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Tips to Troubleshoot and Optimize Large RF Networks: Part 1

Author: Nathanael Wright | Last Updated: 10/31/2023 | Comments: 0

tips to troubleshoot and optimize large rf networks: part 1

In this blog article, and the next two in the series, I’m going to share with you some tips you can use to help troubleshoot your radio frequency (RF) networks. In large RF networks, it can be challenging to achieve reliable spread-spectrum radio communications. (For our... read more

How to Get Accurate Vibrating Wire Measurements with Long Cable Lengths

Author: Nathanael Wright | Last Updated: 10/17/2023 | Comments: 0

how to get accurate vibrating wire measurements with long cable lengths

Typically, when you use long cable lengths for your vibrating wire measurements, you experience a weaker signal with a greater chance of interference. So, how do you overcome this challenge and improve your measurement quality? Keep reading to find out. At Campbell Scientific, our vibrating wire... read more

5 Things a VWAnalyzer Can Do for You

Author: Jacqalyn Maughan | Last Updated: 08/29/2023 | Comments: 0

5 things a vwanalyzer can do for you

You may not realize just how helpful our handheld instrumentation can be—especially when it makes it easy for you to test your vibrating wire sensors, saving you time and money if a failed sensor is identified prior to installation. Let’s dive deeper into the five... read more

Get the Most out of VSPECT®

Author: Jacqalyn Maughan | Last Updated: 08/22/2023 | Comments: 2

get the most out of vspect<sup>®</sup>

Understanding the benefits of VSPECT® will help ensure you are maximizing your benefits when using this technology. In this article, we’ll explore this topic to provide you with a better measurement experience. Why do Campbell Scientific monitoring platforms give me extra vibrating wire data? Have you ever... read more

Use VSPECT® to Verify: Bad Sensors or Bad Data?

Author: Jacqalyn Maughan | Last Updated: 04/06/2023 | Comments: 0

use vspect<sup>®</sup> to verify: bad sensors or bad data?

Have you ever thought your bad vibrating wire sensor measurements were caused by erratic or erroneous data? You may be surprised to learn that data issues may not be the cause. If you are using a data-acquisition system other than one of the Campbell Scientific... read more

Troubleshooting Vibrating Wire Piezometers

Author: Nathanael Wright | Last Updated: 03/28/2023 | Comments: 0

troubleshooting vibrating wire piezometers

Campbell Scientific vibrating wire measurement hardware, with our patented VSPECT® technology, offers a distinct advantage over all other vibrating wire measurement systems. Unlike non-Campbell Scientific vibrating wire interfaces that use pulse counting to derive vibrating wire frequency, Campbell Scientific's VSPECT vibrating wire measurement products use spectral... read more

Easily Diagnose CELL2XX Cellular Modem Connection Issues

Author: Nathanael Wright | Last Updated: 01/12/2023 | Comments: 2

easily diagnose cell2xx cellular modem connection issues

Campbell Scientific’s CELL2XX cellular modems (CELL205, CELL210, CELL215, CELL220, and CELL225) are commonly used as a low-power alternative to the many industrial cellular solutions available on the market today and are built to easily interface with all Campbell Scientific data loggers and data-acquisition systems. Occasionally,... read more

How to Generate SFTP Keys Easily

Author: Nathanael Wright | Last Updated: 09/12/2022 | Comments: 6

how to generate sftp keys easily

As organizations throughout the world continue to strengthen their network and data communications systems to counter increased security threats, we’ve noticed a trend: there’s been an increase in the number of Campbell Scientific customers setting up secure communications between their data loggers and other devices. SSH... read more

Death Valley, a Year Later

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 07/29/2022 | Comments: 5

death valley, a year later

About a year ago (May 2021), I installed a weather station next to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) official station at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park (California, USA). To familiarize yourself with this project, read my previous article. The purposes of this installation... read more

Which surface temperature sensor is best for your application?

Author: Libbie Anderson | Last Updated: 05/05/2022 | Comments: 0

which surface temperature sensor is best for your application?

