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  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Location: Worcestershire
    Hi

    I would like to buy one (birthday coming up!) Could anyone recommend a really efective, reliable detector that provides good value for money?

    Thanks!

    Mandy

    there was a thread about Strikealerts, hand held pager like lightning detector:

    http://www.netweather.tv/forum/index.php?s...ndpost&p=671967

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  • Location: Abbeymead ,Glos Member Since: July 16, 2003
  • Weather Preferences: Hot and thundery or Cold and snowy.
  • Location: Abbeymead ,Glos Member Since: July 16, 2003

    As noted above.. Thats a great handy lightning detector..

    However if you want the best of the best then ...

    http://www.meteorologica.co.uk/product.asp...teria=&PT_ID=82

    However these are fairly expensive.. You may need to pay an additional 100 quid for the software..

    But thought id point this out for ya :p

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  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Location: Worcestershire
    As noted above.. Thats a great handy lightning detector..

    However if you want the best of the best then ...

    http://www.meteorologica.co.uk/product.asp...teria=&PT_ID=82

    However these are fairly expensive.. You may need to pay an additional 100 quid for the software..

    But thought id point this out for ya :)

    I was supposed to be getting myself one of those but unfortunetly funds have dried up a little, but if i had £500 yep i would go for it. :)

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    I've got a Strikealert - and good as it is - it gives LOTS of false alarms, even say a neighbour 3 up turning a TV on would trigger it.

    What do people reckon of the Skyscan now its reduced in price ?

    http://www.ukweathershop.co.uk/acatalog/skyscan_sub.html

    Mark.

    I was supposed to be getting myself one of those but unfortunetly funds have dried up a little, but if i had £500 yep i would go for it. :)
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  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Location: Worcestershire
    I've got a Strikealert - and good as it is - it gives LOTS of false alarms, even say a neighbour 3 up turning a TV on would trigger it.

    What do people reckon of the Skyscan now its reduced in price ?

    http://www.ukweathershop.co.uk/acatalog/skyscan_sub.html

    Mark.

    hmm, i think if you want something thats portable looks ok, but if you want accuracy then its only the bolteks im afraid. It looks pretty good though :)

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  • Location: Bristol, England
  • Location: Bristol, England

    I usually rely on my radio tuned to MW or LW.

    I believe, if there are 'soft' crackles, the storm is far away,

    however if there are loud crackles, and especially 'popping' sounds

    mixed-in, then the storm is probably very close.

    I find this method quite reliable, and during the night, if my radio is crackling loudly,

    I can usually see the lightning flickering in the sky.

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  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Location: Worcestershire
    I usually rely on my radio tuned to MW or LW.

    I believe, if there are 'soft' crackles, the storm is far away,

    however if there are loud crackles, and especially 'popping' sounds

    mixed-in, then the storm is probably very close.

    I find this method quite reliable, and during the night, if my radio is crackling loudly,

    I can usually see the lightning flickering in the sky.

    Any particular frequency?

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  • Location: Walsall, West Midlands (149m/489 ft ASL).
  • Location: Walsall, West Midlands (149m/489 ft ASL).

    I have used this method too when I have been out and about. I don't think the particular frequency matters too much. I just usually find a station with something I don't mind listening to between crackles :lol:

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
  • Weather Preferences: Any Extreme
  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    I got my Boltek from the USA and despite being hit for tax etc still saved well over £100 on the UK price.

    To go with it you need something like Nextstorm software and then some good storms to range it. Ranging is the hard part and sadly, unless you want to pay for it you can't get instant radar in the dark aged UK. This makes the ranging a little more difficult.

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  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Location: Worcestershire
    yes VAT and import charge and deliverly charge :)

    Thinking about buying that before the summer gets going, great little device miles better than the strikealert :)

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  • Location: north bristol
  • Location: north bristol

    yeah strike alerts ok if you are in the middle of noware in a field with no electronics around you or near it

    otherwise false alarms alot i went in to tesco yester day on a bike ride and had it on my belt as there was a chancem of storms and i left it switched on anbody would think id step inside a supercell storm beep beep beep beep beep made eveybody look at me anoying but quite funny B) ;);)

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  • Location: Darwen, BB3
  • Location: Darwen, BB3

    I like this thunderbolt thing!

    You got one Stuart?

    I'll look at getting one of those when my tax back comes through.

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  • Location: Nairn
  • Location: Nairn

    :o -->

    QUOTE(Tim B @ 7 May 2006, 01:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    I like this thunderbolt thing!

    You got one Stuart?

    I'll look at getting one of those when my tax back comes through.

    Yes I have :)

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  • Location: Darwen, BB3
  • Location: Darwen, BB3

    Nice.

    How is it by comparison to say a strike alert?

    That throws a lot of false positives out if you move it around.

    So I take it this one never throws out false positives due to it having its own individual computer kind of thing inside?

    And also, how large is it?

    It appears to be slightly larger than a computer mouse from the pics on that site, so its not too bulky to carry around etc?

    It can be clipped to a large inside pocket on a jacket like?

    As something like this could be very useful since I work outside.

    And which version do you have, the personal one?

    As thats the one I'm looking at.

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