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    daedalusminos
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    Joined: Sun 23 Jan 2011 10:24 pm
    Weather Station: TBD
    Operating System: Windows XP SP2
    Location: Oby, Norfolk

    Future Modding Plans

    Post by daedalusminos » Sun 23 Jan 2011 11:11 pm

    I'm a newbie to the forums and this site but not to weather stations. I was drawn by the Cumulus software and the excellent comments I had heard about it from other sites.

    I built my first weather station back in the mid '80s as an 'O' level CDT project it was ambitious as it was made from scratch from the sensors right upto the main control box. It never got totally finished though was fully functional, if I ever dig it out from the loft, I'll take some pics to post. It was equipped with the following:

    Anenometer - IR TxRx with chopper disc
    Wind Vane - 8 x reed switch (with 16 sensed positions - per FO etc)
    External Temperature - Semiconductor: LM35Z
    Internal Temperature - Semiconductor: LM35Z
    Barometer - Variable inductance by bellows (bellows salvaged from old weather balloon radiosonde)

    The control box housed the barometer and interface electronics and was wired directly to the instruments.

    Since then things have moved on, but the weather station bug has bitten again. I'm considering getting a WATSON W-8681 (about £78 from CPC) as a modding platform. I'm an electronic design engineer but will be utilising 'off-the-shelf' components/module to enhance the weather station....slowly. Here's what I'm considering:

    ZigBee style (2.4GHz) wireless link
    Anenometer - no plans
    Wind vane - 360degree hall effect sensor
    Temperature - no immediate plans
    Humidity - no immediate plans
    Rain guage - electronic scale
    Barometer - no immediate plans (though I d have an incredibly accurate altimeter sensor)

    I don't have much spare time so progress will be very slow!

    Jonathan

    Gina
    Posts: 1885
    Joined: Sat 21 Feb 2009 12:41 pm
    Weather Station: Nothing working ATM - making one
    Operating System: OS X, Linux Mint, Win7 & XP
    Location: Devon UK

    Re: Future Modding Plans

    Post by Gina » Mon 24 Jan 2011 9:19 am

    Hello and welcome :) You'll find masses of information on here, particularly on the Fine Offset stations (rebadged Watson etc.). I'm using these and also building my own.
    Gina

    Sorry, no banner - weather station out of action. Hoping to be up and running with a new home-made one soon.

    werribee_au
    Posts: 336
    Joined: Mon 08 Jun 2009 6:25 am
    Weather Station: WH-1081 (Jaycar Digitech XC0348)
    Operating System: XP SP3
    Location: Wyndham Vale, Vic, Australia.
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    Re: Future Modding Plans

    Post by werribee_au » Tue 25 Jan 2011 7:14 am

    Welcome Jonathan :D

    I reckon that Gina and Jonathan will get on very well :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Be prepared for a lot of "tech Talk" of which I will be very interested in reading :clap:

    daedalusminos
    Posts: 15
    Joined: Sun 23 Jan 2011 10:24 pm
    Weather Station: TBD
    Operating System: Windows XP SP2
    Location: Oby, Norfolk

    Re: Future Modding Plans

    Post by daedalusminos » Wed 26 Jan 2011 7:31 am

    Thanks for the welcomes!

    First tech question...

    Does anyone know what the typical sampling rate of the windvane is/should be?

    Cheers,

    Jonathan

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