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Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« on: March 20, 2020, 06:04:25 PM »
Hello all - just received the RW 111 -- but the connector that it came with (wired version).. Does not seem to be "pluggable" into the VP2.. What kind of mod do I need to do to it in order to be able to use the RW111 rain gauge vs the VP2 one.. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2020, 06:09:55 PM »
You'll need a phone cable with an RJ11 jack on one end to plug into the ISS just like the stock tipper does. The other end is hard wired into the RW in place of the counter with the red and green wire to one RW wire and the yellow wire to the other. The black wire is unused.

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2020, 06:21:51 PM »
You'll need a phone cable with an RJ11 jack on one end to plug into the ISS just like the stock tipper does. The other end is hard wired into the RW in place of the counter with the red and green wire to one RW wire and the yellow wire to the other. The black wire is unused.

Exactly what I needed! Thank you sir!

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2020, 06:24:37 PM »
Sure, it's an excellent mod. Try to mount your bucket base as level and sturdy as you can for the best accuracy.

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2020, 07:13:23 PM »
Agreed. After getting tired of inconsistent results from the davis tipper I bought a Rainwise. Havent had a problem since. Last big rain event the RW recorded 4.02in, the COCORAHS about 2ft away 4.03in.

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2020, 07:15:02 PM »
What kind of mounting setup you guys recommend? I was thinking of buying a 2 ft tall metal pole with a metal or wood base and screw the rw111 into it. My VP 2 is up 5ft in the air.. how close should I put the rw111 to it?

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2020, 07:19:41 PM »
What kind of mounting setup you guys recommend? I was thinking of buying a 2 ft tall metal pole with a metal or wood base and screw the rw111 into it. My VP 2 is up 5ft in the air.. how close should I put the rw111 to it?
Mine is screwed into the top of my cider block wall. Put the RW wherever you want, obviously depending how much cable you want to run. Just make it level and sturdy. 

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2020, 07:33:03 PM »
Agreed. After getting tired of inconsistent results from the davis tipper I bought a Rainwise. Havent had a problem since. Last big rain event the RW recorded 4.02in, the COCORAHS about 2ft away 4.03in.
I just had a 0.66" for both of them, but that's remarkable what you got. I'm almost always within 0.02" between the two.

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2020, 09:15:18 PM »
Agreed. After getting tired of inconsistent results from the davis tipper I bought a Rainwise. Havent had a problem since. Last big rain event the RW recorded 4.02in, the COCORAHS about 2ft away 4.03in.
I just had a 0.66" for both of them, but that's remarkable what you got. I'm almost always within 0.02" between the two.

Its rare that its more than 0.03in off. What also make that more impressive was that it involved very heavy rainfall rates +6.00in per hr from a squall line.

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2020, 09:27:01 PM »
Agreed. After getting tired of inconsistent results from the davis tipper I bought a Rainwise. Havent had a problem since. Last big rain event the RW recorded 4.02in, the COCORAHS about 2ft away 4.03in.
I just had a 0.66" for both of them, but that's remarkable what you got. I'm almost always within 0.02" between the two.

Its rare that its more than 0.03in off. What also make that more impressive was that it involved very heavy rainfall rates +6.00in per hr from a squall line.
Indeed. I think this is where the RW truly excels as it handles heavy events better than the smaller catches and spoons for a much more consistent tipper.

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2020, 08:41:55 AM »
You'll need a phone cable with an RJ11 jack on one end to plug into the ISS just like the stock tipper does. The other end is hard wired into the RW in place of the counter with the red and green wire to one RW wire and the yellow wire to the other. The black wire is unused.

Be careful using a "phone cable". While the RJ11 connector will fit, the wires in the phone cable are reversed at each end. Unless you "ring out" the conductors with an ohmmeter, it is better to find a "straight through" cable. (like what Davis provides).

If you pick the correct end of the phone cable it will work, but I wanted to bring this up so you aren't chasing problems due to the unique phone wiring.



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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2020, 12:25:49 PM »
Agree, I had issues using the phone plug so I ended up crimping my own plugs.  You can also just splice and use the Davis plug as last resort. Make sure you do a lot of testing with the tipper I've had issues with double-counting, before calling it good.
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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2020, 03:55:37 PM »
I used a phone cable I bought from Ace with the RJ11 already attached and had zero issues, worked perfectly the first time and still does. It is just a reed switch, I don't see how it can be screwed up. That said, if it doesn't work, merely reverse the wires.

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2020, 06:05:30 PM »
Mine is screwed into the top of my cider block wall. Put the RW wherever you want, obviously depending how much cable you want to run. Just make it level and sturdy.
Can it be retrofitted atop the VP2 totally replacing the rain bucket and tipper of my pole-mounted station?

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2020, 06:07:10 PM »
You can try - but it is much wider and not a “direct” fit.

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Re: Rainwise 111 rain gauge connection to VP2
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2020, 06:52:05 PM »
Mine is screwed into the top of my cider block wall. Put the RW wherever you want, obviously depending how much cable you want to run. Just make it level and sturdy.
Can it be retrofitted atop the VP2 totally replacing the rain bucket and tipper of my pole-mounted station?
Sure, but you may need to fashion some sort of platform (forget wood, even treated may warp) for it to set properly. Like I said, for the best accuracy, it needs to be sturdy (no pole shimmy) and level.

 

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