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Applied Ballistics Firmware & Updates

The Applied Ballistics application to upload and download guns is called AB Profile Loader.   There are two builds of this program, Build 24 and Build 29.   Build 24 will only work properly for units with firmware version 4.76 or earlier.     The current firmware on the Kestrel with Applied Ballistics is 4.80.   For any firmware higher than 4.76, a user will need to use Build 29.   If you are having...

Guest Blog: A Beginner’s Guide to Skywarn Severe Weather Spotting (Tornado Quest)

This is the first guest article by renowned storm chaser and voice in the storm chasing community, Jeff Richardson.  Jeff is the founder of Tornado Quest, a long-time Kestrel user, and has been a weather hobbyist for nearly 40 years. In spite of the winter weather that’s front and center across North America, National Weather Service offices are scheduling Skywarn storm spotter training classes across the United States. In fact,...

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Devices

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) devices like the Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Device can help football teams, members of the military and others who work or train outdoors stay safe while training in hot, humid conditions.  Wet bulb globe temperature devices measure heat, humidity, wind and solar radiation information that can be used to determine how long a practice session can safely be and what type of equipment should be...

Kestrel HVK Gun Loader Sofware

The HVK Gun Loader software is finally here! No longer do you need to manually enter gun configurations into your Kestrel: this software provides users the ability to see and edit guns just as easily as editing any other electronic document on their computer. It allows users to load up to 50 guns on their Kestrel with Horus ATrag© via their computers and a Bluetooth connection or a wired Kestrel...

So how cold can you really use your Kestrel Meter?

In looking at the spec sheet, it's cause for some confusion.... It reads 3 different temperature specs!  With a recent call from an honorable armed forces guy up in the extremes of Alaska wondering if he could get a reading at 50 below, to essentially set up a portable weather station, I decided to write out some clarification.... The spec sheet 3 temperature definitions: Temperature    °F    -49.0 to 257.0 °F...

4 Winter Backpacking & Camping Preparation Tips

While winter isn’t the first season most people think of when it comes to camping and backpacking, there are many reasons why people experience the outdoors in the brisk winter air. Whether you’re hunting and ice fishing or backpacking and camping, the winter offers a sense of calm and peace that other seasons just can’t.  If you prepare well, spending time outdoors in the winter can be just as, or...

Kestrel Shooters Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics

  The creators of the popular Kestrel Weather & Environmental handheld meters have partnered with Applied Ballistics to launch the new Kestrel Shooters Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics technology.  The new handheld meter, which gives shooters the information they need to improve accuracy and precision for long-range shooting, offers the compact convenience that is the hallmark of the Kestrel design with advanced Applied Ballistics technology for incredibly accurate results out...

Altitude and Mountain Climbing: Kestrel 2500 and Kestrel 4000

Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters have long been an essential tool used by mountain climbers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike to stay one step ahead of inclement weather.   Climbers have even used Kestrel meters under the most extreme weather conditions while scaling Mt. Everest. Last month, EXP Adventures, LLC, a company whose innovative approach toward providing time-pressed, intrepid travelers with challenging and culturally immersive experiences, took a group of climbers...

The Applied Ballistics Shooting Meter Review Contest

Our Kestrel 4500NV Applied Ballistics Shooting Meter with Night Vision and optional Bluetooth was recently released, and the reception has been excellent.  People have raved about the Litz library of ballistics coefficients and the software that "learns" the trajectory of your personal gun, and now we want to hear from YOU. That is why we are launching a video review contest!  Simply post a detailed, honest review to YouTube or...

Portable Air Flow Tracker – A Must Have for HVAC

Today’s HVAC technicians work very hard: on one hand, they have to complete as many jobs as they can to maximize their earnings as contractors, yet on the other, their time and labor constraints often keep them from getting to all of the jobs that they desire.  Luckily, there are now many diagnostic tools that make an HVAC technician’s life easier, and a portable air flow tracker is at the...

Heat Stress Monitoring for Athletics and Sporting Events

 Heat stress monitoring for athletics and sporting events is a big responsibility for athletic trainers, coaches, sports medicine providers and others who are involved with sports programs.  Lives depend on accurate measurement of environmental conditions such as temperature, relative humidity, heat stress index, wet bulb temperature, wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) and other vital environmental readings.  Even when conditions may seem safe, the over-exertion that can so easily occur when...

Industrial Hygiene and Heat Stress

Industrial hygiene and heat stress is an important topic for those who work in areas where high air temperatures and humid conditions, combined with radiant heat sources and constant interaction with hot items, can create a dangerous environment.  Employees who work in dangerous conditions on a daily basis are at an especially high risk for health risks due to prolonged exposure to areas where high heat stress exists.  The intense...

