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#264847 - 01/01/2005 12:20 Downloading weather radar while chasing
David Smith Offline
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Registered: 27/10/2003
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Loc: Moorooka Qld
Is there a way to download to PDA, laptop or mobile to get radar images while your out and about chasing. Most frustrating part for amatuers is not knowing whats going on if you don't have someone at home base, giving you up dates on the movement of storms etc. I have gone in the wrong direction so many times becuase the person I am talking to on the phone can't read the radar or I can;t get someone to tell me what is happening. I know as my forecast knowledge grows I can get to where it might start but if things happen quickly?

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#264848 - 01/01/2005 12:25 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
dan Offline
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Loc: ipswich
GPRS is a option, very costly tho

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#264849 - 02/01/2005 03:27 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
O-3 Offline
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Loc: SA-AUSTRALIA
Just hookup your mobile phone to your laptop...you don't need GPRS.

Transfers are slow but it's still a great help

Cheers

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#264850 - 02/01/2005 08:12 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
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Loc: Mcleans Ridges
Easiest solution - Buy a second hand laptop and then connect to a ISP using a cable connecting your mobile phone to the laptop. The speeds wont be ideal and you do get frustrated but it works.

Having done a year of that myself the last 2 years I have been using Telstra's 1X high speed data connection. Recently they have changd their plans to make it more affordable. All you need is a CDMA phone that is 1X enabled , a data cord that plugs into the USB port on your laptop and your ready. $29 a month (no contract , cancel or change whenever you like) gets me 10mb worth of downloads on the road and $4 for every Mb I spend afterwards.

Having done a bit of research into GPRS and 1X I would say if you dont already have a high speeed data phone then go with the 1x. Download speeds are faster than GPRS and normal ISP calls(up to 144kbps - compared to the 9.6kbps you get connecting to a ISP through your mobile) and coverage is doubled. Just compare a CDMA coverage map to a GSM map, you can see the huge difference CDMA has and 1x is available from all their towers.

If your a serious chaser and do head to far away places to chase(this year for me I have done Walgett, Coonamble, Brewarrina , Charleville, Cunnamulla, Goondiwindi etc) CDMA is the country option. With an external antenna I have had coverage every where I drove around in N and NW NSW even when 100kms from the closest town). If your a city chaser then GPRS will be fine.

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#264851 - 02/01/2005 13:51 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Grinch Offline
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Registered: 06/01/2004
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Loc: ACT
I will just add my two cents worth into this, there are more and more wireless network sites coming online these days so consider a wireless NIC and an account with an isp that supports wireless access.
Some towns and communities have local wireless access available also.
More info here on available nodes in new south wales.
http://www.nodedb.com/australia/nsw/?

Why not implement a system of volunteer radar watchers on line who can be contacted via mobile phone and are willing to pass on updates and road information STA's/W's to chasers out on the road.
I know this takes place informally between chasers but there are others who do not have the benefit of knowing all the other chasers.

WZ could add a field into profiles so an individual could indicate wether they participate or not as a radar watcher so they are easily found by new and old users, not a good idea to publish phone numbers online but these can be exchanged in a pm or something.
Print a copy of the list and ring away when needed smile :cheers:

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#264852 - 02/01/2005 14:46 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
dan Offline
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Well funny you mention Wisp's
at the moment ipswich cams and lightning tracker are peered on to the www.ips-mesh.net project, however that project isnt moving along to well at the moment

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#264853 - 02/01/2005 17:39 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
aussielunix Offline
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Registered: 25/10/2003
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Loc: Windellama, NSW @ 630m asl
Hi all, For the sydney chase you have all forgot one easy and fast solution. Unwired and a laptop.
It works well. And fast.
As for out west a usb gprs modem or for the rich this

smile

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#264854 - 04/01/2005 15:41 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
David Smith Offline
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Loc: Moorooka Qld
Looks for the out of town chasing options a laptop with a mobile connection are the cheapest and best option. The sat dish would be great but out of my price range.

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#264855 - 17/01/2005 18:45 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Greenmantle Offline
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Registered: 19/12/2004
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Vodafone also currently have a mobile data plan which includes a PCMCIA card that does all the work. http://www.vodafone.com.au/business/buss...l&ss=databundle

$50/month plus the cost of the card should provide more bandwidth than you'd need for general storm chasing, forum use and emails, ect.

