About our Station

About the Tzouhalem-Maple Weather Station
Tzouhalem-Maple Bay has been using (since June 15th, 2008) the Davis Instruments Wireless Vantage Pro2 Plus with 24-Hr Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield Weather Station, model #6163
Wireless Vantage Pro2 Plus with 24-hour Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield Weather Station The Vantage Pro2 Plus wireless weather stations include two components: the Integrated Sensor Suite (ISS) which houses and manages the external sensor array, and the Vantage Pro2 console which provides the user interface, data display, A/D conversion for the ISS, and calculations.

The ISS (exterior sensor unit) and Vantage Pro2 console communicate via an FCC-certified, license-free frequency hopping transmitter and receiver. The frequency hopping spread spectrum technology provides greater communication strength over longer distances and areas of weaker reception - typically up to 300 meters (1000 feet) outdoors, line of sight - the communication through walls under most conditions should range be between 60 to 120 meters (200 to 400 feet).

The ISS (exterior sensor unit) measures wind-speed, wind-direction, rainfall, temperature, humidity, solar radiation and UV radiation, whereas the Vantage Pro2 Console (interior console unit) measures barometric pressure, indoor temperature and humidity.

The ISS (exterior sensor unit) includes a rain collector, temperature and humidity sensors, an anemometer, a solar radiation sensor and a UV sensor. The ISS is solar powered. Electronic components are housed in a weather-resistant shelter.

The temperature and humidity sensors are enclosed in a solar-powered, 24-hour fan-aspirated radiation shield. The fan-aspirated shield combines passive shielding (to minimize the effects of solar radiation) with a solar-powered fan that draws outside air in over the temperature and humidity sensors, providing a much more accurate temperature reading than that available using passive shielding alone.

The Tzouhalem-Maple Bay weather station is located on the roof of the house. A 3 meters metal post, held in place by a tripod stand, is used to hold both the ISS (exterior sensor unit) (at the base of the post) and the anemometer (at the top of the post). Unfortunately, a typical "ideal" sensor location was not possible due to nearby trees and a small, covered/treed back yard area.

The data from the ISS (exterior sensor unit) is collected every 2.5 seconds and the Web site is updated every 5 minutes during daytime hours and every 10 minutes during nighttime hours.

A unique software configuration is in use at the station. First, we utilize Virtual VP software from the VP Tools Suite. This application allows the sharing of one communication port (a single serial port or USB port operating as a virtual serial port) by up to eight weather software applications.

Weather Display is the weather software applications in use as the primary weather processing software, for web page uploads, the local climatological data reports, for graphing, for capturing of Environment Canada watches and warnings, for e-mail weather reports and alarms, for performing "Rapid Fire" updates to Weather Underground, for uploads to AWEKAS, and for updates to the Citizen Weather Observer Program, where data from our station and over 3000 other stations worldwide is used by the National Weather Service for improving forecast modeling and for many other purposes.

Our WebCam is a Panasonic BL-C30A Wireless 802.11B/G PetCam Network Camera, and Image Salsa is the application used to process the images from our WebCam.

Internet hosting is provided by 1&1 Internet; we have been extremely pleased with their service and pricing for the past five years.

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Davis Instruments - Documentation (PDF format)

Davis vs. the Competition - Data
Davis vs. the Competition - Features
Davis vs. the Competition - Specifications

Integrated Sensor Suite - Installation Manual
Integrated Sensor Suite with 24-Hour Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield - Specifications
Wireless Vantage Pro2 & Vantage Pro2 Plus Stations - Specifications
Vantage Pro2 Console - Manual
Wireless Weather Envoy - Manual
Wireless Weather Envoy - Specifications
WeatherLink for Vantage Pro and Vantage Pro2 - Getting Started Guide
WeatherLink for Vantage Pro and Vantage Pro2 - Specifications

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Davis Instruments Vantage Pro Console model 6310

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