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KestrelMet 6000 AG Weather Station

$999.00

The KestrelMet 6000 AG Weather Station is an onsite monitoring solution for today's growers who want comprehensive crop and field data without the higher cost and complication of other options available.

The KestrelMet 6000 AG is a game-changing agricultural tool that makes weather monitoring and data management simpler and more affordable for farmers. With reliable, accurate data from the KestrelMet, farmers can make informed decisions for improving crop, irrigation, and pest management strategies.


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KestrelMet 6000 AG Weather Station Overview


 
 
KestrelMet 6000 - Weather for your Passion or Profession

The KestrelMet 6000 AG can be customized by adding sensors for monitoring soil moisture, soil temperature, leaf wetness, and solar irradiance.

The soil sensor array measures soil moisture and temperature conditions at three depths, providing reliable profile data that corresponds to the entire root zone, allowing the grower to optimize irrigation strategies.

Leaf wetness and solar irradiance sensors provide precise crop and environmental information to ensure the most effective integrated pest management program.

Contact us to discuss customized solutions for your needs.

KestrelMet 6000 Getting Started Video
KestrelMet 6000 Mono Mount Installation
KestrelMet 6000 Tripod Mount Installation

INCREASE EFFICIENCY & PRODUCE MORE WITH LESS

We believe in simple, comprehensive weather stations that are affordable, easy to deploy, and require minimal decision-making. The KestrelMet 6000 AG is the most cost-effective and easy-to-use professional-grade weather station available, so that you can produce more with less.

The KestrelMet 6000 is a complete solution from the start, with easy access to data online and add-on sensors available to meet the needs of growers and precision farming operations. Equipped with accurate, pre-configured sensors, a high-power photovoltaic panel, a backup battery, and intelligent power management— the KestrelMet 6000 eliminates the hassle of cables, wiring, and connecting to an external power source. Optimize production on a field-by-field basis with live, continuous data from exactly where your crops are growing.

Choose cellular or Wi-Fi communication for data transmission based on your agriculture operation needs.

Measurements

  • Temperature
  • Relative Humidity
  • Wind Speed
  • Wind Direction
  • Dewpoint
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Rainfall
  • Leaf Wetness (optional)
  • Solar Irradiance (optional)
  • Soil Temperature and Moisture Sensors (optional)

Features

  • Full suite of meteorological measurements
  • Add-on sensors for leaf wetness, solar irradiance, and soil sensor array - soil moisture and soil temperature (3 different depths)
  • All-in-one design for a quick and straightforward setup
  • Integrated Cellular modem with cloud connected data plan for under $50/year
  • Intelligent Power Management ensures reliable reporting even in short day and cloudy conditions
  • High-power photovoltaic panel
  • 24-hr aspirated fan for maximum accuracy
  • Highly visible LED status lights
  • Telescoping wind sensor mast
  • Choose from cellular or Wi-Fi communication
    • Cellular Station — Integrated Cellular modem with cloud-connected low-cost data plan for less than $5 per month; FREE first-year subscription
    • Wi-Fi Station — Conveniently connect the KestrelMet through your Wi-Fi network within a distance of up to 1000 feet line of sight

ALL-IN-ONE DESIGN WITH WITH ADD-ON ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS

The KestrelMet 6000 is an all-in-one station with a one-click ordering experience. You no longer have to rely on regional meteorological measurements to manage your systems, schedules, or software. Instead, with site-specific information based on your specific crop, soil, and field conditions, you can improve agricultural management decisions to maximize efficiency and yields while reducing waste and costs. The KestrelMet 6000 AG measures your onsite farm conditions and provides you with the exact data needed to make the right decision at the right time saving you time, resources, and unnecessary expenses.

Optional sensors available:

Leaf Wetness:

The leaf wetness sensor determines the amount of time a leaf's surface is wet and dry. Perfect for vineyards and orchards, this sensor is key in managing irrigation and protecting plants from fungal diseases early on.

