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  Can E-field antenna be casted in resin?
Posted by: OH4GRM - 2020-05-31, 18:34 - Forum: Hardware, Software, Lightning Physics - Replies (3)

I wonder if E-field antenna could be casted in resin to make it more weatherproof. Would casting detoriate the performance? I have thought to put the antenna inside a plastic pipe tube and then fill it with resin to seal it from rain and weather.

Comments appreciated,


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  GPS Type for System Blue 20.6
Posted by: n7mot - 2020-05-23, 11:40 - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

I'm a newbie here so please excuse me if this is a duplication.  I did perform a search but didn't find anything.

I'm getting conflicting information regarding an appropriate GPS antenna for System Blue PCB 20.6.  Do I need an active or a passive antenna?  At one point I read the GPS needs to run on 3 VDC, yet I don't measure any voltage on the SMA connector on the board, and looking at the schematic it appears the GPS RX chip might already be on the board so passive would be what I need.

Any guidance would be appreciated.

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  Red System 1166 for sale
Posted by: 8mark - 2020-05-06, 22:20 - Forum: Hardware, Software, Lightning Physics - Replies (1)

Hi all. I've taken down station 1166, we have 2 high power electric fence systems on the property that wipe it out. It's time for a new quiet location to best serve Blitzortung. This station regularly ran in the top 10 and at times top few, easily picked up strokes from South America to the West coast from USA Tennessee. It has an E-Field and 2 carefully made ferrite rod antennas. This station has been up since 2013 until sporadic use the past few years.  I will place it on Ebay under the username 8mark on 5/10/2020.   Everything is included except the standard jumpers to the antennas, I hope it finds a great new home. Have a great day and stay safe.

The system is here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Blitzortung-Liv...Swh4Net~~4

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  Anyone has a used RED Amp device to sell?
Posted by: Sebastian.Mahr - 2020-05-05, 07:11 - Forum: Hardware, Software, Lightning Physics - No Replies

Hi all,

I am now working for years to create a completely unattended, solar powered lightning station, just solved the power problem and the fact that solar panels send lots of unwanted interferences.

My AMP PCB in the meantime after the years seems to be broken. 
Does somebody has an amp to sell maybe? I don't find the time to order / solder one again.

If not then I will consider going blue...

thanks with Best Regards from Munich,

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  How does one become a receiver station builder?
Posted by: Moonbouncer - 2020-04-30, 11:27 - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

I have been a lurker, just a blitzortung site watcher from time to time,  not very active but now wish to learn how to build a  Lightning detector receiver, and possibly place it at a needed remote region for use.
How do I start?  Where can I purchase necessary board, parts, kits, of the latest version of the receiver?
If the group had a most needed region world wide to place a new receiver, where would it be?     

Also, has anyone studied  detector efficiency in terms of hits when it is at an Antipode location?  Is there an increase in signal or propagation enhancement when you are at an antipode from the lightning strike?

Is there any way to quickly find and bring up a webcam at a location of an active lightning storm? 

If you are a ham radio operator,  say in the USA , California west coast,  and you see a severe storm in Florida and pointed your quads, or yagis to Florida, would you notice in receiver audio a higher noise level  or  lightning noise bursts when properly aimed at a high activity region, on the Blitzortung map?
Could you correlate seeing, specific strikes, factoring in the  multi second, delay factor, with what you hear?

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  how to change status to participant
Posted by: braind - 2020-04-24, 22:28 - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (8)

I'm a participant (station 2441, user1905). I used to be subscribed as participant but now seem to be as a registered member. How do I change forum  status to participant?

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  putting 2696 into service
Posted by: Nick.Bacich - 2020-04-22, 03:53 - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

It's taken me a few months to get the system going (mostly due to work restrictions)... But 2696 went live tonight. It will detect signals along side my now ancient (but still collecting data) 1374 system green. I'm so happy to get this device up and running. It is located in Savannah, GA USA.

Thank you egon for allowing me to participate.....


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  Wierd problem with LMO maps
Posted by: BobW - 2020-04-20, 02:11 - Forum: Website, Maps and Applications - Replies (3)

I was following my station picking up strikes. I noticed what looked like a "strike" kept showing up south of me. Clicking it shows "#1714". Double clicking offers to take me to the "station" - which doesn't really exist. Double clicking takes me to a random station. I've noticed that these are all over the US map. Most have a name of a station. You have to have "dot" 4 or 5 for stations ticked for this to show. 

Example snip below.

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  Lightningmaps.org waveforms not showing
Posted by: BobW - 2020-04-20, 00:41 - Forum: Website, Maps and Applications - No Replies

Hey all, 

Been away for a while. Working on getting my station back online. I noticed that in the "List of lightning discharges", there's no waveforms shown. Is this a known issue, or something new and in the process of being fixed?


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  Brackets for system blue enclosure
Posted by: petterfs - 2020-04-17, 18:37 - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

I wanted to hang the enclosure on the wall, and designed and printed a couple of brackets. The files will be shared on Thingiverse.com shortly (search for blitzortung)

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