CR295X Datalogger for GOES Satellite Communication
Lowest-Cost Datalogger for Use With Satellite
Good for SDI-12 measurements
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Overview

The CR295X is a small, low-cost datalogger that reads input from one or two sensors, then transmits the data using the GOES satellite transmitter. Multiple CR295Xs can be configured as a network, or units can be deployed individually. CRBasic, its full programming language, supports simple or complex programming and many onboard data reduction processes. It supports stand-alone operation in harsh, remote environments.

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Benefits and Features

  • Small, low-cost datalogger designed for use with GOES satellite transmitters
  • When combined with the TX320 GOES satellite transmitter, the CR295X can be used in extremely remote locations.
  • Ideal applications include wind energy, rural water, water level/flow, aquaculture, water quality
  • Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) protected inputs
  • Optimal for measuring one or two simple sensors
  • Makes SDI-12, single-ended analog, pulse, switch closure, and bridge measurements
  • Battery-backed clock that ensures accurate time is maintained while datalogger is disconnected from battery power
  • Program with LoggerNet, PC400, or Short Cut to fit your setup
  • PakBus, Modbus, and SDI-12 protocols supported

End-of-Life Product

For new projects, the CR300-series dataloggers are recommended instead of the CR200X-series dataloggers. The CR300-series builds on the successful features of the CR200X-series dataloggers, while adding new features. The CR200X-series dataloggers will continue to be available for customers with existing CR200X networks until 16 January 2018. Refer to the CR200X-Series Datalogger Discontinuation Notice for details.

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Detailed Description

The CR295X includes an additional RS-232 serial port that allows communications with the TX320, TX312, or SAT HDR GOES satellite transmitter. It has several input channels for measuring a variety of sensors. Gas discharge tubes provide rugged electrostatic discharge protection for the inputs.

The CR295X does not make differential measurements and is not compatible with SDM devices, multiplexers, or thermocouples. (Refer to the Compatibility information on the web page for compatible sensors, peripherals, and software.) Recalibration services are not offered for the CR295X dataloggers.

Specifications

-NOTE- Note: Additional specifications are listed in the CR200X-Series Specifications Sheet.
Maximum Scan Rate 1 Hz
Analog Channels
  • The single-ended analog inputs can also be used as control ports.
  • 5 single-ended (no differential) individually configured
Pulse Count Channels 2
Switched Excitation Channels 2 voltage
Digital Ports
  • Certain digital ports can be used to count switch closures.
  • 2 I/O
Communication Ports 2 RS-232
Switched Battery Port 1
Input Voltage Range 0 to 2500 mV
Analog Voltage Accuracy ±(0.25% of reading + (1.2 mV)x(offset)) at -40° to +50°C
Analog Voltage Resolution 0.6 mV
A/D Bits 12
Operating Temperature -40° to +50°C
Power Requirements 7 to 16 Vdc
Typical Current Drain
  • ~0.2 mA (quiescent)
  • ~3 mA (active)
Clock Accuracy
  • 8.2 min./month (@ -40° to +50°C)
  • 1 min./month (@ +25°C)
Protocols Supported PakBus (leaf node only), SDI-12
Warranty 3 years
Dimensions 14.0 x 7.6 x 4.8 cm (5.5 x 3.0 x 1.9 in.)
Weight 242 g (8.5 oz)

Memory

Final Storage 512 kB of flash memory for approximately 125,000 data points
Operating System 106 kB of flash memory
Intermediate Storage 8 kB of SRAM for communication buffers, calculations, variables, etc.

Compatibility

Communications

The CR295X is compatible with our TX320, TX312 (retired), and SAT HDR GOES (retired) satellite transmitters.

The CR295X can communicate with a PC via direct connect, NL201 Network Link Interface, NL240 Wi-Fi Network Link, MD485 multidrop modem, and digital cellular modems. Data can be viewed on an iOS device, an Android device, CD295 DataView II Display, or a user-supplied PDA. To use an iOS or Android device, go to the Apple Store or Google Play and download our LoggerLink Mobile Apps free of charge. User-supplied PDAs require either PConnect or PConnectCE software.

Measurement & Control Peripherals

Campbell Scientific’s SDM devices and multiplexers are not supported.

Power Supplies

Typical power supply is a BP12 12 Ahr or BP24 24 Ahr battery, CH100 or CH200 regulator, and an SP10 or SP20 solar panel. The CR295X includes a cable for connecting it with the satellite transmitter and power supply.

Enclosures

An ENC16/18 enclosure can house the CR295X logger, satellite transmitter, and power supply; smaller enclosures cannot house the power supply required for GOES communications. Hardware is included with the datalogger for mounting to an enclosure backplate.

Sensors

The CR295X can measure a variety of sensors including SDI-12 sensors and 4 to 20 mA sensors. It cannot make differential measurements and is not compatible with the freezing-rain/ice, fuel moisture/temperature, geographic position, present weather, soil heat flux, soil matric water potential, and strain sensors listed on our price lists.

