Weather Stations

HP1000 weather station Review HP1003

Full review coming soon - we are in the process of purchasing an HP1000 weather station for evaluation.

 

The HP1000 is the next newest weather station after the WS3080 / WH3081, featuring automatic uploading of weather data to Weather Underground (WXUG) via a WiFi internet connection. No computer or USB connection is required for the datalogging to occur. In fact, the device has no provisions for direct connection to a computer at all, so all long term data logging is via WXUG (or some other web service).

The HP1000 has a new backlit colour LCD screen. Because the console has a built-in WiFi interface and a microprocessor, it produces some amount of heat. Consequently, the indoor temperature and humidity sensors can no longer be located within the console, so a separate wireless indoor temperature/humidity sensor is supplied. The base station also requires an external power source, but the advantage is the backlight can stay lit constantly so it is easy to read. The backlight can also be set to dim or turn off at night.

The outdoor sensor suite is now integrated into one single unit, which is on the verge of copying the sensors made by Davis. As with previous flagship stations, the HP1000 has solar charging on its outdoor sensor suite, so you won't need to change the batteries too often.


Holman HP 1000 Update Jul 2014
Bunnings, an Australian hardware chain store, has started selling the Fine Offset HP1000 under the Holman brand. The re-branded model is designated as the iWeather - Weather Bureau Solar Pro Colour. It retails for AUS $299.00.

 

Comments

Neil Campbell, Tue, 11 Feb 2014 02:57 pm: Reply
The HP1000 has now been going for 7 months, no problems except the occasional very high or low readings, I am hoping that the software update available from foshk.com has fixed that.

The WS3081 has been transferred to a family member and seems to functioning well with the new solar module.

I have the HP1000 connected by wifi and sends it reports to wunderground.com IVICTORI327 is the station ID, works great unless the power is off or you lose wifi connection. All in all very happy with the HP1000 and I see that it looks like they have a HP1003 which is non wifi version.

If you have the earlier HP1000 download the update from within the product desciption on foshk.com you have to select the frequency that it operates on to get the right update then transfer it to the mini SD card and unplug your station's power supply, when you power up it should download and update automatically or with a prompt. If I can do it anyone can!!
Greg, Sat, 31 May 2014 07:35 am:
Hi Neil
Do you have a further update on the operation of this station?
Would you recommend this unit?
Neil Campbell, Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:05 am:
My HP1000 is still functioning well, I am having problems downloading the latest software update, the station doesnt seem to recognise the data on the SD card. In the last few months it seems that the temperature is not displaying correcty, some 4-5 degrees above what the actual temperature outside is. I am hoping that this software upgrade may fix the problem. The rain sensor stopped over the weekend but I found the rain sensor was blocked, a quick clean out fixed it. Overall I am happy with the HP1000 but disappointed with the lack of responses from FOSHK and only a 3 month warranty.
Mike, Sat, 02 Aug 2014 03:53 pm:
Hi Neil, I too have an HP1000 which in the main is working fine but I, like you,. now seem to have a blocked rain gauge. Do I have to take the entire top section off to try to fix - more precisely please tell me how you fixed your blockage (I have activated the tipping bucket with a needle and it does record on my indoor unit,but rainfall still does not record/frustrating!!). Your reply will be much appreciated. Many thanks, Mike.
Neil Campbell, Thu, 07 Aug 2014 02:08 pm:
Hi Mike, I am still unable to update my HP1000, I did it once before but not this time, the rain bucket seems to have intermittent problems and the outside temperature is consistently reading 4 degrees above what it should be. I looked at taking it apart but decided against it. I am going to box it up and send it back to FOSHK with a plea to fix it or replace it. This is my second FOSHK model, the first one I replaced a faulty module and it is going strong with another family member. I am hoping FOSHK will do the right thing, it would be interesting for them to see why these problems have occurred and how their product has stood up to our Victoria (Australia) weather, I will post the outcome. Neil.
david Blogg, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:48 pm:
Hi Neil, where did you send your unit back to? I am having trouble with the rain guage and would like to try and have it fixed. I also had problems with data dropping out but that seems to have sorted itself now. Very happy with the unit except for the rain guage.
David
shaun, Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:49 pm:
hi i am having a prob with getting it to upload to wunderground how did you get your to work

Lucas, Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:50 pm: Reply
I've recently purchased a HP1000 and I'm pretty happy with it ... except that the wifi connection drops every now and then and the wunderground updates stop. If I power cycle the HP1000, everything starts working again.

Upgrading to 1.0.4 did not help.

How did you contact FOSHK for support? Did you just use their sales address?

Johan, Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:16 am: Reply
I also have the HP1000 for about a week now and only had a couple of minor issues with it.
It happened two days in a row where it stopped uploading data to WU, but the Wifi was still working. A reset worked (power off and on).

Otherwise I think the unit is great.
ID: IVICTORI525
Christian Kraus, Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:56 am:
I have the same problem with it dropping off the network. It happens every 12-15 hours and a reboot fixes it every time.

I've noticed the wireless connected icon turns off when it happens (but the signal strength stays on).

Did you find a fix?

Lucas, Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:08 am: Reply
No fix yet. But I just noticed on the foshk site they have a new download for "OS" 1.0.8. I'll try that tonight.
Lucas, Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:26 pm:
Okay got 1.0.8 installed. Tip: instructions were wrong, files needed to be in the root dir, not the subdirectory.

At least I did not brick it. Up and reporting now. Will wait a couple of days to see if it's stable.
Lucas, Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:30 pm:
"OS" 1.0.8 has not solved my problems with the wifi dropping out. Reboot still fixes it. Feels like nothing changed.

