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johnhicks

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Posted: 07/27/19 09:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK...

You need several feet above a structure for your temp sensor to be reasonable, and it should be in the shade. Every day I see on the internet a sensor that's obviously in full sun making it useless.

An anemometer should be really high. Most home units are not, rendering their readings irrelevent. On the back of my unit at 14 feet, blocked by trees and another unit; not much point to it. If I was a 1/3 mile down at
the lakefront it would be tremendously different.

So put your temp sensor in the shade and be happy.


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SidecarFlip wrote:

hotpepperkid wrote:

This is the best wx station not cheap but the best


Beyond a doubt, Davis Instruments makes the best. We have had a home station for 25 years now (It's analog) and no issues.


That's what I'm seeing too. I'm leaning toward the Davis Vantage Vue.

I like the AcuRite color displays, but Davis seems the most rugged -- which I require.

I'll mount the weather sensor array on an outside expandable "flag" pole.


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Well with smart phone I check weather.gov

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Bill.Satellite wrote:

Weatherbug.com. Done.


wanderingaimlessly wrote:


You can get all of that online.
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The Internet-based weather solutions aren't always an option . . . like my current screaming 40 - 60 kbps Canadian connection.

Besides, I want to know conditions at ground zero.

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TechWriter wrote:


The Internet-based weather solutions aren't always an option . . . like my current screaming 40 - 60 kbps Canadian connection.

Besides, I want to know conditions at ground zero.


This, I don't like those online apps at all. Good for forcasts but not your current location.

I know someone that uses the Davis Weatherlink and it is great.


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phil-t wrote:


I know someone that uses the Davis Weatherlink and it is great.

Tx. Good to hear. It's just a klunky set up which would have to be done every time I moved because you don't want to leave one of those modules up while you're traveling.

If you're interested, here's a Davis Vantage Vue Unboxing and Install . . . by the way, Davis also sells that foldable tripod.

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TechWriter wrote:

Looking for recommendations for a RV weather station (wind speed, temp, barometer).


I have TWO Acu Rite systems which I bought on Amazon.

The 5 sensor array for the home unit is mounted 14 feet over a 6 foot fence so as to get the sensor up into "clean" air for accurate readings.

The home unit has a Wi-Fi connection so that I can see the Home weather on my phone while on the road.

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The sensor array for the RV unit is mounted 8 feet above the roof for the same reason.

The sensor array does NOT stay up when travelling.

In my opinion, it is not a good idea to mount the sensor array on a telescoping "flag" pole. The weight of the array will cause the pole to collapse.

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The link between both sensor arrays and their display is wireless. The sensor array uses 4 AA batteries. I've had the home unit for about 3 years and the RV unit for about 2 years. Battery life seems to be about 9 - 12 months.

Each unit has its own display, here is the information that it shows. The display can be plug-in or battery (6 ea. AA). The display is actually rectangular, but the angle of the picture makes it look funny.

[image]

PM me if you want or need any additional information.

Tim

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Although this is slightly off topic, I have a Lacrosse system in my home. The particular model that I have allows me to access the temperature at my house, wind speed, humidity, and inside temp and humidity remotely via an app. It was around $50, and I have found it very dependable. We spend three months in the valley, and it is very helpful to be able to find out if the house is at a safe temperature. This saves my son having to check it frequency, and, actually, by the time he discovered an issue, it would be too late.

I also have surveillance cameras that I can view via an app.

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I've owned two AcuRite weather stations. Both failed about 1.5 years in the Florida weather. Won't buy a third.

We use Davis weather equipment at work. Professional grade, priced accordingly. Get what you pay for.

My next one is Arduino based. Already ordered it, haven't had a chance to build it yet. I can add more hardware, and replace sensors when/if they fail. If you like to tinker with sparky stuff: https://tinyurl.com/y5f9umog


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Posted: 07/30/19 11:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Healeyman wrote:


The sensor array does NOT stay up when travelling.

In my opinion, it is not a good idea to mount the sensor array on a telescoping "flag" pole. The weight of the array will cause the pole to collapse.

[image]


Tx, Tim, great advice.


2manytoyz wrote:

I've owned two AcuRite weather stations. Both failed about 1.5 years in the Florida weather. Won't buy a third.

We use Davis weather equipment at work. Professional grade, priced accordingly. Get what you pay for.


Yep, that's what I'm hearing. Will probable go with a Davis Vantage Vue. Davis even sells that tripod featured in the YouTube video. Think I would use that over a tall mast.

I just wish that Davis had a better interface . . . it looks like something a geek made in shop class.

Anyway, the Davis outside weather unit is big, klunky and delicate at the same time. Since the outside weather unit must be constantly set up, any thoughts on how to protect it in between set ups?

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