I have the lightning simulator up and running. I can detect strikes using an AS3935 module and an Acurite 06045M. I can hear and see the strike recorded on the console for the Acurite 06045M. I do have a few questions, in which I can not find the answers.
What is the range expected for a Far Lightning Strike i.e. 30KM to 40KM?
What is the range expected for a Mid-range Lightning Strike?
What is the range expected for a Close Lightning Strike?
I think I do have an issue with the lightning simulator. When I press the Close button I get 5KM say, then I press the Mid or Far button I still get the same distance as the Close button. I performed a reset on the board; removed power from the board and have the same issue. Note: I do get different distances, but it stays the same when pressing different buttons.
Lightning Detectors are tricky things. What AS3935 are you using and what software? How do you have it set up?
You need to take a look at the AS3935 and see what the specifications say about how you have it tuned.
The lightning simulator gives different power for the different strikes, but it depends on how close you have it to the sensors. You can overwhelm the input for the lightning detector and it will just register close regardless of what button you push.
I do have some electronics in the room, but there is over 10 ft between both the AS3935, 06045M and electronics. If there was noise from the electronics, I would think the AS3935 and 06045M would detect some kind of interference. Been watching the AS3935 noise floor for the past 12 hours and the noise floor remains constant. Even though the AS3935 Energy level is not the actual energy level, I did noticed the energy level from the Lightning simulator does not vary to much according to the AS3935.