There used to be a home weather station about a mile from the Boomershoot site that was available on the Internet via Weather Underground. I would check the weather and know it was a very good representation of what was going on at my property. My phone app, Field Ballistics, automatically looks up the closest weather station to your shooting location and can feed that information, including the direction you are shooting, into your shooting solution, Having temperature, air pressure, and wind for when I was doing some shooting on site without getting out my thermometer, wind gauge, and air pressure meter was very cool.
A couple years ago the family with the weather station moved away and took the weather station with them. Brother Doug has a weather station about two miles away but he hasn’t connected it to the Internet and isn’t interested in doing that. I contemplated putting one up at Boomershoot Mecca but with all the trees around it the wind measurement would be wrong. I finally decided that I would put one at the Boomershoot shooting line. I needed to put in solar power and a permanent Internet connection there, but I decided it was worth it.
Yesterday Kim and I did most of the work. I accidently left a critical part in Bellevue so it is not online yet but it’s close enough that it will be a short job the next time I visit. This is the pictorial story of putting up the weather station.
It was cold and there was deep snow. Dropping a bolt or nut into the snow would have been a serious problem so we assembled everything we could while in Doug’s family room. We loaded up everything, including snow shoes, and drove over to the Boomershoot site. We knew we would have to carry everything in the last 250 yards or so.
As expected, the driveway into the shooting line had drifts in it and there was no way we were driving in.
Meridian road was plowed but as sister-in-law Julie explained there is a new snowplow driver for the county road department. The community has taken to calling him ”One-Lane McClain”. We parked just across the road from the entrance, which was mostly blocked by a vehicle anyway. Since this was a one lane road thanks to the snowplow we got off the road as much as we could then shoveled so other people could get past us if they tried to get through while we were parked there.
We borrowed a toboggan from Doug and used it to take in the heavy stuff. The battery alone was 130 pounds. With the box and other equipment it was a bit challenging to get through the deep snow. I wore snowshoes but Kim had never worn snowshoes before and was hesitant to try. She tried to walk in my snowshoe and toboggan tracks but was breaking through up to her knees on every step. It was a lot of work and after about 50 feet I encouraged her to go back and try the snowshoes. She had to figure out the adjustment to match her feet but soon she was experiencing the joys of walking through deep snow with far less effort.
It took us three or four trips but we got everything in, the steel fence posts pounded through the frozen ground, and everything assembled with the exception of some wires that came loose as we were jostling things into place.
This is the shooting berm. The snow drifts feathered the edges into nothingness.
By the time we finished, about 4:45, we were starting to get some nice colors in the sunset.
It was on the cold side of normal. It was 17 F when we arrived about 2:15. When we left about 4:45 it was 7 F. Kim, thinking ahead brought a thermos with hot water. It felt so good to warm up my mouth and face by sipping on the cup of hot water when we would take a break.
When the station goes online, probably sometime next month or maybe early March, I’ll post the URL.
Update: Brother Doug sent me an email telling me that Kim and I were working on the property the day before the 99th anniversary of when my Grandmother Huffman (Sadie Carey at the time) and two of her sisters purchased the place. This land has been in our family ever since.
Thanks! Awesome news!
You are welcome.
Too bad that it is in the middle of your shooting position.
To be considered a “good” placement, there are NOAA guidelines for the siting (PDF here) and that looks like it would be slightly less than ideal (on a hilltop / slope) but still pretty darn good. Considerably better than many used in the “official” weather data.
I can’t quite tell where is is, exactly. What shooting position is it by?
It’s on the shooting berm somewhere about position 60 or 61. It is easily moved.
Thanks for the links. I’ll read them and figure out what my best options are. It is wireless and I think it has enough range I could put it near the porta-potties or in the Lowlands area.
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One gets the impression that you like taking pictures of her and just needed an excuse.
I think that a beautiful woman in the frame is an improvement to nearly every picture. But this wasn’t so much about me needing an excuse to take pictures of her.
She needs to put in a Wi-Fi “relay station” at her remote home in order to get Internet service. This exercise was, in part, to give her the knowledge on how to do that.
And Kim and I had a good time together doing something very productive.
What brand & model weather station are you using?
Ambient Weather WS-1400-IP.
It looks like a Frozen&Locked brand, likely the Frosty12 model, based on the most recent pictures posted.
Can you offer more details on the internet side of things? How far? What equipment? Etc
I have a permanent Internet access point at Boomershoot Mecca. It is a wireless connection to First Step Internet, using their equipment to connect to Teakean Butte about four miles to the north. At Mecca I have a router and Ubiquiti Bullet M2 Titanium with a TP-Link 2.4GHz 12dBi Outdoor Omni-directional Antenna. This antenna has line of sight, of about 1050 yards, to the Boomershoot shooting line where I have another Ubiquiti Bullet and 12dBi omni-directional antenna.
From the Bullet at the shooting line my phone has “usable” (but not great) Wi-Fi 700 yards to the south on top of the hill where the most distant targets are placed. Wi-Fi is good for most of the shooting line. The extreme west end of the shooting line is out of sight behind a hill and there is no signal there but all of the line to the east is covered.
Does that answer your question?
Yeah, that’s very helpful. I’m not aware of any wireless providers in my area but I’ve played with some line of sight Ubiquiti M900s. We didn’t get near the speeds we were hoping for.
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Joe, I am an instructor with Revere’s Riders, a 501(c)3 marksmanship program and I have an idea for an iPhone app for rifle shooters. Please shoot me an email if you are interested in the idea.
Check your email.