Can anyone tell me why 5 independent wireless weather stations would all stop connecting at the same time?

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Can anyone tell me why 5 independent wireless weather stations would all stop connecting at the same time?

I have 5 wireless thermometer/weather stations that stopped communicating between the outdoor sensor and the indoor display. This happened to all of them at the same time. They are all different brands - LaCrosse, Oregon Scientific, Ambient Weather, Thermor. There are a total of 5 sensors and 7 receivers/displays inside. All of the displays are working showing info such as time and indoor temperatures. The outdoor sensors either have a small display or a little red LED that flashes when a signal is being sent, they all seem fine. The batteries have checked out as good. Some of the displays are battery and some are plugged into an outlet. So the hardware seems fine and for some reason the signal is not making it from one to the other. Two of them were purchased early this year and the others have been working for years. There are no cellphones, laptops, wifi, walkie talkies, CB radios or any other transmitting devices that I know of nearby. They are located at different locations outside and the receiver/displays are in 6 different rooms.

 

Last year the 3 that I had at the time all stopped communicating at the same time just like now. It was close to a week before any of them started working and it took almost 2 weeks before they finally started working properly. They came back gradually where they would work for a few minutes before losing the signal then hours later they would pick up the signal a little longer. The amount of time they were getting the signal kept getting longer each day until a week later were they stayed in communication. It was like the atmosphere needed to clear to allow the signal through. When I told a friend about it he pointed out to me it was the same day and roughly the same time there were numerous power and internet interruptions in the northeastern US which covered my area. Some people at the time were talking about a test of the "internet kill switch". I am not a conspiracy theorist but he did say it sounded like how a narrow band EMP would act. That is far beyond my knowledge.

 

I would like to know what could possible cause 5 unrelated electronic devices to quit working at the exact same time. I don't know much about how these type of radio signals work and would just like to get these things working again.

 

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

 

 

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  • Radio interference is on the rise
  • Weather station sensors use exceptionally low power transmitters and are particularly prone to interference

If you can’t correlate a new device usage to the interference problem, you would need to have an “expert” come and see what’s causing the issue. You can get radio meters that show relatively nearby transmissions. They’re called EMF meters.

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Could be literally anything, even an old teevee.

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433 or 900MHz weather stations?

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@species8472

Wish i had a solution for you…
Had same problem myself for a while now, got this gadget at Costco that has a wireless outside temperature sensor that used to work fine when new, and now for last couple of years mostly shows this ( : ) instead of outside temperature.
I thought that it was just bad luck and i got a faulty unit, now i see others have issues as well, must be the electronic genie curse…
Another weird behavior i get is with one of my portable radios,every time my neighbor uses her SUV to open her garage door one of my portable radios turns ON. Used to drive me nuts until i figured it out, now i make sure to take the battery out when not in use.

Hope someone will chime in with a solution for you.

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No doubt something is jamming the signal.
A cheap walwart switching power supply? Try unplugging all such devices in your house. If it works, plug them back in one at a time to isolate the offender. It could also be something at a neighbour’s house.

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LowLumen wrote:
No doubt something is jamming the signal. A cheap walwart switching power supply? Try unplugging all such devices in your house. If it works, plug them back in one at a time to isolate the offender. It could also be something at a neighbour’s house.

+1

Unplug everything that has a plug attached to it. Consider even the freezer and the fridge.
And by everything I mean: do a room-to-room sweep. If you must; flip the main-switch.
Have you installed new gadgets in the meantime? Maybe a powerplug for your internet? Charger?
A ventilator over your head? Airco, boiler, central heating pump. Things you normally “don’t notice”.
BTW household appliances (hoover) are notorious for causing ripples in the net when starting up.

Some things even apply to your neighbours, if they are connected to the same fase on the grid as you.
IF you’re on a 3-fase connection to the grid, try to feed your wifi stuff from an other fase.

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maybe the base station has changed its channel
did it power cycle or change batteries?
i have also had them change for no reason

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It’s the CIA. No doubt. Smile

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Have you had a cold snap or any sudden change of weather come thru recently, such as the night before they quit working? Are all of the outdoor sensors battery powered?

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Alexa, please jam the neighbors annoying weather stations. They’re interfering with my new wireless toilet flusher

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Do you know time wise and date when it happened this time?

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Satan,

Putin,

Or Dick Cheney

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I blame Pfizer.

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Muto wrote:
Satan,

Putin,

Or Dick Cheney


Don’t be redundant.
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Muto wrote:
Satan,

Putin,

Or Dick Cheney

Why Santa Evil
Sometimes I seem to be a bit dyslexic. Like when I read yes, and she meant no.