The currently available sensors that the CR295X can measure are shown below:

Precipitation

TE525 TE525WS TE525MM TB4 TB4MM CS700 52202 SR50A

Relative Humidity

CS215 HMP60 HMP155A HC2S3 083E

Soil Volumetric Water Content

EasyAG EnviroSCAN CS616 CS625 CS650 CS655

Solar

CS300 LI200X LI190SB LP02 CMP3 CMP6 CMP11 CMP21 Radiometers
(all)

Temperature

107 108 109 109SS 110PV 43347 Thermocouples
(all)

Water Level

CS410 CS451 CS456 CS460 CS470-series CS475-series

Water Quality

CS547A
Conductivity
CS511
DO
CSIM11-ORP
ORP
CSIM11
pH
CS526
pH
OBS-3+
Turbidity
OBS300
Turbidity
OBS500
Turbidity
OBS501
Turbidity

Wind

014A 27106T 03002 034B 05103 05103-45 05106 05305 WINDSONIC4 WINDSONIC1 CSAT3
03101 ICEFREE3A ICEFREE3V P2546A A100LK ZEPHIR300

Other Sensors

  • CS11 Current Transformer
  • CS100, CS106, and 092 barometric pressure sensors
  • 255-100 Evaporation Gauge
  • 237 and LWS leaf wetness sensors
  • WXT520 Weather Transmitter


Software

The CR295X is compatible with the following software packages:

  • Short Cut
  • PC200W
  • PC400 (version 1.0 or higher)
  • LoggerNet (version 2.1 or higher)
  • PConnect (version 3.0 or higher)
  • PConnectCE (version 2.0 or higher)
  • VisualWeather (version 2.0 or higher)

Downloads

CR200X Series OS v.04 (1.29 MB) 09-22-2015

Execution of this download installs the Operating System and Compiler on your computer for the following dataloggers:CR200X, CR206X, CR211X, CR216X and CR295X.  It also updates the support files for the CRBasic Editor.  

Note: Newer CR206X dataloggers (serial # ≥ 19122) and newer CR211X dataloggers (serial # ≥ 19143) have 250 mW radios that must use OS 3 or higher for their datalogger operating system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to CR295X: 37

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  1. Not directly. If the CS15-L is connected to a CR200(X) datalogger, the datalogger can take the ac measurement and control a solid-state relay based on some threshold within the datalogger program. The solid-state relay can then control other relays, solenoids, or motor starters. (Use of a solid-state relay is preferred because the datalogger can trigger it with a small 5 Vdc mA signal.) For more information, see the “Measurement and Control Peripherals” section of the operator’s manual.

  2. Current dataloggers compatible with the BMP5 Direct SDK are the CR200X-series, CR1000, CR3000, CR800, and CR850.

    Retired compatible dataloggers include the CR10X-PB, CR23X-PB, and CR510-PB. These dataloggers must have the optional PakBus operating system installed, which is available on the Downloads page of our website.

  3. Technically, the SRM-5A is compatible with the CR200X-series dataloggers, but it is more complicated to use it with these dataloggers. To use a SRM-5A with a CR200X-series datalogger, the SRM-5A must be in the DTE position on the station modem. In addition, user-supplied adapters and gender changers are needed to complete the connections between the SRM-5A and the RS-232 port of the datalogger. Contact Campbell Scientific for more information.

  4. Yes. The simplest method is to use conditional program statements that execute most of the code based on time. For example, the data could be scheduled to log at 6 a.m. and finish at 8 p.m. using CRBasic instructions such as IfTime(). Another option is to use an IfThen/EndIf construction that does a logical test of light-level measurements based on a light sensor. An additional option is to use calculated sunrise and sunset times along with a combination of RealTime() and Case instructions.

    For more information, see the “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…” article. 

  5. If small amounts of data are transferred per transmission, it will not be a problem. Larger amounts of data can overrun buffers in the modem, causing lost data. In that situation, lower the baud rate on the datalogger to avoid the issue.

  6. No, because it would not work. The SC32B is used to do the following:

    • Convert datalogger logic levels (on the CS I/O port) to RS-232 levels 
    • Optically isolate the datalogger from the RS-232 peripheral 
  7. The maximum cable length depends on the interface being used.

    • RS-232 connections will reach 15 m (50 ft).
    • RS-485 connections go beyond 610 m (2,000 ft).
    • IP connections can be routed worldwide. 
  8. The available COM ports listed in the COM Port drop-down menu are supplied to PC400 by the Windows Operating  System (OS). If there are no COM ports shown for selection, it most likely means that there are no COM ports registered with the Windows OS. This can be confirmed using the Windows Device Manager (Control Panel | Device Manager | Ports).

    Most modern laptops are not equipped with native RS-232 COM ports. In this situation, a USB-to-RS-232 adapter cable must be used to connect to the datalogger. Even when the drivers for this device have been properly installed, the derived COM port will not be shown for selection until the cable is attached to the laptop.

  9. The CRBasic Editor Help contains example program code for all instructions in the datalogger. Look for the Example link at the top of each instruction topic. The CRBasic Help Tutorial demonstrates how to access this and other online CRBasic Editor Help files.

    Also, many programming examples can be found in the datalogger and sensor manuals that are available on the Campbell Scientific website.

  10. Some Campbell Scientific sensors with an RS-232 output are supported in Short Cut. Because of the large variety of serial data formats, other sensors require creating a program in the CRBasic Editor. CRBasic Editor is included in several of the purchased software packages, such as LoggerNet. For more information, see the “Interfacing Serial Sensors with Campbell Scientific Dataloggers” application note.

    Note: The CR200X-series dataloggers have very limited serial capabilities.

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