Mick, Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:04 pm: Reply
Hi Lucas.
Where did you find the 1.0.8? cant see it on the foshk site. I have the HP1003 39m 433mhz and tried to update to the new firmware 1.1.2 but it "failed to update files" and now all I get is "cant open application software", Henry at foshk has tried to solve the problem and even sent me version 1.1.3 but nothing changes so id say its "bricked" as you call it, They wont send me the original firmware to compare the files so down to trying anything. Only a couple of weeks old and I dont think it will be covered by warranty from what I'm told.
Thanks from Mick
Mick, Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:34 pm:
Update:
The 3826meg firmware worked, mine is a 39 meg version but all seems to be working fine.
Lucas, Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:51 pm:
The 1.0.8 was an "OS" upgrade, not a "firmware" upgrade. I am seeing this stuff on http://www.foshk.com/Weather_Professional/HP1000.htm
Mick, Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:39 am:
Thanks Lucas, it seems the firmware is the same for the 1000 and 1003, it must detect a wifi chip maybe then adds the info on the setup screen. I just received a second base unit HP1003 and its about page is this: total storage 3826, supposed to be 39 meg version again but not complaining, hardware rev number 2.0, OS version 1.0.8, firmware revision number 2.0.0 and there's a mini USB slot like the HP1000, don't know what its for. Anyway someone might know. Thanks again Lucas, Cheers from Mick.
Claes Eiken, Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:21 am:
Hi


I am testing A new OS realease (1.0.9) I got from FOS earlier that should solve this issue. Will report back tomorrow if my HP1000 is still on WiFi or they have to look at it again.
Lucas, Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:23 am:
So 1.0.8 improved the situation a little, but did not solve it. My unit kept dropping the wifi connection until reboot after about a week every time.

I've just installed 1.0.9 now. We'll see how that goes...
Matt, Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:49 am:
I had exactly the same problem with it dropping out every 10days or so, but it got more frequent. The wifi signal strength was strong but the wifi symbol disappeared but a reset would fix (that's annoying though!). Have just updated to 1.0.9 will report back in 2 weeks or so.

Has 1.0.9 fixed this for anyone else yet?

Re. the HP1000 - Had to send my first receiver back as it wouldn't power on after a couple of days. Other than that it's a really good weather station for the price. Very happy with it!
Lucas, Sun, 28 Sep 2014 03:52 pm:
So "OS" 1.0.9 looked like it was the fix (16 days up), but now it's dropped wifi twice in two days. At least it's better than it was.
Lucas, Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:25 pm:
I was running firmware 1.0.4 with OS 1.0.9.

I've now upgraded to firmware 2.1.2. Will give it a few weeks and report back.
Lucas, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:36 pm:
Firmware 2.1.2 and OS 1.0.9 have been working much better for me. The unit went three weeks without dropping the wifi connection.

I did notice today that the unit will not handle the wifi router dropping out. Now I know that, I'll just have to get used to power cycling the unit if the router ever needs a reboot.
Lucas, Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:33 am:
Seems like I spoke too soon. Multiple wifi drops in the last couple of days :( Can't identify what's different yet.

Rainer Schlawginski, Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:49 pm: Reply
Hi lucas, i got also the Problem with dropping wifi and strange outside / spikes in the readings from the outside unit.

But I solved the problem, i open the display unit.
inside the unit (seen from the back) is on the rightt side a small red cable.
this is the antenna for the outside unit (433mhz version).
re - locate the antenna cable to the lower end of the unit so that it will be out side of the display unit.

(not so nice looking but it solves the wifi problem and the strange readings from the outside unit).

station Ibulacan2

regards rainer

Thomas, Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:10 am: Reply
Got one myself, can't complain about its feature set that it has. But consistently drops server connection to weather underground on a daily basis, 2-3 times a day at least but seems to maintain a good wifi connection. Have tried many firmware updates and different wifi connections but nothing seems to fix it. Anyone else with the same issue?
Greg, Thu, 28 May 2015 04:34 pm:
Yes, Thomas...mine frequently loses connection with Wunderground. I get a couple of email notifications a day advising reporting error
Sometimes it resetes itself, other times requires a manual reset...painful

David, Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:38 am: Reply
I find the station superb except for the rain gauge which has stopped working properly. The first time it stopped I took it down and cleaned it out. I put it back up and it worked for the first
.6 mm of rain and then stopped working. I am sure this is not a software problem and is a problem related to the emptying of the rain bucket. Can you give me any help on how to rectify this problem.
Regards
David
Brett, Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:26 am:
I had the same problem with the rain gauge. Found it was the magnetic reed switch. Replace the switch for <$1 and works fine.

Mick P, Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:20 pm: Reply
Does anyone know how to fix wifi connection ? Mine has had the drop out issues as well, but now will not connect to the wifi. It is showing good signal but when i put in wifi code it is not connecting. tried different wifi connection that I have and still did same thing, when i put in wifi code, it says connecting but then comes up not connected ..??
Any ideas ?

red, Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:37 pm: Reply
Mick, Check your model and try to update here:
http://foshk.com/Weather_Professional/

Oscar, Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:19 pm: Reply
Hi, can someone help me. I updated my HP1000 to V.2.1.2 for 433MHZ. and has been locked boot. As I can arregar. just out the blue bricks. Thank you
Oscar.

john martin, Tue, 06 Jan 2015 02:46 am: Reply
I purchased a HP1000 from Maplins a few months ago and found it works very well.Have done a few modsto make it more accurate.Moved the outside temp sensor down to 4ft above the ground and fitted the rain gauge tipping bucket in to an old rain measuring container and fixed that to the top of my 4ft fence.Also replaced the reed switch with a better design one.More reliable and more accurate.Wind and wind speed are about 20 ft up on a scaffold pole that drops down for maintanence
Sean, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:27 pm:
Hi,
I need to replace the reed switch in my HP1000. The parts are on their way. How difficult is it to install??? Do you have any instructions or pictures??
Thanks
Sean

Scott, Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:15 pm: Reply
I have the 1003. Model and when I plug the screen in nothing happens can someone help

Callum, Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:12 am: Reply
I have had my weather station for just over a month and over the past few weeks the temperature has been over-reading by an increasing amount. Now it is over-reading by approximately 10°C even at night time. This cannot be simply caused by the positioning of the station. I will try updating the firmware but I do not hold out much hope.

