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Which weather station to buy??

Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:33 pm
by WetCoast
Hi All,
I'll looking for recommendations as to which weather station to purchase. I currently have an "Ambient Weather" (fine offset) that has stopped reporting the wind speed. I tried repairing it but couldn't see anything obviously wrong. Now I'm thinking of replacing it, so... which one should I buy?

Thanks in advance,
Gord

Re: Which weather station to buy??

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:12 am
by RayProudfoot
Gord,

You don't mention a budget so recommendations are difficult. You could just buy another Fine Offset equivalent but the chances are it would only last up to 5 years and then another replacement would be required.

Or you could spend more in the probability the station could last up to 10 years and maybe more. Have a look at Davis VP2 or Vue stations. I don't know where in the world you live so the price will vary quite a lot depending on that.

Re: Which weather station to buy??

Posted: Sat May 28, 2016 5:49 am
by WetCoast
Thanks Ray. Sorry I didn't reply before this but for some strange reason I was not 'subscribed' to this thread and only saw your reply today. Anyway...
I managed to fix my Fine Offset weather station, (pinched/broken wire between the anemometer and the other electronics) so I'm kind of happy for that, which means I can take a bit more time looking for a replacement (hopefully years??)

The station I have now is OK for a started station but next time I'd probably get one that was a bit more sophisticated. Not sure exactly. One of the things I dislike about this station is the fact that the console keeps losing contact with the weather unit outside. It's not that far away, certainly withing the 'claimed' distance. Strange thing is it seems to work best if I leave the console on the floor, not sure why that is...

BTW, I live in Canada near Vancouver. I purchased this unit from somewhere in the States, I believe Arizona.

Thanks again for the reply,
Gord

Re: Which weather station to buy??

Posted: Sat May 28, 2016 7:59 am
by RayProudfoot
Hi Gord,

I had a similar problem with the poor signal when I had an Oregon Scientific thermometer in the garden. Despite my console being only 50ft away it would lose the signal quite frequently. In comparison the Davis is rock-solid.

There's no need for an immediate decision as you have your station working again unless the loss of signal drives you mad.

Re: Which weather station to buy??

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:19 pm
by JoeBOB
Thanks Ray. Sorry I didn't reply before this but for some strange reason I was not 'subscribed' to this thread and only saw your reply today. Anyway...
I managed to fix my Fine Offset weather station, (pinched/broken wire between the anemometer and the other electronics) so I'm kind of happy for that, which means I can take a bit more time looking for a replacement (hopefully years??)

The station I have now is OK for a started station but next time I'd probably get one that was a bit more sophisticated. Not sure exactly. One of the things I dislike about this station is the fact that the console keeps losing contact with the weather unit outside. It's not that far away, certainly withing the 'claimed' distance. Strange thing is it seems to work best if I leave the console on the floor, not sure why that is...

BTW, I live in Canada near Vancouver. I purchased this unit from somewhere in the States, I believe Arizona.

Thanks again for the reply,
Gord


Gord,

Not sure how your existing station is running these days. I thought I'd share my experience. I like the Davis Pro2, but of course, it's a relatively expensive unit by the time you purchase all "goodies" that you might want with it. :lol:

It looks like wxobservation likes the Davis Vantage Vue. Does anyone else here have experience with it? It's less expensive, but still has the same accuracy as the Pro2.

Good luck with your search!
JoeBOB

Re: Which weather station to buy??

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:06 pm
by CBers
I was going to start a new "Which Weather Station to buy" thread, then I found this one :D

My 4-year-old Maplin N96FY has started freezing on the temperature and wind-speed, even though when you allow CUMULUS to do catch-up, you see all of the values loaded since the last load.

So, assuming I can't figure out what needs fixing, I'm going to buy another weather station.

So, given a budget of around £250, what is the best to work with CUMULUS please ??

I assume CUMULUS is still being developed, as I notice no release since January this year.

I don't run CUMULUS MX, but the original CUMULUS 1, v1.9.4 :)

Thanks in advance.