV. 0.65
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Re: Solar radiation sensor, why and what
« Reply #37 on: Today at 09:24:57 AM »
Cabud,

If you want to extend the phone line, you can do so up to 25 ft. You must be sure the line is straight thru by looking at the end of the connector with the tab up. The colors should not change order, or cross over. Also you will need a coupler to join the two lines together. Ambient weather sells a kit, I bought my stuff at Home Depot.

I had to use some U bolts from my Oregon Scientific WMR100 to secure the thermometer and rain gauge to a different larger mast instead of what the station came with. I still use the station mast for my wind sensors with a hose clamp to secure it to a larger mast.

Moving the thermometer by extending the cable allows for the rain bucket to be where you want it near ground level.

Skywatch,

Thanks for the calibrations. I already calibrated mine, though not nearly as much as you had to.

Mine are Wind .24, Temp, -0.5, Humidity, 5, Air press. -00.03 Rain .24 - Light and UV none.
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