News And Info
April 9, 2014
CHANGE TO THE SMOKE MONITOR PROGRAM
The RSFWSU no longer provides maintenance support for the Smoke Monitor kits (NFES 5840).
All questions or inquiries with regard to this program can be directed to:
|1400 Independence Ave., SW|
|Washington, DC 20250|
CS-2 Transmitter UPGRADES
NOAA has issued a requirement to upgrade all transmitters to CS-2. All transmitters sold after May 1st 2012 are CS-2 compliant. All field users have until 31 May 2023 to upgrade their transmitters to CS-2. CS-2 doubles the channels currently on the GOES satellite. You will not have to move your existing 300 baud time slot, but you will have to get your transmitter upgraded.
CS-1 transmitters are no longer commercially available and the RSFWSU only has a limited number of F6/G5 units with CS-1 transmitters as spares. If a CS-1 transmitter needs repair, it may require downtime and loss of data while the unit is sent in for a repair and return. CS-2 transmitters cannot be substituted for CS-1 transmitters.
If you have an FTS RAWS, determine whether your station has a CS-1 or CS-2 transmitter. CS-2 transmitters have labeling that identifies them directly on the front and side of the F6 logger.
Pictures can be seen here: http://raws.fam.nwcg.gov/specs_f6_cs2.html
Contact FTS (http://www.ftsinc.com/) for pricing and to schedule your system to be upgraded to CS-2.
If you have a Vaisala RAWS, the Omni Sat transmitter in the Vaisala DCP can be upgraded to CS-2.Contact Vaisala (http://www.vaisala.com/en/Pages/default.aspx) for pricing and scheduling.
The RSFWSU currently has no Omni Sat CS-2 transmitters.
Please contact your Agency RAWS program manager if you have any questions.
We now support the Campbell Scientific CR1000 Datalogger and TX320 GOES transmitter. If your station is configured with sensors listed on the "Station Assets" page of this website, we can provide full support for your station. Direct any questions to the RAWS Help Desk.
VAISALA SENSOR SUPPORT
The Interagency RAWS partners have decided that Vaisala sensors currently in the RSFWSU inventory will no longer be supported after Dec 31,2017. Refer to the Station Assets page on this website to determine which sensors are affected.
RAWS HELP DESK EMAIL ADDRESS
The RAWS Help Desk now has a new (and shortened) email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: In the BLM address book in Outlook we are still listed as: blm_fa_raws_helpdesk
RSFWSU Battery Replacement Policy
As major consumable items, batteries are treated in a different manner than sensors or other components of a RAWS. Click HERE to read the RSFWSU policy concerning manufacturers' replacement schedules and the associated maintenance actions for all RAWS covered by Depot Maintenance service contracts.
REMOVAL OF FUEL MOISTURE / FUEL TEMPERATURE SENSOR ON ALL BLM RAWS
To reduce BLM RAWS program costs, the decision was made at the Dec 2011 Fire Leadership Team meeting to remove all Fuel Moisture and Fuel Temperature sensors from permanent and portable BLM RAWS stations.
NEW STATION PM AND PARTS/SENSOR FORM
With the increasing number of new stations transitioning from warranty to a Depot contract we developed a form/worksheet to help our customers in the field provide the Help Desk with all the information necessary to create a parts order list and preventive maintenance schedule. If you have a new station transitioning to a Depot contract click on the FORMS tab and select the link NEW STATION PM AND PARTS/SENSOR DATA. Simply fill out the form and email it to the RAWS Help Desk.
NEW RAWS HELP DESK EMAIL ADDRESS
With the recent transition from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Outlook the format of our email address changed. Our new Help Desk email address is:
RAWS HELP DESK / RSFWSU EMAIL
The current DOI transition from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Outlook has blocked some of the incoming email traffic to the RAWS Help Desk and Remote Sensing Fire Weather Support Unit contacts at NIFC. If you have sent email to the RAWS Help Desk or any RSFWSU contact and do not receive a response within 24 hours please call the Help Desk at 208.387.5475
Updating Station Narratives, Notes, and Routes in WFMI