If I ever upgrade my laptop, I'd consider changing to this plan just for convenience.

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#264856 - 18/01/2005 18:14 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Anthony Cornelius Offline
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Registered: 22/05/2001
Posts: 5162
Loc: Brisbane
Hi guys!

I'm with James...go with a CDMA 1X enabled phone, or a GPRS enabled phone. You can connect to your ISP, but it's very slow...you can get your laptop to connect to a mobile and then use the number "*99#" to get the mobile to connect via GPRS...which is much quicker. But it can cost a bit depending on which service provider you're with...I pay $15/mb on GPRS...James, what number do you use to tell your CDMA phone to dial up to CDMA 1X as I want to look into that? I only got a CDMA phone for TDU recently, but just dialed to the ISP...but I think using 1X will be cheaper, and better coverage too!

If you don't have a laptop etc, the other options are:

- Libraries, all libraries have internet access
- Net cafes (little more expensive than libraries, many libraries are just $2-$3 for an hour)
- Become good friends with some one in front of a radar screen!

I can show you how GPRS works on a laptop on Sunday at the QLD ASWA meeting if you like David (Twisted)?

AC
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#264857 - 18/01/2005 18:37 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
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I Dial #777 and within around 6 seconds you are connected and authenticated. 1X has plans depending on how much you think you will use each month. These can be cancelled or changed at any time. My $29 per month gives me 10MB with each MB over costing $4. Is that figure of $15/mb for GPRS correct AC ? That seems to be very expensive.

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#264858 - 18/01/2005 18:57 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Anthony Cornelius Offline
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Registered: 22/05/2001
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Loc: Brisbane
Thanks! Will test it out on my CDMA phone when I get a chance...

Yep, 1.5c/kb which is $15/mb...a ripoff really...CDMA 1X is much cheaper, I think my phone supports it...

AC
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#264859 - 18/01/2005 20:17 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
anewts Offline
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Some good info, i use CDMA but not sure if my phone is able to be used for this purpose. Will have to look into the options, as am keen to get radar up and running while out and about. I also have a SE k700i, so not sure which would be the better option (if i can use the CDMA).

Andrew

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#264860 - 18/01/2005 23:36 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Anthony Cornelius Offline
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Posts: 5162
Loc: Brisbane
One thing...the plan James is on is for "mobile broadband" which is a different type of 1X, and only a handful of handsets can support them...normal CDMA 1X is a bit more expensive...but still cheaper than GPRS! Pretty fast though, I got it up and running this evening and was downloading @ 8kb/sec smile

AC
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#264861 - 19/01/2005 02:13 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Stormy Spott Offline
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Registered: 03/03/2004
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Loc: Daisy Hill, SE Qld
Quote:
Originally posted by Anthony Cornelius:

If you don't have a laptop etc, the other options are:

- Libraries, all libraries have internet access
- Net cafes (little more expensive than libraries, many libraries are just $2-$3 for an hour)
- Become good friends with some one in front of a radar screen!

AC
lol AC, that's pretty much where I get my radar images, at the nearest library or a net cafe, the one I normally go to in the city, gets me on for $3 an hour, since I get a discount for being a member.

I relate to your comment about good friends one time in front of a radar screen, one time walked in and logged on, then three guys sitting next to me went 'Hey it's that weather guy'.

Although libraries are good, the problems come when one, there are no computers, or two you haven't booked for one, and 5 mins into checking the radar, the librarians become bouncers.

Also if your in the city a quick visit to the local BOM, well here in Brisbane at least, there's high quality radar images on loop mode outside the ground offices for free. smile

:cheers:

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#264862 - 19/01/2005 08:00 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
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Give me 144kb/sec anyday please :p

AC is right about certain phones, just check that the phone you are getting is 1X enabled and your laughing. There are plenty of older models out there in the market place that will give you 1X access cheaply. I use the Kyocera 2235 which was worth around $400 3 years ago but Im sure you could get it for under $100 on ebay now. Once you have the phone you just need the Datacable (which can also be found on ebay or at Telstra shops) to plug into your laptop and then highspeed internet access pretty much anywhere across NSW and QLD is yours.

