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[wxsig] RE: t238 (no +)

Lee Mairs (SAG) lmairs at sagcorp.com
Sat Apr 28 15:51:20 UTC 2007

This has been a good thread for me the owner of a LaCrosse Professional 
Remote Weather Station.  I was considering popping $500 for one of the 
high roller stations when my neighbor bought a LaCrosse for $250.  A bit 
of snooping on th4 internet revealed a similar LaCrosse station for only 
$144 on Amazon.com of all places.

I am using the wind and rain sensors hard wired to the temp/barometric 
pressure unit and then RF linked to the display box in the house which 
also plugs into an old laptop.  Aside from an erroneous report of 55 
inches of rain the other night, it seems to work OK.  The free software 
(HeavyWeather) logs data onto the computer and will enable it to develop 
a web page if I get around to reading that section of the manual!

One bad thing is that the data is sent to the display only every 2.5 
minutes or so if the wind isn't blowing.  It will send every 8 seconds 
if I hard wirte it to the data display and PC.  I am thinking about 
trying that for awhile.

73 de Lee

lothar.harris at sbcglobal.net wrote:
> In your ranking I would put the Oregon WMR-968 in there somewhere. It 
> is inexpensive, seems to be reliable and with Virtual Weather software 
> seems to be very accurate (can be fully calibrated in software).  I 
> bought mine from COSTCO for $200 after deciding that I could buy three 
> of them for what one Davis Vantage Pro costs. Besides, DAVIS and the 
> DAVIS  "data logger" attachment makes for a truly proprietary setup 
> with more than one point of failure. And you are correct to point out 
> that they all wear out so why not buy one that you can replace at less 
> than a third of the cost??
> You can see my weather data on 
> http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/wxpage.cgi?call=ke5jxs (I need to change 
> my call sign) and my next project is to relocate the temp/hyg sensor 
> to reduce the solar radiation variances. An UPS for the data interface 
> and laptop may also be in the works since power outages during storms 
> kind of defeats the whole concept of real time reporting. And oh yes - 
> a web page - you got to have a web page!!  This "hobby" can get 
> expensive quickly!!
> So if you "throw in your two cents worth" but I only offered "a penny 
> for your thoughts" - who gets the change???
> 73, Lothar K5LEH
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "John Bennett" 
> <jabennett at insightbb.com>
> To: "TAPR Weather Station SIG Mailing List" <wxsig at lists.tapr.org>
> Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 8:23 PM
> Subject: RE: [wxsig] RE: t238 (no +)
>> I'll throw in my 2-cents worth. ...The cheap weather
>> stations come and go. I've had a bunch of them over the last 15 years.
>> What you want is (1) reliability, (2) availability, and (3) the ability
>> to either fix the unit yourself and/or get replacement parts. *All* of
>> them wear out. Doesn't matter which weather station you get. Right now
>> if I were to buy a station the choices would be the TAPR/AAG combo, Peet
>> Ultimeter 2000 or the Davis Vantage Pro. The order is by cost. >
>> 73, John
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