The Heart of the Weather Center


     The weather station is a Davis Vantage Pro.  The station is connected to a dedicated computer which is running the Weather Display software under Windows 10. This computer collects data from the station, collects data from the internet and creates the web page which is updated every 5 minutes. This computer also creates two datafiles. One is used to upload data to NOAA via the CWOP program, the other allows other computes on the in-house network to see realtime weather data.  This computer also updates Wunderground every 3 seconds sith the ID KPABLOOM2.

     The second computer is running Windows 7 and collects near real-time radar and satellite images using GRLevel3 Radar software and ImageSalsa software. This computer also monitors the weather camera and creates the static image seen on the main page. This computer also checks for weather warnings every couple minutes and posts the warnings on the webpage. 

     From time to time information from the Weather Center is also used in Skywarn Severe Weather reporting via amateur radio or telephone reporting. The information is usually forwarded to the NWS office (CPA) in State College, PA in accordance with Skywarn protocol.

     This is the Davis Vantage Pro weather station in use at the weather center.  This unit measures all outside parameters including temp, humidity wind speed and direction and rainfall. This is monitored 24 hours a day with one of the dedicated computers in the weather center.


     The Start of the Weather Center    
     The Davis Weather Monitor II was installed in the summer of 1993. In the summer of 1994 the Datalink was added which allowed computer monitoring of the station.  During the summer of 1994 the outside Temp/Humidity sensor and the tipping bucket rain gauge were added. The weather center's web page started in the winter of 2000 as "The Catawissa Weather Center"


     I've been a licensed amateur radio operator since the spring of 1982.  I was first licensed as a novice with the callsign KA3IWW with the help of my elmer Roger, KA3BXD.  In the summer of 1984 I upgraded to General class holding the same callsign.  At this time the majority of my operating was done on the digital modes using RTTY, AMTOR, Packet (HF and VHF) and PACTOR. During that time I also was involved in using the amateur radio satellites, SSTV, some HSCW Meteor Scatter, and Aurora work on 2 meter CW. For a period of a few years I was also a ARMY MARS operator with the callsign AAT3MQ. In the spring of 1998 I updgraded to Advanced Class and changed my callsign to the present KF3BH.

    The station consists of a Icom IC-7410 HF thu 6 meters, Yaesu FT-920 HF thu 6 meters, and a Icom IC-910H  VHF/UHF all mode satellite radio and a Icom IC-2720..  I use a Rigblaster to connect the Yaesu to the computer shown on the right for digital modes. The Icom uses the USB interface. The HF antenna is a Hustler 6-BTV ground mounted with radials. The 6-BTV has been modded to add 12 and 17 meters by attaching quarter wave wires at the feedpoint for both bands.
    This setup can also use the Echolink system. The HF radio is also controlled via Ham Radio Deluxe V6. This allows me to remotely operate HF via voice and digital modes with my laptop. With this setup I operate everything from PSK-31 via Digital Master to WSJT-X and the WSPR software.

     I am a member of The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) which is a national association for amateur radio operators. Over the years I've earned WAS (CW),  WAC Mixed,  ARRL CW Proficency Test (20 WPM) and DXCC Mixed.  I've also gotten WAS-80 (mixed and digital), WAS-40 (mixed and digital) and WAS-20 (mixed and digital). As you can see I am NOT anti-CW.

     The large table in the middle of the room is a multi-purpose table with the main purpose being that of flight planning.  It is also used for work when repairing radios, computers and other assorted in need of repair stuff...

     The computer's shown along with other computers on the home network of 7 computers can remotely display the real time weather conditions gathered from the Davis Vantage Pro and the weather station monitoring computer.