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#264863 - 19/01/2005 14:29 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
David Smith Offline
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Registered: 27/10/2003
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Loc: Moorooka Qld
Thanks guys, Anthony I will definetly get you to show me your set up. I have done a few amateur chases trouble is all my friends with computers want to come too! I think my phone supports GPRS not sure about CDMA (I don't think so). All I need now is a laptop, any mimimum requirements (Processing power, RAM etc?).

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#264864 - 19/01/2005 17:56 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Michael Bath Offline
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Loc: McLeans Ridges, Northern River...
I have just set up a 1X connection with my Nokia 6385 CDMA and laptop. Works nicely. Chose Telstra's $10/mo plan for now that gives you 3mb, then its $4/mb after that. I don't expect to use too much data for storm chase updates. A couple of chases a month shouldn't use too much data with the odd radar/ obs or satpic update.

Any laptop with a USB port would work with this. No need for the latest technology there.

MB

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#264865 - 19/01/2005 21:49 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Anthony Cornelius Offline
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Registered: 22/05/2001
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Loc: Brisbane
Hi MB!

Is that the EV DO plan or the normal one? When I rang, they insisted that 1X was more, but I could only see the EV DO prices on Telstra, might give them another call...have a hunch they're both the same price.

We can display to those interested how it works on Sunday smile

AC
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#264866 - 20/01/2005 00:18 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
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EV DO and Mobile Broadband use the same plans. You can choose from 1) Pay as you Go 2) DataPack plan and 3) PC Pack . Personally the Data Pack plans are the way to go. MB , it sounds like you are on the $10 Data Pack plan and I am on the $29. Not much of a difference between them.

Check here for the info on it http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/business/products/mobilebroadband.htm?tR=3m

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#264867 - 20/01/2005 07:47 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Anthony Cornelius Offline
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Registered: 22/05/2001
Posts: 5162
Loc: Brisbane
Hey James! Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the person I was talking to was giving me some old prices and plans, I want to go on the $10 datapack, but maybe during peak times upgrade to the $29 or higher (eg, TDU period would be awesome).

It's amazing how far technology has come! smile

AC
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#264868 - 20/01/2005 09:19 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Michael Bath Offline
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Loc: McLeans Ridges, Northern River...
I'm not sure what the differences are between EV DO and 1X, only that the EV DO is mainly in the cities so far....

$10/mo is pretty good for a few mb. Will just have to switch plans for big events as you suggest AC !

You have to get through to the wireless data section on the Telstra 125111 number. Their technical support is on 1300 131 816 if you need it.

MB

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#264869 - 20/01/2005 09:20 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Anthony Cornelius Offline
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Registered: 22/05/2001
Posts: 5162
Loc: Brisbane
Yeah...regardless, $4mb is a lot cheaper than what I'm paying now too!!! (Although I got quoted $10/mb, but I think that's wrong). Will get on to them today and sort out some things I think.

AC
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#264870 - 20/01/2005 13:07 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
stimps Offline
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Registered: 25/10/2002
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Loc: ipswich
I looked into GPRS for my CarPC in my xr6t. Was gonna cost 55c/KB. I almost choked. When my contract on my current phone runs out I might look into a CDMA.

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#264871 - 24/01/2005 00:04 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
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Yep MB , Evo Do is only for capital cities (as was 1X 2 years ago until last year). The reason I beleive is to test out the technology and make sure a)it works and b)there is a need out there before spending the big bucks and having its coveraged increased.

The main difference between Evo and 1X is download speeds:

1X - Download speeds up to 144kbps

Evo - Download speeds between 300 and a whopping 600 kbps

That is some incredible speed !!! laugh

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#264872 - 24/01/2005 10:28 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Michael Bath Offline
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Registered: 20/06/2001
Posts: 2447
Loc: McLeans Ridges, Northern River...
Hi James - any tips on getting a connection to actually work the first time ?
Dave Ellem and I get XP error 31, error 692, error 721 and some other ones when starting the dial up connection. Seems to be random errors and very annoying.

