- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 15.5 x 15.2 cm ; 113 g
- Shipping Weight: 726 g
- Item model number: RGR122
- ASIN: B00005B0BJ
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 25 2012
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Oregon Scientific Cable-Free Long-Range Rain Gauge
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- Rain collector with remote indoor LCD-screen monitor; lets gardeners and hobbyists track daily and cumulative rainfall
- Wireless; self-emptying; 108-yard transmission range; memory function for previous 9 days
- Monitor can display in inches or millimeters; also shows time, date, and temperature of room (in Celsius or Fahrenheit)
- Alarm sounds when rainfall exceeds selected amount; also has standard alarm clock
- Monitor is 5-2/3 by 3-2/3 inches; collector is 5-3/4 inches high with 5-2/3-inch diameter
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Who needs the Weather Channel when you've got your own wireless weather station? Use it to check daily or total rainfall—or use the memory function to recall daily precipitation data for the previous 9 days. Featuring simple set-up instructions, the self-emptying station has a screen to eliminate clogs. Just place the collector up to 300 ft. from the main console, where it sends precipitation information via radio waves at 433MHz, displaying rain totals in inches or millimeters, indoor temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius, and time and date. Main unit and collector each use 2 AA batteries (not included). Imported. Main unit: 5-3/4Hx3-3/4Wx1D" Remote: 5-3/4Hx5-3/4" dia.
Communicating to an LCD-screen monitor by radio waves, this wireless, self-emptying rain collector can be placed up to 108 yards away, allowing a gardener or hobbyist to keep track of daily and cumulative precipitation from the comfort of home or office. A memory function recalls daily-precipitation data from the previous nine days. The monitor also shows the indoor temperature of the room in which it's kept, the time, and the date. There are two alarms: One sounds when rainfall exceeds an amount selected, and the second is a clock alarm for wakeup or reminder. Programmable to display rainfall in inches or millimeters and temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit, this system operates on two sets of AA batteries. One set powers the monitor, the other powers the collector. (Batteries not included.) The monitor measures 5-2/3 by 3-2/3 inches, and the collector is 5-2/3 inches in diameter and 5-3/4 inches high. --Fred Brack
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EDIT: I reviewed my order history and see that this was in fact a "USED" "like new" unit. I missed it or somehow something happened. I believed this was a new item. The price of $58 for "used, like-new" was about $10 higher than a truly NEW, later model. Be careful. The latest model with improvements is here on Amazon for about $47 or so. Also the new model has an outdoor temp. sending unit.
So far, the "signal" has been lost twice to the unit. First time I took out all the screws and pushed the reset button. Second time, I actually moved the unit to the window sill so only glass is between the gauge and the display unit. The rain gauge is exactly 80 feet line of sight from the receiver. Pretty disappointing as it's advertised as "Wireless; self-emptying; 108-yard transmission range; " That's supposed to be 324 feet. Regular walls: California stucco frame house.
1. You need a very small jewelers screwdriver, pref. a phillips head.
2. There are 10 tiny screws (2 sizes) you must remove from the outdoor unit! Have containers ready to hold them.
3. After opening the outdoor unit's battery cover, remove the batteries, take out the clear plastic spacer, reinsert the batteries, and MOST IMPORTANT-- press the reset button next to the batteries with an unbent paper clip.
4. BEFORE closing-up the outdoor unit, do the following on the indoor unit--
5. Remove battery cover, remove the batteries, take out the clear plastic spacer, reinsert the batteries, and press the indoor unit's reset button above the batteries with an unbent paper clip.
6. Wait a minute or two for the indoor unit to lock in on the outdoor unit's signal. The top two lines of the display will flash until it finds the signal.
7. If the display keeps flashing, press the OUTDOOR unit's reset button again.
8. Then press the indoor reset, again.
Once the display stops flashing, then close-up the outdoor unit. Don't jiggle the outdoor unit or it will record that as "rainfall."
9. I could not get the rainfall total to reset with the "rain reset" button. I had to do the full reset on the indoor unit.
10. If all else fails.... Reset, reset, reset! Outdoor unit first!
Just received the rain gauge from Amazon. The instruction manual is at least as bad as everyone says. It makes no mention of the reset switch in the outdoor unit along with numerous other omissions. On the other hand, looking the unit over, it appears to be very well made. The level of workmanship and quality of the circuit board and wiring in the outdoor unit is much higher than you would expect from a consumer electronic device in this price range. The indoor unit has a nice heft and its switches have a quality feel.
In setting up the outdoor unit, the two screws that hold the collector/funnel assembly are easily lost and probably metric. Be careful! The screws for the battery box cover, on my unit, were "captive". Loosen until you feel them 'bump' on the thread insert and they will stay with the cover. Remove the plastic insulating strip from the battery box, reinstall the batteries and press the "RESET" switch with a straightened paper clip. As larryaol mentioned, it's a good idea to leave the cover open until everything is working.
The indoor unit also has a plastic insulating strip in the battery box that must be removed. That done and the batteries installed, press its "RESET" switch with the paper clip. The upper display should stop flashing once the two units establish contact. Although the manual makes no mention, clearly the radio link isn't continuous. It seems to need up to 30 seconds for the display to update. With the rain collector still open, you can carefully remove the tape that holds the tipping bucket mechanism and manually tip it a couple of times to check operation. Its resolution is 0.04" per tip. Wait about 30 seconds for the rainfall reading to update.
Another serious manual omission is in clearing the rainfall reading. The manual instructs you to "Press and hold the RAIN RESET/SINCE button for 2 seconds" but this doesn't work. Oregon Scientific's call center was helpful. What you need to do is press & release then immediately press & hold. This also loads the current "SINCE" date in the lower display.
Hopefully, someone at Oregon Scientific will do something about the instruction manual.