Solar Irradiance:

The solar irradiance sensor helps optimize plant growth and crop placement strategy.

Soil Moisture and Temperature Sensor:

Choose to add the soil sensor array and monitor precise soil measurements at three different depths.


KestrelMet 6000 Dashboard

DATA INTEGRATION

The KestrelMet 6000 is an all-in-one, self-powered weather station that integrates easily into data-driven technology using a cloud-based API.

Our API offers integration, personalization, and automation advantages.

  • Share and embed our API weather data into your own platform for a personalized solution that fully leverages your existing technology investments.
  • Save time and money with seamless integration and information delivery from our API to your platform via the cloud.
  • API data feeds from our high-performance weather station into selected programs so you can visualize field-level and crop-specific insights at a glance for the most informed, real-time decision-making.

Contact us to discuss Data Integrations

SIMPLE SETUP AND UPGRADES

We believe ordering your station should be just as easy as installing, operating, and maintaining it. The simple design and wireless technology allow for quick deployment and over-the-air upgrades. In addition, the KestrelMet is field-upgradeable, ensuring zero downtime and the ability to go from box to field in minutes.

Step 1

Register at AmbientWeather.net

KestrelMet Setup Step 1

Create an online account and connect your device online.

Step 2

Set Up Your Weather Station

KestrelMet Setup Step 2

Quickly assemble and easily install your KestrelMet 6000.

Step 3

View and Manage Your KestrelMet Weather Data

KestrelMet Setup Step 3

Access your weather data from anywhere on a laptop or mobile.

Low-Cost Cellular Plan

KestrelMet Free First Year of Service

The KestrelMet 6000 Cellular Weather Station comes with a cloud-connected data plan from Verizon or AT&T for under $50/year, with the first year of data completely FREE. Add in a long service life with continuous reliable operation, and the powerfully capable KestrelMet 6000 AG emerges as the clear winner for value and performance when compared to other leading farm weather stations.

KestrelMet 6000 Dashboard

Product Questions


Text or Email alerts can be sent when a specific parameter is out of range.

If the value exceeds (greater than or less than) the alert amount, a text or email is sent.

Once the value falls within the normal range, the alert is reset, and an alarm can be sent again once outside the range again. This prevents repeated alerts for the same parameter.

The Notification Time Window is the minimum time after an alert can be repeated for the same condition. This is useful for parameters like wind speed, that change often and rapidly.

Here is an example scenario with the Notification Time Window set to 10 minutes.

If Wind Speed is greater than 20, send an alert.

  • Time: 2:00 pm. Wind Speed is 24. Alert is sent.
  • Time: 2:03 pm. Wind Speed is 12. Alert is reset.
  • Time: 2:05 pm. Wind Speed is 26. Alert is not set because 5 minutes ago, the alert was already sent.
  • Time: 2:12 pm. Wind Speed is 24. Alert is sent.

More than one alert can be set for the same parameter. Here is an example

Wind Speed > 20 mph

Wind Speed > 30 mph

Wind Speed > 40 mph


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WeatherUnderground.com (or <href="wunderground.com"> Wunderground.com) is a free, public weather data hosting service, and has accumulated the largest number of reporting weather stations in the world.</href="wunderground.com">

Weather Underground is owned by IBM, where the data is used for prediction services.

Share and compare your data with neighbors, friends and family.

Wunderground.com Features:

  • The most popular personal weather station (PWS) hosting service in the world
  • Free ‘cloud based’ service
  • Real-time Streaming Updates (rapid fire)
  • Weather Station Google Mapping
  • Unlimited Historical data archiving (daily, monthly, yearly and custom)
  • WeatherCam integration with time lapse video and daily archiving (weathercams sold separately)

 

  1. To create a free account, visit: www.wunderground.com
  2. Once you have created an account, select My Profile | My Weather Stations, or link below: https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/mypws
  3. Tap the Add a New PWS button and proceed through the wizard.

