Did you miss your activation email? It is located in the very northwest corner of the house to minimize interference with electronics. Out to about miles, our Boltek is surprisingly accurate. The key factor in reducing interference is to mount the antenna well away from potential noise sources. Related Links Also see: NexStorm combines display, analysis, networking and interprocess communication functionality in a way that makes this software package the most versatile lightning display and analysis application available on the market.

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May 28, Apart from this, the detector will only record a signal when it detects an abrupt change in the electric field.

If I do get a LD, ill need to invest in a crap card to get another serial port since it seems almost all of these “modern” expansion cards for legacy or not commonly used interfaces are made as cheap and unreliably as possible. The antenna is typically mounted ten to twenty feet above the ground, away from large metal objects and sources of electrical noise such as televisions and computer monitors.

This is called the TRAC report. OK, seems that I must forget about this unit, since I do not know if the problem is the antenna New: As you can see, the major stormcells are very well identified by Nexstorm.

Boltek StormTracker PCI – How it works

It is located in the very northwest corner of the house to minimize interference with electronics. Initial distance is determined by looking at the signal strength. It is a full-height old-style PCI bus, and it was getting harder to find replacement systems that had that bus–most have PCIe now, and the card was too tall to fit a ‘mini’ case.

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Their other two options are so expensive. Real time output from the US-based StrikeStar the World’s only large scale, community based lightning detection network is available on the Weather Underground website.

StormTracker works by detecting the radio signals produced by lightning. Truly unique to Nexstorm, this allows website visitors the ability to view our lightning data in real time. So I just run lightning on the old computer while the new one runs all the other weather stuff.

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Below is a storm from April 1,where we took the radar and superimposed it over the lightning data. The antenna is connected to a PC via a Cat5 data cable. Now it Works again, after six months. Therefore, in single antenna lightning detection systems, Nexstorm averages each stroke against a cluster of other strokes that are located towards the same direction, and from that derive a distance to the entire storm cell.

Because StrikeStar uses a network of detectors, strokes which appear on CarterLake. This goes into Boltek’s special PCI card where the signals are digitized for processing by software. See if I can find someone here in Norway to swap the antenna or card, for testing Just have to save longer to purchase the LD The accuracy of a Boltek detector is determined by many factors – placement of the detector, electromagnetic interference, distance from strokes, storm intensity, etc.

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JupiterJoe Senior Member Posts: I upgraded my weather computer and was bummed that the pci card didn’t fit. To determine polarity positive or negative the software looks at the electric field at various points in the waveform. You can use a piezo electric sparker similar to this https: Related Links Also see: For each electro-magnetic pulse that occurs i.

While the StormTracker can only detect 1 stroke at a time, it can detect up to 3, to 3, strokes per second. I understand why they’re discontinuing it, but it would be cool if they just updated it to a newer version pcie card to keep costs down. StrikeStar has greatly improved precision compared to single sensor systems and its accuracy is comparable to that of the major commercial lightning detection networks for locating areas of thunderstorm activity.

It consists of a crossed loop magnetic field sensor and electric field sensor.

Accuracy The accuracy of a Boltek detector is determined by many factors – placement of the detector, electromagnetic interference, distance from strokes, storm intensity, etc.

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