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  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd
  • Weather Preferences: Cold Sancerre.
  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd

    OK - latest VP2 problem. Despite seeing my direction vane moving around, I have been recording due North constantly for 24 hours. Wind speed seems fine. Anyone else had this problem?

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  • Location: The Purbeck Microclimate, Dorset.
  • Weather Preferences: Gales, T-storms, Heavy Rain, Heat, Cold - Love it all.
  • Location: The Purbeck Microclimate, Dorset.
    5 hours ago, in the vale said:

    OK - latest VP2 problem. Despite seeing my direction vane moving around, I have been recording due North constantly for 24 hours. Wind speed seems fine. Anyone else had this problem?

    How old is your anemometer? Older versions use a reed switch. Newer models have potentiometers.

    I actually had 2 new ones fail in less than 18 months. Thankfully, the 3rd one has been going fine.

    What happened with mine was, wind was blowing from W for example, it would flick back to North and then back to W again. It would just keep doing that, and maybe rectify itself for a day or two, before repeating the same thing.

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    On VP2 systems, cable damage involving the direction conductor will cause the direction to show North, either constantly or, with intermittent wire contact, from time to time;

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    Overview This topic covers issues and faults with readings of wind speed or wind direction. These are often also referred to as anemometer issues. (Strictly...

     

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  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd
  • Weather Preferences: Cold Sancerre.
  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd
    9 hours ago, Mapantz said:

    How old is your anemometer? Older versions use a reed switch. Newer models have potentiometers.

    I actually had 2 new ones fail in less than 18 months. Thankfully, the 3rd one has been going fine.

    What happened with mine was, wind was blowing from W for example, it would flick back to North and then back to W again. It would just keep doing that, and maybe rectify itself for a day or two, before repeating the same thing.

     

    Thanks for this link. I think I bought it early 2014 and it looks like I have the latest anemometer. Mine worked fine and then suddenly indicated North and stayed there - no flicking. I have since remembered that I did have to repair the cable a couple of years ago after I accidentally chopped it whilst clearing a vine from the house wall so I'll start there. It's also possible I nudged the terminal at the sensor suite end when I replaced my hygro/thermo sensor a month or so ago. Failing those ideas I'll have to buy a new anemometer and get the big ladders out.....

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  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd
  • Weather Preferences: Cold Sancerre.
  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd
    On 09/04/2021 at 08:32, in the vale said:

    Thanks for this link. I think I bought it early 2014 and it looks like I have the latest anemometer. Mine worked fine and then suddenly indicated North and stayed there - no flicking. I have since remembered that I did have to repair the cable a couple of years ago after I accidentally chopped it whilst clearing a vine from the house wall so I'll start there. It's also possible I nudged the terminal at the sensor suite end when I replaced my hygro/thermo sensor a month or so ago. Failing those ideas I'll have to buy a new anemometer and get the big ladders out.....

    Fixed - it was the repair. A few wiggles and it's working again. 

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  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire

    I had this issue a couple of years ago and like yours it was the cable. I'd got an aerial fitter to put it up as I didnt fancy climbing up there on the ladders but had to anyway as he damaged the wire when putting it up.

    A scotchlok connector sorted it. Davis do a kit with spare cable and lots of the connectors for extending cable. 

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  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd
  • Weather Preferences: Cold Sancerre.
  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd
    14 hours ago, reef said:

    I had this issue a couple of years ago and like yours it was the cable. I'd got an aerial fitter to put it up as I didnt fancy climbing up there on the ladders but had to anyway as he damaged the wire when putting it up.

    A scotchlok connector sorted it. Davis do a kit with spare cable and lots of the connectors for extending cable. 

    I'm just relieved it was the cable and not the anemometer!

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  • Location: North York Moors
  • Location: North York Moors

    I would check the plug in connector is reasonably clean but most likely you'll need replace it.
     The actual sensor might be replaceable but if it's been up 7 years it will be getting tired anyway.
    My previous one low wind would no longer turn the cups so I changed bearIngs then shortly after had a similar north wind only (= no signal) issue so got another from weather spares 

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  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd
  • Weather Preferences: Cold Sancerre.
  • Location: Dead Centre of the Vale of Clwyd
    1 hour ago, 4wd said:

    I would check the plug in connector is reasonably clean but most likely you'll need replace it.
     The actual sensor might be replaceable but if it's been up 7 years it will be getting tired anyway.
    My previous one low wind would no longer turn the cups so I changed bearIngs then shortly after had a similar north wind only (= no signal) issue so got another from weather spares 

    It all seems ok again for now - 'touches wood'. 

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