At Campbell Scientific, we redesigned our back-of-module temperature sensors and launched the CS241 and CS241DM purpose-built sensors to optimize performance on bifacial photovoltaic (PV) modules and help you collect data as precisely as possible. These newer sensors have some similarities to our previous sensor models, but... read more

But It’s a Dry Heat… like a Furnace

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 06/21/2021 | Comments: 6

but it’s a dry heat… <em>like a furnace</em>

In this article, I'll share my experience collaborating on a research project to record some extreme weather conditions that may even set a world record!  On August 16, 2020, the weather station located at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park (California, USA) recorded a temperature... read more

How to Test COM Ports and Short Haul Modems

Author: Bruce Smith | Last Updated: 04/15/2021 | Comments: 2

how to test com ports and short haul modems

Has an electrical surge or other event made you concerned that your COM port or short haul modem may not be operating properly? Do you know how to test for this? In this brief article, we’ll look at some simple tests you can perform to... read more

What You Should Know: Improvements to SMSSend()

Author: Dana Worley | Last Updated: 04/09/2021 | Comments: 0

what you should know: improvements to smssend()

Do you currently use SMSSend() in a CRBasic data logger program to send SMS messages through a Campbell Scientific CELL2XX internal or external cellular module? There are some things you should know about the recent improvements we made that affect how SMSSend() works. With the release... read more

Why Do We Need an Algorithm for Rainfall Intensity Correction?

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 03/05/2021 | Comments: 0

why do we need an algorithm for rainfall intensity correction?

In this article, I’ll explain how errors can occur when measuring the precipitation amount, discuss a correction approach, and demonstrate how an algorithm can be used to design high-quality tipping bucket rain gauges. Introduction Liquid precipitation (rain) is at once one of the simplest measurements mechanically and... read more

Pick a Memory Card, but Not Just Any Memory Card

Author: Carolyn Ivans | Last Updated: 10/23/2020 | Comments: 0

pick a memory card, but not just any memory card

You may already know that you can add external data storage to your data logger with flash-memory cards. But do you know what kind of card you need—or if you even need one? In this article, I’ll answer these and other memory card questions. In... read more

Answers to 5 Common Questions about Storing Data to Memory Cards

Author: Carolyn Ivans | Last Updated: 10/22/2020 | Comments: 5

answers to 5 common questions about storing data to memory cards

You may use CompactFlash or microSD memory cards for external storage of your data logger data, but are you using your cards correctly? In this article, I’ll answer some common questions you may have about memory card usage. Recommended for You: If you haven’t done... read more

Monitoring the Performance of Bifacial Solar PV Panels: Challenges and Opportunity

Author: Ajay Singh | Last Updated: 10/13/2020 | Comments: 0

monitoring the performance of bifacial solar pv panels: challenges and opportunity

When we are faced with challenges, there is often an opportunity for improvement. In this blog article, learn how our engineers redesigned our back-of-module (BOM) temperature sensor to resolve specific challenges that impacted the quality of bifacial solar photovoltaic (PV) panel performance monitoring. Bifacial PV panels... read more

How to Obtain Vibrating Wire Measurements in Environments with High Electromagnetic Noise

Author: Timothy Jeppsen | Last Updated: 10/07/2020 | Comments: 0

how to obtain vibrating wire measurements in environments with high electromagnetic noise

In 1997, I had my first introduction to using vibrating wire piezometers to measure groundwater fluctuations. A large engineering firm was monitoring water level to ensure that construction of a large pipeline through the San Bernardino Mountains was not intruding on the groundwater. I was... read more

Why Data-Acquisition Systems Are Key Elements to Solar Projects

Author: Libbie Anderson | Last Updated: 09/21/2020 | Comments: 2

why data-acquisition systems are key elements to solar projects

Solar photovoltaic (PV) monitoring projects often use a variety of sensors to gain information about the site performance and its available resources. To obtain this information, solar-monitoring sensors need to be connected to a database that can collect, evaluate, visualize, and interpret data from all... read more

Making Real-Time Crest Measurements

Author: Mike Nelson | Last Updated: 09/08/2020 | Comments: 0

making real-time crest measurements

There are times during major weather events when we may hear the news reporter indicate the local river is expected to crest in the next 12 hours at an estimated stage level. What is a crest and a stage level, and how do they affect me? Basically,... read more