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#609446 - 06/12/2001 12:35 Recording Equipment
inclement Offline
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Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 238
Loc: Mildura Vic
I'm all read out looking for any previous discussion, so please, no teeth-grinding.
Does anyone know of reasonably priced automatic weather recording equipment?
The locals here (Mildura) reckon the BOM only release "tourist weather info". laugh
National TV News gives the wrong info because of compilation time, particularly during DST - I've experienced 7 degree higher temp; OK I'm 10km from the official site, and my measurement is prob a bit out, but not that much.
Ideas gratefully accepted. :wave:

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#609447 - 06/12/2001 12:43 Re: Recording Equipment
Smitty Offline
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Registered: 23/05/2001
Posts: 2073
Loc: Melbourne City
I recently purchased the Kestral 4000.

Click the link, its all explained their Kestral 4000

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#609448 - 06/12/2001 15:29 Re: Recording Equipment
Smitty Offline
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Registered: 23/05/2001
Posts: 2073
Loc: Melbourne City
I forgot to mention that is fantastic, It does everything and is very high quality! The Perfect Chrissy gift for the weather buff wink

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#609449 - 06/12/2001 15:48 Re: Recording Equipment
inclement Offline
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Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 238
Loc: Mildura Vic
Thanks CC, amazing stuff. Will check it - maybe later compare notes with you - if I buy. Again, my thanks. :cheers:

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#609450 - 06/12/2001 16:18 Re: Recording Equipment
Michael Bath Offline
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Registered: 20/06/2001
Posts: 2447
Loc: McLeans Ridges, Northern River...
Dick Smith Electronics has a weather station on special for $298. Just do a search on weather from www.dse.com.au

It monitors the air temperature, relative humidity, dew point temperature (indoors and outdoors), as well as barometric pressure, wind speed/direction, wind chill and rainfall.

AND you can log it all into your PC !

Much cheaper than those Weathrer Wizards from the US and comes recommended by two people I know on the North Coast.

I have one on order.

MB

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#609451 - 06/12/2001 17:52 Re: Recording Equipment
crosswind Offline
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Registered: 22/06/2001
Posts: 869
I presume MB is referring to the item at
http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/DSE.storefront/2092439048/Product/View/D3960
which is normally $398 and is currently on special for $100 off at $298.
Technical support is available from DSE if needed, ie, they can be repaired if necessary, spare parts are available (or so I am told). DSE's tech support phone number is (02) 9642 9100 or email technicalsupport@dse.com.au

DSE New Zealand has a page up at http://www.dse.gen.nz/public/webdata/weather.htm
if you want a look at their software package, but there is a far better one is available from http://www.weather-display.com/

This unit is a licenced production of the WX200 / WM918 Weather Station for DSE. See http://www.qsl.net/zl1vfo/wx200/console.htm for details, including a guide to other software links and parts etc, if interested.

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#609452 - 06/12/2001 21:48 Re: Recording Equipment
inclement Offline
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Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 238
Loc: Mildura Vic
Thankyou One and All,
I hoped for one idea, but am most thankful for your efforts.
I've made enquiries about both equipment packages and have had a reply from the Kestrel people.
Thanks

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#609453 - 09/12/2001 19:29 Re: Recording Equipment
Andy Offline
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Registered: 29/06/2001
Posts: 1018
Loc: Mid-North Coast, NSW
If you (or anyone else for that matter) is looking for software for the Dick Smith unit (WM-918) I have written a freeware application which can be downloaded from http://home.iprimus.com.au/andykeir/freewx.html

[ 09-12-2001: Message edited by: Andy ]

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#609454 - 09/12/2001 19:36 Re: Recording Equipment
inclement Offline
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Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 238
Loc: Mildura Vic
Thankyou Andy, The software question is the hardest answer to get from the two orgs I've asked - they are working on it.
I will look at your offering.

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#609455 - 10/12/2001 07:43 Re: Recording Equipment
Anthony Cornelius Offline
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Registered: 22/05/2001
Posts: 5162
Loc: Brisbane
Chris - have you tested the Kestral 4000 out much? How have you found it accuracy wise?

AC
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#609456 - 10/12/2001 09:55 Re: Recording Equipment
Smitty Offline
Hydrologist

Registered: 23/05/2001
Posts: 2073
Loc: Melbourne City
AC,

I have only tested the humidity sensor and the temeprature sensor. To calibrate the temperature I used the SBE 39 which has a accuracy of 0.002C. Its an expensive piece of equipment that i used for my honours project (over $5000) but its very accurate and havs a high resolution (0.0001C) Click here for the SBE 39

Over an average of 5 minutes i found the highest drift was 0.7C but i blame a 40km/hr wind for that. Usually the kestral is within 0-0.3C.

