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DOLRAM Station Update

In the previous post, I described the build and initial setup of the DOLRAM [dirt cheap, off-grid, low maint, realtime, atmospheric, monitoring) station continues to perform well. Just after sunrise the battery voltage is reading about 12.6V. With the current cloudy weather in Portland, the battery is reaching full float charge level of 13.7V by about …

The WX Station is Alive!

I got all my pieces and parts, pretty much as described in the earlier post. In the last post, I detailed the wiring configuration that I intended to follow. With only a few exceptions, things worked really well. Here are some photos… The enclosure from Allied Enclosure (part # AMU1084L) is really nice. It is completely …

Wiring up the weather station…

In the last post, I went through all of the major components that make up my WX station design. I”ve gone forward with my design, having acquired all of the components. I’m now starting on the “fun phase” of construction. I was pleased to find most of the gear available on Amazon. Amazon is handy …

Initial Weather Station Design

Having done a bit of research, I came up with the following rough design and list of equipment. This build involves use of the MeteoBridge opensource project and off the shelf hardware from TP-Link and AcuRite.  AcuRite Pro 5-in-1 Weather Station (model 1035P) Description: This is the weather sensor pod and the monitoring downlink station …

Researching Weather Stations – a sea of options..

I’ve got design criteria for this project. Now it’s time to see what options are out there. Wow! After many evenings spent google searching weather station designs, I’ve learned some things: There are lots of open-source arduino and raspberrypi projects There are some cool edu focused projects  Not many people want to go completely off …

Weather Station Design Criteria

  In my first post in this series, I talked about the birth of this project (why the heck I’m doing it) and in this post I’m going to talk about the design criteria that I’m using as a basis for this project. Every good project needs some good criteria to set the who/what/when/how. It’s …

I build my first weather station!

My RC flying club is located in beautiful North Plains, OR. It is a lovely field, set amongst cornfields on a beautiful farm. It really is a lovely place to fly. There are a couple of problems with our field. One is that it is subject to some unusual weather patterns, particularly wind, that are …

Building our first racing quad

New winter project! This is our first FPV quad build. My son and I fly trad R/C helis and planes and are just starting out with FPV quads. We’ve previously built a LOS-only flamewheel 450 that flew with APM. Fun – but we want to get a taste of the mini FPV scene. This will …

Damn you Hudson!

I used to have this amazing dog named Wookie. Not sure what kind of dog he was – some kind of shephard, border collie, greyhound mix. He was an amazing companion and friend. Slept about 20 hours a day, was always up for a run, loved frisbees and tennis balls, protected my family, great in …