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Sunday 26th February 2017
The rain collector on my Davis Instruments Vantage Pro 2 has been broken for a couple of months and the temperature and humidity sensor died two weeks ago - it was time for some maintenance.
Tuesday 19th January 2016
After months and months of ongoing issues with my Davis Station Vantage Pro 2, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a new IIS motherboard from DavisNet. I tried new capacitors with the old board but still had problems - it wouldn't hold a charge overnight.
The board can be seen (and purchased) from DavisNet.
Tuesday 22nd January 2013
A few months ago I successfully achieved the goal of publishing my weather station data to my local MQTT server. Now I had to decide what I was going to do with it.
Friday 7th December 2012
Over the last couple of weeks I have been writing a MQTT to COSM bridge. Unfortunately (I think because of COSM) it has only been staying up and running for a few hours at a time.
My original code is here:
Thanks for Mosquitto... more
Tuesday 30th October 2012
I've just written a WeatherCat to MQTT bridge using the excellent WeatherCat Applescript interface.
MQTT allows lightweight publish and subscribe functionality and is used for process control, Arduino projects and lots of other fun things. The bridge I've written uses the open source MQTT tool Mosquitto... more
Monday 13th August 2012
Last Friday we set a Wind Record of 76 km/h at our weather station at Merewether. I estimate that about 20 minutes after this record wind the rain collector of the Vantage Vue blew away! (It's the big black bit on the attached photo).
It's pretty big, about the size of a 4 litre paint tin, and is held into place with 4 plastic lugs... more
Saturday 12th May 2012
Friday 20th April 2012
Another new battery goes in - the second of Sanya Advanced Lithium II CR123A. The 'dead' battery had about 1V left. Gee the Vantage View goes through them. I also applied di-electric grease on the programming contacts as per the suggestions here: www.wxforum.net/index.php
Tuesday 14th February 2012
Thursday 1st December 2011
I've just come across this great, updated, article Sarah Wilson on tinned tuna http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2010/04/which-tinned-tuna-should-i-buy/ . Interesting reading!
Also if you have any interest in sustainable seafood then you... more