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Downloading microclimate stations
Keep a notebook for climate stations to keep track of downloads and to note any repairs. When downloading data, write down station name, battery voltage, whether or not the data was downloaded successfully, and any error values you notice. It is important that all repairs, calibrations, etc. are captured in this notebook. Important changes to the climate stations (recalibration, new sensors installed, etc.) should be included as part of the Metadata.
After making these checks, download the data. First, create a file with the appropriate date and select download since last time option before you hit the download data button. Once the data are downloaded, check that you have received a dataset that ends on the current Julian day. Close out files on PDA screen and then disconnect PDA cable from serial cable. Make sure dessipacks were switched out with fresh ones and close datalogger enclosure.
If all stations are working properly and no other problems occur, downloading all 11 microclimate stations can be accomplished in less than one day (Joyce Kilmer station downloaded on a quarterly basis). When you return to the office, log on to desktop PC and then return PDA to its charging port. The data should automatically be transferred to the desired location (currently folder labeled ‘PDA files’ on PC desktop). Check that the files were transferred. Put dessipacks in drying oven for about 36 hours. Microclimate stations should be downloaded and the data processed once every month.