> >Hello everyone,
> >I'm tired of wasting my time going to a dead beach and want to try a wind
> >information service.
> >Could each of you reading this thread please tell me the PROS and CONS as
> >well as your personal experiences with Windsight and/or Call of the WInd?
> Does anyone have contact details for these services?
> I would be interested in finding out more details on the types of services
> they provide.
> Thanks in advance.
I've looked into both of these services and am going to get a pager service
from one of them come spring. I'm not sure where you live, but I believe the
paging service is only offered in CA, but I've been told that it will be
available in the Gorge by summer.
Both of the paging services work about the same, paging you at regular
intervals once the wind reaches a certain speed. They also give wind
direction, temperatures, etc. Call of the Wind is available now and
Windsight will be up in March. They cost about the same (the pager for
Windsight is supposed to be a little less expensive than Call of the Wind)
but I think the monthly service is supposed to be about the same (around
$21). They also include a regular paging number as well.
I'm leaning towards Windsight right now because they tell me that the
readouts will be in plain English (Call of the wind gives wind direction in
degrees while Windsight is supposed to say "Southwest at 15"). Also,
Windisght is going post messages on the beeper as people call in from various
sights to relay the conditions such as fog or if the wind appears to be
The number for Call of the Wind is 1-800-WINDCALL and they also have a web
site at http://www.windcall.com (there's tons of info on the site).
The number for Windsight (they call their paging service Smart Pager) is
FYI if you live in the S.F. Bay area there was an article in the Outdoors
section of the Chronicle last week (Thursday or Friday)