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    There is only one hive on a scale. I put new batteries in it last week so it should give weight readings for the next 3 months.
    I still need to set up the other temperature monitors with new batteries.

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    I would be curious about this Jon, Where did you get the equipmnet scales /temp monoitors amd would you be interested in posting your results.

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    http://www.arnia.co.uk perhaps?

    If so, I have a follow-up question Jon ... is the stated battery life of the base station and individual monitors realistic? Do yours need replacing because they ran out faster than expected or because life/queen rearing/Eastenders/chatting with mates etc. got in the way and you forgot?

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    The equipment costs a fortune. It came to the association via a grant. I'll post up anything of interest.
    Arnia is the supplier.

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    The gateway unit lasts about 6 months but the internal hive monitors only seem to last 2-3 months between battery changes. This aspect of the system is a pita.
    The build quality of the monitors is poor as well and I have had to get several replaced. They are not properly sealed for a humid environment.
    Last edited by Jon; 04-12-2015 at 10:44 AM.

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    That site looks interesting, Ill read it later dont see any mention of costs there. Look forward to the info you post.

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    a 10,000 grant bought 8 transmitter units, 32 monitors, 8 scales and 8 rainfall measuring units.

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    OOOK think ill pass. crikey expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengage View Post
    OOOK think ill pass. crikey expensive
    Hi Greengage
    What hive info did you have in mind for measuring
    Most stuff can be done with a bit of DIY hacking I would think
    An A8 could tell you if your hive blew over for instance
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GPS-Tracke...3D171287942682
    Don't know if that link will work

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    Hi Greengage
    What hive info did you have in mind for measuring
    Most stuff can be done with a bit of DIY hacking I would think
    An A8 could tell you if your hive blew over for instance
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GPS-Tracke...3D171287942682
    Don't know if that link will work
    All the info the above gadget could give Jon, I like gadgets and Spreadsheets. Sitting here and being able to monitor what is happening at the Apiary.it is not essential but it would be nice to look at.

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    There are loads of projects that might fit the bill
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Rasp...ical-Assembly/

    When that 5.00 Pi is released it might be worth a go
    Google will have lots

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