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Pyranometers: What You Need to Know

Author: Alan Hinckley | Last Updated: 06/14/2017 | Comments: 2

pyranometers: what you need to know

If you are considering using pyranometers in your measurement application, there are many things you should know about them and how they work. Having this information in hand will help ensure you select the type of pyranometer most suitable for the data you need for... read more

Evapotranspiration: What It Is and How It Is Helpful

Author: Bruce Smith | Last Updated: 06/08/2017 | Comments: 1

evapotranspiration: what it is and how it is helpful

Have you ever heard someone mention "ET" and wondered what it meant? Assuming the person wasn’t talking about extra-terrestrials or Entertainment Tonight, the conversation was probably about evapotranspiration. Evapotranspiration (or "ET") is the water lost through plant transpiration and soil and plant evaporation. The images... read more

Using Loops in CRBasic to Prevent Unnecessary Skipped Scans

Author: Gary Roberts | Last Updated: 05/31/2017 | Comments: 0

using loops in crbasic to prevent unnecessary skipped scans

Maybe you’re like me when it comes to skipped scans. I have always disliked seeing skipped scans in my dataloggers. I have been trained to watch out for them and do my best to write my CRBasic programs in a way that makes them not... read more

Air Temperature and RH Sensors: What You Need to Know

Author: Bart Nef | Last Updated: 05/17/2017 | Comments: 4

air temperature and rh sensors: what you need to know

Although air temperature and relative humidity (RH) sensors provide the benefit of an economical means to collect measurement data for two parameters, there are some issues related to these sensors that you should be aware of. In this article, I’ll provide some background on air... read more

How Much Power Does Your Data Acquisition System Need?

Author: Janet Albers | Last Updated: 05/04/2017 | Comments: 0

how much power does your data acquisition system need?

Are you wondering what size battery and solar panel you need to run all of the devices in your data acquisition system? How will you know if your power supply can keep pace with your needs? To get these answers, you will need to estimate the... read more

What Are CDMs Anyway?

Author: Carolyn Ivans | Last Updated: 04/13/2017 | Comments: 0

what are cdms anyway?

If you are a Campbell Scientific customer, you may have heard of SDMs and multiplexers. But recently we added a new family of peripherals, called CDMs, to our product line. So, what are CDMs? How can they help you with your measurement needs? How do... read more

A Solution for IP Communication Problems: Konect PakBus Router

Author: Dana Worley | Last Updated: 04/05/2017 | Comments: 0

a solution for ip communication problems: konect pakbus router

IP communication has significantly changed the way many of us access our dataloggers. It is reliable, fast, and readily available—anywhere you have access to "the Internet," you have the ability to use this protocol to communicate with your datalogger. Sometimes, however, network access to your datalogger... read more

Use Pointers to Make Your CRBasic Programs More Efficient

Author: Gary Roberts | Last Updated: 03/23/2017 | Comments: 0

use pointers to make your crbasic programs more efficient

Pointers are a great tool for CRBasic programs. If you use them carefully, pointers can reduce the amount of program code you need to write, thereby increasing your program’s efficiency and enabling you to use less memory. (Your program can run faster because it does... read more

One Helpful Method to Diagnose a Modbus Communication Problem

Author: Paul Smart | Last Updated: 03/08/2017 | Comments: 4

one helpful method to diagnose a modbus communication problem

Have you ever set up a Campbell Scientific datalogger as a Modbus slave and discovered that your data was not arriving at your SCADA system as you expected? You may have quickly realized two things: troubleshooting the communication problem is not an easy task, and... read more

How to Use Call-back Capability so Your Datalogger Initiates Data Retrieval

Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 02/22/2017 | Comments: 0

how to use call-back capability so your datalogger initiates data retrieval

Have you come across situations where you want your datalogger to initiate data retrieval, rather than your PC? For example, do you have an environmental condition that you want to transmit alarm data for? Although IP-based communication is prevalent, sometimes you may need datalogger-initiated communication because... read more

