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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2010
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Please do not buy this product unless you like junk. Rain guage will not reset to zero. I returned one allready and now returning the replacement unit that is also junk. It's really to bad. Instructions say to just hold the since button for two seconds to set the rain counter to zero. this does not work. I ordered one unit that was defective, returned and got a second defective unit.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2010
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I purchased this rain and temperature station (RGR202) on July 23, 2010. It arrived within a week. The set consists of a temperature sensor, rain collector and a main display unit. The Quick Start Guide instructions were very straight forward and easy to follow and it is very important that you follow the instructions to successfully assemble and operate the units. The temperature sensor is easy to set up but be sure to mount the unit in a shaded area as I have noticed up to a 12 degree swing between direct sunlight and shade, with the shaded reading being the correct temperature. The display unit is easy to assemble but you will want to take your time in setting the correct time, date, and year. Pushing the reset button will result in a complete loss of these settings. The rain collection unit can be a real stinker to assemble and level and quite honestly, in my case, not very reliable. I am currently working with my THIRD unit. The original one was an older model that required the removal of several screws to access the batteries, a real pain. That unit was inaccurate by about half of what the total rainfall was for any one storm. Oregon Scientific sent me a newer replacement unit (snap on battery door...very nice) but it had electrical problems after establishing communication with the display unit and quit working. Another phone call and another week and my third unit arrived. I set this unit up and three days later we had a 1.3" rain storm, and much to my dismay the display unit showed nothing. A spider had built a nest inside the collector that wouldn't allow the trip bucket to empty. The nest has been removed and the unit seems to be functioning so now I just have to wait on the weather to see if the third time IS a charm.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2010
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After reading reviews for this item, I decided to purchase. Setup was easy and all remote sensors linked properly. One reviewer complained that the rain amounts would not reset the totals at the base station. I can also confirm this part of the system does not work. You have to "reset" the unit to clear, clearly a pain.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
Bought the unit as I like to keep up with outside temperature and also with rainfall -- for my garden. The advertisement says "Wireless transmission up to 100 feet". I guess that's correct, the "up to" part. But it really falls short. I had the rain unit in my garden 50 feet away. The only way I could sync the rain unit was to put the desktop unit right next to it. It would sync until I put the desktop unit back on the kitchen counter. Then it would lose sync. I then moved it closer -- 40 feet away. It would hold the sync a little longer, maybe for a couple of hours.

I wrote Oregon Scientific to see what I should do. Their reply was to return the unit from where I bought it. Unfortunately I bought it online and couldn't return it. So I decided to make the best of it...

I moved the rain unit onto my deck, about 15 feet away. It now works, but looks a little tacky sitting on the top of my deck. I was kinda OK with that until...

Now the temperatures at night are below freezing, and the thermometer portion won't give a reading. I pushed the sync button on the desktop unit, but it won't sync. I changed the AA battery, thinking that it was low on juice. Worked for one day. Once the temperature gets above freezing, it seems to read OK -- and it's only about 10 feet from the desktop unit. But when the temperature drops (when I WANT to know the reading), it goes blank.

So if you are looking at short distances and only temperatures above freezing, this unit will work OK. Otherwise, don't waste your money. I know I'll be looking for another remote thermometer, and it won't be Oregon Scientific.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
For the past 5 years, I have been buying new rain gauges every 6-9 months in order to shut my wife up. Normally a component of some type would go bad and I would simply buy something different. I'm pleased to say that this latest purchase is over 12 months old and it's still working great..! I really doubt that you could buy anything better. When this unit fails, I'll just buy another one and keep my old one for spare parts.

Another comment - when we experience a time-change, that's when I normally change the batteries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
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This is the second product (same brand, same type) like this we purchased in the last 15 years. It works GREAT, lasts a LONG, long time, and is about as accurate as they come. If they keep making these, we'll keep buying them. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
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In AZ where there is little rain even during the monsoons it is hard to judge how much rain has really fallen on our side of town. The Oregon Scientific Wireless Rain Gage and Temperature Station is wonderful, easy to operate and accurate with the readings. I got it as a gift for my husband and after trying others, he is very happy with this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2012
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This is the best rain gauge that I have owned. Much easier set up than my old one. It has worked perfect to this point. Amazon price was great as usual.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
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Remember when Oregon Scientific provided high-quality weather stations? It was not that long ago. I bought three rain gauges in recent years. Hail broke the first one. The second did not measure accurately. The third has not been tested in the rainy season yet but when the temperature outside drops below 0 F. the unit tells me it is "LL" out there. Call OS troubleshooters? If I get one on line, they are pleasant but what can they do? I'm still looking for a quality unit reasonably priced; the competitors seem as bad or worse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
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After many bad reviews I decided to order this anyway as I have had one by OS that just gives me the outdoor and indoor temp for 11 trouble free years. Thought it was to time to replace it and figured I'd like the additional rain guage feature. Incredible amount of directions and the actual product I received differed from the online description. This is not magnatized so will not stick to your refridgerator, It doesn't seem to allow for use of an additional sensor as I was lead to believe... . After opening, putting in batteries and synching I put the components outdoors within range as described. All lost signal, once I put them back next to each other they would not resync. Clock is a manual set (not atomic) you have to push various function keys to set it and I had to keep cycling through them until I finally got it set , very annoying. Extremely disappointed with how un user friendly this product is, you will need to keep the instructions handy. Long and short, after one hour I'd had enough, I packaged it up and returned it!!!! If I order another it will be by a different manufacturer, it's a shame because the first one I've had was excellent quality and WORKED (S)!!!!
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