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I just received the station yesterday and have completed most of the checkout before I install it on the roof. It is what you payed for. I did not what to spend a lot of money so after consideration of many stations I chose this station. I noticed that most of the sensors for stations in this price range were the same type, maybe some variation in the electronics, but structurally similar. From what I read in reviews you can expect the sensors to last between one and two years. There is some maintenance required. I believe that the phone style connector contacts will need cleaning each year, and I would first suspect the connectors if a sensor stops working. You should put bird spikes on the rain and solar shield to help keep then clean and to avoid any possible damage from birds. Also, do not expect the sensors to handle very bad weather. If winds get above 70 mph I would not be surprised to lose a sensor or two. I did notice that no makers seem to list weather limits. The wind sensor will monitor high winds, just may not survive the winds.
Everything work out of the box. Spent some time reading manual so that I knew what it was capable of and what the limitations were. This was nice in that everything needed except mounting pole was included, even PC cable and software. Would I recommend it to a friend, yes. Just would warn them that it is like any low cost device, it may not have the long life someone would want, but it did not cost $1,500 dollars or more. I like knowing the local conditions around my house, but not going to pay a lot.
I did not give it five stars simply because the device is similar to other devices and the maker has had mixed reviews on other models; however, it seemed to me that all maker's got mixed reviews so it must be the entry level of these products, so nothing stands out with this product from others. I pick this model because of features (similar to other models), it was a new model so parts may be easier to obtain, and finally price.
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2013 9:46:41 PM PDT
T. R. Boomer says:
Wow. That is the best review I have ever seen. You were honest and to the point and covered features that most people will be interested in like the USB and PC software. Also it was really good that you indicated the accuracy of the unit, and especially the rain gauge. Nice job and very professional in content.
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