"We have long desired to set up a professional weather station on the exposed location, as weather influences are decisive for the radio wave ranges. That's why we contacted the weather sensor manufacturer Lufft", explains Thorsten Klages from the amateur radio club station DL0PTB.
We supported the the radio amateurs from Braunschweig with their plans. It quickly became clear that the WS601 compact weather station was the right choice: It delivers data on, amongst others, temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, air pressure, wind direction and wind speed.
"We have been successfully cooperating with the PTB for years. The well-chosen location in the 12th floor of the Willi Wien Tower convinced us to support the club", says Tobias Weil, marketing director of Lufft.
The weather station was installed by the technically interested radio amateurs themselves. The sensor was attached to an existing antenna mast of the tower using a traverse.
The radio amateurs plan to add the WS601 weather data to the ones issued by the lightning sensor from Earth Networks. The provider of the monitoring software "Weather Bug" collects weather data worldwide and makes these available to commercial users. In addition, the members of the radio station will publish all values via a database on their own website at www.dl0ptb.de.
In the past, we have already supported another radio amateur club: In 2015 the local association of the amateur radio club in Ravensburg got a compact weather station from Lufft. Ever since, the radio operators have published lightning strikes, temperature differences and storm warnings on their homepage.
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