The Science of Mosquito Abatement

With recent potentially fatal viruses found in Florida to the infamous West Nile virus, mosquitos can pose a serious threat to humans and animals alike. Efforts at controlling mosquitos have evolved over the years, ranging from spraying solutions on your skin to bug-zapping outdoor lights. However, there are some environmental factors to consider when you’re trying your best to avoid mosquitos. Unfortunately, some of us are more attractive to mosquitos than others---but keeping your eye on the elements can help you avoid these insects flocking to you for a fabulous feast. Wind as a Mosquito Repellent Studies show that mosquitoes...

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Getting Started in Long Range Shooting

A sport requiring tremendous concentration, a good amount of practice, and hard-earned skill, long-range shooting is a favorite pastime enjoyed by many people across the globe. Some fall in love with the sport for the adrenaline rush, the competitive spirit, the thrill of the challenge, or the stress relief they may experience. Whatever the reason for seriously pursuing long-range shooting, one thing is for sure – it's a discipline that can't be mastered in one day. There are many factors to consider when aiming at a long-range target. Onsite wind and weather are well-known variables that affect the flight of...

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Kestrel DROP Specs

Kestrel DROP Specifications SENSOR ACCURACY RESOLUTION RANGE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE +/- 0.9°F / 0.5°C 0.1°F / 0.1°C 14 to 131°F / -10°C to 55°C RELATIVE HUMIDITY +/- 2% RH 0.1% RH 10% to 90% RH, 25°C non-condensing PRESSURE +/ 1.5 hPa|mbar0.044 inHg0.022 PSI 0.1 hPa|mbar0.01 inHg0.01 PSI 25°C/77°F700-1100 hPa|mbar20.67-32.48 inHg10.15-15.95 PSI MEASUREMENT ACCURACY RESOLUTION SENSORS EMPLOYED DEW POINT +/- 3.4°F / 1.9°C15-95% RH. Refer to range for temp. sensor 0.1°F / 0.1°C Temperature, Relative Humidity HEAT INDEX +/- 7.1°F / 4°C 0.1°F / 0.1°C Temperature, Relative Humidity DENSITY ALTITUDE +/- 69.0 m+/- 226.0 ft 1 ft1 m Temperature, Relative Humidity, Pressure...

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Viewing PIG/FDFM on your 5500 & 5400 Fire Meters

When viewing your Kestrel 5400FW or 5500FW, you will see one screen called Probability of Ignition (PIG) and directly under (on the same screen) the Fine Dead Fuel Moisture (FDFM) reading. Please see the image below. Wondering what you'll see when viewing the device on the Kestrel LiNK app? Here are a few sample images below.

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Compass Error in Kestrel 4500 and 4600 Units

We've been receiving reports that the Kestrel 4500 and 4600 models are having an issue recording compass direction when the unit powers off. The issue started with firmware version 4.83 and has appeared in several updates since. We have resolved this issue with firmware version 4.89. If you have a Kestrel meter with firmware version 4.76 or higher and would like to upgrade your firmware to the latest version, please contact techsupport@nkhome.com to discuss your options. Please note: Kestrel meters with firmware lower than 4.76 cannot be upgraded further due to their internal board, but should not be experiencing the...

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Heat Wave Affecting HIgh School Sports

“The Burlington Free Press just posted a good article addressing heat stress and high school  sports.  With the recent heat wave, schools need to carefully monitor their student athletes.  Read the full article here

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