Jock, Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:59 am: Reply
Are there any tips for maintenance of the HP1000 (Maplin UK supply)? Is lubricating the wind sensors advised, are there any serviceable bits inside?

Been running three days now, so far - I'm a very happy (Michael) Fish.

John J, Sun, 22 Feb 2015 02:27 pm: Reply
Hi,

I believe I am correct in saying that this weather station is also marketed through Jaycar as an XC0369 - and I'm about to take the second one back for replacement/Refund within the 12 month warranty period.

In both cases the base station has failed after roughly 5 months. This has occurred when the power pack supplying the units was switched off and then on to relocate the base station. On applying power the backlights flash and then nothing. Pressing the reset button in both power conditions achieves nothing.

The rain measurement also has a problem, which, I believe, is a design fault. Pulses are generated by allowing a rain bucket to trip over bringing a magnet close to a magnetic reed switch. However in heavy rain ( above 25 mm per hour, so far as I can tell - perhaps higher - the water flow on to the tipped bucket is sufficient to hold the bucket stationary resulting in no pulses that get counted. I can see no simple way to overcome this, except for altering the mouth of the collector to a smaller area and then compensating the readout with a suitable multiplication factor.

The nature of this fault points to a faulty reed switch, but in my case when the heavy rainfall stopped the unit began to provide readings again, although it was telling that they were below 25 mm per hour rain rate.

I'm also not happy that the accumulated data that has not been transferred to more permanent storage gets lost if a power break occurs - a safeguarding backup power system is need to overcome this.

Cheers

John J
DM, Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:38 am:
Interesting, I just had the same issue a couple of days ago. Unit had been running for a good 6 months. Will reach out to Foshk since it seems to be a common problem.
DM, Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:28 pm:
As an update - I pulled my display unit apart and messed around inside. After removing and replacing the battery and reseating a couple of cables it's booting fine. Note that I did have to press a button to get it to start after powering back up the first time.

Also implemented the change to antenna placement previously mentioned, looks like much better wifi coverage with the black bit out of the case, and red wire is now poking out too.

JasonP, Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:05 am: Reply
I have had my HP1000 for over a year and have never had any issues with misreads, but what I have experienced is constant issues with wifi connection dropping out. Firmware is all updated to 2.1.2 but at least 2-3 times a week need to reboot for it to connect to wifi again. This morning after constant reboots and entering the wifi password it will not connect. Comes up with 'connecting' after entering password but then reverts to 'not connected'. Have attempted using two different wifi connections and it does the same thing so it is not the wifi network. Anyone got any ideas??
Thomas, Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:47 pm:
Check with your seller, the manufacturer released a replacement unit with an upgraded WiFi module, it fixed all my wifi/upload drop outs

Uwe Knop, Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:14 pm: Reply
Hi,
I've had the rain gauge problem and believe that it is due to the bucket staying in the 'empty' position particularly during heavy rain.
I have just changed my wifi router and have been unable to navigate to the wifi setting page. The setup button just keeps bringing up the same sequence of pages: alarm, correct, Factory setup.
Anyone with an idea

maaw, Mon, 06 Apr 2015 01:50 pm: Reply
I have a wh-1081, so I'm not familiar with this product. That said, usually wifi drops are related to 2.4ghz channels too saturated. Download inSSIDer app for android and check which channels are more used in your neighbourhood. Then switch your router to the less occupied channel. Hope this helps!

Greg, Fri, 01 May 2015 11:16 am: Reply
My unit has been going well for over seven months though I too have to re-boot occasionally (roughly weekly) for dropped wi-fi signal to reconnect to Wundergound.
What I do notice is that after reboot, I get a bogus rainfall accumulation reading of 7-10 mm despite no rain.
Anyone else experiencing this?

Greg, Sat, 06 Jun 2015 07:21 pm: Reply
I reported the frequent (almost daily) loss of connection to Wunderground to the help centre at Fine Offset (sales@foshk.com)...they responded quickly and sent me updated firmware (having first sent a photo of the stations 'About' screen).

After a week, no dropouts to report.

I do notice my UV sensor appears to have failed

Neil, Mon, 08 Jun 2015 04:24 am: Reply
Just read all the comments, frankly, the unit sounds like an unreliable piece of crap. The predecessors in the WH range worked for a couple of years without being touched.

Greg, Thu, 11 Jun 2015 03:05 pm: Reply
Neil, they are making improvements all the time and with regular firmware updates. They also respond to queries promptly so I am satisfied. I reported the UV sensor issue and they state that later models have an improved array.
For under $300, I still think its a good unit. I am not sure there is anything better before forking out for a Davis unit.
If there is, I'd be interested to know

Andrew, Thu, 18 Jun 2015 02:57 pm: Reply
I have had on working really well since October 2014.

In june 2015 the rain gauge has stopped registering.

What is the procedure for cleaning / fixing it?

I have not taken it down yet.

I have seen flushing with a glass of water can help. Gas anyone else tried this?

Nadeera, Fri, 19 Jun 2015 01:52 am: Reply
Hi,

I am using this HP 1000 weather station from last December.

