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  Why firmware is not open-source?
Posted by: EugeneF - 2014-08-10, 22:07 - Forum: Hardware, Software, Lightning Physics - Replies (2)

Why the firmware for the receiving stations is not open source? I think it is not safe. The point is - you suggest us to buy and install at our home some hardware "black box", witch is receiving something broadband from the air, process it by the unknown way, and send it to the internet via closed protocol. And the controller board even have a built-in microphone! How can we be shure, that your device does only what it supposed to do, and does not do anything else in the background? Maybe capturing mobile phone transmissions, maybe police or military radio communications, maybe everything heard by the microphone... Of course most probably it is not true, bat maybe. Just maybe... Especially after all that Snouden revelations and so on... Smile It turns out, it is only a matter of trust, and it is not good.

In such cases, out of respect for your users, usual solution is distributing the open-source software, which anybody who familiar with programming can check and make shure that it is "clean" and work properly. And closed sources arise suspicions, that you have something to hide... Are you? Wink

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  Wrong Position on Lightningmaps
Posted by: Peter.Altschul - 2014-08-10, 16:05 - Forum: Website, Maps and Applications - Replies (1)

Why is the Station-Position on Lightningmaps about 3km wrong? on "blitzortung.org" they are correct, also on my controller. On the lightningmaps, my homestation is shown about 3km in direction 120°.
Peter
see also the station 1090 and 914 in the "lac leman" near Lausanne, certainly not installed in the "lac leman"

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  Costs of contributing as a school project?
Posted by: Martin G7MRV - 2014-08-10, 09:50 - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

Hi,

My local school is looking for projects to become involved in for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), as my son is at the school, and I am known to be in the broadcasting industry, I have been asked for interesting and suitable ideas,

I think contributing to this project would be a very exciting and valuable choice for the school, especially as I note that our area (Yorkshire, Northern England) is very poorly covered!

I have enquired about the availability of kits, and am, like many others, awaiting news. But, something I dont know is what are the costs involved? Particularly, how much does the standard, full, kit cost?

Also, does the project have any special support in place for school involvement in the project?


Regards
Martin

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  Posting videos on Facebook
Posted by: MargateSteve - 2014-08-08, 18:04 - Forum: Website, Maps and Applications - Replies (1)

Hi all.

I discovered lightningmaps.org recently and have occasionally posted screen recordings of it on Facebook. Tonight, for the first time, Facebook has rejected the video for copyright infringement.

So my question is, is it ok to post videos taken from lightningmaps or blitzortung. It is just the occasional 15 or so second video when it looks like a storm is heading our way and, to be honest, it has found you a stack of new fans as a dozen or so people at work today were keeping track of it as a result of the video I posted!

I would be grateful if someone could let me know if it is ok to do this?

Regards
Steve

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  woher Hardware bekommen
Posted by: bhubert1978 - 2014-08-07, 15:29 - Forum: Non-English - Replies (4)

hallo liebes Team und Leser,

ich bin hier seit ein paar Tagen ganz fasziniert von dieser tollen Seite und verfolge sie tagtäglich. Nun habe ich mir überlegt, ich würde gerne bei dem Projekt mitmachen, jedoch anscheinend gibt es keine Hardware mehr. Soweit so gut - ich habe auch schon das PDF bzgl. Manual gelesen - aber trotzdem fehlt mir immer noch irgendwie eine Liste was ich brauche und wie ich es zusammenbauen bzw. löten müsste.

Bin ich nur etwas blind oder habe ich was übersehen? Wer kann mir hierbei helfen. Am besten wäre natürlich ein Komplettpaket, aber wenn es sowas nicht gibt, dann baue ich es auch gerne selbst zusammen - das ist kein Problem (bzw. einer meiner Kumpels die das können).

Wer kann mir helfen solange es noch Sommer ist und die Gewittersaison läuft?

Danke, lg bhubert

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  Want to contribute
Posted by: MHjerpe - 2014-08-07, 07:03 - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (5)

How to contribute, but don't have the right soldering skills Huh ?
Is there any friendly contributers (Sweden) who can build one or two more and sell as complete built kits ?

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  Using the amplifier only
Posted by: piotreeek - 2014-08-06, 16:54 - Forum: Hardware, Software, Lightning Physics - Replies (16)

Hi,

I'm an electronic hobbyist, owning a small weather logger. I just came across the whole documentation of the project and I guess it too expensive for me to establish my own station.
However, I'd like to, at least be able to log the strikes, so I was wondering whether it is possible to use only the antenna and the amplifier and connect its outputs to my 1wire impulse meter via an analog comparator.
The main problem is - will it work without the main board?

I know that the op-amps are digitally or manually controlled through atmega8. What will happen if I don't connect the main board, just assemble the aplifier one. Will it able me to control the amplification manually?

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  A quick question about contributing
Posted by: Looms - 2014-08-06, 13:31 - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

It looks like there are already three or more detectors in a quite close proximity to my location (less than 20 miles apart). Is it worth contributing to the project?

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  Detector at high altitude
Posted by: glacier - 2014-08-04, 13:48 - Forum: Hardware, Software, Lightning Physics - Replies (6)

We plan to install a detector at our glacier (Austria, Alps, 3150m) on a cable car station, we should have free sight into every direction there. I got some questions, it would be great if you can help me with your experience.

What is the range we can expect?
Will the cable car station produce false positives?


Thanks in advance.

Greetings, Glacier

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  How to zoom
Posted by: pjrambo - 2014-08-04, 13:47 - Forum: Website, Maps and Applications - Replies (1)

Hi..is it possible to zoom in on maps ? And how do I do that ?

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