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Interfacing a Soil Moisture Sensor


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Hi,

 

I'm starting the development of a wireless sensor network using the ez430-rf2500 kit. My goal is to measure soil humidity with a soil moisture sensor in each device of the network. The soil moisture sensor i'm using is the following: http://www.dfrobot.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=soil%20moisture&product_id=599 . 

 

I'm having trouble integrating this sensor with the ez430-rf2500. I'm using the Temperature Sensor Monitor Demos as a basis for my project. But i don't understand this formula: degC = (((temp - 673) * 4230) / 1024); which converts the value read by the sensor! Is there any formula i could apply to my case?

 

So far I've done the C code, except the formula above. What more do i have to do?

 

Thanks in advance!

Best regards!

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 I've tested it but the read values are not in the range which is given in the moisture sensor wiki. 

It is suppose to be something like this:

Value range:

  1. 0 ~300 : dry soil
  2. 300~700 : humid soil
  3. 700~950 : in water
But in my case i get the value of 78 when the sensor is OUT of the water and a value of 113 when the sensor is IN the water! What am i doing wrong?
 
My code is the following:
 
ADC10CTL1 = INCH_0;
ADC10CTL0 = ADC10IE + ADC10ON + ADC10SHT_2 + SREF_0;
for( degC = 240; degC > 0; degC-- ); // delay to allow reference to settle
ADC10CTL0 |= ENC + ADC10SC; // Sampling and conversion start
__bis_SR_register(CPUOFF + GIE); // LPM0 with interrupts enabled
results[2] = ADC10MEM;
 
I do not use any conversion formula! It is suppose to?
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