A little experiment

1. ## A little experiment

Yesterday I was on a train journey and I had decided too test the GW-9200 Riseman on altitude measurements. I started by setting the altitude on the watch to 5 meters since the starting station was located at 5.1 meters. I took measurements on every station the train stopped, in total 12 including first and last station. The length of the journey was 426.61 km (265.08 miles) and it took 5h18m38s. As you can see on the data, the journey went over some mountains and the readings of the watch was pretty accurate until the top of the mountains. The measurements after the mountains was about 40-60 meters too low and indicates a higher air pressure south of the mountain than north of the mountain (The journey was pretty much directly from north to south). I know the Riseman is not made for measuring altitude when travelling long distances because of air pressure changes, but it was fun to try.

It is also cool when you are flying an airplane too see what the cabin pressure is and on what altitude that pressure is normal pressure. I have noticed that cabin pressure in a Boeing 737 equals an altitude of around 2000-2200 meters and on a 747 equals an altitude of around 1500-1700 meters.

Every altitude is measured in meters above sea level. I tried to make a table using tabs, but that didn't work. Instead I had to use dashes to make it more readable.

Station name - Official altitude - Watch altitude - Time
Trondheim - 5.1 - 5 - 1527
Heimdal - 143.5 - 145 - 1538
Støren - 66.0 - 50 - 1608
Berkåk - 450.6 - 445 - 1632
Oppdal - 544.9 - 535 - 1656
Hjerkinn - 1017.0 - 1025 - 1735
Dombås - 659.3 - 625 - 1800
Otta - 287.7 - 245 - 1832
Vinstra - 241.4 - 195 - 1854
Ringebu - 197.1 - 145 - 1918
Lillehammer - 179.5 - 120 - 1947
Hamar - 127.7 - 70 - 2045

Maximum altitude: Official: 1024.4, watch 1025
Minimum altitude: Official: 5.0, watch 5
Total ascent: Watch: 1345
Total descent: Watch: 1275

2. ## Re: A little experiment

Very nice. It looks like it did a pretty good job overall. After 5+ hour I am not surprised that is was off a bit, especially after that much distance.

Thanks!

3. ## Re: A little experiment

Good to know that Riseman is accurate.

Variation in air pressure does affect the altitude reading.However,it's good to see it's didn't differ much from the official value.

Cheers,
MountainMike