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Discussion in 'Daily & Chat' started by Donza, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Donza

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    Any suggestions ?

    Want one for down the van in jindy. Mains and AC powered. Not too crazy expensive.
    Anemometer would be a cool luxury.
    want good wifi remote sensors.
     
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    Claude Cat On my bike Moderator Ski Pass: Platinum

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    I have a La Crosse Weather Station, but it is battery powered.
    AC powered seems overkill for a van?
     
  3. Claude Cat

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    Davis is good.
     
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  6. Donza

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    But $$$$
     
  7. Claude Cat

    Claude Cat On my bike Moderator Ski Pass: Platinum

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    La Crosse is somewhere in-between.
     
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    I bought a La Crosse weather station for christmas and the sensor blew itself up. Thinking it was just that product, i took it back and got another and the exact thing happened again.
     
  9. Claude Cat

    Claude Cat On my bike Moderator Ski Pass: Platinum

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    Strange. Ours has been fine for 3 years.
    Sometimes syncing the base with the sensor after a battery change can be fiddly
     
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    trappers Safety not guaranteed Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Balsta One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I got given this one for Christmas http://m.jaycar.com.au/m_productView.asp?ID=XC0348

    Had it up for about 6 weeks now, seems to work fine. Has solar charger with rechargeable batteries which is good.

    One small issue\annoyance I have with it, is that the LCD panel doesn't display history, I.e. you only get to see rain fall for the last hour not for entire day, for that you need to have it connected to your computer.
     
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    Same one I've got. Temp sensor stopped working after 2 years, rain gauge after 18 months. Bought a new temp sensor which has been going strong for 3 years until November last year when I moved to an apartment and have no space for it :(
     
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    Hi, digging up a bit of an old post, but I hadn’t seen any more recently. We have just moved out to our rural property and are looking to set up a weather station. It gets VERY windy here, so being very sturdy and durable is important, plus I’m keen to see how windy it really gets. Looking to be of sufficient standard to upload to Wundergound potentially. So, what are people using these days?
     
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    Davis are still the most common of the top level non-professional stations. They are expensive though and internet connectivity is not as simple as it probably should be.

    https://www.ryda.com.au/davis-weather.html

    I’ve got a basic Oregon one which I will upgrade in the next few years
     
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    My parents have a Davis one. My family work in the area of IT so navigating any connectivity issues isn’t a problem for them. I like simple.
     
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    No doubt you'll easily sort it out, it's just that rather than just being wifi enabled or similar, I think you need to buy a separate data logger and possibly a module with a SIM card. It's all a bit weird (and expensive) for 2019... I was sort of hoping they'd join the 21st century before I bought one
     
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    I have a Netatmo system at home - indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity sensors, plus I bought their add-on rain gauge a couple of years ago then their anemometer about 6 months ago. The rain gauge is the normal tipping-cup sort (which seems to get issues with spider webs and dust/crap in the air when it hasn’t rained much - like at present, no other problems at all with it though) and the anemometer is some ultrasonic sort of one with no moving parts, rather than the normal spinning cups and directional vane).

    The main unit - which does the indoor temperature and humidity- connects to WiFi and needs power (micro USB - come with a plug pack and cable) and the other units are all AA or AAA batteries, connect via some private 2.4GHz protocol to the main unit, and seem to have at least 30m range through just about any sort of walls or other barriers. The batteries last for ages (9 months to almost 2 years!). I don’t think it works with Wunderground, but it is a good system.

    I used to have a Davis system and it was very well made, but the computer interface was a bit clunky (100% reliable but clunky). I would assume in the decade or so since I bought it they would have advanced a fair way on that front, so I could only agree with the recommendations above that Davis would be a good choice.
     
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    Xwing One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I can see my weather station from my bedroom window....it is a BOM AWS and is located about 150m away in a straight line. Pity it is only at 7m above sea level.
     
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    Re-visiting this thread.
    Recommendations for home weather station with accurate auto rain gauge. Pros and Cons of different kinds, AC vs Battery etc.
    Want it to upload data to cloud for historical tracking.
    Want it to have a digital read out on display inside
    Want it to have an online display I can check from anywhere.
    Looking at max price of $500

    Something like this?
    https://www.instrumentchoice.com.au...MIsIrF9baR6QIVzH4rCh2ojgnzEAkYASABEgIj__D_BwE
     
  20. POW_hungry

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    I don’t think you’ll find better value for under $500 on that instrument.
    Should do the job.
    Have no experience with La Crosse though, sorry, but see if @Claude Cat still has his La Crosse to comment on.
     