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#264873 - 24/01/2005 13:12 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
David Smith Offline
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Registered: 27/10/2003
Posts: 413
Loc: Moorooka Qld
Hey guys I forgot to get Anthony to show me his download set up when I was there yesterday. Oh well next time at my place. Thanks Michael the meeting was great, thanks to your wife also.

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#264874 - 25/01/2005 00:37 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
anewts Offline
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Loc: Forestville, NSW
Am thinking about getting this
http://www.vodafone.com.au/business/bussol/vmc/vmc.jsp?gs=business&hd=bussol&st=vmc

Sure its not cheap, but would be so much easier than having to plug in the phone all the time...considering my options.

Andrew

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#264875 - 25/01/2005 09:05 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
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Hi MB,

Will check it out with my laptop today and hopefully find a fix for you.

Andrew - I didnt realise that plugging in a phone was so hard ... :p .Takes me around 1.3 seconds to do that step ! In all seriousness just remember that if you are chasing distances like I beleive you do then dont get caught out by coverage issues of GPRS.

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#264876 - 29/01/2005 14:57 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
UHF_CH10 Offline
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Registered: 20/09/2004
Posts: 85
Loc: Morningside (Brisbane)
I noticed that Telstra provide access to most of the AU Radars via WAP. Any GSM handset with a WAP browser connected to Mobilenet is a candidate. From the Home Page navigate to news/weather and select WeatherNews.

No animation available, image is small so limited in detail. Will be interested to see the bill.

Optus seem to have a service available/coming, tho looks to be a premium service ($)

http://www.weathernews.com/au/c/press/2004/040930optus.html

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#264877 - 30/01/2005 17:57 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
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MB, are you still having problems connecting ? For me to dial into 1X you use the username of user@telstra.internet plus the password that Telstra should have advised you. Number I dial to is #777 using a Network/Dial up connection in Windows. Once I hit dial it automatically connects, authorises and then its all systems go.

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#264878 - 31/01/2005 17:41 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Michael Bath Offline
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Registered: 20/06/2001
Posts: 2447
Loc: McLeans Ridges, Northern River...
Hi James,

Last night we could not connect at all using Dave's laptop - all sorts of XP connection errors. This afternoon I tried on my laptop and it worked first time. I let the PC with XP Pro boot up first before plugging in the USB cable, then the phone into that. I can't remember if you had a USB connection or IR ?

There must be some correct sequence to all this ! I will call Telstra tech support if the problem persists - I hate 'random' sort of errors as it never fails when you go and ask for help !

cheers, Michael

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#264879 - 31/01/2005 18:19 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
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Obviously all the drivers for the phone are loaded on the Computer (Not sure if you need them with XP actually).

Personally I only attach the USB connection I use after the computer has been switched on.

Im using W98 on my laptop hence why I dont have many problems. I have heard that XP's can be a bit tricky when first connecting.

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#264880 - 04/03/2005 19:57 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
temp trace Offline
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Registered: 03/02/2001
Posts: 457
Loc: Newcastle, NSW
Evening all,

Just bringing this thread back from the dead.

My mobile died today and have been looking at other options as a replacement. Came across this: Maxon MiniMax

Anyone know or had anything to do with it?



Looks interesting if nothing else.

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#264881 - 13/03/2005 22:19 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Mad Maury Offline
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Registered: 17/01/2005
Posts: 7
Loc: Sydney, Australia 151.14E 33....
I have used the previous versions of the Maxon CDMA modems (3100 and 5500) over the last 3+ years. Ive installed about half a dozen on race boats for internet/wx access at sea. They are extremely reliable and the 1X is fast (where available). With a high-gain antenna I have been able to get access up to 30+ nautical miles off the coast from Eden to the Whitsundays (with a few holes) and around 50-60 N.miles across Bass Strait.

On land you would probably get even better coverage with a good antenna. I can post details for antennas etc, if required.

My personal experience with XP, USB modems and NMEA/GPS has been nothing short of a nightmare. Win2K is a much better option

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#264882 - 15/06/2005 13:16 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Andrew N Offline
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Hi all,

Ended up getting a Voda Data card the other day for my lappy, very happy with it. Get 500mb a month for $49.95, don't think i will have any problems there.

Can't wait to test it out chasing, i know its not going to have the coverage of CDMA, but will do the job.