This has worked perfectly some time and I have done firmware upgrade as per instructions. But after that WiFi connectivity has lost and not in the menus that function not displaying. I have checked with few professionals and came a conclusion of that firmware not correct and now need to go back to previous version (version should be 1.1.0 or 1.1.1.).

But sadly I don't have and no ware to download it. Even no where to buy this from Sri Lanka.

Its greatly appreciate if anyone could send or give a link of factory default firmware (1.1.0 or 1.1.1.) or other option is pls backup software from your unit and send me. This is the only possible way to get this and otherwise I am helpless to find this.

Awaiting your favorable reply for this matter.

Thanks & Regards,

Nadeera

Nadeera, Fri, 19 Jun 2015 01:53 am: Reply
my email aroshananadeera@gmail.com or aroshananadeera@yahoo.com

Mark, Sun, 21 Jun 2015 04:51 am: Reply
Had mine since April and the display unit flashes on plugging it in and has no display.
Paul, Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:00 pm:
Mine is doing the same was flashing now nothing and it beeps continually. Can somebody point me in the right direction.

Neil Campbell, Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:28 pm: Reply
One last attempt to get the HP1000 operating correctly, I have sent another email to FOSHK asking for assistance, the Australian distributors are next to useless and Holman Industries who were selling them through Bunnings are no longer supplying FOSHK products. My HP1000 is now reading between 10-23 degrees above the ambient temperature, transmitting incorrect information to Wunderground.com, station ID: IVICTORI327 I also cannot get the latest upgrade to work, I download ito to the SD card but it wont update the console, I did it with the first update with no problems. I will report back when (and if) I hear back from FOSHK, the weather station should last more than a couple of years.
Neil Campbell, Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:45 pm:
Wow, I am surprised, I received an email back within minutes from Henry at FOSHK, he advises there is a problem with the leads of the temperature model and will send me a replacement, I have to take a picture of the current faulty module and also the screen of the screen of the display so he can help me solve that problem. Stay tuned.......

FROM FOSHK 30/6/2015:
Hi, Neil

Sorry to hear your problem.

For temperature spike and changing problem, it is related with the temperature sensor. We found the temp sensor we used has iron lead which is easy to be corroded. And we just found this out and now have all our products changed. I can send you replacement sensor board free. But the problem is that you need to know how to make the rework. Can you show me a picture of the sensor board inside the temperature shield? we have two version of this board, and I hope I can send you the correct one. Please let me know if you are able to make this rework or not.

As for update, you need to give me a screen shot of your console about page, I can send you correct update files needed.


Thanks for your feedback and we are willing to help in solving the problems you are facing with.


regards

henry
Neil Campbell, Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:43 pm:
FOSHK kept their word and sent me the update by email (Version 1.12.3) I followed the instructions they sent and it installed up until the point that an error message in Chinese (?) came up on the screen and now the console wont work and that error screen keeps coming up, the console says it is updated to V1.12.3 I emailed them and they suggested changing the date in the update.ini file in EasyWeather, I have done this but it hasn't made any difference. The company is being supportive and working with me to get a good outcome, I will report back how I go.
Neil Campbell, Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:55 pm:
Well, the decision from FOSHK is that the OS on my inside console is damaged (from their latest update Version 1.12.3) so the only part that was working consistently is now "bricked". I sent FOSHK a video of the screen, they replied that they would send me a new console for $70, I replied that it was their update that caused the problem and offered to pay half, have to wait and see. I am awaiting delivery of a completely new HP100 from FOSHK direct (for a price), I am hoping that will give me a trouble free units for more than a couple of years. I will post what happens.
MC, Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:47 pm:
Hello Neil

I have found one of the Holman WS1000 stations still on the shelf at a local Bunnings. I had a close look at the box and the Holman website at the manual they still have on there and there is no mention anywhere the WS1000 has WiFi? Anyone confirmed this?

Thanks

Chris, Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:43 pm: Reply
I have had mine for a month and although it looked impressive initially it has already started to play up.
The indoor unit has a serious design fault and constantly shuts down and restarts.(6 times a day)
When this occurs the Wi-Fi drops out and does not reconnect unless you restart it again manually.
Its a shame it had such potential and wasn't cheap!!!

John, Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:47 pm: Reply
Ok, I'll add my 2 cents worth. You get what you pay for. I haven't experienced any of the WiFi problems the rest of you have and the reason is because I run my receiver on an independent DC supply completely isolated from the mains. The mains supply through the power pack has so much noise in it you can't expect any cheap electronics to continue to function non-stop. The only time my reporting via WiFi hangs is when the router is disrupted by either my ISP or some other external source, but this is very rare. The next point is the external unit, which is built to a price not a standard. In order to get accurate wind readings you have to put the unit in the wind. The trouble is, when you put the unit in the wind, it shakes no matter how strong your mounting is. This is enough to actually shake water out of the rain bucket before it fills, tips and activates the read switch. The temperature sensor problem is also related to supply voltage in the outdoor unit. If the NiCad batteries have any age on them the power supply voltage drops to a point where you get erroneous readings of temperature....even overnight. If you live in an area of low sunshine, this will be an even bigger problem. How to fix these problems? If you don't want to spend big dollars on a real weather station, you will need to separate the wind section from the body of the outdoor unit and put it up in the wind connected via a cable to the main unit. Make sure you put ferrite sleeves at each end of the cable with a couple of wraps in it for lightning induction suppression and plug the hole that’s left in the top of the main unit. Put the main unit where it will receive the most amounts of sun possible but out of the wind. Alternately, run the outdoor unit on a proper power supply. It is a fiddly mod but not that complex. Except for the outdoor unit problems and the batteries in my indoor unit spilling acid into the battery box, the receiver has been faultless. OS 1.0.2 firmware 1.0.5. Yes, it’s old software, but if it isn’t broken don’t fix it!

