La Crosse Technology 2800 User Manual

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La Crosse Technology ®

Heavy Weather

Pro

Software User’s Guide

(for 2800 series weather stations with USB connectivity)

Revision: 1.3

CONTENTS

Contents ........................................................................................................................................................................

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Overview........................................................................................................................................................................

6

Getting Started ..............................................................................................................................................................

7

Licensing....................................................................................................................................................................

7

System Requirements ...............................................................................................................................................

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Set up Your Weather Station Hardware....................................................................................................................

8

Download the Software ............................................................................................................................................

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Installation.....................................................................................................................................................................

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Installing the Heavy Weather Pro Software ..............................................................................................................

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Installing the USB Communication Device ..............................................................................................................

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Synchronizing...............................................................................................................................................................

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What is synchronizing?............................................................................................................................................

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Synchronization checklist ........................................................................................................................................

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Putting the Heavy Weather Pro software in Synchronize Mode.............................................................................

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Synchronizing During (or immediately after) Installation...................................................................................

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Synchronizing Any Time (other than during installation of the software)..........................................................

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Putting the Weather Station in Synchronize Mode.................................................................................................

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If Synchronization is Not Successful ........................................................................................................................

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Repeating the Synchronization Process..............................................................................................................

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Operation.....................................................................................................................................................................

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Main window...........................................................................................................................................................

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Menu .......................................................................................................................................................................

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File.......................................................................................................................................................................

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Edit......................................................................................................................................................................

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View ....................................................................................................................................................................

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Extras ..................................................................................................................................................................

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Help.....................................................................................................................................................................

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Options ....................................................................................................................................................................

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Setting Alarms .........................................................................................................................................................

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Min Max Values.......................................................................................................................................................

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Graphical Forecast...................................................................................................................................................

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Temperature and Humidity.....................................................................................................................................

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Dewpoint Temperature...........................................................................................................................................

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What is the “dewpoint”? ....................................................................................................................................

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The relationship between dewpoint, Temperature and relative humidity ........................................................

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How does the dewpoint affect me?....................................................................................................................

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Min and max dewpoint.......................................................................................................................................

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Windchill..................................................................................................................................................................

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What is wind chill? ..............................................................................................................................................

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How does wind chill affect me?..........................................................................................................................

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Relative (air) Pressure .............................................................................................................................................

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What is relative pressure? ..................................................................................................................................

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Air pressure and weather forecasting ................................................................................................................

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Relative Pressure Alarm......................................................................................................................................

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Rain..........................................................................................................................................................................

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Last hour .............................................................................................................................................................

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Last 24 Hours ......................................................................................................................................................

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Last week ............................................................................................................................................................

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Last month ..........................................................................................................................................................

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Total ....................................................................................................................................................................

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Wind Speed and Direction.......................................................................................................................................

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Current Wind Speed ...........................................................................................................................................

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Wind Direction History Indicators.......................................................................................................................

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Gust.....................................................................................................................................................................

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Max .....................................................................................................................................................................

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Alarm...................................................................................................................................................................

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Charts, Graphs and Trends ..........................................................................................................................................

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Overview .................................................................................................................................................................

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The History file....................................................................................................................................................

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What is a Template? ...........................................................................................................................................

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What is a Graph?.................................................................................................................................................

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Main window...........................................................................................................................................................

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The File Management window................................................................................................................................

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History tab ..........................................................................................................................................................

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template tab .......................................................................................................................................................

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Graph tab ............................................................................................................................................................

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Working with History Data and Files .......................................................................................................................

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Viewing History Data records .............................................................................................................................

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Working With Template Files ..................................................................................................................................

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The Template Properties Window ......................................................................................................................

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Saving a Template as a Graph .................................................................................................................................

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Working with Graphs and Templates......................................................................................................................

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Opening a Graph.................................................................................................................................................

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Identifying The Chart Type..................................................................................................................................

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Moving the Chart ................................................................................................................................................

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Zooming In ..........................................................................................................................................................

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Zooming Out .......................................................................................................................................................

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Troubleshooting / FAQ ................................................................................................................................................

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Heavy Weather Pro loses connection with my weather station overnight.............................................................

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How Do I Export Data From Heavy Weather?.........................................................................................................

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The Wind, Outdoor Temp, Dewpoint and Windchill are Blank ...............................................................................

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Heavy weather pro does not reconnect to the weather station.............................................................................

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Why do I see big spikes in the wind or rain data?...................................................................................................

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I have lost connection with my external rain and/or wind sensor(s)......................................................................

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Uninstalling Heavy Weather....................................................................................................................................

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OVERVIEW

Welcome to Heavy Weather Pro, the display and management software application designed for use with your La Crosse® Technology wireless personal weather station.

Heavy Weather Pro allows you to use a PC to monitor and record weather data received from

your La Crosse® Technology wireless weather station, via a proprietary USB device that was provided with your 2800 series weather station.

