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  1. questionGetting the "ERR" message on my TDR300 meter
    The reader is not sensing the probe. Typically, the meter must be sent in for service. However, there is one cause for which it may be possible to get the meter functioning. Remove the face plate from the top of the display. You should be able to see where the 3 wires from the cable that feed ...

  2. question Getting the "ERR" message on my TDR100 meter
    The reader is not sensing the probe. Confirm that the connector is securely attached to the reader. If the problem persists, the probe block can be replaced (item 6440FSS).

  3. questionNo measurement
    Check sensor block for cracks. Replace block or contact Spectrum.

  4. questionBent rod
    Straighten or replace rods.

  5. questionHigh organic matter (OM) content.
    There is no clear value for this category. But, soils in production will probably be under 8% OM. To solve this problem, perform a site-specific calibration. Sometimes RWC mode can be used if information about wetness state of soil is more necessary than the actual VWC itself.

  6. questionLCD Display will not turn on
    Either the batteries are dead or the LCD is damaged. If replacing the 4 AAA batteries (located beneath the face plate) does not help, contact Spectrum Technologies for assistance.

  7. questionReading in Relative Water Content Mode.
    The TDR meters have 2 modes of operation, volumetric water content (VWC) and relative water content (RWC). In RWC mode, soil moisture is reported on a scale of 0 - 100 with the low and high moisture levels configured by the user. The TDR meters can support 5 different RWC ranges. RWC values ...

  8. questionNo GPS Found with Field Scout Meter
    When the meter is turned on, the LCD screen can display this error message if the GPS is not already on or if it's settings are not compatible with the Field Scout meters. The GPS unit should be set for: NMEA 0183 input/output messages GGA data string 4800 baud rate Timing - 1 second 8 data bit ...

  9. questionI have connected the Watermark sensor to my WatchDog logger or station and am getting dashes or "Sensor Error" message on the LCD screen.
    The WatchDog is not sensing the Watermark sensor. When the sensor is new, or very dry, it must be soaked up before it will be able to respond. If the sensor is already wet, double-check the connection between the logger and the sensor. If the pin is securely inserted in the data logger port, ...

  10. questionThe Field Scout TDR meter display will not shut off or is displaying unusual information.
    The electronic header in the meter may have been disrupted by a static discharge. First, try removing a battery and waiting 60 seconds before putting it back in the battery compartment. This will allow the capacitor in the memory circuit to drain. This may be enough to reset the meter header. ...

  11. questionI have connected the Watermark sensor to my WatchDog logger (or weather station) and am getting dashes (or "Sensor Error" message) on the LCD screen.
    The WatchDog is not sensing the Watermark sensor. When the sensor is new, or very dry, it must be soaked up before it will be able to respond. If the sensor is already wet, double-check the connection between the logger and the sensor. If the pin is securely inserted in the data logger port, ...

  12. questionError Message: Bad Record Number message (TDR300)
    This may indicate a bug in the Field Scout software. Please contact Spectrum Technologies (800-248-8873) to be sent a version of the software that should be able to successfully download the data on the meter DO NOT CLEAR THE METER MEMORY.

  13. questionI am seeing the wrong model number in the TDR Meter Settings screen
    The most common reason for this error is that the wrong COM port has been selected. Field Scout software allows you to test the COM port. It is important to remember that this is a 2-part test. You should get a "No Connection" message when there is nothing touching or connected to the pin on ...

  14. questionWhen using TDR software error message: Type Mismatch
    A "type mismatch" error when using TDR software is generally associated with older software versions. Call Spectrum (800 248 8873) to receive the most recent build of TDR software - this should eliminate the problem.

  15. questionWhen using TDR software error message: Type Mismatch
    A "type mismatch" error when using TDR software is generally associated with older software versions. Call Spectrum (800 248 8873) to receive the most recent build of TDR software - this should eliminate the problem.

  16. questionInaccurate TDR Readings
    1. Is the correct rod size selected? 2. Are the rods fully inserted in soil? (sensor block touches the soil) 3. Is the clay content high? (>30% Clay) 4. Is the soil salinity high? (>2 dS/m) 5. Is the soil high in organic matter? There is no clear val ...