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    Yeh, I have the old La Crosse, still works fine.
    Measurment of rainfall can be iffy, but that's probably more an artifact of our location (we have lots of large trees around us and depending upon where the weather comes from it can affect what it catches.
     
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    I want to put something on the balcony at Buller. Not sure but maybe we might be able to link data to the cam as well possibly. Happy to spend up to $500 on something that can handle the harsh environment up here. Suggestions?
     
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    Crowd fund it here and get a top of wazza Davis.
    I reckon you’ll get contributions to not only pay for the unit but also the install and your time...
     
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    CoastalStorm35 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Gold

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    I had a max of 25.2c on my Davis for Lane Cove yesterday, so almost the same as you Jimi, my stations sits at bang on 100m on the roof of our 8 story building and is very exposed in all directions.

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    Are you uploading your data to the web?
     
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    The Oregon station I have can't do that so no, though the plan is to get a better Davis one like yours once I have done with moving (hopefully soon if we find somewhere).
     
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    Yes, bought mine when we moved here in April 2017, just as well as the wind blows almost constantly up there. If you were to by a VP2 now they've ditched the tipping buckets altogether and have replaced them with a tipping spoon assembly, similar to the Vue's but better one would hope.
     
  29. Trail Blazer

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    While we're sitting around waiting for this heat...

    Do you need to buy a separate module to get the data online? I could never quite figure that out with the Davis stations.
     
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    Davis used to have software called Weatherlink that you installed on your computer and could upload to Weather Underground.
    It was Windows only as far as I could tell.
    They have since replaced that with some online version but I have never looked into it.

    I connect my console to an Ubuntu operated computer and looked for alternatives. There are a few out there and the one I settled with was weewx which is Ubuntu only as far as I can tell. weewx is free and has a strong community of contributors. It is written in Python and highly customisable if that's your thing.
    Also it can upload to most of the online weather sites. I use weewx to contribute to Wunderground, AWEKAS, PWS and WOW.

    If you're a Windows or Mac user I'm not sure if weewx is an option.
     
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    Sadly yes, to get your data online these days you'd need to purchase a "Weatherlink Live" module which you can use with or without a console nowadays, however if you want access to your historical data to generate graphs/charts that's another $70 p/a subscription fee you need to pay Davis, big rip off if you ask me. I'm sure there are other ways you can get your data online that I'm not aware of as well.
     
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    So you have to pay them to contribute your own data from equipment you bought from them?o_O

    There's a cost for Davis to host all that data on AWS or Azure and to have a team of techies to maintain their offering. However I'm not sure $70 per contributor is close to the pro rata figure.
     
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    That's my understanding, yes. Sorry my mistake, the cost for the PRO membership is $58AU on current exchange rates not the previously quoted $70, although their PRO+ is $80AU p/a.
     
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    I thought I'd resurrect this after we strayed off topic in the heatwave thread.

    I eventually want to get a 'good' station. Something like a Davis. But the online connectivity being so clunky - requiring extra modules and subscriptions - is a turn off. Especially when some of the more simple ones like Netatmo have all the wifi connectivity seamless.

    - Has anyone other than connells got a Davis station uploading data online 24/7? If so, how did you do it and how much did it cost over and above the station itself?
    - Are there other alternatives of a similar quality and price point (or cheaper)?

    I am only really interested in temp, rain and wind. I have a serviceable Oregon Scientific one now but it lacks connectivity and it probably isn't as accurate - even though I have mounted everything in good areas - as better equipment.
     
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    Made by Huawei?
     
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    I've got a Davis VP2 that uploads here: http://www.bellingenweather.org/

    I paid for the station and the weatherlink add-on that gives me a usb out from the station...no ongoing costs for the station. I use Cumulus weather software that is still actively developed and is donation / free. I've also just added a Davis air monitor and Cumulus have already got the tags for it - you can see the data on the front page and in the trends graphs.
    Data is uploaded every 15 seconds for the guages and every couple of minutes for other pages. It also uploads to a few other sites - Windy, BoM, UK Met, Wunderground etc.
     
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