You can monitor and record a variety of data collected by your weather station including both indoor and external values sampled by the various weather station sensors.

You can also review weather history data, and analyze trends and tendencies over time using the software's charts and graphing features.

The following pages detail the features and usage of the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

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GETTING STARTED

Let’s go over the things needed to prepare for installing the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

LICENSING

Heavy Weather Pro software is licensed to you free of charge with the qualifying purchase of a La Crosse® Technology hardware model. You may install it on one PC, and if desired, the same owner may install one

additional copy on one notebook. Reasonable backups of the software may be made for disaster recovery purposes. If you transfer the hardware to a new owner, you must uninstall and transfer the software CD with the unit, safely destroying, to the reasonable extent possible, related backup media.

Legal Notices

Copyright 2009

©La Crosse Technology USA All rights reserved.

We reserve the right to delete or change any image whether or not uploaded onto the La Crosse Technology server by a user of the Heavy Weather software products.

The Heavy Weather software products are protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties and well as other intellectual property laws and treaties.

The Heavy Weather software products are licensed for use with the La Crosse Technology® wireless weather station only.

The Heavy Weather software products may not be separated for use on any other product not authorized by La Crosse Technology®.

La Crosse Technology® may provide you with support services related to the Heavy Weather software products.

All title and copyrights in and to the Heavy Weather software products (including but not limited to any images, photographs, animations, video, audio, music and text incorporated into the Heavy Weather software products), the accompanying printed materials, and any copies of the Heavy Weather software products are owned by La Crosse Technology® or its suppliers.

You may not copy the printed materials accompanying the Heavy Weather software products.

These statements are a summarized version of the license and legal notes. If you have further questions, please contact La Crosse Technology® Customer Support at 1 888 211 1923.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

To use the Heavy Weather Pro software, the minimum requirements for your PC are as follows:

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows XP (SP3 or greater)

Windows Vista (SP1 or greater)

Windows 7

Internet service is required to download the software and manuals. Its ongoing use is only required if you intend to use the temperature upload features in the software.

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SET UP YOUR WEATHER STATION HARDWARE

Before installing the Heavy Weather Pro software on your computer, you should complete the setup of your La Crosse Technology® wireless weather station. If you have not already setup your weather station, please take the time to do so before continuing with the installation of the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

For detailed instructions regarding the setup and usage of your La Crosse Technology® weather station hardware, please refer to the Quick Setup Manual provided with the weather station, or the weather station Operations Manual which can be found online atwww.lacrossetechnology.com/2812.

If the weather station and all sensors are working properly, the weather station should be displaying values in all of the various data fields, as shown.

If your weather station is showing values like these, it is receiving data from the sensors and is ready to be connected to the Heavy Weather Pro software and your PC.

DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARE

If you have not already done so, or do not have the latest version of the Heavy Weather Pro software application, you may download it for free.

To download the software, go to www.lacrossetechnology.com/2812.

Save the installation file to your computer (remember to make a note regarding where you save it – you’ll need this later).

Note: I f you do not have internet access where you are installing the software, you will need to download the software from another location and save it to CD or disk, or contact Technical Support.

INSTALLATION

Ok let’s take a second and double check that we’re ready to install our Heavy Weather software. At this point, we should have:

The weather station itself set up and receiving data from the internal and external sensors.

Verified that the computer meets the minimum system requirements.

Downloaded or otherwise acquired the latest Heavy Weather Pro software application.

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If you have met these requirements, we’re ready to install the software. There are two parts to installing the Heavy Weather Pro software:

Installing the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

Installing or connecting the USB communication device to the PC.

INSTALLING THE HEAVY WEATHER PRO SOFTWARE

Locate the Heavy Weather Pro application file (this is the file you downloaded earlier). It is typically named setup_hw_wv5.exe. Double click the exe file to start the installation process. When the dialog below appears, click ‘Next’.

Click “Next” again to accept the default location for installation.

Note: If you are running a previous 3600 series weather station, install this software to a different location to avoid device conflict. To change the installation directory, just change the destination folder name.

Click ‘Next’ again to accept the default name for the Heavy

Weather application.

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When the ‘Ready to Install’ dialog appears, click the ‘Install’ button to begin the software installation process.

During the installation, the ‘Installing’ shows the installation progress.

When the ‘Completing…’ dialog appears, Heavy Weather Pro has finished installing.

Click “Finish” to complete the installation and start the Heavy Weather Pro application (if the checkbox labeled “Launch Heavy Weather” is selected). The installation has also added an icon to the desktop, and under Programs from which you can start the application at any time.

INSTALLING THE USB COMMUNICATION DEVICE

To install the USB communication device, simply plug it into any available USB port on the computer where you have installed the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

No driver installation is necessary because the USB device is self registering. Once the Heavy Weather Pro software is installed and synchronized, it will automatically connect to the USB device.

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