Andrew

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#264883 - 22/06/2005 00:31 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
DannyF Offline
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If your chasing cheap GPRS Optus have a pretty good plan. Im paying $0.005 (half a cent) per kilobyte up to $50 and then it goes to 0.0025 (1/4 cent) per kilobyte and then after $100 it goes down to $0.0015 works out about $5.00 per megabyte. And if you make a basic HTML page to stay on your laptop hard drive with a link directly to the radar gif file you can do it pretty cheap
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#264884 - 23/06/2005 12:50 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
SummerWind Offline
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Registered: 05/03/2004
Posts: 3
Loc: Coffs Harbour
Hi Everyone, Just thought I'd let you know that I have a pc-ephone which is a cdma mobile phone with full internet. I can view the BOM radar and other websites the same as you would on your desktop pc. You are charged for the time on the internet not by mb. I am on a $30 plan with telstra and the most I've paid for internet calls is about 44 cents/minute, the cost varies depending on what time you use it.If anyone
wants to know more info you can visit their website www.pcephone.com.au or ask me.

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#264885 - 16/07/2005 16:14 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
stimps Offline
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Registered: 25/10/2002
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Loc: ipswich
Well I have just tried the mobile phone, dialing into a ISP idea, using Optus, and after I set it up, paid for a cheap dial in account (optus give cable customers like me a $4.95 unlimited dial up account) connected the phone to the in car pc using the IR link, all was going swimmingly, untill the optus ISP kept hanging up the phone. Rang optus and they said they dont support this on their dial ISP system. So anyone thinking of using Optus, dont bother, they are useless.
ANyone useing this with a telstra account?

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#264886 - 18/07/2005 18:20 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Chaser80 Offline
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Registered: 16/07/2005
Posts: 164
Loc: Floreat, Perth, W.A.
Hey there, Ive got an idea for this problem smile
I about to buy an LD-250 lightning detector from Boltek in the states. you can run it on your home comp, or Turn on the LD-250's heading indicator when running mobile. hook up to a cheap$(200) GPS. The blue triangle in the center of the screen rotates as your vehicle turns to show the LD-250 is using your GPS or marine compass to correct for changes in your vehicle's direction.
This would mean you have no on-going phone connection bills. plus your freinds can view it live on the internet when its hooked up to your home computer. You are only interested in severe storms anyways, so the detector is even better than the radar I think.

Also try the AVN plotter at www.inflowimages.com/WeatherData/avn2.asp
And for assistance on what to look for with the plotter go to..
www.downunderchase.com/storminfo/stormguide/
Then you almost wont need the radar/detector if you know what to look for. it takes a while to get used to, but its bloody great when you do!

Cheers Tom, any dramas...email me smile

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#264887 - 18/07/2005 18:33 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Chaser80 Offline
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Loc: Floreat, Perth, W.A.
Hey I've got solution to your chasing dramas!

Buy a LD-250 lightning detector from www.boltek.com. or the weather shop at weatherzone.(cheaper from Boltek) AU$1100
Displays realtime lightning strikes on your Laptop/computer. hook it up to a cheap GPS($200) and your laptop, and turn on the LD-250's heading indicator when running mobile. The blue triangle in the center of the screen rotates as your vehicle turns to show the LD-250 is using your GPS or marine compass to correct for changes in your vehicle's direction. No on going phone expenses. Tho the outlay is a bit. IF YOU WORK OUTSIDE, CLAIM IT AS A TAX DEDUCTION! wink

Go to the above website for details.
also use the AVN plotter at www.inflowimages.com/WeatherData/avn2.asp
Great website so you can pinpoint the exect location where storms will occur up to 7 days in advance, their strength, which direction they will move, and how fast.
But to be able to understand it and what to look for go to www.downunderchase.com/storminfo/stormguide/

read this carefully! it takes a while to understand it, but its great when you can!!!

any problems or more info, feel free to email me
Tom

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#264888 - 18/07/2005 18:44 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Andy Offline
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While the Boltek is a great unit, it does suffer from the disadvantage of being a single antenna unit. This means that the accuracy can leave a lot to be desired. I have a Boltek PCI unit here and it took a lot of time and fiddling to get decent results. The portable unit (LD-250) is a lot less configurable.

