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Weather Station Equipment / Re: Davis Vantage Pro 2 longevity?
« Last post by Martyn on Today at 10:45:19 AM »
Mine will be 11 years old in 6 weeks from now.
Temp/hum and UV sensors were replaced under warranty early on.
Have bought and replaced temp/hum sensor twice since then.
Anemometer failed after 10 years so replaced with new.
FARS complete fan/motor unit replaced once, motor replaced my myself twice. Not bothering with that anymore so just a passive shield now.
All other parts original and working fine including ISS and supercap, but white plastics showing their age for sure.
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WxSim / WXSIM Error message downloading local data
« Last post by stewart45 on Today at 10:28:54 AM »
Have error (see wxsim attachment) have checked file localcal.txt and it is empty anybody any ideas how I sort this
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Weather Station Equipment / Re: Calibrating Davis VP2 rain gauge
« Last post by bitsostring on Today at 09:47:13 AM »
  Be nice if we had some rain to test it with, 39 days without so far.

And because it didn't rain on St Swithin's Day (15 July) you've probably got another 39 to go!
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Weather Station Equipment / Re: Davis Vantage Pro 2 longevity?
« Last post by mcrossley on Today at 06:28:19 AM »
You've got the flaking, but that is still relatively clear compared to how mine got. If it goes again I'll try replacing it with a bit of glass from a phone screen protector.
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Weather Station Equipment / Re: Davis Vantage Pro 2 longevity?
« Last post by niko on Today at 02:58:06 AM »
Yep!
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Weather Station Equipment / Re: Calibrating Davis VP2 rain gauge
« Last post by steerage250 on Today at 12:25:43 AM »
I found that dripping water from an eye dropper into each side to compare was quite unreliable/variable - ie results did not have good repeatability (part of which is probably cause by losing count - any distractions and I was lost!).  I then calibrated it using the drip method recommended by Davis using 43ml of water.  However, that only represents 2mm of rainfall, and when each bucket holds 0.2mm - that's an error of 10%.

I am now comparing it to a manual gauge mounted right up against the Davis during good rainfall (and it's lucky we've had a bit of that recently).  I have checked the calibration of the manual gauge, and it seems good (Davis Australia were not happy that their gauge was being checked by a mass-produced item  :D).  I am gradually winding the adjustment screws up so my Davis readings are scattered each side of the manual gauge reading (rather than all on the "less" side).
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Weather Station Equipment / Re: Davis Vantage Pro 2 longevity?
« Last post by mcrossley on July 16, 2018, 10:52:18 PM »
Mine is ten years old and the plastic cover over solar panel on the ISS had degraded quite badly - opaque and flaking.  I just rubbed it down with some wet'n'dry (dry), then sprayed it with an outdoor clear coat. It came it up great and the panel still seems to work fine.
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SteelSeries Gauges / Re: Change fill colour of Status and Timer
« Last post by mcrossley on July 16, 2018, 10:43:35 PM »
Well, there are a few standard colours available - see http://www.wilmslowastro.com/steelseries/demoLcdSections.html - but if you want a customised colour not on that list, then you will have to edit the base SteelSeries library and create a new colour definition.
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Weather Station Equipment / Re: Davis Vantage Pro 2 longevity?
« Last post by csonni on July 16, 2018, 09:35:20 PM »
We don't have intense heat here in Labrador, although the UV Index can get up there.
My father-in-law in South Dakota has recently sprayed his Davis Vantage solar panels with a clear coat which has breathed new life into those panels. His batteries are now charging as they ought. I've attached my solar panel on my Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge ISS. Might not hurt?

I have my other ISS (Anemometer) 2/3rds to the top of my 30 foot tower attached to my house. I can climb up very easy and reach the solar panel. I've rigged up the tower to swivel down to reach the anemometer if needed. Not that I want to, though.
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Weather Station Equipment / Re: Calibrating Davis VP2 rain gauge
« Last post by teal on July 16, 2018, 08:04:38 PM »
  Be nice if we had some rain to test it with, 39 days without so far.

  teal.
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