[aprssig] Low-cost weather station

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Fri Mar 28 15:35:29 EDT 2008

They make a wireless touch-screen display that's pretty nice, and 
reasonably priced - but I'm not sure if that particular version is 
available in an FCC-approved version.  I'm avoiding that issue by only 
using the wired sensors.

Maybe eventually I'll import complete stations, but for now I think I 
can fill a niche with a low-cost, wired, display-less system.


Stephen - K1LNX wrote:
> Sounds good to me. I'll be moving soon and one of the things on my 
> shopping list for the new house is a decent weather station with APRS 
> support.
> I would say I'd like to have a display though, but that could be added 
> seperately I suppose.
> Sounds like a great idea and if the price was right I would definitely 
> be interested in it.
> 73
> Stephen
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 10:59 PM, Scott Miller <scott at opentrac.org 
> <mailto:scott at opentrac.org>> wrote:
>     It's bothered me for a while that the AAG TAI-8515 station is about the
>     only low-cost, low-power station out there for APRS use.  It also gets
>     kind of expensive when you start adding more sensors.
>     I've found a manufacturer in China that produces home weather stations
>     (they might make LaCrosse's stations, I'm not sure - the hardware is
>     very similar) and I've negotiated a price on just the mechanical parts.
>      That includes wind speed, wind direction, rain gauge, 2-piece metal
>     mast, mounting arms, cables, and assorted mounting hardware.
>     I can produce a small interface circuit that'll output serial data for
>     use with a PC weather program, or for direct connection to a TNC.  The
>     interface board itself will add at least temperature, and it could
>     conceivably have humidity and pressure sensors as well.
>     I think there's enough market for a display-less weather station that
>     doesn't rely on battery-powered wireless links to make it worth doing
>     (it'll mean buying a few hundred units), but I'd appreciate feedback.  I
>     think it might make a good companion to my integrated
>     tracker/transceiver unit, too.
>     Scott
>     N1VG
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