Re: LaCrosse 2310 19% Humidity Is This Thing Broke
I believe that the characteristics of the humidity sensors used in
older LaCrosse 2300 series models are such that humidity values below
the 19% threshold are reported incorrectly or not at all and
implementing the solid 19% barrier to the console is LaCrosse's method
in overtaking this problem.
You are correct that they could have done this differently and at
least implement a routine that calculates those lower values, but this
would have meant implementing only estimations and raw guesswork to
those values, making probablity of errorneus readings multifold.
They addressed this issue quietly by issuing 2300 series models that
are capable of 1-99% humidity range. The only way to determine the new
humidity range model was to look at the package. Newer units had a
"1-99% humidity range"-sticker placed on the package.
I'm not familiar with what LaCrosse unit looks like inside, because I
never had any reason open up the station console but I assume that
although there may be a BIOS of some sort in the unit, I don't think
it's of a programmable sort.
Finland Weather Exchange (FinWX)
CW4473 / IUUSIMAA2
--- In email@example.com, "Tom Swift"
> OK, great. Thanks Juha
> That makes complete sense. That's what my mind was telling me but I
> found it questionable. So I asked. Yes we live in what's known as
> low desert terrain. I was thinking everything was fine after I took
> notice that the indoor sensor was reading the same. However I was
> also quite concerned that it was maybe a main controller issue.
> Seems that that's not entirely false. Wonder if anyone has come up
> with a mod to make the main controller to read the lower levels. It
> would be a whole lot better if it at least registered readings down
> to 9%. With the interface being serial the unit must contain some
> kind of updateable BIOS. I still question the fact that the chip
> should be capable of communicating in a similar fashion as a dial-up
> modem controller. If we only had the required query string codes. A
> typical say V90 modem is fully accessible as well as programmable
> using query strings. Such query strings are usually documented in
> each modems documentation. With the company using IC blobs with no
> numbers their is no telling what controller chip they are using or
> what its programmed BIOS is. I surly am curious. I have no knowledge
> of binary programming any deeper than PLL chips for transceivers. It
> would be nice if someone who knows binary could break down some of
> these barriers and lend some insight into this confusion.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Juha Jäntti
> <jjantti2@> wrote:
> > Hi Tom,
> > I don't think your sensor has failed, considering the location you
> > live in (I live in Europe, so please excuse me if I remember things
> > incorrectly about Arizona. I think you have a desert nearby or live
> > there). If it hasn't rained at all during the observation period,
> > is highly likely that humidity has fallen well below the 19%
> > Older LaCrosse 2300 series stations can't handle humidity values
> > than 19% and for this reason, humidity values under 19% are shown
> > 19%. If your station's humidity sensor would have failed, I'd
> > your weather station console to show all dashes ( --.- % ) for
> > humidity readout instead of the solid 19%.
> > If you have more humid environment available (a bathroom after a
> > shower is one good example), consider taking your outdoor
> > unit to a test there to see if it makes any difference. You should
> > a significant increase in humidity in a short period of time.
> > Best Regards,
> > Juha
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> > --- In email@example.com, "Tom Swift"
> > <egore2003@> wrote:
> > >
> > > I live in Apache Junction Arizona. I have recently been
> receiving a
> > > reading of only 19% humidity 24-7. Would this be correct or is
> one of
> > > my sensors failing? If so which sensor is it. From the
> documentation I
> > > gathered that the humidity sensor is contained in the thermo-
> > > sensor, is that correct? I replaced the batteries and it still
> made no
> > > change. Also could this be being caused by a incorrect station
> > > of some sort?
> > >