I recently purchased a MOD-1016 chip for lightning detection in order to improve my weather station. The chip is based on the AS3935 chip (from the Austrian AMS company yay!) and ships as a complete
I2C-ready breakout module from embedded adventures.
I skip the following parts because I consider them trivial:
- Wiring to a Arduino Nano
The wiring part is actually the most tricky part, I will provide the schematics once I have a running system. For now I focus on getting the system online. The wiring on the following picture is accurate:
I put everything together in a nice box to protect the electronics from the environment. In the end it will end up outdoors in my garden.
The box is IP55 compliant, so when deployed for real I will put it in additional plastic bag to avoid any issues that comes from rain. For the first experiments IP55 is fine. And this is how it looks like
A small reader program is in my meteo repository (in the Lightning directory) on GitHub, and I let it run for 1.5 days.
I had some problems with the serial port on high baud rates, so i configured it for 9600 baud. The serial connection over this period was fine, but it seems that the location has too much interference.
All I got was constant “DISTURBER DETECTED”
Looks like I need some fine-tuning. I disconnected the device and will run some tests with my laptop on the go.
For now I have a running serial connection, the chip delivers some output, so I’m expecting that with some fine-tuning I should get this thingy running soon.