Category Archives: Lightning detector

Return of the dreaded disease

Last night as I making for algorithm changes to my lightning detector, I experienced an unexpected reboot. Never mind, I was probing with a scope lead at the time. That likely caused the problem. But after a few minutes it … Continue reading

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Data from my lightning detector

Here is a sample CSV file from a lightning storm that passed through my area on August 2, 2011 at around 5:30PM. sparks_38 Here is a sample piece of that CSV file: 1312198123.414 8 187.975 8 1312198123.416 0 0.002 8 … Continue reading

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Indoor Lightning

Strange as it may be, my lightning detector goes off every few minutes… but without the thunder and blinding flash of light.

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A Max Hold Circuit

Since the conversion rate on the MSP430 would not reliably see my piezo sparks, I decided to try my hand at a max hold circuit. I considered using a simple RC circuit to try to capture and stretch out the … Continue reading

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50 Turns

I started with 50 turns of Radio Shack magnet wire on a 12 wooden embroidery hoop purchased at a craft store. These bare ends I connected to an oscilloscope and waited for a storm. As luck would have it, it … Continue reading

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Lightning detector

Over the years, I have had more than my fair share of computer equipment destroyed by lightning. Even with good surge suppressors, I still seem to loose parts of computers. Do I live in Florida where they get daily lightning … Continue reading

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