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This video will show you how to build a solar powered weather station using an amateur radio via APRS to transmit the observations. Once you set up your station, you can view your data online and send it to CWOP for inclusion in the National Weather Service forecast models. Here’s a link to a setup guide I made. It’s old but it does a better job describing how the basic system works


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19 Comments on "Solar Power APRS Weather Station"

  1. Excelent!!! Thanks atte XE1GQP

  2. pole not mast and uni strut not something strut

  3. i guess the rain goes through the holes and gets the tnc and radio wet, well done

  4. In the video I use SuperStrut brand which is carried by Lowe's (a home improvement store in the US) but you can also use UniStrut brand which is carried by Home Depot (another home improvement store in the US). Any brand of strut channel should work just fine. The telescoping antenna mast is a pole but more appropriately it is a mast. Of course that may not be the case for British, Canadian, Australian etc.

  5. All holes should be drilled to the same size as your screw threads to prevent water intrusion. If you feel water may still get in you can apply a dab of silicone in your screw holes to seal them. You can also drill a small hole on the bottom of your box to drain any condensation that may be in there if humidity is a problem in your area.

  6. METERBAT ESP says:

    C'est très intéressent !!!

  7. why would you use a ham radio on a fixed frequency when you can get a cheep commercial radio?

  8. The infrastructure for amateur radio community is already in place. If you want to set up your own private system on a commercial frequency, you would also need to install repeaters and a gateway but it could be done.

  9. beej2001 says:

    I think what cmritchie04 is saying is, instead of spending $250 for a brand new ham radio, with a VFO, you could have purchased a cheap used commercial radio for $50, and had it programmed to the APRS frequency. One of the main differences between ham gear and commercial gear is the ability to change to any frequency in the amateur band with the twist of a knob. Since that is a feature this application won't need a commercial radio programmed to a fixed frequency would have been cheaper.

  10. adam reader says:

    i love this video and trying somethink like that too. in your video you are talking to the tnc with the pc what software are you using

  11. In the video I am using Procomm Plus but you can use hyper terminal too.

  12. That's a great idea. You can purchase a used commercial or amateur radio for much less than new. There are also cheaper new radios than the one I use. I use the 2300 now since the icomm 2200 has been discontinued. I found that it lasts a very long time in the field under continuous operation. Just make sure the radio you choose can transmit at the power level you need. Also I wouldn't get one with a fan for cooling as they tend to fail after a few years of continuous operation.

  13. Rácz Béla says:

    I am Hobby Meteorologe from Switzerland, and i love Weatherstations! Thanks for this fantastic Video.

  14. solder has a l in it, its not soder

  15. coblaze1 says:

    that was oddly satisfying to watch. Thanks for the great video!

  16. Very interesting and a very nicely done video. Thanks for the very interesting presentation!

  17. Taking the PCB out of the TNC without using a wrist strap……..that's a NO-NO.

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