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Offline Kevin_RSD

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Build a lightning detector
« on: February 12, 2005, 05:25:33 PM »
Hello,

I'am from Holland in europe and i want to build a simple lightning detector.

But i have no idea what good is and what components,
Do u have any idea to build a easy lightning detector?

greetz from the netherlands

Kevin

Offline NorCal Dan

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2005, 07:05:14 PM »
Here's something I found on the internet that might help.

http://www.stormwise.com/vlf1574easyld.htm

Offline Weather Display

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2005, 07:07:55 PM »
you could get a 1 wire lightning counter, and use that with weather display....from www.hobbyboards.com
and interface to the pc either with a 1 wire adpator or a labjack.com device (USB)  (I have this setup myself)

Offline Kevin_RSD

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2005, 07:09:56 PM »
Hello,

mayby i can add you at my msn if you want to help me building it... that counter sounds great!

kevin

Offline Kevin_RSD

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2005, 07:14:50 PM »
sorry but that last link from hobby boards doesnt work  :(

Offline carterlake

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2005, 07:25:19 PM »
sorry but that last link from hobby boards doesnt work  :(

http://www.hobby-boards.com

I would suggest assembled unless you like soldering.

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Offline Kevin_RSD

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2005, 07:28:59 PM »
Soldering is no problem, but where what is the total price for the components ?
And somebody told my that a ant on the roof catch the strike and destruct my house? or is that not possible?

Kevin

Offline carterlake

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2005, 07:30:36 PM »
Soldering is no problem, but where what is the total price for the components ?

"Kit" includes the board and components.

And somebody told my that a ant on the roof catch the strike and destruct my house? or is that not possible?

Uh... huh?

WD; Davis VP2 6153; Quickcam for Notebooks Pro; Boltek w/ Nexstorm; GRLevel3; Live NOAA radio

Offline Kevin_RSD

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2005, 07:33:10 PM »
i mean the lightning strike gets into the antenne on the roof?

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2005, 07:46:41 PM »
You don't need to put a lightning detector antenna on the roof. If you have a non-metallic roof you could mount it in the loft space and it would work just as well. Even if you did mount it on the roof it's no more dangerous than having a TV/radio antenna or satellite dish on the roof. Whilst it's possible to get a lightning strike direct onto an antenna it's quite rare for this to happen. Most of the houses in my town (40-50000 houses) have at least a TV antenna, but I've only ever heard of one fire caused by a lightning strike (which blew the TV up). I once had some computer components destroyed by a nearby lightning strike, but in that case the surge came down the (overhead) phone line.
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Offline Kevin_RSD

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2005, 07:54:43 PM »
Oke thats cool,

this is what i need:

3pin screw term block 5mm or 3,5mm
DS2423
4N37opto isolator
2N3904 NPN transistor
NE-2 neon bulb
Ferrite bead
1N5817
0,01 MFD ceramic
15K 1/4 W
100K 1/4 W
1MEG 1/4 W
430 1/4 W
9v Battery Strap

im gonne take a look if they sell these components at www.conrad.com

And the antenne puts in the 3pins connector?
And what kind of material can i make the antenne?

Kevin

Offline Ed1

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2005, 09:27:35 AM »
I found a Lightning Detector  do-it-yourself Website ...don't know if it's in direct correlation
to the kit you're interested in... But it seems simple enough to make.
Might even make a go at it myself.  Website has excellent pics & diagrams.
Probably give you and others ideas in making one.

Link Below: Basic Stamp Lightning Activity Monitor
http://homepage.mac.com/tbitson/weather/bslam/index.html

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2005, 09:46:57 AM »
yes, that one is the design you can get from www.hobbyboards.com
and it works with WD as a lightning counter, interface to WD with either a 1 wire comport adaptor of even via a www.labjack.com

Offline 41South

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2005, 07:05:22 PM »
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www.hobbyboards.com

This url should be www.hobby-boards.com

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And the antenne puts in the 3pins connector?

No those are for the 1-wire (data and data ground) and earth wire. You must have a good connection to an earthing ground stake.

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And what kind of material can i make the antenne?

I used about 6 or 8 copper wire strands about 40 cm long in my design, but a single wire should work just as well. It solders to a point at the top of the PCB. Others have a used a radio telephone type antenna with good results.
Cheers, Colin.
Dallas 1-wire v3.0, Lightning, Humidity, Rain, Solar, Pressure, Temp sensors. Member of the Lightning Radar project.

Offline Ed1

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Re: Build a lightning detector
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2005, 08:39:31 PM »
How do these Boards interface with the PC ?  With a Serial cable?
What does WD display once data is coming in from the lightning detector?