Oregon Scientific WMR968 Cable Free Complete Weather Station
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- More than 20 different weather conditions displayed on touchscreen monitor
- Displays one indoor, one outdoor temperature/humidity
- Completely wireless: outdoor solar-powered sensors simple to install
- PC-link software/cable kit available separately
- Outdoor temperature/humidity sensor
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This complete weather station comes equipped with outdoor sensors that operate on solar power, which provides easy installation. This station also has seven channels and accepts up to three additional sensors.
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I can imagine the average person who tries to get this thing going is going to spend a lot of time in the physical installation and then, after their significant work, get especially frustrated due to the fact that ultimately, the devil is in the procedural and electronic details.
I was lucky and got mine to work right away (I think) but I am used to unraveling trainwrecks.
Then I found the Radio Shack manual for the similar item!
Do as many have suggested, and get the manual for the Radio Shack version. I am not sure that they still sell this, but you should be able to find a manual on their site or somewhere else by searching for their item # 630-1016. Or for "Radio Shack Wireless Weather Staion". Some people like to make fun of Radio Shack for various reasons, but give them credit for at least understanding THEIR market.
Now that mine is installed, I am going to print that Radio Shack manual and see what I missed and maybe actually how to USE it. The bottom line here is that if you can get your hands on a manual, this unit is awesome for 200 bucks.
Only beware! As is noted in these reviews, and on many other consumer review web sites, the manual that comes in the box is trash! Do not use that manual to set up and tune your WMR968. Please, please, please, go to the Radio Shack website and download the manual for the Radio Shack Cable Free Weather Station with AccuWeather, and use that one, it is excellent! The Radio Shack weather station is identical in all respects to the one sold under the Oregon Scientific brand name, except that, for some reason, it has a real manual written by a real American, and it has all the information you need. Note, that the manual that comes with the Oregon Scientific weather station has 9 pages. The Radio Shack manual has 36 pages.
My advice: if you decide to take the risk and purchase the Oregon Scientific WMR968 from Amazon.com, like I did, read all the consumer reviews, even the nasty ones. You should know what might happen to you. Gather up as much information as you can. I have found several exellent tips on setting up and tuning the WMR968 on this and other web sites. Another suggestion: join and contribute to a weather station bulletin board, such as WeatherMatrix.net. Share your knowledge and experience with others. Finally, don't be tempted to cut corners when setting up your weather station. The sensitive electronics are not tolerant of abuse. Do your best to make sure everything outdoors is weather-tight.
using it for a month. I have read many very bad reviews of it and
the customer service at Oregon Scientific and need to join in here
to be fair to Oregon Scientific.
I am a meteorologist so I am obviously going to be picky.
I have the time to test the instruments and can tell you that
the temps and humidities are actually very accurate. I live
in an area with many stations available via the weather underground
and have ben watching the readings carefully. Certainly, the EXPOSURE
of the sensor is much more important than the accuracy of this
and most thermometers. I also bought the solar radiation shield and
it is OK- a summer test will really tell how good it is but so far
I can see a small effect on the temperature when the sun hits it-
what do you want for $35? I see about 1F so far at most. I'd still
try and shade the sensor even with the shield- keep in mind I am at
5280 ft and the sun is really strong in Boulder, Co, even in the winter!
The RH is surprisingly good although for some crazy reason the
base station won't compute a dewpoint temperature if the dewpoint
is less than 32F. The useless instructions don't indicate this.
The rh seems to be reliable to 15-19%- it won't read any lower than 15%- which where I live is a bummer as we have many many
very dry days in the summer (it is not unusual to have 5-9% RH in the
summer and fall). But, one has to remember that very low and very high
RH is tough to measure, especially with a "cheap" instrument. I am
impressed that I have seen 98% RH on many occasions and the rh fits
very well with the Davis stations in the area.
I wish I could be as enthusiastic about the wind speed sensor. I actually
decided to return it because it appeared to have too much resistence in the
gear that spins and was not measuring low wind speeds well at all-
to Oregon Scientific's credit, they returned me a brand new updated sensor
in 1 week- I had read horror stories about how bad their customer service is-
it took about a 5 min wait on the phone the 2 times I called and they
sent me a new sensor quickly. Maybe they have improved but I think
they were excellent to me. Oh yes, spend the extra $$ and get a pole
extension for the wind sensors- if it isn't high enough off a roof
you get too low wind readings! I discovered this the hard way! And keep
in mind that wind speed (and gusts) is extremely sensitive to the
EXPOSURE and your particular site but from what I can tell so far, it seems
the WMR968 undermeasures the wind on the order of ~10-30% compared
to what the Davis instruments are reading around my house.
THe barometer is also a bit subpar- seems to lag the real pressure
tendency on the order of 0.10" (about 3-4 mb) at times. This is not great.
Can't tell how good the rain gage is since it is cold here now
but I think in the summer this will be pretty good.
Overall, if I had more $$ to spend I'd probably get the Davis
but you know, it is at least twice as expensive as the WMR968-
I think for many folks this station is probably good enough. As
they always say, "you get what you pay for" and I think this is
mostly true regarding the WMR968 but if you aren't a weather freak
like I am and demand super accurate wind measurements, this station
is pretty good for the money. Only wish it wasn't made in China
and that they had easier access to the batteries in the solar sensor
units but I'm getting used to getting in and out of the sensor quickly.