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It could be aliens. Maybe Jeff Goldblum can help.

For real, I’d suspect interference, or a dead receiver. “Reboot” them all by puling the power sources and see if it helps.

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when our wireless stations sporadically stopped showing sensor signals,
we relocated the sensors/station. that worked until it did not.
(we have only two: LaCrosse and Oregon Scientific)
we reset everything and they worked until they quit.
bottom line: insects were getting inside the sensors.
apparently, some insects LIKE electricity.

“There are a variety of insects that have an affinity for electrical hardware…”
https://www.mistersparky.com/expert-tips/circuits-and-wiring/bugs-in-you...

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 Thanks for all of the suggestions.

 

During the day today they all started picking up their signals again. Not all at once but over 12 hours or so.

 

I live in a rural area and no neighbors are too close. The hardware and batteries all look visually OK - no cracks, corrosion, bugs or water. Nothing new in the house. I have shut off individual breakers in the house but never all at once which is what I will try if this happens again.

 

 

 

This event started on Oct. 5 in the early AM EDT probably around 3:00 AM give or take an hour.

 

The event last year was on Sunday June 2 but I don't know the time. Here is a link that a friend sent me at the time that seemed like it could have been connected to.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-02/did-government-just-test-internet-kill-switch

 

I know nothing about the site but it was interesting to see what supposedly happened at the same time.

 

I don't know the MHz but will check into it.

 

One or two or even three having problems at once might happen but five unrelated ones at the same time points to something other than the weather stations themselves. It just tough finding it.

 

Again, thanks for the ideas.

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sp5it wrote:
433 or 900MHz weather stations?

 

They are 433 MHz. I do have another one that is 900MHz that is working and has always worked great.

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I had one stop and start working again back this spring around June.

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bottom line: insects were getting inside the sensors. apparently, some insects LIKE electricity./

Ooh, like the dreaded Rasberry ants…

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hank wrote:
https://www.google.com/search?q=air+force+radio+signal+garage+door+openers

Ya never know, the electronic smog is getting thick out there.

Cheyenne Mountain, eh?

I don’t think it’s coincidence that opening the iris on the chappa’ai was done with a GDO (garage-door opener)…

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Spiders are the constant enemies of accurate rainfall reports of my wireless stations.
Wife constantly belittles me with her mason jar totals.

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cohoer wrote:
Spiders are the constant enemies of accurate rainfall reports of my wireless stations. Wife constantly belittles me with her mason jar totals.

 

I spray the post holding the rain gauge with Terro Spider Killer and it keeps the spiders from coming.

 

When it is raining hard the message on the display of the Davis station actually says "Its Raining Cats and Dogs". 

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sp5it wrote:
433 or 900MHz weather stations?
They are 433 MHz. I do have another one that is 900MHz that is working and has always worked great.

420-470MHz it’s ham radio band in USA.
433.00-435.00 are Auxiliary/repeater links
Also 400MHz band is used for home security monitoring radio links, taxi repeaters etc. Those stations are using high power and can disrupt communication between weather station base and sensors even in 10-20km range because of low quality RF section in those devices.
Since it is ISM band you can do nothing about that except moving to 900MHz.
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Maybe there is a signal jammer present there…trying to disable antitheft alarms…

Who knows..

I want to know finally what the issue is…

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Lightbringer wrote:
hank wrote:
https://www.google.com/search?q=air+force+radio+signal+garage+door+openers

Ya never know, the electronic smog is getting thick out there.

Cheyenne Mountain, eh?

I don’t think it’s coincidence that opening the iris on the chappa’ai was done with a GDO (garage-door opener)…

Ok, now THAT was funny! Big Smile

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This event started on Oct. 5 in the early AM EDT probably around 3:00 AM give or take an hour.



One or two or even three having problems at once might happen but five unrelated ones at the same time points to something other than the weather stations themselves. It just tough finding it.

Yeah it has to be something to affect them all at the same time, such as a fast-moving storm front blowing thru and kicking off plenty of lightning. Such as exactly what happened at 2:53 AM on Oct 5th up there in snowbelt PA. i’ll take “Lightning EMI” for $100, and the Borg-beater for the win.

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 Lightning is something I had not considered but sounds like a real possibility. A look back shows we did have a small amount of rain then so lightning could have been in the area. But I still wonder about those Borg implants and their signals connecting to the collective.

 

My weather info is on weatherunderground here

https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KPAMEADV16

 

 

 

 

 

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