Stormscope dim

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  1. Stephen Shore

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    My new to me airplane has a BFGoodrich WX-900 Stormscope. It seems to work well.

    One problem - I have it adjusted to 100% brightness and it is still not bright enough to read without shining a light directly on the screen.

    Is there something that can be replaced or serviced that will get this thing bright enough for functional use?
     
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    Sure the cabin light rheostat isn't on? Other than that, kain't help ya......
     
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    Bad backlight? Bad light sensor?
     
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    There is a screen brightness on a WX900, if that didn't solve your problem, you have a bad display which is impossible to find and repair cost is staggering. A used unit is your best solution.

    I have a unit in my garage that did the same thing as yours if you want some photos of the interior.
     
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  5. Stephen Shore

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    Obviously with the advent of tablet weather this piece of equipment is somewhat obsolete. I just hate having something in my panel that does not work.

    But definitely not worth spending alot of money on to repair.
     
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    Well, sort of. Stormscope/Strikefinder is real time. Tablet weather will always have a lag, sometimes short, sometimes long. I think that they complement each other rather than obsoleting. Tablet weather is also rather coarse; SS/SF can resolve more close-in detail.

    Jim
     
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    I use mine all the time...... not obsolete at all. In the south, they are invaluable if you do not have on board radar.
     
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    Agreed. Just as useful in the northeast. Without on board radar, the synergy of Nexrad and stormscope is great. Of those who have been flying with a stormscope for years alone versus Nexrad alone, how many would place a stormscope higher up in order helpfulness? The stormscope helped me loads before the advent of Nexrad ubiquity.