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Offline borode

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mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« on: November 17, 2007, 10:41:50 PM »
I have WD using data from a Davis VP2; I have just installed mcsSprinklers software to control my sprinkler system.  I would like to send data from WD to mcs so that my sprinklers only operate if evapotranspiration requires it.  mcs is looking for data in a csv format each day to determine this.

Does anyone have any familiarilty with mcs and what it needs from WD?

Thanks.
Bob Fischer

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Re: mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2007, 11:09:29 PM »
You need to check with mcs what they need in the CSV.

Then, you could make a custom template to simply output that data to a file you could feed to the mcs.

"%fieldneeded%","%nextfield%","%nextfield%"


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Re: mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2007, 05:00:23 PM »
I think I know what mcs needs.  How do I set up a custom template?  I tried to set up a custom tag file, but was unsuccessful.  It doesn't output and I can't seem to make a special file and control when and how often it outputs data.

Thanks.
Bob Fischer

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Re: mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007, 05:02:48 PM »
Hard to help because you don't say what you tried, what options, what the custom tag file looks like etc...

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Re: mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2007, 04:15:55 AM »
Here is what I put into customweatherreport.txt in the custom tag setup in control panel:

temp,humidity,et daily,average wind,rain for day,uv,solar,
%temp%,%hum%,%VPet%,%avgspd%,%dayrnusa%,%VPuv%,%VPsolar%,

It created the file, but I don't know how to get it to produce the data or set when or how often to create the data.

You mentioned setting up a template.  Is that a different function than custom tag files?

Your help is appreciated.
Bob Fischer

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Re: mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2007, 01:28:01 PM »
Bob,

Alter the customtext.txt file in the webfiles subdirectory or create customtext2.txt
You can use "Custom Tag Files" editor on the "Control Panel" or MS-notepad to enter
the tags   %temp%,%hum%,%VPet%,%avgspd%,%dayrnusa%,%VPuv%,%VPsolar%

THEN...
Under "Setup" on the main menu bar
Click on "Log Files"
tick "Produce a custom log file"
set the frequency
Make sure the Main Switch is "ON" then click on "OK" to exit

customtextout.txt should update in the webfiles subdirectory.

Hope this produces the file you need to control your sprinkler system.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2007, 01:31:03 PM by Gus »
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Re: mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2007, 03:33:06 PM »
Thanks.
Bob Fischer

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Re: mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2018, 11:21:55 AM »
FYI - I know this is an old thread but Gusís WD procedure still works perfectly for anyone running mcssprinklers for irrigation purposes. I had nothing but issues lately with weatherunderground and finally stopped using them to access my data with 3rd party software.  Not sure whatís going on with WU but there seems to no longer be a way to open a ticket and they do not respond to emails as they request when there is an issue.  My email actually bounced when sent as their server is not accepting them or some bs.

Iíve been running the mcssprinklers program for years to drive my lawn and flower irrigation system. I  literally cut my water bill in half using the WD data, internet forecast data along with mcssprinklers to determine when to water.  If itís going to rain tomorrow it wonít go on today, figures out evaporation rates using WD data etc. 

I highly recommend the setup. 

For what itís worth ........
« Last Edit: June 04, 2018, 12:25:48 PM by Bonz »

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Re: mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2018, 01:25:14 AM »
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Re: mcsSprinkler csv data from WD?
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2018, 02:34:32 AM »
I have OpenSprinkler* and they're screwed by the WU API situation because that was their only wx source.  They have quickly come up with a firmware update to use PWS Weather but based on forum comments it doesn't seem to be working well yet  :(

*I don't use the wx function.

 

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