While your suggested setup will certainly give you a reasonable idea of where significant storm activity is heading, you stand the chance of ending up a long way from where you should be. Of course, the upside is that the data from the Boltek is virtually real time.

Personally I use a HP tablet PC with a Maxon 1X card. I get the best of both worlds as I can watch the radars as well as my own Boltek lightning tracker from my own server.

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#264889 - 18/07/2005 23:18 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Chaser80 Offline
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But Andy, from what I can see on the Boltek site, the storm tracker and the LD-250 are identical. just that the LD-250 is portable.

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#264890 - 19/07/2005 08:16 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Jello Offline
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Registered: 15/03/2003
Posts: 33
Loc: Wollongong
Apparently accuracy is the difference. The Yahoo news group on Boltek is a good source of info which someone will explain the difference but you have sign up.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lightning-detectors/

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#264891 - 19/07/2005 10:02 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Andy Offline
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Basically, the StormTracker PCI provides data in a very raw format which is then be processed by the software in the PC. This permits adjustment of all sorts of things ... the intelligence of the system is in the software and is readily accessible and changeable.

The LD-250 provides data via a serial port. This data is not the raw data ... it has already been interpreted by the firmware in the unit. Because the intelligence is in firmware it is not readily accessible and it is therefore not possible to adjust things or to "tweak" the accuracy.

Essentially the LD-250 performs its own internal fixed analysis on the raw lightning data whereas the StormTracker PCI uses external software to perform the analysis ... and the most popular external programs do a vastly better job than the internal analysis of the LD-250..

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#264892 - 19/07/2005 13:43 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Chaser80 Offline
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Registered: 16/07/2005
Posts: 164
Loc: Floreat, Perth, W.A.
Cool thanx very much Andy! smile

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#264893 - 15/10/2005 18:28 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Julian Offline
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Registered: 28/09/2005
Posts: 367
Loc: Brisbane
I recently purchased bigpond evdo/cdma wireless modem, and I have tested connectivity on the move, and out in fringe reception areas from brisbane to stanthorpe. I have to say I was a bit dissapointed at the lack of cdma reception I got. But since installing new software upgrade for the modem & purchasing a new 5db magnetic mount antenna, in fringe areas around where I live Ive had drastic improvements in reception, and ultimately connect speeds.

If anybody is interested in purchasing an antenna for cdma wireless cards, id highly recommend going to this site .. reasonably priced and they ship in 24hours.

Maxon Technology

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#264894 - 16/10/2005 09:17 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Scud Offline
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Registered: 27/08/2001
Posts: 1207
Loc: Mcleans Ridges
What brand and where did you get your mobile antenna from? I looked on that website however couldnt find any antenna's only wireless cards etc.

Im looking at going on to evdo in the future as have been using cdma 1x for the last 3 years and wouldnt mind something even faster. I have a current set up of cdma 1x mobile phone plugged into a 5db Mobileone external antenna with the phone connected to my laptop. 1x coverage has been brilliant so far in both Southern QLD and throughout NSW whilst on the move.

Recently I managed to bend my antenna so I am starting to look around for a new one. My previous one was connected to a Z bracket on the bonnet of the car. Zeus, have you found any problems with your antenna being magnet mounted ? Does it fall off at high speeds ?

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#264895 - 16/10/2005 09:42 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing
Julian Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 28/09/2005
Posts: 367
Loc: Brisbane
James H: You have to do a product search on that site for CDMA antennas, and it will lead you to a .pdf file "antennas" .. If you cant find it still pm me and i'll email you the antenna catalogue.

The brand of antenna is a COMTELCO (US).

I have driven up @ down the gateway arterial with the antenna mounted on the roof @ 100km/hr, and it doesnt budge.

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#1403535 - 21/01/2017 17:39 Re: Downloading weather radar while chasing [Re: David Smith]
StormCapture Offline
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Registered: 19/12/2013
Posts: 1644
Loc: Uleybury
Gee how much technology has changed in 12 years, nowadays you can get pocket wifi's with good data use and connect that to your laptop which is what I do, as well as be investing in a power inverter or a battery powered generator for my laptop and other devices as you never know when you might go into town without power and can help out especially if peoples phones are flat and need to contact loved ones and all of that,

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