Step 10: Bolting the Anemometer Assembly on the Aluminum Pipe

The aluminum pipe that extended about 10 feet above the 4x4 tower post,  I later decided to shorten the pipe to about 30 inches as I was getting too much sway in the pipe in high winds.
<p>Wow! It looks very nice!! Thanks you.</p>
<p>Photo 1, Step 12 indicates the proximity of a paved road. After some experience in the military, I have an critique. If, perhaps, (depending of mass of traffic) this is a frequently traveled, you are likely to get some, not so accurate readings. This would be mostly from passing 18-wheelers, gravel, concrete and other large heavy vehicles. Inaccurate readings would be in the form of gusts. I love everything else and will likely follow your basic design for my upcoming project. Thank You. </p>
<p>My setup is far from perfect in other respects too. For example the anemometer is not high enough (I believe the proper height is 30 feet above ground). The traffic on the road though is very light and shouldn't be a problem. I live within sight of our main airport and for the most part the readings between my system and the official system are always mostly in agreement - the wind speed though is generally showing lower on my system.</p>
I appreciate your comments. 30 feet is usually sufficient, but depends on surrounding structures. When I was in Nam, we preferable to have wind instrumentation 10 feet above tree level, unless we were in a wide clearing, which didn't happen often in the jungle. Our instruments were camo. We often ran the mast right up thru the trees so they would blend in more efficiently.<br>I'm on a strict budget, so, I was looking for alternatives to spend cash for the professional equipment. Yours really appears to me. I'd like to know more of the ballast weights you mentioned.
<p>Here's two of my videos that will help show the setup I used for the tower and ballast weights. The weights have a plastic casing and the plastic is not UV protected (starting to break down) so I will eventually replace the plastic weights with cast iron ones (always available used :))</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sRuurrymruA" width="500"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RQcpILY_CGE" width="500"></iframe></p>
<p>very nice, i like your tilt down pole design.</p>

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