Derby High School ARISS contact – Panel

I was fortunate to attend The Derby High School, Bury’s ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contact with ESA astronaut Tim Peake last week, representing the Radio Society of Great Britain’s Youth Committee.

Following the successful ten-minute contact, I said a few words about the hobby of amateur radio:

You can view the recording of the whole event on ARISS UK’s YouTube channel.

Update Article in the Bury Times:

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Write-up of Derby High School’s ARISS contact 2016-04-25

This article was originally published in Radcom, vol.92 No.7 July 2016 p.72-73.

The staff and students of Derby High School, Bury, and its partner primary schools, had been preparing for their amateur radio contact with Tim Peake for months – researching the work of astronauts and learning about the science behind space exploration. Continue reading “Write-up of Derby High School’s ARISS contact 2016-04-25”

Watson W8681 weather station feeding data to WUnderground via a Raspberry Pi

Install Raspbian on your Pi. In the setup process go to Advanced and enable SSH. Also, set it to boot to the command line rather than the desktop – you should be able to run this headless.

Do some basic maintenance

Install Python

Install dependencies:

Now install WeeWX
Visit http://weewx.com/downloads to find the link to the latest .deb file. In this case it is weewx_3.3.1-1_all.deb.
Download it:

Install it:

The installer will ask you for a location, lat/long (decimal degrees) of your location, altitude, station type and hardware model.
For the W8681 it is a “FineOffsetUSB” type, and the model # is “W-8681”

will give you an idea of if it is working or not.
If dpkg complains of missing dependencies then simply perform sudo apt-get update followed by sudo apt-get -f install.

You might notice in the syslog that you get a USB error – this occurs if you have not yet plugged in the weather station receiver.

Plug in the receiver if you haven’t already.
Then, edit /etc/weewx/weewx.conf. I used nano. You will need to be root.
Adjust settings such as piping it to wunderground, or to aprs.fi/CWOP if you would like.
Save the file, and then start weewx again:

Done.