I Mounted My La Crosse Technology Wireless Forecast Station
You have just purchased or received as a gift your very own personal weather station.
Using a weather station pole mounting kit was my first step.
So first what you will want to do is learn how it operates, read the instruction pamphlet, and then figure out how you will be setting up the sensor suite.
This will then ensure that I successfully use my La Crosse Technology wireless weather station.
So installing a weather station pole mounting kit is a big step. I needed to figure out for myself, where I would be happy to set up my new La Crosse V40 Pro on my property.
You can read my other two posts on the Lacrosse V40 Pro Wireless Weather Station by going to the posts, The Unboxing of the La Crosse V-40-Pro Weather Station-a Remote Monitoring Station, and also my review of the La Crosse V40-PRO Weather-a Complete Weather Station Review.
These two articles will help you see how these three posts are a complete story on how to buy, and set up your very own, La Crosse Technology wireless weather station
So I went outside and did a walk around to look at everything and to decide where I would get the most out of my gift.
The Site Survey For the Mounting of a Personal Weather Station
I was looking for a location that would be more out in the open, and would not be out of distance for the transmission of information back to the display unit in my office in my home.
Here’s a list of checkpoints that I use for a mounting site survey.
- No trees between the remote sensor and the receiver inside (the display is the receiver)
- Location no more than 300 feet from the receiver. Rated at 400 feet, I want the best reception
- Triplett remote sensor is out in the open. No trees and tree branches to impede collecting rainfall, or snowfall, and to get a good reading on wind speed and the wind direction
- The Thermal-Hygro sensor must be either on the north side or out of the direct sunlight. The sun through prolonged periods of time will bake the sensor and cause its readings to be very unreliable
- Should be at least 5 to 8 feet above the ground. This will ensure any rain splashback, and or animal interference. Also, lawn equipment and lawn related chemicals could interfere with the readings as well
- The location should not be on the sun side, that would be the south, southwest, and west sides of a roof. Any excessive exposure to the sun would not be good. You don’t want to fry your temperature sensor.
- The remote should not be set up on the other side of fences, or a shed, or a tree, etc. All of these scenarios would interfere with the transmission-reception signals. Do not make any transmissions have to go through a count of many barriers. The fewer the number of barriers the better.
Where I Decided To Set My Weather Station Pole Mounting Kit
I recorded three short videos as I walked my property to give you an idea of my mindset when doing my site walk-through for mounting my personal weather station.
I edited the three videos of my scouting tour into one three-minute video for you.
As you can see in the pictures, I believe I made a wise choice for mounting my La Crosse Technology wireless weather station.
So far a few days into the process, I am very pleased with all of the results of data being collected and transmitted to my cell phone as well as my office. I am really enjoying this so far.
What My Weather Station Pole Mounting Kit Is
So when I have done research online for a weather station mounting kit, I have found a specific kit to purchase.
What I have found is several different really interesting weather station mounting brackets, and you can choose a particular weather station mounting pole for your need as well.
So when I received this La Crosse wireless forecast station as a gift from my wife, I knew that this time I get to actually choose which weather station mounting pole I would buy.
My Decisions Were These Two Choices
1. The Mounting Pole
First I choose the CHANNEL MASTER Antenna Mast a Steel Antenna Mast, from Amazon.
I tried to purchase from a local hardware store such as Ace Hardware, and also tried local Best Buys, Home Depots, and Lowes.
None of these local large box stores has what I needed. So I looked no further. This is a great deal at the price I got it for.
One big thing that would like to point out is that the inside diameter of the bottom of the remote sensor suite needs to be measured out very carefully. The reason is that many of the TV antenna mast poles that are for sale are 1 1/2 inches in diameter or larger.
Find a pole that the sensor will set down over the top of and then you will be able to screw it onto the mounting pole. I didn’t find too many weather station mounting poles that were small enough for the La Crosse V40-Pro to be clamped tightly onto them.
The La Crosse remote sensor suite pole attachment needed a 1.3-inch diameter.
The Channel Master Mounting Pole is almost 5 feet long, it was the diameter I needed to set the remote sensor suite onto, and it is strong steel to withhold the high winds and cold we get at times.
2. The Mounting Pole Brackets
For the weather station mounting brackets that I needed I purchased the Channel Master 3079 Antenna Mount Kit – 2 Pack. This I also purchased from Amazon.com again.
This was for the same reason as the purchase of the weather station mounting pole I mentioned I was purchasing as well. So my choices are these two products from online at Amazon.
These brackets are heavy-duty, they are very strong, and many people have used them to strongly hold and support their poles. I have found these brackets to be extremely easy to set up and to use.
My Completed Weather Station Pole Mounting Kit
The process of using the brackets, and the weather station mounting pole was an easy process.
We (my son and I) needed to pre-drill a couple of holes for the Channel Master Antenna Brackets.
We used a level to make sure the bracket would be level once we screwed it into the peak of the wooden tool shed.
Next we had to screw the remote sensor suite down over the end of the Channel Master Mounting Pole, and once it was in place we used to screws to tighten the suite onto the top of the remote sensor unit.
The process was more time-consuming just getting the tools around that we needed than it was to actually do the work of setting it up.
Some Tips For You
- I would recommend setting the weather station sensor suite onto the pole inside before you then take it outside to fasten it to the tool shed.
- When set up you will need to have it level. Remember you will also need to have the rain gauge level with the ground.
- You may use the small bubble level on top of the sensor suite to help you level it up. This is very important in the correct operation of the rain gauge.
Completed Pole Mounting Kit on Video
So I thought I would give you a completed project tour of what the finished use of a weather station mounting pole kit looks like. It was a learning experience as well as fun to do this project with my son.
I hope this helps you with using your personal weather station the best you can so that you will get as much enjoyment from yours as I am from mine.
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George is a big fan of the weather. He has enjoyed for years observing all types of weather in several places he has lived. He shares his love by doing reviews of personal weather stations and discussing several key elements that are related to using weather stations.