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  • Ron W
    It s probably the older version since it says discontinued or returned. You can call them and maybe they will tell you which one they are shipping. Ron ...
    Message 1 of 8 , Sep 16, 2006
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      It's probably the older version since it says discontinued or
      returned.

      You can call them and maybe they will tell you which one they are
      shipping.

      Ron

      --- In wuhu_software_group@yahoogroups.com, "wuhu_software"
      <wuhu_software@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > Ron,
      >
      > That is a good price.
      >
      > I am wondering if it is the newer (full range on humidity) or the
      > older one.
      >
      > Thanks for passing it on.
      >
      >
      > --- In wuhu_software_group@yahoogroups.com, "Ron W" <jeffrondee@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > Here is a 2310 console looks pretty cheap
      > >
      > > http://www.greatbigoutlet.com/details.asp?prodid=WS-2310-
      > 11&cat=2&path=2
      > > <http://www.greatbigoutlet.com/details.asp?prodid=WS-2310-
      > 11&cat=2&path=\
      > > 2>
      > >
      > > Ron
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In wuhu_software_group@yahoogroups.com, "wuhu_software"
      > > <wuhu_software@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Two days ago a nearby lightning strike took out my console.
      > Luckily,
      > > > the lightning protection that was added to the PC spared it
      from
      > > > damage (serial port is still functional after testing).
      > > >
      > > > Unfortunetly the serial commuication circuit in the console is
      > > > damaged. The console continues to function normally except for
      > the PC
      > > > communications. I took a look inside to look for obvious
      damage
      > and
      > > > found none. I tested the transistors and capacitors that are
      > > > accessible on the main board but did not find anything
      defective.
      > > > Tracing the RS-232 lines I found many small surface mount
      > capacitors
      > > > that lead to the onboard processor, there no possibility of
      > replacing
      > > > those.
      > > >
      > > > So now I am faced with a decision, whether or not to replace
      the
      > > > console and continue on with the La Crosse line.
      > > >
      > > > On the side for replacing the console, I can get a WS-2308
      cheaper
      > > > than any other weather station on the market from what I see.
      It
      > > > would come with new rain and wind sensors that I could use for
      > > > backup. The price is right too, $109 at Costco.
      > > >
      > > > On the downside, the lightning experience leaves me with little
      > > > comfort that another strike will not take out the console again
      > > > (since I want the fast update times using hardwired), or
      perhaps
      > the
      > > > computer next time. It seems that all hard wired systems come
      > with a
      > > > certain level of risk that I am not comfortable with.
      > > >
      > > > Looking at the Oregon Scientific WMR-968, it looks like a
      decent
      > > > product. It is wireless. It would allow for a bit of expansion,
      > > > accepting 3 more remote temperature sensors. I like that
      because I
      > > > would be able to perhaps do a little home automation and
      engergy
      > > > management stuff. The only downside I see is that the wind
      data is
      > > > updated once every 30 seconds. The price is about $199.
      > > >
      > > > The 1-Wire stuff looks Ok, but when you add up the cost of the
      > > > sensors you need, you are right up there around $200+. It is
      also
      > > > hardwired so you are putting your computer at risk again.
      > > >
      > > > Then there is the Davis. It is wireless, long range, allows for
      > > > additional sensors including UV. Of course the downside with
      the
      > > > Davis is cost. The console and sensors run about $399 then you
      > need
      > > > to spend an addional $115 to get the PC interface (logger
      > required).
      > > >
      > > > There is also the Peet Bros unit. It does not look bad
      although
      > it is
      > > > approaching the cost of a Davis.
      > > >
      > > > Basically I am looking for opinions out there.
      > > >
      > > > If your unit died tomorrow, what would you do? Repair it or
      move
      > to a
      > > > new station type?
      > > >
      > > > Thanks in advance.
      > > >
      > >
      >
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