Do You Use R? Here's a Tool for Importing Campbell Scientific Data

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 02/15/2017 | Comments: 2

do you use r? here's a tool for importing campbell scientific data

You may be familiar with R for data processing and analysis. But do you know how to easily import data that is in Campbell Scientific’s TOA5 format into R? In this article, I’ll briefly discuss R and TOA5, and then share a function to create... read more

Minimize Losses from Frost Using Direct Measurements

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 02/08/2017 | Comments: 0

minimize losses from frost using direct measurements

Are you concerned about frost damage to your crops? There are a number of high-value crops that are critically vulnerable to frost damage. Especially on buds, flowers, and early fruit, frost can cost growers thousands of dollars per acre. For a long time, many growers have monitored... read more

Sending Email from Your Datalogger Just Got Easier!

Author: Dana Worley | Last Updated: 01/25/2017 | Comments: 6

sending email from your datalogger just got easier!

Have you had problems finding an SMTP server to use to send emails from your datalogger? Are compatibility issues causing you to look for a work-around? Keep reading for a solution that may be just what you need. Some Background In 2006, we added the ability in... read more

Exciting Possibilities for CR310 Users

Author: Robin Deissinger | Last Updated: 01/11/2017 | Comments: 0

exciting possibilities for cr310 users

In this short interview, Sam Utley, the product manager for the new CR310, tells us about the enhanced functionality this datalogger provides and why he feels the CR310 offers exciting possibilities for our customers. Sam is a member of the Product Management (PM) team at... read more

Answers to 5 Common Questions about Storing Data to Memory Cards

Author: Carolyn Ivans | Last Updated: 01/04/2017 | Comments: 3

answers to 5 common questions about storing data to memory cards

You may use CompactFlash or microSD memory cards for external storage of your datalogger data, but are you using your cards correctly? In this article, I’ll answer some common questions you may have about memory card usage. Recommended for You: If you haven’t done so... read more

Available Security Measures for Internet-Connected Dataloggers

Author: Dana Worley | Last Updated: 12/07/2016 | Comments: 2

available security measures for internet-connected dataloggers

The Internet of Things offers a lot of advantages in today’s culture. There are consumer devices that let you monitor and control mood lighting and music in your home, keep track of last week’s leftover dinner in your refrigerator, and help you brew a cup... read more

How to Replace “Undefined” or “N/A” with Your Real-Time Data Values

Author: Janet Albers | Last Updated: 11/30/2016 | Comments: 0

how to replace “undefined” or “n/a” with your real-time data values

If you use Campbell Scientific datalogger support software to connect to your datalogger, you may monitor your data from within the software. Have there been times when you’ve seen “Undefined” or “N/A” instead of your data values? What does that mean, and how do you... read more

How to Prevent a Program Update from Causing a Loss of Communication

Author: Robert Hyatt | Last Updated: 11/10/2016 | Comments: 3

how to prevent a program update from causing a loss of communication

Imagine that you have a datalogger station three hours away that gathers your measurement data. To physically get to your station, not only do you have to drive for three hours, but then you have to hike for an hour up a snow-covered mountain. A couple... read more

Sharing Your Monitored Data via Social Media

Author: Barbra Utley | Last Updated: 10/28/2016 | Comments: 0

sharing your monitored data via social media

Whether you measure and monitor conditions for flooding, road weather, aviation, fire, or avalanches, your data is important to you and those with whom you share it. Oftentimes, sharing your data quickly is critical, as conditions may change rapidly and require prompt action. In this... read more

The Many Possibilities of PakBus Networking

Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 10/12/2016 | Comments: 2

the many possibilities of pakbus networking

What do you do if you have two dataloggers installed really close to each other and you only want to pay the bill for running one cellular modem? How do you get data from both dataloggers using a single modem? How do you get your... read more