Category: IoT Kits

Zambretti Forecaster

The Zambretti Forecaster is a weather forecasting tool in the form of a circular slide rule introduced in 1920.  It claims to accurately predict near-term weather based on barometric pressure, the trend in the pressure (rising, steady, or falling), and wind direction. It relies on the fundamental meteorology of pressure fronts. Watch any TV weather forecast and …

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Sending APRS Analog Telemetry – The basics

The amateur radio Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is typically used for position and weather reporting. It can also handle eight digital and five analog telemetry channels. The IoT Kits© solar-powered weather stations have four APRS analog telemetry channels for LiPo cell voltage, time awake, WiFi signal strength, and light intensity. Four digital channels are used …

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Temporary Station using DIY Solar Shield

It has rained since we arrived at Bethany Beach, Delaware for vacation so it has not been able to test how well the DIY solar radiation shield performs in sunlight. It is hung on a small twig of a tree in the backyard. ThingSpeak feed: https://thingspeak.com/channels/430753 APRS Feed: https://aprs-fi/W4KRL-13

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DIY Instrument Shield

An instrument shelter provides a flow of air around weather sensors while protecting them from direct sunlight and rain. Without a shield, the sun can heat the temperature sensor giving a false high-temperature reading. Professional weather stations use a large louvered box called a Stevenson Screen that is built to specific dimensions for standardized weather …

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Solar Radiation Shield under test

The D1M-WX1 and D1S-WX1 solar-powered weather stations heat up in direct sunlight giving an incorrectly high-temperature reading. Early results from testing an Acurite solar radiation shield are very good. The shield is available from several online vendors. Check around for a good price as the same item sells for $10 to $60 from different vendors. …

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Important Weather Kit Update 16 June 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WEATHER STATION BUILDERS Applies only to kits purchased before May 2018 Some builders have noted that the markings on the XH 2-pin connector leads do not conform to the instructions.  It appears that every pair has a different set of markings. Getting the polarity of the connectors wrong, particularly for the LiPo cell …

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ThingSpeak Addins

Here is a selection of MATLAB Visualizations tailored to the IoT Kits Weather Stations: ThingSpeak Addins

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HacDC/W3HAC Meeting Presentation Announcement – April 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Some of our members recently purchased a solar powered, Arduino programmable, weather station kit from Karl, W4KRL at the Winterfest in Annandale, VA. Due to the popularity of this kit, I invited Karl to come to our next club meeting to give a presentation all about its development, how the station works, etc. Karl has graciously …

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Di Mini (ESP8266) Wi-Fi Status Codes

The ESP8266 using the Arduino Core reports Wi-Fi status with the WiFi.status() function. The D1M-WX1 Weather Station attempts to connect to Wi-Fi every 250 milliseconds until the “Connect” status is found. If this does not happen after 15 attempts, it prints the status to the Serial Monitor. Normally, the LED on the ESP8266 flashes five or six …

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Use 2.4GHz Wi-Fi for weather station

The weather station kit and other Wi-Fi-based projects use the ESP8266 system on a chip. This chip supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi but not 5GHz. If your Wi-Fi works on both bands you probably have two SSIDs. The 5GHz band SSID often ends in 5G like this – “BlackCat-5G”. When you set up the config.h file for …

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