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[aprssig] River Gauging APRS setup

Wes Johnston, AI4PX wes at ai4px.com
Fri Dec 17 15:44:17 UTC 2010


New ideas.... I offered to write a notification web app to the local NWS
folks.  Instead of calling the skywarn people by phone, they could simply
put in a FIPS code and it would SMS message all the hams that had
registered.  Further, each ham would be able to edit their info if they
moved or change phone numbers.  I was told that the union didn't want an
extra procedure to do when activating skywarn.   So I gave up.  Getting
darned tired of trying to help people who don't want help.

Wes
---
God help those who do not help themselves.


On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 09:37, Lee Mushel <herbert3 at centurytel.net> wrote:

>  Gentlemen,
>
> I find this to be a very interesting topic.   You see, next spring I might
> get a phone call from the National Weather Service and then I take the key
> and drive to the river gauge, open the padlock, lower the "sensor" and read
> the value, then restore everything and drive to the next gauge and then the
> next.   This may take 45 minutes.   Then I email NWS my report---or I could
> radio it to them but the email is preferred because it provides a record
> that is easily handled.  Now, since there is that padlock to be considered I
> hope that any plans would include provisions for security---especially if I
> am paying for this!
>
> But I must warn you that a suggestion by me that realtime water/flood
> photos be "radioed" by ham radio to the hydrologist was met with absolutely
> no enthusiasm.  Acceptance of new ideas, even though they have merit, can be
> difficult!
>
> 73
>
> Lee  K9WRU
>
>   ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Jim Tolbert <jim at riverridge-wi.net>
> *To:* TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org>
> *Sent:* Friday, December 17, 2010 6:29 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [aprssig] River Gauging APRS setup
>
> http://www.graphicartworks.net/xpondr_main/floodadvisor.html
>
> On 12/17/2010 5:30 AM, Wes Johnston, AI4PX wrote:
>
> http://www.xpondr.com/041202/flood_advisor.pdf
>
> I just searched my email archives and this is what I found. Link doesn't
> work.  I do remember this thing though, it was in a PVC pipe and shot an
> ultrasonic transducer down the pipe to measure the distance to the water
> surface.  I think the guy that made it was in Florida.... but not sure.
>
> Wes
> ---
> God help those who do not help themselves.
>
>
> On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 23:54, Daron Wilson <daron at wilson.org> wrote:
>
>> Somewhere I've seen plans for a simple river gauge setup with APRS, seems
>> to
>> me it was a micro power transmitter, the thing ran on several 6v lantern
>> batteries, PVC conduit into the river for the sensing portion and an
>> antenna
>> on top of the PVC.  I can't find it, does anyone remember this and have
>> the
>> link or info on this?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Daron N7HQR
>>
>>
>>
>>
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