By June 7, 2007

Oregon Scientific atomic clock and weather station review

I hate being hot. If you’ve been to my house you already know this, as it is about 68 degrees here year-round. I get really grumpy any time the temperature is over 80 degrees, especially when circulation is low. Between that and my motorcycle riding I’ve developed a keen interest in the weather. I have three weather/radar sites bookmarked and thermometers all over the house. I kept a thermometer and humidity gauge in my office for awhile, but that didn’t tell me how warm it was in that mystical place called “Outside™.” I had been on the lookout for an Oregon Scientific clock and thermometer, and I snapped one up at tanga.com for $25 shipped.

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This particular Oregon Scientific “weather station” has an atomic clock that automatically updates wirelessly from a time server. I am guessing it uses NIST’s server but I’m not sure. Anyway, the weather station immediately locked in the correct time after I inserted the included batteries. I set the date and my time zone via the controls on the front. It was quite easy. I put the batteries in the wireless remote unit and placed it outside. After about a minute the weather station reported both the internal temperature and the outside temperature. I have the base station in my office. Because we have five computers and three monitors going in the office, the inside temperature is 71.4°F. It’s 85.3°F outside, up five degrees since I’ve started writing this entry.

The weather station can support up to three wireless remotes, but I am unsure of the maximum range on the units. My remote is outside and probably twenty feet away. I have not had any reception issues due to rain or overcast clouds, things that would often affect my 802.11b wireless network and/or my cable television and Internet (before I got FIOS).

I wish this weather station would report the humidity. Especially living in this part of Virginia, the difference between 30% humidity and 70% humidity will determine if I ride my motorcycle somewhere or take the Montero. Last year I rode downtown to see Lady Jaye at work; the ambient temperature was in the low 100s but the heat index was over 120°F. I would gladly trade date and region information (do I need to be reminded I am on the east coast?) for a humidity readout.

All in all, for $25 shipped I am very pleased with the Oregon Scientific atomic clock and weather station. Oregon Scientific no longer seems to sell my model, offering a replacement for $100. The newer version seems to come with two wireless monitors, but at that price I would not have purchased the unit. You can still find my model on eBay for equivalent pricing.

Oregon Scientific atomic clock and weather station, I award you four out of five STFU mugs!
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  1. Ben says:

    I’ve been looking at getting something similar from Peet Bros to hook up to APRS to make my own little broadcast weather system. Cost is prohibitive for me at the moment and cheaper systems like yours may be the temporary fix I need. 🙂

    I hear you about that humidity though.

  2. roclar says:

    I believe I have/had this exact model. It worked well until water got into the sensor outside and it stopped functioning. It was mounted under the overhang near my front door so it wasn’t directly exposed to the elements. You might want to take extra precautions to keep yours dry.

    My father also has one of these at his place and he has the base upstairs and a remote unit down at the lake about 120′ away and it works fine.