  4. Once completed, you will receive a Station ID and Station Key:

  5. Enter this Station ID and Station Key into AmbientWeather.net.
    Note: If you entered this station ID and key into the console, do not enter it in KestrelMet.net. You do not want redundant data reporting to Wunderground.com. To learn more about WeatherUnderground.com and other apps, please visit: Here
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WeatherCam images can be uploaded, viewed, and shared on AmbientWeather.net. This feature is currently available on the website version.

From the devices panel, select Add WeatherCam


Next, choose the format for your camera (FTP or URL):


  • FTP: Most network cameras include FTP upload.
  • URL: If you are hosting on another website, provide a URL.


FTP: option:

The website automatically generates the servername, username, and password. Enter these credentials into your camera’s ftp network settings.

– Some cameras like Foscam may require you to enter the server header ftp://ftp.kestrelmet.net, rather than ftp.kestrelmet.net.

– Select passive mode (PASV), if available.

– The maximum upload interval is one minute. Program an upload interval of 60 seconds or greater.




Enter the static URL associated with your camera hosting software. An example for the Nest Camera is referenced below.


Once the camera image has successfully uploaded to the server, the image will appear next to the WeatherCam credentials.

To make your WeatherCam public, select the checkbox “Allow others to view your weather cam“. It will take up to 48 hours for approval. Only images that point outside and show a portion of the sky will be approved.

Once your WeatherCam is public, it will be displayed on the WeatherCam map:

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The KestrelMet 6000 cellular weather station can ONLY connect to a cellular network (typically Verizon or AT&T according to your station’s SIM card for US customers), and cannot connect to a Wi-Fi network. You can use provider coverage maps, FCC maps (https://fcc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6c1b2e73d9d749cdb7bc88a0d1bdd25b), or third-party tools such as the Open Signal app or RootMetrics app to plan an optimal location for your station. After your station is registered, you can use the signal indicators on the device's screen for live cellular signal readings.

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KestrelMet Cellular Weather Station Operating modes:

When the power switch is flipped ON, the station will transmit once every 5 minutes for a period of 30 minutes and then revert to normal operation mode, transmitting every 15 minutes. During that time, the multicolor LED on the PV power panel will indicate the connection status:

  • Blinking blue within 1 minute of powering on: Bluetooth initializing
  • Flashing magenta (every 10 seconds): Attempting to connect to a cellular network
  • Flashing green (every 10 seconds): Cellular network connected, Standard Operation
  • Flashing blue (every 10 seconds): Cellular network connected, Power Saver Mode
  • Flashing red (every 10 seconds): Cellular network connected, Logging Mode
  • Flashing red (every 20 seconds): Hibernation Mode

The KestrelMet 6000 station is shipped with a fully charged battery and the station is designed to maintain Normal Operation in subfreezing weather. If solar charging is insufficient due to extended snow cover or installation in a shaded location, the station will change operating modes to conserve power as detailed in the table below:

Operating Mode Standard Power Saver Logging Hibernation
KestrelMet.net Battery Level Battery Charged Low battery Critically Low Battery Critically Low Battery
Aspirated Sensor Measurement Frequency 1 min 2 min 5 min None
Fan Aspiration Active 24 Hours Active 24 Hours Active 24 Hours Off
Cellular DataTransmission Frequency 15 min 15 min 24 hr None
Blinking LED Green Blue Red Red
LED Frequency 10 sec 10 sec 10 sec 20 sec

IMPORTANT: If the station enters hibernation mode due to a depleted battery, the station must be left turned “on” and placed in direct sunlight to recharge. If the station is in hibernation mode for an extended period of time, the red LED will stop blinking. When the battery is charged sufficiently (typically 1-3 days), the station will switch back to Logging mode, then Normal Operation mode as charging allows. You will receive an email notification when the station returns to Normal Operation mode.

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This video demonstrates the installation procedure:

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You should choose the mobile carrier that has the best coverage for your area. It does not matter which carrier you personally use as you can see the data without having an AT&T or Verizon account.

