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Boltek StormTracker


Boltek's StormTracker uses state-of-the-art technology to make real-time lightning detection affordable. How does the StormTracker work? The StormTracker is an add-on to your IBM PC or compatible computer allowing you to not only tell if lightning is near but see where it is. StormTracker detects lightning strikes up to 300 miles away and plots them in real time on a map of your area.


StormTracker works by detecting the radio signals produced by lightning. These are the same signals you can hear on an AM radio during a thunderstorm. StormTracker's direction-finding antenna provides direction information while storm distance is calculated from received signal strength. Special processing in software reduces the effects of strike-to-strike energy variations providing more accurate distance information.


With StormTracker you are actually detecting the lightning strikes themselves. There are no on-line or recurring charges of any kind. StormTracker has two built-in alarms. The Close Storm Alarm will activate if a thunderstorm is detected closer than a preset distance. The Severe Thunderstorm Alarm activates if the number of lightning strikes per minute exceeds a preset limit. 


All lightning strike data is logged to your computers hard diskThis allows you to replay the previous few hours events in accelerated time. This feature allows continuous looping through the data from a user selectable start point up to present.  Watching historical data in accelerated time gives great insight into the trend of the current storm.  Now there is no more guessing if the storm is heading your way as with audible warning type systems. You can instantly see where the storm is and in which direction it is heading.


StormTracker includes 50 feet of antenna cable. Additional cable may be ordered, up to 200 feet total cable length. StormTracker includes software for Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista.

For advanced applications, Lightning/2000
software is available for displaying StormTracker lightning images on the Internet or an internal Intra-Net and to add more advanced lightning display and analysis capability to StormTracker.


Do you need to put this unit on video or Television? We have solutions! Call our tech line at 530-899-8434 or email us with your special needs. We provide support for Cable TV and broadcast television use of these products.


Screenshot Image Samples: 


Scattered thunderstorms on 200 mile range.
Thunderstorms moving into Buffalo.
Thunderstorms leaving the area.
As above without Distance Rings.
Thunderstorms near Boynton Beach Florida on 100 mile range.


#WXBK-ST-PCI   Boltek StormTracker PCI Long Range Lightning Detection Kit:   $549.00 (List Price $599.00)   Qty:

Complete with PCI receiver board, antenna, 50' of Antenna Cable, Software and Manual.

#WXBK-ANT-1   Extra Antenna For Boltek Products:   $139.00 (List Price $149.00)   Qty:

Buy an extra antenna if you will be moving the StormTracker between two locations or want a spare.

#WXBK-ANT-1   Boltek Outdoor Antenna Enclosure:   $104.72 (List Price $119.00)   Qty:

Protect your Boltek lightning antenna from the elements for extended life.

Instruction Manual (.PDF files require Adobe Reader)
    StormTracker PCI Manual



  • Detect if lightning is in your area.
  • Receive early warning of approaching or developing storms.
  • Configurable Severe Storm and Close Storm Alarms.
  • Determine from which direction the approaching storm is coming.
  • Follow developing and decaying storms from first strike to last.
  • Save all data for future analysis.


PC Card and remote antenna. The card will fit in a PCI slot (available on most PC's).


StormTracker's antenna is a small black box (3"x2"x1-1/2") which may be mounted indoors (in a wood framed house for example) or outdoors. The antenna is typically mounted ten to twenty feet above the ground, away from large metal objects and sources of electrical noise such as televisions and computer monitors.


Antenna and cable connector. The cable is just like 10base-T network cable with RJ45 connectors.




Frequently asked questions about StormTracker


You can make your own Maps:
StormTracker may be run without a background map, but most people find the display to be much more useful and interesting with a map. You can make your own map using a paint program such as Windows Paintbrush or order a set of maps from us. Maps are stored as PCX files for the DOS software and MAP (Boltek's vector format) or BMP files for the Windows software. Several sample maps are provided with the StormTracker system to get you started if you plan to make your own map.
Custom Background Map Package - $69.00
Our Background Map Package includes maps for the 100, 200 and 300 mile ranges for both the DOS and Windows software. Please specify city and county or latitude and longitude (if known). Your maps will be custom made, centered on your location. You'll need to specify your city, state, zip code or latitude and longitude. 
Foreign Background Map Package - $69.00 (new low price!)
Package includes maps for all three ranges (100, 200 & 300 miles) for both the DOS and Windows software. Please specify city and latitude/longitude. 




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