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[wxsig] RE: t238 (no +)

William Beals will at beals5.com
Thu Apr 26 03:42:32 UTC 2007


Thanks for the summary (and for posting to wxsig).

I do try hard to ensure that every time I use a new flash location that a
value of 0x00 or 0xff is considered uninitialized, but that is something
very hard to do regression testing on.  There is a chance that I missed
something.  I did go over the release notes and in Rev 1.15.7 I do say I
fixed a bug that messed up wind direction readings specifically while in
modem mode.  I know you are not using the modem, but maybe that bug showed
up other places.  If you are using 1.15.8 (latest published version), that
bug should be gone.

By the way, I did go look at your raw data on findu.com and the data for
n4xi-9 is not from a T238.  The identifier at the end of a T238 packet is
e1w, for the n4xi-9 data it is nu2k which I assume is an Ultimeter 2000. Was
that a typo on the SSID?


-----Original Message-----
From: John Bennett [mailto:jabennett at insightbb.com] 
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2007 8:39 AM
To: William Beals
Subject: t238 (no +)


I did not post the wxsig initially because I wasn't totally convinced it was
a firmware problem. This email contains the digest of my previous mailings
to bring the wxsig up to speed.

The AAG anemometer used is "Version 3.0" (whoopee!). While I was having the
problem of keeping the T238 up for more than the 60 minute crash cycle, I
replaced the old anemometer with the new one. The old one had been severely
damaged in the electrical storm that blew the entire unit last August. I had
repaired it, but thought perhaps that some of the serial number devices
(DS2401) were flakey. Turns out, the repair was good. To make v3.0 work with
the T238 (i.e., prevent 5V from being shorted to ground), I had to cut two
traces on the AAG board. No news there.

Since my last email, I had to increase the length of the run by some 20'
to the anemometer. There were 10-20 degree temp errors because the radiation
shield was sitting too close to an oil-cooled HV transformer.
Probably a 70' run at this point. Error counter on the wind did not increase
(or decrease) after making the change.

The 60 minute crash since the firmware downgrade has not repeated itself. It
was after the unit was running for some time that I noticed the wind errors
- mainly because the display kept showing '---' on the direction
periodically. That prompted me to check the error counters.

I subsequently put 1.15.8 back on the unit - and it worked. However, I put
1.14.x back on since I knew it was OK. If you would like me to try
1.15.8 again, I can reload the firmware.

The call-ssid of the unit is n4xi-9 and does show up on findu. Don't anyone
yell about the barometric pressure. It's high. I keep forgetting to adjust
for altitude since I installed the unit.


John Bennett
Evansville, IN
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