The Unofficial Radio Shack WX-200 Electronic Weather Station Support Page.
This web page and other services are dedicated to the installation,
use and application developement for this weather station.
Available services are:
This web site.
If you have something to contribute please e-mail me and I'll add it. If the file is large please notify me first for
me to respond with a OK. Thanks.
And a mailing list which is no longer available.
This weather station provides the following information:
Also features a green LED back light, user selectable units of measure
and user defined alarm conditions.
Temperature: indoors and outdoors (in Fahrenheit or Celsius)
Relative Humidity: indoors and outdoors in %
Dew Point: indoors and outdoors (in Fahrenheit or Celsius)
Barometric Pressure (in inches, millimeters, millibars or HPA) and trend
(Raising, falling or Steady)
Rainfall: rate, yesterday's total and total since last reset (in inches
Wind speed: average, gust and max. (in MPH, KPH, meters/sec. or Knots)
and direction (16 point compass rose and degrees)
These include recorded highs and lows since last reset and the date and
time in which they occurred.
All sensors are included!
Related WEB Pages:
Link to Radio
Shack's web site. This is the text of the manual for the WX-200.
WX-200 Weather Station which includes a software page for many different
software called Virtual Weather Station for Windows 95/98/NT.
Oregon Scientific has
a unit like the WX-200 called the WM918.
Electronics in Germany is the OEM for these units.
WX200 / WM918 Sensor
Information Page An excellent site with information on the internal
workings of this weather station.
Other weather stations can be found at Davis
Bros. and Texas Weather Instruments.
Important note: Because the software that comes with the WX-200
is a Windows 3.1 16-bit application. There may be Y2K issues.
I have not extensively tested the app. But have encountered a lockup
while testing Y2K compliance with my system. Note: If you don't know
what your are doing you can have problems adjusting your clock for year
2000. I don't suggest you try this even though it does sound simple.
Update: There seems to be a fix for the Y2K issues. Appairently
AccuWeather & RadioShack did not feel we needed to know this.
As Accuweather does not list the software as being an update but it is
newer then the one shipped with my system. You can get it here.
Update: A newer version with Y2K fixes is at The
RadioShack WX-200 Help Page.
Click here to
get the status of a Visual BASIC program I'm working on to work with the
WX-200. This project has stalled for some time now. <sigh>
Click here to download
a program by Mike Wingstrom
for Linux and Xwindows that displays some of the WX-200 data.
Includes source code. Requires xforms 0.87 and is included in this
Click here to
download a program by Tim Witham
for Linux that is a client/server for reading data from the WX-200.
Or make your own software:
Below is the format of the weather station's data stream. The vast majority
of this info was decoded by Mike Wingstrom. The data is sent at 9600 baud 8n1 (8 data bits, no parity,
one stop bit). For an interface cable to a PC 9 pin serial port use a serial
mouse extension cable. This PC text document may be viewed or downloaded.
It is tab delimited ASCII so it will load easily into a spreadsheet or
database document. For Netscape you'll have to right-click and select
"Save Link As...". For Internet Explorer right-click and select "Save
I have removed the Protocol from the main page to help this page load
faster. You can still view it with the link above. Perhaps
XLS and PDF versions may be available in the near future.
Here are some programming tips:
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Note some alarms are in a different unit of measure from the sensors.
You can find a BASIC programs for Sun Rise/Set, Moon Rise/Set and Moon
Phase from Sky
You'll likely need the following formulas for converting units of measure.
Most of these are in the manual for the Weather Station software.
Degrees F= (Degrees C* 1.8) + 32
Degrees C = (Degrees F - 32) / 1.8
Miles Per Hour = 2.237 * Meters Per Second
KNOTS = 1.943 * Meters Per Second
Kilometers Per Hour = 3.6 * Meters Per Second
Inches of Mercury = 0.02953 * Millibars
Millimeters of Mercury = 0.7500616 * Millibars
Millimeters = Inches/ 25.4
Inches = 0.03937 * Millimeters
Here is a site that more then one person has pointed me to for more weather-related
These links below are BROKEN and I'm searching for their forwarding address
and/or new sites with simular information:
Anybody found better sites for Sun/Moon Rise/Set formulas?
How about tidal calculations?
Sorry for the slow updates. Not much has changed and my interest
in the project has lowered since my WX200 got hit by a near by lightening
This web page and other related services maintained by Glynne.