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Windy

Aug 24, 2012 by LeeChapin

Windy recently suffered a lightning hit via the telephone line. I have returned it to the manufacturer for repair/replacement. Lee



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Date: 09/01/2012
From: paul

Thanks Lee for taking care of her!
Date: 08/25/2012
From: pottsburg

Tell me more about this, "Windy"
Date: 08/24/2012
From: alexb

I was told that lots of people like the voice and that's fine with me as well. I was just thinking if there's an RS-232 we could have the best of both worlds by sending the data to a server using the same device. If there's no interest, other than me, it's not worth to do the work.
Thanks!
Date: 08/24/2012
From: LeeChapin

The club expressed the desire to have the telephone based voice report rather than having the internet based reports. I have many systems available (at no cost to SPSC) to collect the data and transmit it either via satellite, or using a radio to internet node. The easiest way without going via satellite would be to install an IP modem. However, it was the club desire to have the voice report, so that's what I installed. The previous unit was a voice based system with a link to the internet, but the internet link was not extensively used by the club and the internet link, I-Windsurf, proved to be a problem too much of the time, so we dropped it.
Date: 08/24/2012
From: alexb

The unit has a serial port, but not a conventional 9-pin connection. Why?

Lee,
I was proposing the idea of hooking windy up to the internet, grab the wind data and post live wind updates on the website (graphs, current, old data). There are inline adapters that can convert a RS-232 into a wifi connection. Click here to check one out. Perry offered to volunteer his cable modem, well more like I asked him and he being a nice guy didn't decline. :)

Now before any of that can be tried/tested Im going to come out with my high power wifi adapter and see if I can at least see Perry's house from the beach; just as a test. I haven't done that yet because I'm usually in a hurry to get on the water. Though I believe that with a yagi antenna or a cantenna we should be able to reach his house. Not sure if Perry would want a yagi antenna on his deck to almost guarantee it working.

Those wifi to RS-232 adapters are $180 and probably $20 more for the yagis and cables. I was thinking of buying that if people supported the idea. My other thought was to get an Audrino with an RS232 and wifi modules and code it to do the exact same. It would be cheaper, perhaps a bit harder but it would probably require a little more power; a NEMA 5-15 plug. Though I would have much more control with the Audrino since I would be programming it.

Thats the idea for the RS-232. The only other thing I would need is the manual/whitepaper on the windy device and if the RS232 commands are published and how to grab them.

Here's an example of the antenna I was thinking of. But I would need to do more research.
Date: 08/24/2012
From: alexb

Lee,
Can you tell me if "windy" has an RS-232 (serial 9pin) port on it?
Date: 08/24/2012
From: fhawk

Just in time for TS Isaac, the first wind in months.



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