As for the humidity sensor, it calibrates very well to instruments used at the Adealide Airport. I find the kestral very accurate.

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#609457 - 11/12/2001 23:06 Re: Recording Equipment
James Tilbrook Offline
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Registered: 02/12/2001
Posts: 18
Loc: Lobethal
I have a WM 918 and the advanced software. It is located approx 50 metres from my pc which continuously records the info. The software has several screens: graphs, "weathercentre", Data display, and raw data. You can set the recording interval. When it works it is great! However, usually during storms the software stops recording. I have emailed the authors with no luck (has anyone any ideas on how to fix it?)The stand alone unit works fine and I power it with a solar panel and battery (also avail at DSE). As a result of my frustrations I am looking at a Farmscan Meteos (about $4000) the other alternative is a u-beaut MEA/Sentek (about $10k) eek

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#609458 - 11/12/2001 23:22 Re: Recording Equipment
inclement Offline
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Registered: 15/11/2001
Posts: 238
Loc: Mildura Vic
I'm sure I'm about to shocked myself, but did you notice the above post from Andy?

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#609459 - 12/12/2001 10:18 Re: Recording Equipment
Michael Bath Offline
Weatherzone Moderator

Registered: 20/06/2001
Posts: 2447
Loc: McLeans Ridges, Northern River...
Hi Andy,

I've only just noticed your post about the free software. I've just received the DSE weather station and will look to using your program and uploading data to my webcam page.

regards, Michael

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#609460 - 12/12/2001 19:19 Re: Recording Equipment
Andy Offline
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Registered: 29/06/2001
Posts: 1018
Loc: Mid-North Coast, NSW
No worries. If you experience any problem just give a yell .... I'm happy to support the software as my (rapidly diminishing) time allows. smile

My page is at http://203.28.64.14/webcam.html

and another at http://www.midcoastwater.com.au/mcwcam.htm

the second link uses the same WX data but has a somewhat more interesting webcam image smile

Andy.

[ 12-12-2001: Message edited by: Andy ]

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#609461 - 12/12/2001 19:26 Re: Recording Equipment
Andy Offline
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Registered: 29/06/2001
Posts: 1018
Loc: Mid-North Coast, NSW
To James Tilbrook :

James, Is the console unit 50 meters from the PC? If so, that is probably a bit far for the serial data. If you give me some details of your setup I can probably suggest a few things to try. Feel free to email me direct at any time.

Andy.

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#609462 - 12/12/2001 21:49 Re: Recording Equipment
Daryl Offline
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Registered: 29/03/2001
Posts: 3553
Loc: Mt Nelson , Hobart, Tasmania
I've had the WM-918 since it was last on special, at the beginning of this year. I have found it very good and have tried just about every piece of software out there and find "Virtual Weather Station" is the best for me because of the flexibility of it's screen graphics.
Different pieces of software have their different strengths.

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#609463 - 12/12/2001 21:56 Re: Recording Equipment
Stale fish Offline
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Registered: 23/06/2001
Posts: 2184
Loc: Leslie vale 310m asl
Hi everyone, just been reading through all your posts in which I have found it intresting to learn that there are numerous weather stations on the market. I will be looking in the future to purchase a station, in which I thought I would get a Davis weather station but now I am not sure whether they are the best with all the other stations that you guys have writen about.
Also I am a bit worried about the station malfunctioning, or losing weather information, or becoming inaccurate dew to bird droppings and debris. Also what is better a Dick Smith Station of $298 or a $2000 weather station like the wireless wizard 2 from Davis, or any of the other stations?
Thanks heaps, Stale fish.

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#609464 - 14/12/2001 09:57 Re: Recording Equipment
Andy Offline
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Registered: 29/06/2001
Posts: 1018
Loc: Mid-North Coast, NSW
Hi StaleFish,

I guess it would be unfair to compare a $300 unit with a $2000 one. The DSE unit (WM-918) could best be described as a "consumer" level device. While is appears to have quite reasonable accuracy it does not have the resolution of more expensive stations. I suppose it comes down to what your requirements are. If you want the accuracy and resolution of "scientific eqipment" then be prepared to pay for it. Do you want to be a scientist or a hobbyist ..... I guess the answer to that dictates what you need and what you pay.

Andy.

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#609465 - 14/12/2001 21:25 Re: Recording Equipment
TrenthamStormchasers Offline
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Registered: 15/04/2001
Posts: 6258
Loc: Trentham 705m
The Davis Weather Wizard III (cabled version) is $495 (incl GST) atm as far as I am aware. Includes in/out temps, windspeed & direction, windchill. You can add the tipping bucket and get the complete station for $649 (incl GST).
http://www.davisnet.com/weather/help_choosing.asp

[ 14-12-2001: Message edited by: Jane ONeill ]

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