Home Inspectors Find Great Use In Kestrel 4200 Air Flow Meter

Many home inspectors are now using the Kestrel 4200 Pocket Air Flow Meter in their jobs, as a big part of any inspection is taking a close look at the heating and air conditioning system in the home.  The Kestrel 4200 meter is a handheld airflow tracking instrument that is a powerful tool for the job, providing the data and readings that home inspectors are looking for when they are...

Crane Operators Turn to Kestrel to Assess Weather

Crane Companies Assess Weather Conditions with Kestrel Weather Instruments Crane operators have a tough job that depends not only on their skills in their field, but also on reliable tools and accurate atmospheric data while in operation.  There are many reasons why crane operators turn to Kestrel to access weather conditions while they are on the job.  The biggest reason is that weather conditions, including gusty winds and extreme temperatures,...

Kestrel 4500 Horus Weather Meter As A New Tool For Snipers

The Kestrel 4500 Horus is featured in the full article. If you have a subscription, you can view the full article and the reviews from the snipers about the Horus.   Enjoy! http://smallarmsoftheworld.com/display.article.cfm?idarticles=1450

Deer Season in the Midwest

  Deer hunting season in the Midwest is always a popular time of year for hunters who enjoy the thrill of hunting with their friends and family.  Beginning in late September and going typically through December (for muzzleloaders), deer-hunting season in the Midwest is a popular winter sport that many sports enthusiasts wait for all year long.  Whether you hunt as a way to stock up on venison for the...

Various Businesss That use Kestrel Hygrometers

  Hygrometers are traditionally thought of as being used by professionals who are involved in the atmospheric sciences; however, this type of technology is currently utilized in several different types of industries and businesses.  Used to measure the amount of moisture in the environment, or the “humidity”, hygrometers are typically found in handheld meters and larger devices installed on site that are used in industrial areas and greenhouses, saunas, cigar...

What is a Psychrometer

 It’s not uncommon to hear “what is a psychrometer?” for those who aren’t familiar with how weather meters and other atmospheric tracking devices work.  While it sounds like a complicated tool, a psychrometer is actually a rather simple type of hygrometer, an instrument that is used to measure the amount of humidity that is present in the atmosphere.  A psychrometer measures the relative humidity in the atmosphere through the use...

What is a Hygrometer

 When looking for a weather meter that measures relative humidity, you may find yourself asking “what is a hygrometer?”  The true hygrometer definition is an instrument which measures the water vapor of the atmosphere.  This is also referred to as the “relative humidity” in the environment.  All weather meters that measure relative humidity are also known as hygrometers.  All Kestrel Meters from the 3000 series an up measure relative humidity,...

Wind Meter for Wind Power Sports

  A wind meter for wind power sports is a necessity for anyone who is addicted to high speed wind powered vehicles, kite flying and other fun wind sports.  A wind meter for power sports should be durable, easy to read and, of course, easy to use.  The small, handheld wind meters designed for wind power sports track a variety of readings, including wind speed, maximum wind speed, temperature, wind...

Football Players & Heat Stroke

  Football players and heat stroke has been an important topic throughout the athletic community, as each year, football players training in the off season suffer heat stroke and other dangerous heat-related illnesses.  The concern surrounding football players and heat stroke is very real, and has been the focus of many public forums and conversations among teams because of the number of heat-related injuries and fatalities among athletes. When it...

Sniper shoot- good review for Kestrel

 Thank you Kestrel for making such a great product that has always aided our training in long-range shooting.  The Kestrel 4000 Pocket Weather Tracker was ergonomic and very effective while I, personally, used it on multiple deployments as an active duty Sniper with 1st Recon BN.  Later, I contracted with the O'Gara Group as a Sniper Instructor, where we used the Kestrel to teach students how to not only read...

Insight from the DOT

  At night, they use modified concrete... (night pours)    In this instance they're doing (1" to 2" thick... an overlay) a walkway on    bridge.  The acceptable evaporation for this pour is .1 pounds per foot per hour.    If this rate increases due to wind change, relative humidty or temperature, and they are out of  spec., the job won't start or they'll halt it.... In a day pour, it can...

Kestrel & Laying Concrete

 Plastic Shrinkage Cracks are a costly problem for concrete professionals- they occur when the surface of the concrete dries quickly and shrinks before it is strong enough to resist cracking. Measuring relative humidity, ambient temperature and wind velocity at the pour site before the concrete is placed can help prevent this frustrating and expensive problem. Bluetooth® data transfer capabilities send minute by minute conditions during any pour straight to a...