Phone apps for the 2019 chase season

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@Marc R. O'Leary @James Taylor The advantage to Allison House in RadarScope is "High Availability". By default RadarScope users can pull radar data from either NOAA or WDT (now DTN - the company that owns RadsrScope). On big days these servers get quite a load and you may have trouble downloading radar data. Every year I hit this some day in May and I go reactivate my Allison House account and I instantly get radar again. There are even greater advantages to using Allison House in Gibson Rodge, as your basic Allison House subscription includes a ton of really useful placefiles.
 
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B. Dean Berry

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Just confirmed with Cliff, the pricing for the internet-based Baron Threat Net (not the satellite-based product) has gone up this year. It's now an annual subscription of $900, which puts it solidly out of my reach this year.
 
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Bill Hark

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I looked at their website and couldn't find the cost for the internet based Baron Threat Net though I see references to yearly and monthly subscriptions. Using it only for May or June might be a better choice, but I am not convinced there is enough extra info that is useful for chasers than what can already be obtained through RadarScope on their higher tiers. I am a big supporter of their satellite system but have my doubts about the internet-based one.
 

B. Dean Berry

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Monthly for Baron Threat Net doesn't exist. It's been hinted at for a couple of years, but doesn't yet exist.
 

Mark Blue

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Sounds like Baron’s want to price themselves right out of the market. It wasn’t that long ago that they were $600 per year for satellite service and you could turn it on and off for a few months for an activation fee during chase season.
 

Joey Prom

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As a followup question to the original post, what are the best radar/apps for laptops for this chase season? I am newer to chasing and want to know what apps to invest in. Thanks
 

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If it's a Windows laptop I'd say it comes down to a GRLX product found here: GRLevelX Main Page. Or if you prefer you could go with RS aka Radarscope, which can be found here: RadarScope - Professional Weather Radar. You could also purchase an Allison House subscription to use as you data provider, but it isn't mandatory. If you have the money AH does offer some extra goodies like placefiles and an archive of L2 files that goes back a ways. Just skimming the customizations AH has for GRLX vs RS I'd say they have way more for GRLX products. Maybe we can get Gilbert @sebenste to chime in and give us the old sales pitch for AH. Weather Data by AllisonHouse - Radar, Lightning & Weather Tools
 
One quick note to any new chasers wanting to use radar apps on the road.... remember there are inherent hazards on relying solely on radar data or chase-related data. It's been discussed on ST before so I won't go into detail. Loss of data reception, interpretation in relation to your position, driver distraction, and misreading time stamps are all potential hazards that have killed people or caused serious risk.
 

Joey Prom

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One quick note to any new chasers wanting to use radar apps on the road.... remember there are inherent hazards on relying solely on radar data or chase-related data. It's been discussed on ST before so I won't go into detail. Loss of data reception, interpretation in relation to your position, driver distraction, and misreading time stamps are all potential hazards that have killed people or caused serious risk.
Yep, thanks for the reminder. I try to go more by storm structure than radar, but I need the radar to keep the big picture.
 

B. Dean Berry

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Sounds like Baron’s want to price themselves right out of the market. It wasn’t that long ago that they were $600 per year for satellite service and you could turn it on and off for a few months for an activation fee during chase season.
That's still the case with Mobile Threat Net, and now the activation fee is waived if you take up to a six month break.

The price increase is on Baron Threat Net, a very similarly named, but totally different product.
 

B. Dean Berry

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Just updated my services. When the WxWorx box comes off of suspension in April, it's been bumped up to the Master Mariner for $59/month.