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Offline jeffm5690

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Ecowitt GW1000 and Lightning Sensor
« on: February 22, 2021, 06:42:17 PM »
I just got this set up and Iím getting a lot of strokes registered and there is no lightning anywhere around.  I have it set for indoors and low sensitivity and itís still hitting.  It is inside at the back window.  Any thoughts?  Very frustrating.  Anyone know how to reset the data on to clear the data?  Of course trying to solve the phantom strikes.

Offline Mandrake

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Re: Ecowitt GW1000 and Lightning Sensor
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2021, 03:14:46 AM »
Try moving it around your home as its probably picking up noise from something or someone.
Perhaps you have a noisy fridge (motor)/Washer/HVAC etc or even a fluorescent (CFD) light bulb/strip.

They are in effect radio wave receivers and unfortunately if you have something nearby that generates noise its hard to avoid.
Sometimes you can find a location that is screened from the local noise but will still allow you to detect the more powerful lightning bursts of radio static.
You could experiment with foil to see if you can screen the sensor as well.
Sorry no great answer, this is very much trial and error and some folks never can make it work due to the environment they live in.
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Re: Ecowitt GW1000 and Lightning Sensor
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2021, 09:47:30 AM »
I had a similar issue. It was reporting strikes throughout the day when there was no activity in the area. I tried every setting, and various locations throughout my home and a wooden shed in my back yard. I returned it via Amazon and purchased another one, which has not had picked up any false strikes that I am aware. Best of luck! = )
« Last Edit: February 24, 2021, 09:51:42 AM by Jibster »
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Offline solartempest

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Re: Ecowitt GW1000 and Lightning Sensor
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2021, 12:20:53 PM »
I had relocated mine as Mandrake suggests which solved my problem when I first got it. Had seemed like a good location away from interference (knowing this could be an issue) but there was a large number of strikes on clear days.

Since then I've only had one strike today but it's winter here and thunderstorms are not so common right now.
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