The CWS655 is a wireless version of our CS655 soil water reflectometer. It has 12 cm rods and monitors soil volumetric water content, bulk electrical conductivity, and temperature. This reflectometer has an internal 900 MHz spread-spectrum radio that transmits data to a CWB100 Wireless Base Station or to another wireless sensor. The internal radio's frequency is commonly used in the US and Canada.Read More
The CWS655 has 12-cm rods that insert into the soil. It measures propagation time, signal attenuation, and temperature. Dielectric permittivity, volumetric water content, and bulk electrical conductivity are then derived from these raw values.
Measured signal attenuation is used to correct for the loss effect on reflection detection and thus propagation time measurement. This allows accurate water content measurements in soils with bulk ≤3.7 dS m-1 without performing a soil-specific calibration.
Soil bulk electrical conductivity is also derived from the attenuation measurement. A thermistor in thermal contact with a probe rod near the epoxy surface measures temperature. Horizontal installation of the sensor provides accurate soil temperature measurement at the same depth as the water content measurement. For other orientations, the temperature measurement will be that of the region near the rod entrance into the epoxy body.
There are situations when it is desirable to make measurements in locations where the use of cabled sensors is problematic. Protecting cables by running them through conduit or burying them in trenches is time consuming, labor intensive, and sometimes not possible. Local fire codes may preclude the use of certain types of sensor cabling inside of buildings. In some applications measurements need to be made at distances where long cables decrease the quality of the measurement or are too expensive. There are also times when it is important to increase the number of measurements being made but the datalogger does not have enough available channels left for attaching additional sensor cables.
|Weather Resistance||IP67 rating for sensor and battery pack (Battery pack must be properly installed. Each sensor is leak tested.)|
|Operating Temperature Range||-25° to +50°C|
|Operating Relative Humidity Range||0 to 100%|
|Power Source||2 AA batteries with a battery life of 1 year assuming sensor samples taken every 10 minutes. (Optional solar charging available.)|
|Average Current Drain||300 μA (with 15-minute polling)|
|Rod Diameter||3.2 mm (0.13 in.)|
|Rod Length||12 cm (4.7 in.)|
|Weight||216 g (7.6 oz)|
|Volumetric Water Content||±3% VWC typical in mineral soils that have solution electrical conductivity ≤ 10 dS/m. Uses Topps Equation (m3/m3).|
|Relative Dielectric Permittivity||
|Bulk Electrical Conductivity||±(5% of reading + 0.05 dS/m)|
Internal 25 mW FHSS Radio
|Frequency||902 to 918 MHz|
|Where Used||US and Canada|
|Transmitter Power Output||25 mW (+14 dBm)|
|Receiver Sensitivity||-110 dBm (0.1% frame error rate)|
|Standby Typical Current Drain||3 μA|
|Receive Typical Current Drain||18 mA (full run)|
|Transmit Typical Current Drain||45 mA|
|Average Operating Current||15 μA (with 1-second access time)|
|Quality of Service Management||RSSI|
|Additional Features||GFSK modulation, data interleaving, forward error correction, data scrambling, RSSI reporting|
Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.
Latest firmware for the CWS655.
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