Neil Campbell, Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:22 am: Reply
Well the replacement weather station arrived from FOSHK and has been set up, it is a new model HP2000 with a few new features including a much improved hygro/temp module. I now have 2 indoor consoles running off the outdoor unit, they both work well. Setting up was a bit fiddly but if you read the instructions carefully you get there in the end. I have mounted the HP2000 in the same spot as the HP1000 and have no problems with wind or rain readings, there seems to be enough sunshine in Victoria, Australia, to keep the batteries charged but they will need replacing after a couple of years based on the HP1000. Like one of the other posters, the only time the connection by wifi to Wunderground.com dropped out was when the Internet or the power went out. If your HP1000 has temperature spikes that eventually read 10 degrees too high then order the replacement hygro/temp from sales@foshk.com as it isn't too hard to replace the unit with 2 screws and a cable and plug. I am very happy with the assistance given by Fine Offset Electronics in Hong Kong. A second indoor control head will cost you about $70 AU I will post any problems I have with the new HP2000

Paul Cassar, Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:52 pm: Reply
Unfortunately my LCD unit just failed after 18 months. It stopped the other night and when I rebooted it just flashed bright white for a second then nothing. I have emailed sales to see if another LCD unit is available
Michelle, Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:55 am:
I bought the hp1000 for my husband for his birthday in feb this year and this week the LCD screen went totally black after unplugging it and then plugging it back in, not sure where to go for help or to purchase another the screen😣

Tore, Sat, 14 Nov 2015 04:18 am: Reply
Hi
Somone know it is ip opserver to hp1000 433mhz now ?

Phil, Sat, 02 Jan 2016 11:23 am: Reply
I have got the screen failure also ,it just flashes on power up. I suspect flash memory corrupted.
Has anyone found a fix for this.

Tony, Wed, 06 Jan 2016 07:59 am: Reply
Tried to power up the HP1000 and after a quick flash the screen was blank.

Any ideas?

paul, Sat, 09 Jan 2016 08:06 am: Reply
I too took delivery of a HP1000 and upon powering up the base unit the screen did a quick flash and went dead. Awaiting a new unit from supplier and will go from there

MC, Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:47 pm: Reply
Hello Neil

I have found one of the Holman WS1000 stations still on the shelf at a local Bunnings. I had a close look at the box and the Holman website at the manual they still have on there and there is no mention anywhere the WS1000 has WiFi? Anyone confirmed this?

Thanks
Ross, Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:38 am:
The Holman is a different unit.

Lucas, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:04 am: Reply
It's been a while. I had given up on the wifi stability, but after recovering from thinking it was bricked after a power outage I got keen again.

After waiting a week without luck for sales@foshk.com to get back to me, I did some more research.

My HP1000 is now running 2.2.3 firmware from https://ambientweather.wikispaces.com/ws1001-wifi - they seem to be getting updates referring to wifi stability.

Anyway, I have the 433Mhz version and had to edit one of the firmware installation files _before_ the install for it to work. If you want to try, download a version, say 2.2.3, then:
1. extract onto your SD card
2. go into the "Update EasyWeather" directory
3. edit the main.ini file to change:
a. Title=HP1000 (could be anything, it's visible in Weather Underground)
b. Frequency=433M
4. flash as per the normal instructions

My unit came back up fine. As usual I needed to redo all the settings.

It's not been long enough to determine whether this fixes the wifi issues. Will try and report back in a week to let you know.
Lucas, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:00 pm:
No joy with 2.2.3. Multiple wifi dropouts in the last 12 hours.

Trying 2.2.5 (beta) now.
Lucas, Sun, 14 Feb 2016 10:06 pm:
2.2.5 was a bust. Far more frequent WiFi dropouts. Will be going back to 2.2.3.
MC, Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:21 pm:
After running a WS1080 for about 6 years ( and fixing it many times)I took the plunge and brought one of these HP1000 or 2000 (who knows). Thanks to Lucas for the info and instructions, I upgraded it from V2.2.2 to V2.2.9 and have had it running for about 2 weeks so far with no problems, see how it goes!
MC, Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:23 am:
After running 2.2.9 all ok for a few months I upgraded my station to 2.3.3 after this it ran fine unless I had a power failure in my house and when the power came back the station would not reconnect to my internet router unless I power cycled the station indoor console.
MC, Tue, 20 Dec 2016 02:20 pm:
Now upgraded to 2.3.5, hope this fixes my power outage problem, otherwise will roll back to 2.2.9. Never had any wifi drop out issues.

Neil Campbell, Thu, 18 Feb 2016 02:36 am: Reply
The HP2000 has been performing very well since August 2015, hasn't missed a beat, temperature is now reading correctly and there have been no wifi dropouts or battery problems. I don't recommend anyone buying the HP1000 earlier models as they have too many problems, make sure it is the newer model to save yourself from all the dramas.
WeatherViewer, Wed, 20 Apr 2016 03:19 pm:
Hi Neil,

I would like to add I also have the so called improved HP2000.
However they are not technically sold under that name.
From my understanding the latest HP1000 weather stations with 3.8GB of memory are the new improved revised model. Technically they are the HP2000.

The best place to buy them are from eBay, search HP1000 and make sure it states 3.8GB & latest model.

I have had mine since mid last year and it hasn't missed a beat. Temperatures readings are extremely accurate I must say, this is a fantastic unit for the cost.

Like Neil says, avoid the early HP1000 models.
I hope this information helps a few of you out there.

