Station and PC Setup
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Davis Vantage Pro2 (VP2) Model 6152 Wireless Weather Station:
- Console with AC-power adapter and battery backup. Firmware
version 1.82, released December 2008.
- Integrated sensor suite with rain collector, temperature and
humidity sensors, and anemometer.
- 40-ft (12 m) anemometer cable.
To mount the ISS and Anemometer, I used the following
material and hardware:
- Fence post (10ft) and concrete mix for anchoring, for the ISS.
- 10 ft, 2.5" Stainless Steel Piping for Anemometer mounting on
side of balcony.
- 2 electrical conduits of various length to help securely connect
cabling from Anemometer to ISS (definitely a unique setup).
- Mounting hardware (came with the original station equipment).
For more information on the Vantage Pro2, click this
- 2 x Dell Optiplex GX260 PCs, one to run the weather station
software and the other as a webcam server.
- Both PCs have combined 1 GB RAM and 100 GB HD space and are
running Windows XP SP3.
- ATI TV Wonder
200 PCI TV Tuner/Capture Card and A/V Input extension cable.
- Network and USB drives are being used for backup/archiving
- APC UPS for battery back up (on weather station PC only).
- Console is
hooked up to weather station PC via the Serial Datalogger.
- Q-See QOCDC36 (Wired) - currently offline until further notice.
- WeatherLink 5.8.3 by
(commercial) - this software comes together with the datalogger. It is used
current conditions and reports on this site.
- Cumulus 1.8.8 beta by
(freeware) - a fully featured weather program that, like Weatherlink, I use
to upload weather
information to this website. This is becoming the preferred source of much
of my online weather data.
- VirtualVP 188.8.131.52
SoftWx (registered shareware) - in conjunction with a 3rd party virtual
com port driver, N8VBvcom by
VirtualVP enables the VP2's data to be sent to up to 8 different weather
- VPLive 184.108.40.206 by
(freeware) - Displays live data from the VP2. Calculates station and MADIS
barometer readings (amongst
others). I am using it primarily for its CWOP/APRS upload feature.
- StartWatch 1.1.1 by
SoftWx (registered shareware) - a program that can start up and monitor
selected programs. I like the fact you
can start programs in a certain order. Its monitoring features can restart
crashed or hung programs. Thanks to this program, the PCs
have almost become "set and forget"!
- ImageSalsa 2.0.13
Beta by ImageSalsa.com
(registered copy) - customizes webcam images and uploads them to web.
Currently Being Tested:
- No software is currently being tested.
This Website: Uses a
combination of modified templates from Weatherlink and Cumulus and pages
with Microsoft FrontPage
2000 and as
of July 2007, its followup Microsoft Expression Web. This was updated to Version
4 in 2010. I also use ConTEXT from time to time to
edit PHP scripts. Numerous customizations were later
added from online and text resources.
Upload Intervals: Website - Every 10 minutes for Weather
Readings, 30 minutes for Reports. CWOP/APRS - Every 10 minutes.
Wunderground - Every 2.5 seconds (Rapid Fire). Cumulus pages - realtime gauges
every 5 seconds, other pages every 10 minutes.
The webcam's images are
uploaded every 30 seconds.
Hosted By: Mochahost (since Feb '06), and before that - my own ISP webspace (Nov
'05 - Feb '06).
The station and some of
the software were purchased online. All other equipment was obtained locally.
If you would like
to view my particular outdoor setup, please look at some photos
View the changelog for the station and the site
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