Welcome to ParaTenki.com!
ParaTenki is about a paragliding weather. We install and monitor small weather stations on a neighbor mountains and translate live data to our pages for everyone to see. No more sitting at home and wondering what are the conditions on your favourite flying site — everything is just one click away.
Here's the map of Kyushu with currently installed stations. You may click on the map to see the weather data.
Apr 11, 2010
Hokureizan station has finished winter holidays and went back online!
Apr 09, 2010
Paratenki station on Raizan underwent regular repair related to the removing rust from bearings.
Apr 01, 2010
Paratenki station on Mino had wind speed sensor bearing replaced.
Mar 5, 2010
Today morning DoCoMo phones have started to send several copies of the same message again and again, and some people have got dozens of replies from ParaTenki server though they have sent only one request. I have manually stopped processing requests from DoCoMo phones around noon, and now the problem seems to be fixed, DoCoMo does not send multiply copies anymore. Sorry to anybody affected by this strange bevahiour.
Oct 08, 2010
Kuratake station is up and running.
Jul 17, 2010
While driving on the Kyushu highway I've suddently got a reception from Saruba-yama, which is 60km away. No Yagi, just a 1/4 wave dipole antenna on the car roof. Quite surprised to say the least.
Jul 11, 2010
Nakatsumine (Tokushima-ken) station went online.
Jun 27, 2010
The construction is over at Oohira and Mikamo-yama, you may watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqq1CAI5Up0
Jun 11, 2010
I've got a video from Kirara, how they installed the wind station: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo_XhZsy_BY
Jun 09, 2010
New station will soon open at Nakatsumine, Tokushima-ken.
Jun 06, 2010
New station went open at Kirara, Mie-ken.
Jun 01, 2010
New internet-connected receiver will have OLED display.
Jun 01, 2010
Today morning (Jun 01) server went down unexpectedly. Rebooted. Everything is fine again.
May 12, 2010
May 08, 2010
New station went open at Mikamo-yama, Tochigi-ken.
May 02, 2010
One year ago the first station was build on Kirikabu. HAPPY BIRTHDAY =)
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
New station came online at Terayama (Wakayama-ken).
Mar 21, 2010
Strong wind (~20m/s) ripped solar panel and wrapped the wire around the anemometer at Mino. Fixed today.
Feb 16, 2010
Got this picture today. Obviously, Katsuragi station is totally frozen and could not move, however radio link works just fine.
Jan 17, 2010
Battery voltage graph is available now. Old version of software reports the 5V supply, while the new software reports the actual battery voltage.
Jan 16, 2010
Saruba-yama (Nagasaki) station is back online after extreme cold last week.
Dec 28, 2009
A small article about ParaTenki came out in 2010/Feb issue of "ParaWorld"
Dec 26, 2009
New station was installed at Katsuragi-yama (Nara).
Dec 26, 2009
New station was installed at Saruba-yama (Nagasaki) and will be connected to the internet probably next week.
Dec 14, 2009
Next (Feb, 2010) issue of "ParaWorld" will print a small essay about ParaTenki, on sale from 12/28.
Nov 14, 2009
Raizan station got internet connection, however the reliability is still to be improved.
Nov 08, 2009
New station is erected at Raizan and will be connected to the internet probably next week.
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 18, 2009
New station is installed at Yoshimatsu (Kagoshima), 6 hours of driving is quite tiresome.
Oct 12, 2009
Yesterday someone bumped to the anemometer on Kirikabu-yama and broke the anemometer blade. Today I went there for a quick repair.
Oct 01, 2009
Omura paragliding club has installed new pole at Kotohira-dake. Weather station is almost fully functional, however some improvements are still to be done.
Aug 05, 2009
Tried new tool. Made some graph from the recent realtime wind speed data.
Jul 29, 2009
Changed battery and radio module, now everything should work fine.
Jul 19, 2009
New station, improved and redesigned, was installed at Kankake-toge. Changes include ultra-low power transmitter (10mW) with the frequency according to the "special low power" regulations and reworked main board.
Jul 06, 2009
I've got ParaTenki logo designed and have ordered some t-shirts.
Jul 05, 2009
Finally all the problems are solved and the long-awaited installation on Mino is scheduled to happen at Kankake-toge on 19th of July. Internet connection availability is still undecided.
Jun 04, 2009
ATTN: DoCoMo users!
If you send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and did not get any reply, please, check your SPAM settings and allow to receive the e-mail from domain paratenki.com.
Jun 04, 2009
Autoresponder is installed on paratenki.com. If you send e-mail to email@example.com, you'll get the weather data for the last hour. It works with keitai phones too, and saves money since mail-traffic is cheaper than web-traffic. No need to call Satsuma-ramen shop and ask about the weather anymore =)
May 31, 2009
More PCBs have arrived, and we have got working receiver with LCD display.
May 17, 2009
Kirikabu station got connected to the internet, and you may see the results. Some data may not be available early in the morning (before 6:00). Nobody flies in the dark, anyway.
May 13, 2009
New version of receiver with 7-segment LED panel is soldered, assembled and boxed.
May 8, 2009
Today I've got another batch of freshly made PCBs for weather station and for wind watch module. It's
HAMMERT.. SOLDERTIME!! =)
May 2, 2009 – 8pm
Came back from the mountains. Despite nice weather, new station was installed on Kirikabu-yama and a little bit tested today. I hope it will be useful in tomorrow's local competition rounds.
Please, don't be scared by nasty-looking boxes. I've ordered some parts, but they were delayed so I had to improvise with carbon boxes to make a kind of enclosure and avoid dangling wires. Real thing is supposed to be much smaller and prettier. Still, it shows nice north-western wind of 1.8 m/s and temperature 24`C.
May 2, 2009 – 2am
Today is going to be a nice sunny day. The first day when this web-site is open (i'm writing this down so I don't forget =). Right now I'm writing this short introduction and in the morning I'm going to visit a friendly site in Oita-ken to deploy the first weather station. Still in development and maybe to be replaced soon, but we are already able to collect the data, and this will be our first test installation. I hope everything goes well tomorrow.
Apr 29, 2009
Actually we weren't open at that time, but it was the first day when we began the preparation for our first deployment. A very nice piece of pinewood was cut and prepared as the foundation. Here are some pictures:
And yeah, evening flying was magical. I've spent almost all day testing, so I took off around 5pm expecting a short sled ride, but somehow managed to fly about an hour to land back to the top around 6pm.