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Tips to Troubleshoot and Optimize Large RF Networks: Part 2

Author: Nathanael Wright | Last Updated: 12/20/2023 | Comments: 1

tips to troubleshoot and optimize large rf networks: part 2

In this blog article, I’ll share with you the next five tips (6 through 10) that you can use to help troubleshoot your radio frequency (RF) networks. This is the second article in our three-part series. If you missed my first article or want to... read more

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

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 family... 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

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

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

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

Why Do Variable Wind Speed Readings Occur with a Constant Wind?

Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 01/31/2018 | Comments: 4

why do variable wind speed readings occur with a constant wind?

At some point, you may have watched the real-time wind readings from your data logger and seen the wind speed bouncing back and forth. Then, you probably wondered if it really was that gusty outside. In many cases, what you are seeing is the resolution... read more

Using Loops in CRBasic to Prevent Unnecessary Skipped Scans

Author: Gary Roberts | Last Updated: 05/31/2017 | Comments: 2

using loops in crbasic to prevent unnecessary skipped scans

Maybe you’re like me when it comes to skipped scans. I have always disliked seeing skipped scans in my data loggers. I have been trained to watch out for them and do my best to write my CRBasic programs in a way that makes them... read more

One Helpful Method to Diagnose a Modbus Communication Problem

Author: Paul Smart | Last Updated: 03/08/2017 | Comments: 6

one helpful method to diagnose a modbus communication problem

Have you ever set up a Campbell Scientific data logger as a Modbus server and discovered that your data was not arriving at your SCADA system as you expected? You may have quickly realized two things: troubleshooting the communication problem is not an easy task,... read more

6 Tips to Protect Your Weather Station from Birds

Author: Robin Deissinger | Last Updated: 05/25/2016 | Comments: 0

6 tips to protect your weather station from birds

You’ve got your weather station set up and running, your data is coming across just fine, and then a bird decides your station is a wonderful place to make a home. That’s great for the bird, but not so great for the performance of your... read more

How to Handle Common Issues with USB to RS-232 Adapter Cables

Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 01/27/2016 | Comments: 7

how to handle common issues with usb to rs-232 adapter cables

Have you had difficulty using a USB to RS-232 adapter to connect your RS-232 device to a computer? If so, you are not alone. Our customers frequently encounter issues with these adapters. In this article, I’ll briefly discuss the origin of these issues and provide... read more

7 Steps to Determine if Your Solar-Charged Power Supply Has a Problem

Author: Jason Ritter | Last Updated: 11/24/2015 | Comments: 5

7 steps to determine if your solar-charged power supply has a problem

Are you having communication problems or seeing readings you don't trust? Is it possible your solar-charged power supply is the cause? How can you find out for sure? As we mentioned in the “6 Steps to Determine if Your Data Logger Needs Repairing” blog article, many data... read more

A Data Logger Connection Culprit with Benefits

Author: Dana Worley | Last Updated: 11/18/2015 | Comments: 0

a data logger connection culprit with benefits

When you have work to do, there’s nothing more frustrating than being unable to connect to your data logger in the field. We’ve all been there: You’re in LoggerNet’s Connect window pressing the Connect button, and you’re met with nothing but the endless flashing “connecting... read more

Troubleshooting Best Practices for Data Acquisition Systems

Author: Jason Ritter | Last Updated: 07/08/2015 | Comments: 0

troubleshooting best practices for data acquisition systems

Are your current troubleshooting methods not as helpful as you’d like them to be? This article discusses a number of troubleshooting best practices you can use, which may help you determine the source of the problem and resume your data collection more quickly. When I... read more

6 Common Communication Problems Involving Serial Connections

Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 05/29/2015 | Comments: 9

6 common communication problems involving serial connections

Your data logger may record great data, but if you can't retrieve it, the data isn’t going to do you much good. To ensure your successful data retrieval, it’s essential that you can troubleshoot possible problems that may arise with PC-to-data-logger communication over a serial... read more

How to Check the Accuracy of Your Solar Radiation Measurements

Author: Bruce Smith | Last Updated: 05/29/2015 | Comments: 0

how to check the accuracy of your solar radiation measurements

Solar radiation is an important measurement for many researchers and those who are monitoring their evapotranspiration values for irrigation purposes. If you have been wondering how accurate your solar radiation measurement is, Apogee Instruments (an associated company of Campbell Scientific) has a Clear Sky Calculator mobile... read more