MC, Fri, 19 Feb 2016 01:15 am: Reply
Neil, can you post a link to the HP2000?

Thanks
Neil Campbell, Wed, 24 Feb 2016 02:02 am:
Hi MC, I cannot actually find the HP2000 on their website www.foshk.com but I think it is an upgrade to the HP1000 and maybe even the HP1003, I emailed FOSHK with the problems (see above) and that is the replacement they sent me, it is a HP2000, I see there is another one near me in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. The updated models have a different (larger) temperature sensor - the round section on the underneath, the smaller ones were faulty due to a wire which became rusty over time, not sure if you can buy the sensor on its own (I did) but I haven't seen them on ebay, worth an email to FOSHK (Fine Offset Hong Kong). If your temperature reads up to 10 degrees above what it should then this part is most likely the problem.
MC, Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:56 pm:
Thanks Neil

I am planning on upgrading my existing station to one of these and want to make sure I get the newer one etc. Can you supply some more detail on what to look for etc? Maybe post some pics of what you are talking about is the better Staion?

thanks

Raphael, Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:03 am: Reply
Hi, I have a ELDSTAD EW001 WiFi (HP1000 rebrand) with 1.xx firmware, where I can find the latest firmware 1.xx series (38Mega)?

Thanks in advance
MC, Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:57 pm:
Google 'fine offset HP1000'.

Greg, Fri, 18 Mar 2016 03:06 pm: Reply
Hello again
Well, I too have the 'black screen of death' syndrome.
A pity, because the latest firmware updates had kept it in steady state for months.
I took the back off, and even replaced the button battery within hoping this would fix it but to no avail.
Henry said 'it needs to reflash the firmware' and asked if I had a mini USB port on the side ( no, just micro SD slot)
I contacted Henry again, who offered a new display for $70 and I replied but not heard back in over a week...he is usually quick to respond.
Neil, was the HP 2000 replacement just the base unit or the whole kit?
Greg, Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:26 am:
Over two weeks and still no word from Henry at sales@foshk.com ....
Missed some good rain events too in that time :-(
Greg, Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:59 pm:
New console finally arrived $AU100
I have yet to set it up as I am away.
I hope this console doesn't have the BSD syndrome?
I'll report back once I've set it up

Walker_stick, Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:39 pm: Reply
A lot of trouble on the rain guage bucket can be traced to a black spider and his strong web.
Don't know about the latest (HP wifi series) but my original system from Altronics has been fine for a few years. FOSK sent a new UV sensor (proper readings now) and its been good too. Just watch for the spider's web.
Greg, Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:24 am:
That's interesting, Walker. I enquired about a new UV sensor and Henry at foshk said it was not so simple to just replace it but needed to be calibrated in the unit as well.
Good to hear you have a favorable result. My UV works sometimes on cloudy days but rarely in full stron sunlight....weird.

Nixay, Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:02 pm: Reply
I have a 39MB 433Mhz version of the HP1000. Has been running pretty solid for just on 2 years (although with abnormally high outdoor temps when in direct sunlight).

Nearly a month ago the wifi started to become unstable and in just two days the wifi died completely. Initially it failed to scan for wifi access points and now it doesn't even show the wifi setup menu options - it's like the wifi module vanished.

Out of interest I opened up the unit and found the wifi module running exceedingly hot - with a probe I measured about 70 C. A green status light on the module was flashing on and off. I found if I cooled the module (using a wrapped ice-cube) the green light would go steady, although this wasn't enough for the menu options to reappear.

I've desoldered the wifi module from the mainboard so I don't have a fire hazard hanging on my wall and I emailed FOSHK 2 weeks ago about a replacement but haven't heard back yet.

WeatherViewer, Wed, 20 Apr 2016 03:21 pm: Reply
I would like to add I also have the so called improved HP2000.
However they are not technically sold under that name.
From my understanding the latest HP1000 weather stations with 3.8GB of memory are the new improved revised model. Technically they are the HP2000.

The best place to buy them are from eBay, search HP1000 and make sure it states 3.8GB & latest model.

I have had mine since mid last year and it hasn't missed a beat. Temperatures readings are extremely accurate I must say, this is a fantastic unit for the cost.

Like Neil above says, avoid the early HP1000 models.
I hope this information helps a few of you out there.
Nixay, Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:57 pm:
Whereabouts are you located? I'm interested in the accurate temperature readings of the new HP1000. I'm in Brisbane and my early HP1000's temp readings are HIGHLY influenced by direct sunlight on the outdoor unit. Just wondering if you're in a cooler or warmer climate.
WeatherViewer, Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:36 pm:
Hey Nixay,

I live in Wyndham Vale, 35KM south-west of Melbourne.
I suppose compared to Brisbane it is a cooler climate, however in summer we can get more extreme highs than Brisbane exceeding 40C.

My weather station is in direct sunlight, it has no effect on the temperature from what I can tell.
For example on extremely hot and sunny days in full sunlight with temps hitting 40C in summer, the temps have never spiked out of proportions.

Whilst the two nearest official BOM stations are not representative of my geographical location, I do compare and my temperatures always seem to be inline.

For a closer temperature comparison of my location there is a chap up the road from me who is a former BOM meteorologist. He has setup his a very professional weather station with manual and automatic readings.
When I run off my monthly average High & Low temperature readings, in comparison to his they are almost identical.

Here is a link to my weather station on Weather Underground if you want to keep track of my conditions: https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IVICTORI850
Nixay, Mon, 25 Apr 2016 01:04 am:
Sounds good. Think I'll just upgrade to the newer version rather than trying to repair the broken bits of my old one - outdoor temp readings for me were virtually useless (except at night) so this would be a welcome improvement.

