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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: 3

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

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 hired... read more

Weather Solutions for IEC 61724-1 Class A Solar Monitoring Systems

Author: Libbie Anderson | Last Updated: 06/29/2020 | Comments: 0

weather solutions for iec 61724-1 class a solar monitoring systems

You may have heard of the IEC 61724-1 standard to promote international uniformity in PV (photovoltaic) system performance monitoring. But why was it created, and what does it mean for you? In this interview with PES (Power & Energy Solutions), Matt Perry, Technical Product Manager for... read more

The Importance of Distributed Meteorological Data for Solar Farms

Author: Libbie Anderson | Last Updated: 05/01/2020 | Comments: 0

the importance of distributed meteorological data for solar farms

On every utility-scale solar farm, it’s crucial to answer the fundamental question: how much solar radiation reaches the surface of the photovoltaic (PV) modules? These farms span hundreds of acres and in order to address this question, owners use meteorological monitoring stations and data loggers... read more

A Quick Comparison of the CR1000X, CR1000, and CR6 Dataloggers

Author: Timothy Jeppsen | Last Updated: 03/19/2020 | Comments: 4

a quick comparison of the cr1000x, cr1000, and cr6 dataloggers

We recently released the CR1000X Measurement and Control Datalogger, and you may be wondering how it compares with our widely used CR1000 datalogger and our innovative CR6 datalogger. If you’re in the market for a new data logger, how do you know which one is... read more

Evolution Not Revolution: Updating an Established Product Range

Author: Andrew Sandford | Last Updated: 01/06/2020 | Comments: 0

evolution not revolution: updating an established product range

Imagine that you already have a winning sensor that has sold more than 15,000 units. As time passes, you realize that technology has evolved, but your sensor hasn’t. If you are objective in your product evaluation, you may determine that there is justification for the... read more

It’s Time to Embrace the Hybrid

Author: Kevin Rhodes | Last Updated: 12/02/2019 | Comments: 0

it’s time to embrace the hybrid

Sometimes, it’s hard to let go. But if we don’t let go, we don’t have empty hands ready to embrace something new—even a data logger. The CR1000 Measurement and Control Datalogger (introduced in 2004) has been incredibly successful with installations on every continent of our planet.... read more

Why Should You Use a Heated Sonic Anemometer?

Author: Robin Deissinger | Last Updated: 11/19/2019 | Comments: 0

why should you use a heated sonic anemometer?

Are you ready to get heated? In this interview, Hayden Mahan, Product Manager of the Gas Flux and Turbulence Group, shares his excitement about our heated sonic anemometer (the new CSAT3BH) and why heat matters. Hayden was interviewed by Robin Deissinger, the blog editor. Interview... read more

How to Fill the Road-Weather Information Gaps

Author: John Markham | Last Updated: 08/13/2019 | Comments: 0

how to fill the road-weather information gaps

Although there have been vast improvements in our ability to gather and use road-weather data, there are still, unfortunately, significant information gaps we must fill. In this blog article, we’ll look at the issues that hinder our current data acquisition and a solution for obtaining... read more

Taking In-Situ Soil Measurements to New Performance Depths

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 04/17/2019 | Comments: 0

taking in-situ soil measurements to new performance depths

Advances in technology and mechanical design offer vast improvements for those of you who need soil measurements at multiple depths—especially environmental researchers and anyone who works with environmental monitoring networks. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the measurement challenges you may face... read more

How to Easily Test Your Rain Gauge Calibration—and Avoid Errors

Author: Mike Nelson | Last Updated: 02/28/2019 | Comments: 2

how to easily test your rain gauge calibration—and avoid errors

Testing the calibration of your rain gauge is a simple process. But as you know, it’s also easy to introduce problems, such as incorporating simulated data as real data. In this article, we’ll review a useful feature that automates the testing process and can help... read more

Daylight Saving Time and Your Data Logger

Author: Janet Albers | Last Updated: 02/27/2019 | Comments: 9

daylight saving time and your data logger

Do you need to do anything to your data logger or software to compensate for the beginning of daylight saving time? Read this short article to find out! Residents of many parts of North America, and various areas around the world, continue to observe the practice... read more

How to Create Custom Sensors in Short Cut

Author: Jason Ritter | Last Updated: 02/27/2019 | Comments: 1

how to create custom sensors in short cut

Have you ever wanted Short Cut to support more sensors? Although Short Cut supports many sensors, you may have found that the sensor you want to measure is not on the list. What do you do then? How do you add that sensor to your... read more

Rain or shine, the Touchscreen Profiles app keeps rugged mobile computer and tablet displays ultra-responsive

Author: Jackson Murphy | Last Updated: 02/13/2019 | Comments: 0

rain or shine, the touchscreen profiles app keeps rugged mobile computer and tablet displays ultra-responsive

Juniper Systems ensures its rugged handheld computer and tablet displays will perform in the working world’s most punishing conditions. The displays on Juniper Systems hardware are tough, bright, and responsive. When you pair the displays with the built-in Touchscreen Profiles application, they maintain responsiveness in... read more

How to Monitor Your Campbell Cellular Modem Data Usage: Part 1

Author: Nathanael Wright | Last Updated: 01/16/2019 | Comments: 0

how to monitor your campbell cellular modem data usage: part 1

Did you know you can monitor your data usage using CRBasic program code on our new data loggers with integrated cellular modems and our external Campbell Scientific brand of cellular modules? In this two-part series, I’ll first show you how to do this in the... read more

How to Use Keypad Commands with Edlog Data Loggers

Author: Bruce Smith | Last Updated: 01/09/2019 | Comments: 0

how to use keypad commands with edlog data loggers

Whether your Edlog-based data logger has a built-in keypad, an external keypad, or no keypad at all, keypad commands are an important field tool. But, if you don’t have a keypad, how do you use keypad commands? In this article, we’ll discuss this topic and... read more

Successfully Connect Your Retired Data Logger to a PC

Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 12/19/2018 | Comments: 0

successfully connect your retired data logger to a pc

Have you experienced a scenario similar to this one? You have an automated weather station with a retired Edlog data logger (such as the CR10X), which has been running great for 20 years. Recently, the data logger stopped transmitting data to your server, so you... read more

New Product Support: Bifacial Plane of Array (BPOA), solar energy’s newest irradiance expression

Author: Matt Perry | Last Updated: 12/12/2018 | Comments: 1

new product support: bifacial plane of array (bpoa), solar energy’s newest irradiance expression

Plane of array irradiance (POA) is a well-known term used to quantify the incident irradiance on a given solar array. It is the parameter most directly related to the power output of a PV module and is used extensively in PV performance analysis and modeling... read more

Edlog Data Logger Support and You

Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 12/05/2018 | Comments: 0

edlog data logger support and you

Just like people, data loggers can enter a phase of life called retirement. Our older, Edlog data loggers have been retired for some time now, and we have continued to provide free support for these reliable devices. We include free support when you purchase our... read more