The purpose of this blog

I’ve owned a weather station for several years. Back in 2016, I started out with a Oregon Scientific WMR200. This wasn’t simply a station with a console. Right from the start, for example, I began playing around with an Rfxcom transceiver to process the data transmitted by the sensors on the 433 Mhz frequency.

For most of the time this didn’t mean much more than writing the data to a local database running on a Raspberry Pi. Earlier this year I purchased a Davis Vantage Pro 2 to replace the WMR200. Rather than using the available options from the manufacturer to log the data, I decided to process the data transmitted by the station using the Meteostick from Smartbedded. (I posted details on how to read the Meteostick here)

Since then, I’ve been working on a website to make the data available everywhere. I have also been testing different sensors and radiation shields to see what gives me the best results. Currently, with the long COVID winter ahead of us, I plan to add more sensors to my setup that I want to read using one or more Arduino compatible controllers. I’m starting out with the Wemos D1 and the BMP180 barometer shield, because I’ve been unhappy with the fluctuations I get from the Meteostick barometer I currently depend on. I also plan to add an SHT35 thermo/hygrometer.

For my own use, but also because I think others may benefit from them, I intend to document my experiences. These will range from fairly technical manuals to analyses of sensor data and reviews of products.