FWIW my station ID is IQUEENSL446
WeatherViewer, Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:41 am:
Sounds like a good idea Nixay.

I hope you have better luck this time, just make sure it is the newer 3.8GB memory version as I said.

Look forward to hearing how you get on with your newer HP1000, if it's anything like mine you will be a happy camper.

All the best!
Nixay, Fri, 06 May 2016 11:54 am:
Finally got my new version HP1000 running yesterday. Already looking really good with outdoor temps in line with nearby official sensors so I'm very happy. Just waiting for this supposed rain event to arrive next week to see how we go with measuring rainfall.

Interestingly, I turned my old receiver station on to receive the new model's sensor data and all the numbers line up except for the outdoor temp reading, which varies between 0.1 and 0.5 degrees difference. The amount of variation keeps changing so trying to calibrate it to match the new model readings doesn't work (and seems to push it further out of whack). Maybe there's some higher resolution of data being transmitted by the new sensor?

Also noticed the new model responds to button presses much faster than the old one so the new mainboard is also a welcome upgrade.

Ross, Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:44 am: Reply
I have an issue with the unit, when the base unit is turned on the system flashes white the screen goes black and then the unit proceeds to just beep. I took the back off and reset the battery and checked all the connections, these seemed fine. Any suggestions - battery replacement maybe??
MC, Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:08 pm:
Maybe have a read of Gregs post above?

Andy, Sun, 08 May 2016 02:57 pm: Reply
I have a HP1000 3.8Gb model that's been in use for around 15 months for no known problems (iqueensl607) however a few weeks ago I noted the outside temp was reading higher than normal. After checking the outdoor unit I could find any problems, so I started playing around with possible firmware upgrades etc - however this seems to have given me wifi problems either or other network issue.

Can someone please point me in the right direction for the correct firmware for the HP1000 3.8GB unit that works? and then try and address the temp issue.
Nixay, Sat, 21 May 2016 01:08 pm:
The only page I'm aware of for firmware downloads is here: http://www.foshk.com/weather_professional/hp1000.htm

The firmware version on this page is 2.1.2, however my relatively new HP1000 came loaded with 2.2.2 so I'm not sure where to get the newer version from.
MV, Sat, 21 May 2016 10:22 pm:
Check Lucas post above!!

Ben, Sat, 14 May 2016 03:55 pm: Reply
Just got a HP1000. WiFi doesn't work and the setup menu is devoid of WiFi and Weather Server options. Rang FOSHK.....absolutely usless. The straff didn't follow up as promised and ignored my emails with screen shots etc.

Now the unit won't even boot up. It always gets stuck on the startup screen!

Piece of crap.

Mark P, Sat, 28 May 2016 08:13 pm: Reply
Had mine for 11 months now, must say I had the screen black out in the first 3 months but the company on ebay replaced the screen with the newer version and it's been great since.
The only other thing happened a week ago, the temperature sensor was reading way way too high so I opened the fins at the bottom open found a rusty wire which broke as soon as I touched it, clipped the wire soldered it back in and adjusted the temperature, bingo now it's working again perfect.

Ian Harrison, Mon, 30 May 2016 09:33 am: Reply
Where can I get spare parts. Hail destroyed the wind vane and anometre buckets so need replacements. The cracks in rain bucket I can glue.
Ta
MC, Mon, 30 May 2016 03:59 pm:
If you are in Aust, I have seen parts on ebay.

Neil Campbell, Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:50 pm: Reply
Unfortunately the new HP1000 (HP2000) is now 11 months old and has suddenly started reading 2-3 degrees higher than the current temperature, I will take it down and inspect it, I had hoped the new model with the updated temperature module would last a bit longer than 11 months, I will send FOSHK an email after I inspect it to let them know about the new fault, very disappointing.
WeatherViewer, Tue, 12 Jul 2016 03:44 pm:
That's a shame Neil.
Mine is still going strong in that department, mine is about 9 months though.

I am now experiencing troubles with the rain gauge, not recording rain. I have given it a flush with water and swabbed a cotton bud in there to clean out any dirt.
It works well for a few days and then it stops reporting.

I have a feeling this has to do with the tipping bucket getting stuck in the tipping position. Perhaps I need to open it up and give it a clean? Has anyone come across this issue?
Greg, Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:35 pm:
I too have had the rain gauge failing to read. I think what happens is the bucket accumulates dirt which prevents it sometimes returning to the empty position.
Opening it up, cleaning the bucket and a little squirt of silicon based lube in the pivot pins seems to fix the problem.
Neil Campbell, Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:42 pm:
It seems like the temperature is incorrect below 12 degrees Centigrade, the lower the temperature gets the high the HP1000 reads, if this happens wunderground disconnects my weather station and said it is supplying incorrect information (IVICTORI327) which isn't a good advert for FOSHK. I have emailed FOSHK to see if they can offer any explanation, I haven't been able to take it down to check due to the cold and wet weather here :-)
WeatherViewer, Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:51 pm:
Hey Gary,

I did open up the weather station and cleaned out a load of spider webs, nothing was really obstructing the rain gauge though.

My rain gauge was recording fine the last few days after cleaning it out, however this evening it was extremely windy and rainy.

When the rain came through it was recording the rainfall just fine and then it stopped. It started recording the tail end of the rainfall again 3 minutes later. I suspect the rain gauge is getting stuck in the empty position.

I'm not entirely sure this is down to the fault of the unit. I have a feeling the sturdiness of my mounting pole could be to blame, in windy conditions like this evening my weather station does wobble a bit. I'm wondering if this could be the cause of the rain gauge getting stuck open and retracting back once it has calmed down?

