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04-05-2009, 03:31 AM
my ham radio friend karsten DL3HRT is putting together a new set of kits for their superb magnetometers.
I can arrange some kits for australia / new zealand interested parties if I get a bunch of us together.
would be interesting as the solar cycle increases to have a "down under" network of devices set up
check out the following links
anyone interested can email for details
rgds Simon ZL4PLM
05-05-2009, 08:46 AM
Sure - I'm always up for something new. More details would be good ie what else is required. Looking at the download page it indicated a PIC programmer or is that built into the kit?
05-05-2009, 08:12 PM
Interested. Any idea of roughly how much $ ?
05-05-2009, 08:45 PM
yep 130 eu for a kit inc 1 sensor... additional sensors allowing 2 or 3 axis measurements are 32 eu extra .... a special case can also be purchased for 15 eu.
kits are easy to build
the software is loaded to the unit by RS232 no programmer needed
we have about 8 kits being purchased for NZ now ... come on AU we need a couple over your way too!!
06-05-2009, 11:36 AM
Cool :) 3 axis measurements sounds intriguing. I'm up for anything that fits in a small backyard.
06-05-2009, 07:21 PM
Hi David the box is quite small for the actual meter
the sensors are around an inch or so
they need to be kept in a well insulated box but thats easy enough
ill be ordering some kits for a bunch of kiwis if your interested in adding yourself on
06-05-2009, 08:50 PM
I'm interested, but what skills would I need to put the kit together? Soldering, electonics?
06-05-2009, 09:53 PM
Yes please :)
05-05-2011, 10:36 AM
To resurrect this thread after two years, the SAM-III magnetometer kits are now available from Whit Reeve in the US (Alaska). The kits have progressed hugely in the past year or so, and Whit has done an excellent job turning the thing into a thoroughly professional product. See his website at http://www.reeve.com/SAMDescription.htm
I have just purchased one of the kits (not cheap - over $400 landed in Oz) and it is very well done, especially the manuals. It's not a kit for someone unused to soldering printed circuit boards. I'm busy building mine at the moment.
05-05-2011, 07:28 PM
Well I'm keen but it looks somewhat complicated to test and setup (there's a section on oscilloscopes in the manual....). I await your progress reports with bated breath.
06-05-2011, 10:31 PM
Well just bit the bullet and decided to order a prebuilt version. Now the task is to decide where to mount the sensors. It certainly won't be 1.5m underground..... I'm thinking either an indoor location or attached to the observatory. Just need so ideas on insulation that will keep the temp stable to within a degree 24/7.
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