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Borrowing the Club's - PAR Meter #1

lattehiatus

Past President
We now have an Apogee MQ-200 PAR meter available for lending to BAR members! This instrument includes a waterproof sensor to measure photosynthetically active radiation at various depths in your aquarium, and features both Sun and Electric calibration modes suitable for virtually all artificial light combinations. It is free to borrow if you're a Supporting Member.

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Special thanks to Neptune Aquatics for special-ordering the PAR meter for BAR!​

Rules *Updated*
  1. Must be a Supporting Member of this Club for at least 2 months.
  2. YOU are responsible to go get it.
  3. Do NOT let the display unit get wet since this part is not water proof.

How do I borrow the Par Meter?
  1. Plan your days with the Par Meter efficiently.
    • Do not borrow the Par Meter when you know you have soccer practice with your kids every evening for the next two weeks.
  2. Post to this thread, to get in line to borrow it
    • As you post, re-post list of people still in line.
  3. Put your username, home city, and work city if applicable.
    • All 3 really helps with drop-off and pick-up
  4. Feel free to move your name down the list to make pickup/drop-off easier, but no swapping.
  5. You have 7 days to use the par meter.
  6. You must help the next person pick it up.
    • Be available, even if a bit busy.
    • Perhaps bring it to work.
    • Perhaps meet at LFS
  7. If nobody is on the list, work with BOD to get it put in storage.
Passing off the Par Meter
  1. Wipe down the meter and let it dry before packing in box.
  2. (Remember the handheld display unit is not water proof)
  3. The next person in line will come and get it from you. Work with them to make that easy.
  4. If nobody is in line, bring it to a BOD member for storage.
  5. We have BOD members throughout the bay area where you can drop the Par Meter off.

How do I use the Par Meter?
  1. First off, check to see if it's working.
    • If the meter comes to you broken or damaged post and let a BOD member know ASAP.
    • You are responsible for replacing or repairing the meter if you damage it.
  2. You can read the online instructions manual here.
No More Par Meter For You If
  1. If the Par Meter shows up to you damaged/dirty, you can post in this thread and take a picture of the meter
    • If the BOD members agrees, the previous user will get a Warning.
  2. If you do not return the Par Meter within 16 days, you get a Warning.
    • Plan your Par Meter days efficiently before borrowing.
  3. If you get 2 Warnings, you're done. No more Par Meter for you.
  4. Clean and protect the Par Meter. This is your Par Meter too.

For questions, tips, and comments, please use this thread.​
 
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rygh

Webmaster
Staff member
I would like to borrow it.
I never did get around to testing the LEDs I built.
But I cannot make it to the swap, so perhaps put me down a ways in the queue.
 

lattehiatus

Past President
BAYMAC said:
The club should get a nice travel case for it as well
Got any recommendations? If Apogee had a hard case we would have purchased one.


rygh said:
I would like to borrow it.
I never did get around to testing the LEDs I built.
But I cannot make it to the swap, so perhaps put me down a ways in the queue.
FeliciaLynn said:
I'd love to take it at the swap if its free. I'd like to check the par on my DIY led fixture.
1. FeliciaLynn 3/9 to 3/16
2. rygh 3/16 - 3/23

Let me know if this doesn't work out for you guys.
 

lattehiatus

Past President
BAYMAC said:
Wow I love this survival story from the Pelican website:
At this time the helicopter had been destroyed by two maverick missiles. The only thing that was salvageable was the Pelican case. The case was completely intact with minor burns and one broken latch. The contents of the case all functioned properly, nothing was damaged. The case contained 6 satellite phones, an electronic radio system, a highly sensitive digital camera and a block of C-4 explosive.
:bigsmile:
 

denzil

Guest
I ended up zip-tying the cable to the sensor so that the sensor would always remain upright. It's a great unit other than that (so far).
 
lattehiatus said:
BAYMAC said:
The club should get a nice travel case for it as well
Got any recommendations? If Apogee had a hard case we would have purchased one.


rygh said:
I would like to borrow it.
I never did get around to testing the LEDs I built.
But I cannot make it to the swap, so perhaps put me down a ways in the queue.
FeliciaLynn said:
I'd love to take it at the swap if its free. I'd like to check the par on my DIY led fixture.
1. FeliciaLynn 3/9 to 3/16
2. rygh 3/16 - 3/23

Let me know if this doesn't work out for you guys.
Great! Mark (rygh), where do you live so that I can make sure getting it to you next should work.
 

sfsuphysics

BOD
Staff member
If someone who's borrowing it is in/around San Francisco, I don't even need to borrow it for a whole week, just 20 minutes so I can see how much light my LEDs are putting out vs. my MH bulbs :D
 
sfsuphysics said:
If someone who's borrowing it is in/around San Francisco, I don't even need to borrow it for a whole week, just 20 minutes so I can see how much light my LEDs are putting out vs. my MH bulbs :D
I've got it now and don't need it for the whole week if you'd like to get it in a couple days and then pass it off to rygh. I'm in Berkeley.
 

sfsuphysics

BOD
Staff member
I dunno, where does Rygh live, if it might be too much trouble if he's particularly far away and/or I have to cross too many bridges :D
 
sfsuphysics said:
I dunno, where does Rygh live, if it might be too much trouble if he's particularly far away and/or I have to cross too many bridges :D
I don't know where he lives yet. I need to figure that out so I can hand it off to him next.
 

rygh

Webmaster
Staff member
FeliciaLynn said:
sfsuphysics said:
I dunno, where does Rygh live, if it might be too much trouble if he's particularly far away and/or I have to cross too many bridges :D
I don't know where he lives yet. I need to figure that out so I can hand it off to him next.
I am in Union City. Near Dumbarton Bridge.
Although I do plan in being in Berkeley Saturday 23'rd.
 
rygh said:
I am in Union City. Near Dumbarton Bridge.
Although I do plan in being in Berkeley Saturday 23'rd.
Oh ok. Well if there's not a long list of people waiting on it, maybe I can wait that long to give it to you. Otherwise we can work out a meet up. I could always drive down there for an excuse to coral shop if need be.

Denzil, it seems to work well. Its really easy to use, and thanks for fixing the issues with the cord and the sensor. :) My DIY LED fixture looks good. Its just over 100 on the sand, 200 in the middle, and 300 up by my SPS corals. I measured the T5 fixture (4 T5 bulbs) on my frag tank and its AWFUL. I only got about 70 at the surface of the water. Ugh! Time to put a DIY LED fixture on that tank too. At least I learned how awful it was before I was wondering why everything looked unhappy.
 

rygh

Webmaster
Staff member
Update:
Since there is nobody pushing to get it right away, the plan is to save some driving and meet up on 3/23.
So PAR meter users:
Felicia = Now to 3/23
Rygh = 3/23 to 3/30
 
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