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“Alexa – can I go flying today?”

It’s not exactly as cool as the title, but I there is a basic way to integrate Alexa with the new Fly-a-Ways weather station (link at bottom right) that I’ve helped build. STEP ONE: Add a new skill to Alexa Go to this skill – https://www.amazon.com/Personal-Weather-Underground-PWS/dp/B07234WJ9B/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-skills&ie=UTF8&qid=1497190659&sr=1-1&keywords=personal+weather Make sure you are logged on with your Amazon …

It’s home!

My buddies Bob and Dave built a fantastic mast and panel frame over the last two weekends. This weekend we got the station permanently installed out at our club field. There is a link to the station weather and camera feed on the right side of this page. Some factoids on the mast and frame: constructed …

Weather Station Update

The weather station is being deployed this weekend. This weekend, a few mates and I are fabricating a steel frame and equipment mast for the camera and the weather sensors. Then we’ll spawn a new Wunderground PWS and we’ll be LIVE! So a few issues popped up recently: The amount of data consumed via cellular …

Power Calculations

I’m doing the final tweaks and tests with the weather station. Weather in Oregon has been really crappy and I have the solar panel in a mostly shaded location (worst case scenario). To date, the system has been pretty reliable. I’ve been doing some power calculations and I think we are going to be OK …

Progress on the Wx Station

Well, lots of continued progress with testing the weather station. I’ve added a weather camera (FOSCAM FI9900P) that will upload a high-res photo every 3 minutes to the Wunderground personal weather station (PWS) site. You can see the weather feed at either of the following two sites: PWS – https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KORPORTL784#history Wx Cam – https://www.wunderground.com/webcams/WU_8709552/1/show.html I’ve made a …

Weather Station – a day in a life

Yesterday (4/12/17) was mostly a pretty typical Spring Oregon day. Some broken clouds in the morning and then some nasty little rain squalls in the afternoon. We got about a half an inch of rain in the afternoon and the skies were pretty dark from about 11am to sunset. I metered the battery status of …

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 …