[aprssig] Which Weather Station for a Mountain Top Digi

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Sun Aug 19 19:54:11 CDT 2007

I've heard mixed things about the AAG 1-wire station's reliability in 
harsh conditions.  I think it probably depends on how well you seal it up.

I didn't know they were making the T-238 again.  If you don't need a 
local display, the Tracker2 will do the same thing, plus quite a bit 
more.  In 1-wire mode it doesn't support the baro sensor yet, though. 
You can use it with an Ultimeter 2000 series station too (much better 
quality, IMO) or the LaCrosse WS2300 series if you're on a budget, but I 
think the durability is probably no better than the 1-wire station.

The Tracker2 has the same power save option, and comes with a built-in 
20 amp solid-state relay so it'll power any reasonable rig without extra 
switching hardware.  Current draw is < 20 mA.  It's $85, assembled and 
tested with a case.  I've only got a few units on hand until the first 
production batch is done in a few weeks, though, and no more 
through-hole beta test kits.

You also get internal temperature and supply voltage (every packet, if 
you want, or at selectable intervals), WIDEn-N digi, and remote command 
capability.  Of course, if you've got the radio off most of the time, 
you can't send it commands.  Unless you set an extra-long power-on delay 
and know exactly when to send the commands, anyway.

It's at <https://www.argentdata.com/catalog/product_info.php>.


Sct599 at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 8/18/2007 6:08:02 P.M. Mountain Daylight Time, 
> desloan at earthlink.net writes:
>     Any recommendation for a weather station to be installed just over
>     10,000 on
>     a mountain top? The weather can get very severe on top of the
>     mountain and
>     we don't want to waste the money and more important the time (takes
>     almost 3
>     hours of travel time for most of us to reach the site).
>     73,
>     Dave N0EOP
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> Hi Dave,
> I have had a great experience with the TAPR T-238+.  Our solar powered 
> WX station W0DVM in Divide Colorado Has been running 24 x 7 for many 
> years. The T-238+ has a nice power reduction mod which turns off the 
> transmitter when not in use. It will also send your battery voltage 
> appended to the normal WX packet each hour. Power drain with the display 
> back light disabled is about 85ma with a full host of sensors.
> 73,
> Scott - N0LNE
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