[aprssig] Clarification of APRS weather station data flow.

Eric Hansen skyssx at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 18:22:28 EDT 2011

NWS Cleveland. My callsign is KC8IUR.

The weather station I will be using is the Argent Data. I chose it due to
low price to features included. To get barometric pressure
or humidity values from other companies, you've got to spend a LOT more.
Right now, i'm planning on transmitting RF through a HTX-202 into an Arrow
Antennas GP 146 1/4 wave ground plane mounted inside an attic. The weather
box will need to be mounted under the eaves and the wind/rain assembly is
going to take the place of, and take over the mast of, an old SD DTV dish on
the ridge line. I will run the AD weather station and HTX-202 off a gel-cell
power source, 13.8v nominal. Charging will either be accomplished by solar
power at a later date, or a simple power supply connected in series for the
time being. I will run a data cable from the AD weather station to a mac
mini. I will be able to configure the device and get weather telemetry back
through the same cable. The mac is connected via copper gig ethernet to the
network equipment downstairs. The internet connection is ADSL and everything
in the closet runs off a UPS. Other than the mac itself, everything has
battery power.

On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 4:30 PM, <djhuff at rockwellcollins.com> wrote:

> Eric,
> Where are you, and which NWS are you served by?  Not all NWS stations are
> setup the same way. Some are IS only, some use RF only, and some have no
> APRS at all.
> Some NWS offices only use Citizen Weather Observer Program,
> <http://www.wxqa.com/>
> and others use weather from independent sources.
> I have also been to NWS offices that ONLY had APRS weather via RF, they
> explained it was problem of getting non-government approved apps thru the
> firewall.
> More detail or a callsign would be good.
> Dave
> From:        Eric Hansen <skyssx at gmail.com>
> To:        aprssig at tapr.org
> Date:        03/15/2011 04:56 PM
> Subject:        [aprssig] Clarification of APRS weather station data flow.
> Sent by:        aprssig-bounces at tapr.org
> ------------------------------
> I am setting up a weather station sometime this spring, and i'd like a
> little clarification on how the data from APRS weather stations gets to the
> NWS. In a home based situation, wouldn't it be more efficient to have the
> weather station upload data directly to the server the NWS is pulling
> from? Does the NWS have an APRS receiver program in any cities? Otherwise,
> it seems like you could keep reliability high by putting all your networking
> equipment on a UPS and submitting your data over the internet.
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