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 Post subject: Do You Have a Hobby"
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:05 am 
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What is it? Is it something you actively participate in, or are you more like me: in some cases an "arm-chair" hobbiest who does more dreaming and planning that actually participating?

One of my hobbies is model railroading. Although I have neither the time nor the room to build a layout, I enjoy reading books and magazines about the subject, and viewing Internet videos demonstrating the layouts created by others. Perhaps a day will come when I, too, can do the same.

And I enjoy weather. I have a personal weather station mounted atop my house that broadcasts to a speciific weather-related website throughout the day and night. I also offer an Internet email-based weather advisory system that provides subscribers up-to-date weather information specific to their respective area (US only).

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A few years back I got into the model railroad hobby. The kid and I made a nice 4x8 layut in the basement. But after 2 years of fairly dry springs we got a really wet one and the layout became a moldy pile of fake grass.
I was working on running a double track around the living room on bookshelves but that was stopped by she who must be obeyed.
So now my only hobby is the farm.

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I did paintings in acrylics or watercolours, but haven't done any for years since Arthur Itis took up residence.
I was a 'hobby bobby' ...Special Constable...years ago until I resigned to take care of my late partner.


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Both me and my brother are a bit of weather nuts, Road. We're putting up a weather station (Another, note) in the back yard today.


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I collect gold, silver, guns and ammo.

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"nic", are you using a commercially produced station, or a grouping of individual instruments you gathered on your own?

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SiberD wrote:
I collect gold, silver, guns and ammo.

Yeah, I've got that and the year's supply of food or more. I've got 32 "solar" electric guitars and 12 amps, and neighbors too far away to here mush of it when I play at concert volume. Got the Earthship gardens and now outdoor gardens going, and the archery target set up in the back yard. Got black powder, too, which is always fun. Got some model airplanes, including R/C to build, guitars in mod process, but no little railroad anymore. :lol:

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Toss in beer, books and a good woman and you got it all, Johnnie! \:D/

I've got a Davis precision model, Road. We're planning on putting it up today: we just can't decide where to put it. Probably on the roof....


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Toss in beer, books and a good woman and you got it all, Johnnie! \:D/

I've got a Davis precision model, Road. We're planning on putting it up today: we just can't decide where to put it. Probably on the roof....

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I quit the beer and switched to wine....improves with age :wink:

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If you mount the station on the roof, you might want to consider some type of a solar shield for the thermo sensor. Direct sunlight onto the unit can throw off your temperature readings substantially. Because, at the time I purchased my weather station, no such critter was available, I fashioned one out of a plastic milk carton and mounted it between the thermo-hydro sensor and the shaft onto which the unit is mounted.

By the way, I have a LaCrosse Technology WS-2310 wireless weather station.

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Road, do you have a webpage? There was a picture of a guy in a blue shirt......anyone we know? :D


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endorphines...and rum.

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For the time being, this is as close as it comes to having a full-blown webpage:

http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KTXPORTA4

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Ok, that's cool.


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That's where the weather data collected by my station is transmitted and formatted. Note, however, that for some as yet unexplained reason, there are variations from the actual data. I've been working with both the equipment manufacturer, the software producer and WeatherUnderground in trying to figure out where the errant data is coming from. There isn't anything in either their records, or my database which would indicate severe fluctuations.

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