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Weather station mounted on tilting tower

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The wireless weather station is shown mounted on the tilting tower. This picture shows the wireless transmitter case with the solar cell, and the mounting method that I used.  The large black, inverted cone-like shape, is the rain collector. Other sensors are inside the white colored disks (shield) at the lower end of the system. You can see the antenna on the right hand side of the case.  Note the clear plastic panel mounted behind the weather station - the panel is there to protect the station from snow that could be thrown by the city snowblowers. The video below shows more detail and also shows the weather station in operation. To see how the weather tower was installed you can check out my videos on:  http://www.youtube.com/user/nlinventor?feature=mhee
 
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Step 1: Check out the video to see more details and to view the station in operation

Step 2: Spread out all components to help organize assembly

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Once everything is spread out and  accounted for I installed the batteries in the transmitter and the receiver (console).  That allowed me to check the operation of the sensors as I prepared them for installation outside.

Step 3: Pressure treated mounting block made to mount the anemometer assembly on the pipe

Picture of Pressure treated mounting block made to mount the anemometer assembly on the pipe
My tower (wooden tilting tower) was designed to hold an aluminum pipe mounted in a hole drilled down from the top into the 4x4 wooden tower.  The pipe is 1 inch in diameter so I made up this pressure treated plywood block to enable me to sandwich the pipe between  the anemometer mounting bracket and the block.  I made a V groove in the block to keep it aligned vertically on the pipe.

Step 4: Assembling the anemometer

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Assemble the anemometer with great care, especially when mounting the anemometer cups.  The cups will be spinning around many years and it would be no fun having to recover and remount the cups after a stormy winters day.

Step 5: Connecting the anemometer cable to the transmitter aka sensor interface module

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Remove the foam insert at the bottom of the module and feed the RJ plug up through the hole and plug it into the anemometer jack.  Don't forget to replace the foam plug as it keeps bugs and weather out of the module box.
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