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[wxsig] too many weather station choices

Clay Jackson clayj at nwlink.com
Sun Jan 2 00:51:43 UTC 2005

I own a Davis WMII - it was my first and LAST Davis Weather Station.  It
still works, and so I haven't had the motivation to get rid of it; but:

It's INCREDIBLY sensitive to RF - I spent a LOT of (and $$ on extras,
like shielded junction boxes from Davis) time isolating things before it
wouldn't go nuts (readings of 0 and so on) on even 5W from a 2M handheld
30 ft away.

The computer interface is an 'extra' piece of hardware, and it uses a
proprietary (OK, it's documented, but it's not 'normal' ascii data bits)
'language' to communicate (which is why there so few programs that will
record it).

If/when I have to replace it, I'm going to try a PEET.

Clay - N7QNM

On Sat, 2005-01-01 at 09:46 -0800, Chris Kantarjiev wrote:
> I've had "aprs weather station" on my list of projects for a while,
> and it's getting dangerously close to the top. I might actually
> have to build it.
> So I'm trying to choose hardware. I had long though that I would
> use a one-wire system from AAG. The basic system is relatively
> cheap, but if you add the tipping rain gauge and adapter, the
> price begins to approach one of the Davis stations. 
> I *like* the idea of one-wire. I like the idea of hooking it to
> a T238+ and possibly adding more sensors that can be sent
> as status messages. Or something. Or with an OpenTracker. Or
> possibly an augmented T238+ that's a RELAY digipeater :-)
> But I also like the idea of a Davis system with a wireless
> remote display that's in the house where I can see it instead
> of the T238+'s display that's in the closet where the APRS radio is :-)
> (It's not clear to me that the wireless Davis systems are really
> where it's at, or that they have the required serial output for
> running an APRS station - I guess TinyTrak supports the Davis protocol.)
> I'm not really considering the OS WM 918 because it seems a
> lot of people have problems with them.
> So .. words of wisdom anyone?
> 73 de chris KG6VYD
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