Any thoughts on this Gary?
WeatherViewer, Sat, 30 Jul 2016 04:41 pm:
Disregard my last comment, upon further testing of rainfall it has got nothing to do with the stability of my weather station.

It seems to be a very intermittent problem, it records rainfall and then sometimes it decides not to.

I was out in the yard yesterday, tipping water into the weather stations rain collector, the tipping buckets are in fact working correctly and not getting stuck in the empty position.
It seems the rainfall is simply not being recorded and then decides to work again. No idea exactly what could be causing this problem?

I'm thinking of returning it under my one year warranty since purchase last October.
Neil Campbell, Thu, 13 Jul 2017 02:39 pm:
FOSHK sent me a new temperature module which I replaced and all is still working 100% in July 2017, just have to spray near the outside sensor to keep the spiders at bay or they clog up the rain sensor. I am still using 2 inside displays, one connected to the wifi, Happy with the HP1000/2000 :-)

Jim, Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:59 pm: Reply
Hi everyone. First timer here - IVICTORI798. Have had my HP1000 for a year and it works perfectly. However, when I recently moved house I lost my indoor sensor.

I've emailed foshk sales twice and get no response. Desperate to get my station up and running in my new place.

Help! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Jim
Neil Campbell, Tue, 09 Aug 2016 04:05 pm:
Hi Jim,
If you send me your address I have a working indoor monitor leftover when I replaced my first HP1000 with a HP2000. Email: iridiumqld@gmail.com
(No charge or post) :-)

RayB, Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:01 am: Reply
Having problems connecting my HP100 PWS to my home wi-fi network which is password protected. When I go into "set up" and scroll Wi Fi scan- set up and it opens the Select Wi Fi network, my Wi Fi network is listed as available but not connected. On pressing the key to connect it attempts to connect but does not bring up a panel to type in my Wi Fi network password to allow access and hence returns as not connected.If I unlock my Wi Fi network to be open the HP 1000 connects immediately and later I get the e-mail from Wundermap to say Iam back on line. Obviously I need a lock on my Wi Fi network but once I do so HP 1000 disconnects. Can anyone help. Thanks.

Juan Antonio, Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:51 am: Reply
I bought my PWS 1000 in february 2015 but now I have a problem with the sensor outdor of temperature. The thermistor is rusty and it is broken. I would like to replace the thermistore for a new one but I do not the type thermistor that I have to buy. I want to weld it myself. Can anyone help me?
Mark, Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:43 pm:
I've tried that and did work for a while, I emailed the company and I had to send them a photo which then they replaced for free and has worked better since

Roger Thornton, Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:26 am: Reply
I am a first timer too. I have a Maplin Solar Powered Wifi Weather Station N23DQ. The the Display Console stopped/jammed overnight. Powered off then on result everything disappeared and has remained disappeared. Followed all Maplin booklet's troubleshooting points (the outdoor sensor unit's LED indicator still flashes every 16 seconds.)Maplin Customer Dept think the display console is faulty. Has anyone had a similar experience, if so what did you do?
Greg, Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:02 am:
Hi Roger
Does the display flash briefly then go back after connecting power?
It's a common problem (happened to me also) which may be fixed by 'flashing' the firmware via the USB port on the side (you will need to dig to find instructions on this)
Otherwise, you will be up for a replacement console

MV, Thu, 10 Nov 2016 01:00 pm: Reply
Roger, I assume you are in the UK? It seems these weather stations are sold everywhere and rebadged.

From reading some other posts on here the power supplies seem to go faulty for the Console. Maybe check to see if there is any voltage output from the power supply? You will need a multimeter.

PeterF, Sun, 05 Feb 2017 04:36 pm: Reply
My HP1000 lasted about 2 months before the outdoor unit started missing data then died. Yes i have checked the batteries and completed multiple resets.
Joao, Sat, 11 Feb 2017 04:45 am:
Peter, I am Having the same problem, but it lasted 10 Months. I think its the outdoor unit. I am trying to get a new one from the vendor!

John W, Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:29 am: Reply
Been running a WH3081 for years in Perth. Fine after Henry sent me a new solar/UV unit. UV agrees well enough with http://www.arpansa.gov.au/uvindex/ data. Bought a second unit on special at Altronics to use the new head. Have 2 displays in the house.
Rain bucket works fine. Just open the housing and eject those black spiders and their sticky webs. Tabs are a bit stiff to release cover.
Some spikes in the data now and then, but I mainly use the display. Don't even bother to download it.
Pressure a few HPa different between each unit. Happy with what I paid for.
Greg, Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:56 am:
Hi John W
I'm very interested in your comment re Henry sending a new solar UV/unit. My UV has stopped reading and I enquired on a replacement but Henry told me it wasn't possible as UV sensor needs to be calibrated.
Could you offer more detail on your experience please?
Greg

Keith H, Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:36 pm: Reply
I have a HP 1000. Not sure which version it is but at 11 months old the temperature is locked onto 60 C. Anyone had this problem. Also it is a 433 Mhz and has 3705M of storage
Greg, Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:58 am:
Hi Keith
That happened to me also.
I replaced the rechargeable batteries in the outdoor sensor, did a reset (button underneath somewhere) and it has worked fine since

Daryl R, Wed, 03 May 2017 03:17 pm: Reply
I have just installed a HP1000. Flawless install and setup and so far very happy. Couple of quick questions, there is a round sticker on the underside of the rain collector, does this need to be removed to allow the collected water to pass through? I also noticed condensation on the underside of the glass panel that protects the solar cell, will this be a problem or is the unit ventilated enough to allow it to dry out?

  Add a comment


Your name:

Comment:

Verification code:
Verification Code Type the letters and numbers that you see.