Updated: March 10, 2008
|WeatherView 32 Application Setup
for CWOP/APRS: Dave Heider, author of WeatherView
32, has introduced APRS/CWOP support for his WV32 application.
WV32 will automatically send APRS messages to CWOP servers. In order to
get WV32 to send the data, a simple configuration is required. Follow the
steps outlined below and you’ll be up and running in no time.|
your version of WV32 supports CWOP/APRS uploads
- Click on WV32’s "Setup" menu item. You should see a
selection labeled "Citizens Weather Observer Program (Standard/Pro)." If
you do not see this selection you will need to upgrade the product. If
you do see it, skip to Section B.
- Click on the "About" menu item and write down your
Serial number (labeled "SN") Even though the upgrade seems to carry over
your registration information, it wouldn't hurt to have this number just
in case something goes wrong during the installation.
- Go to the Weather
View 32 download web site and click on the “Download weather View 32
program now” link. Save the file (called wvsetup.exe) to a folder on
your computer (don’t forget where you put it).
- Execute wvsetup.exe. Be sure to install it in the same
folder as your original WV32 program.
- Repeat step 1 above and verify that WV32 now has the
"Citizens Weather Observer Program (Standard/Pro)" option available to
you. Also, verify that your serial number is listed in the “About” menu
WV32 Station Location Setup:
- First, you should verify that your elevation and
coordinates are correct in the WV32 setup screen. You can find your
location information at the:
- Determining your position (decimal
latitude/longitude) using Google.com;
- enter your U.S. postal mailing address
- a map of you location will appear
- click in the "link to this page" link
- you decimal format latitude and longitude will
appear in the URL after the "ll=" designator (positive latitude =
northern hemisphere, negative longitude = western hemisphere)
- use the decimal formatted position rounded to
four decimal digits
- Elevation (using the Geocode latitude/longitude
position and by reading the contours of the 1:24K map) from Topozone.com.
Determine the map's contour units, "feet" or "metric", by clicking on
the "Map/Photo Info" button and looking at the "Map Type" for the
scale map you are using, typically 1:24K.
- Verify the station metadata using ACME
The use of this ACME web page is beyond the scope of
this tutorial, but it is fairly intuitive. You can get pretty accurate
latitude, longitude, and elevation information using the topographic map
and satellite photos of your location.
- Click on the “Setup” menu option in WV32 and choose
“Weather View Properties”. You should see a screen that looks similar to
the screen at the right. Be sure you are on the “Station Inf.” tab.
Insert your station latitude, longitude, and elevation in the spaces
provided. Remember that elevation should be in feet above mean sea level
(AMSL) and latitude and longitude should be in decimal degrees. So 41
degrees 30 minutes would be expressed as 41.5000 degrees. 41 degrees, 30
minutes, 30 seconds would be expressed as 41.5500 degrees.
you have inserted the correct information click on the “Close” button.
WV32 will save your information.
|C. Activate CWOP
- Click on the “Setup” menu option and choose the
"Citizens Weather Observer Program (Standard/Pro)” selection. You should
see a window similar to the one at the right. Put the Station ID that
you received from CWOP /APRS in the Station ID window. You did get one
right? If not, go to The CWOP sign-up page and get an
- Choose your upload frequency. This is the number of
minutes between each upload to the CWOP/APRS system. 10 minute
uploads is recommended.
- The primary and secondary CWOP severs that come with
WV32 need to be updated:
CWOP Server should be set to
- Check the box next to “Check mark to enable data feed”.
Close the window and you should be up and running!
data by looking at these web links:
to CWOP Information Page
Questions or Comments?