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11031Re: Coffee Can Tipping Bucket Mod for La Crosse 23xx

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  • jdonovanwv5
    May 3 6:29 AM
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      Thanks guys for sharing you experience! That's really helpful

      Joe


      --- In wuhu_software_group@yahoogroups.com, "Jon
      Golubiewski" <NH4x4Jeep@...> wrote:
      >
      > Newark.com <http://www.Newark.com> and Mouser.com
      > <http://www.Mouser.com>are two other electronics supply houses.
      > Sometimes the minimum shipping
      > will kill ya, so it's cheaper to try to find something local.
      >
      > I just had to replace the reed switch in my rain bucket. I went to
      Radio
      > Shack, but couldn't find a reed switch. They did have reed relay
      switches,
      > so I grabbed one of those for $2-3 to see if I could make it work.
      It
      > worked just fine. The reed switch relay is a reed switch with a
      coil to
      > actuate the reed relay. I didn't need the coil to actuate the
      relay, but I
      > used the magnet on the tipping bucket instead and it worked fine.
      I just
      > used the contacts for the switch (as printed on the back of the
      package) and
      > didn't use the contacts for the coil. Bottom line is that if you
      can't find
      > a reed switch, a reed relay switch will probably work just as well.
      >
      > I had also looked at using the magnetic switches used in alarm
      components.
      > However, they were generally normally closed (we need normally open
      or N.O.)
      > and required a larger magnet.
      >
      > Failsafe - go with what Rich recommended.
      >
      > Jon G.
      >
      > On Fri, May 2, 2008 at 10:58 PM, Rich Brunnworth <ibbrunnie@...>
      > wrote:
      >
      > > When I was chasing a switch, I first measured the dimensions of
      it, then
      > >
      > > I looked at how much magnetism it tool to activate.
      > >
      > > Basically you are looking for a switch like the Coto RI-02A,
      Digikey
      > > part number 306-1170NO. This switch is on page 1835 catalog T072.
      > >
      > > Rich
      > >
      > >
      > > jdonovanwv5 wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Thanks Rich! I appreciate the information! But I know very
      little
      > > > about how reed switches are classified/measured. How do you read
      > > > what a specific reed switch is, and what do the parameters/
      > > > classifications mean?? there seem to be a zillion different
      models
      > > > out there. I understand resistance and capacitance, but what is
      > > > reedswitchance?
      > > >
      > >
      > > >
      > >
      > > --
      > > Rich
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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