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The Cellular version uses cellular data. The Wi-Fi version transmits via Wi-Fi up to 1000 ft line of sight.

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The cost is $50 per year to continue the coverage which is the lowest plan on the market today.

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Sun coverage is important to keep the unit powered. So choosing a place with adequate sunlight will help keep it powered in low sun / cloudy conditions. The other consideration is in a unsheltered area and higher up to help catch the current wind conditions, bearing in mind that you may have to clean the rain gauge occasionally. Lastly, if you mount it next to something that radiates heat (i.e., a black fence), this could slightly raise the temperature readings. If you are using a tripod mount, you may want to secure it to the ground or weigh it down in higher wind areas.

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Yes. You can add as many devices as you want to your account and toggle between them.

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After entering your location into your account, a Google map lookup is done based on that location and uses the altitude of your location to calculate the barometric pressure.

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A clogged rain bucket on your KestrelMet 6000 Cellular Weather Station can prevent accurate rainfall readings. Follow the steps in this video to easily unclog the rain bucket and keep your unit working properly.

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Please see this video on how to install the soil sensor array to the KestrelMet 6000 weather station: Soil Sensor Array Installation ... Permalink

Transmission up to 1000 feet line of sight. Obstructions will affect the transmission range.

Recommendations for KestrelMet Wi-Fi Installation:

  • The station should be mounted in a location with strong Wi-Fi signal strength.
  • The KestrelMet 6000 Wi-Fi weather station can ONLY connect to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network.
  • You can use third-party tools such as a Wi-Fi analyzer app to plan an optimal location for your station. After your station is registered, you can use the signal indicators on AmbientWeather.net/Devices for live Wi-Fi signal readings.
  • Avoid obstructions like buildings, trees, and structures in between your router and the KestrelMet Wi-Fi installation site.
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Please watch this video for some troubleshooting techniques

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Please see this video on installing the KestrelMet 6000 WiFi station:

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Every KestrelMet weather station is checked against a precision NIST-traceable reference pressure sensor in our manufacturing process at the Boothwyn PA plant, and the pressure sensors that we use in the KestrelMet 6000 exhibit minimal drift over the 2-year warranty period. For these reasons, we have not engineered a pressure calibration interface for the KestrelMet 6000.

To compare pressure conditions from one location to another, meteorologists correct pressure to sea-level conditions. Because the air pressure decreases as you rise in altitude, the sea-level corrected pressure (the pressure your location would be at if located at sea-level) is generally higher than your measured pressure.

Thus, your absolute pressure may read 28.62 inHg (969 mb) at an altitude of 1000 feet (305 m), but the relative pressure is 30.00 inHg (1016 mb).

The standard sea-level pressure is 29.92 inHg (1013 mb). This is the average sea-level pressure around the world. Relative pressure measurements greater than 29.92 inHg (1013 mb) are considered high pressure and relative pressure measurements less than 29.92 inHg are considered low pressure.

The pressure measurement displayed on AWN is relative pressure. To determine the relative pressure for your location, AWN locates an official reporting station near you, and sets your weather station relative pressure calculation parameters to match the official reporting station. Note that absolute pressure and relative pressure are both included when station data is downloaded.

Pressure details for CWOP MADIS L3 spatial failures:

Based on experience, MADIS failures come and go and are not necessarily an indicator that there is anything out of calibration, especially when barometric pressure is the measurement in question. For MADIS L3 spatial failures, it is very unlikely that your pressure sensor is the cause. This forum thread provides some useful perspectives on the L3 spatial failure, including one user who tried recalibrating their pressure sensor seasonally in an attempt to make the L3 error go away:
https://groups.io/g/wxqc/topic/chasing_the_calibration_tail/21375996

If you have already confirmed that you are sending the correct altitude to CWOP, then it may be one of the nearby stations that is causing the L3 error. Alternatively, you could try changing the altitude in the CWOP interface which will effectively adjust the relative pressure calculated by CWOP.

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