Microsferics TOA V5 network lightning detector

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The Microsferics TCU (Time-Of-Arrival Compute Unit) with included E-field sensor is a standalone lightning detection system for networked high accuracy lightning detection. This device connects over Internet to one of our Time Of Arrival lightning locating servers in Europe or North/Central America. Lightning detections from individual sensors are correlated on the server and special computations are then applied to locate ongoing lightning activity with high precision within the network coverage area.

Link: Microsferics Lightning Detection Network website

Features overview
• Connects to a router and Internet using Ethernet cable.
• Easy and safe firmware updates via microSD card.
• Fully automatic 24/7 operation.
• Wireless monitoring and configuration on the local network via the included TCU Control app. Available on Android and Windows 10/11 64 bit.
• Optional wireless monitoring and configuration on the local network using the included TCU Monitor software. Available for Windows 10/11.
• A properly installed system will detect lightning strikes thousands of kilometers/miles away.
• Includes user documentation and support via our forum and email.

Package contents
• Fully assembled and tested lightning Time Of Arrival V5 Compute Unit
• Outdoor E-field sensor (no enclosure included)
• 12V International power supply
• External GPS antenna with 5m/15ft cable

Items that must be sourced locally by the operator (e.g. Amazon, eBay). Some items are available as add-on options to this product (see below).
• TCU to sensor coax cable of required length. 50Ω (RG58) or 75Ω (RG6 used for SAT/TV) will both work
• Two F-type coax connectors matching the coax cable diameter
• TCU to Internet router Ethernet cable (Cat 5/6/7) of suitable length
• MicroSD card, 2-32 MB
• Outdoor sensor mast and enclosure such as a PVC pipe or box

* Important Notes *
1. The lightning sensor is very sensitive and must be mounted some distance away from potential noise generating sources such as air conditioning units, fluorescent lamps etc. for optimal performance.
2. The sensor must be mounted on a non-conductive/non-metallic structure.
3. This product is covered by a 2 year warranty and is manufactured in and drop shipped from our Microsferics hardware design partner in Austria, Europe. Pricing applies only to persons or organizations who intend to join our public LDN networks and does not include local VAT and customs charges. For stand-alone, commercial use networks please contact us for a quote.
4. For orders from Austria and Germany, please contact us instead of ordering via this page!
5. Microsferics network availability: North and Central America, Northern parts of South America, Europe.

Please select correct shipping option below before placing your order!
Orders are usually dispatched in 3-5 business days.

Available Options:

Antenna housing:

Coax cable:

MicroSD memory card:

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