Having a great deal of difficulty with my new Tempest picking up falsely detecting rain and creating actual accumulation. I’ve tried three different mounting locations now and a various heights but to no avail. It is becoming so frustrating that I’m almost becoming sorry I made the switch. I love everything else about the system, but it is no good to me if I’m am getting constant false rain readings everything time the wind averages 10MPH or greater with gusts approaching 20MPH or greater.
My installation setup is a 1" 6061-T6 Schedule 40 aluminum pipe that is 7 feet long. I have 1 foot of it anchored to my fence via two antenna mast clamps that use u-bolts to strap to the fence and the sleeve collar to attach the pipe.
The original location seemed to be picking up too much vibration from the fence. Every time the wind would reach above 10MPH you could feel the vibration along the run of fence. Even moving the unit all the way down to where it was basically sitting at the height of the top of the fence didn’t help.
I’ve since moved the unit to two other locations. No location along this long run of fence seems to work. Moved to another section of fence, that is a little lower but same type of construction (because that is all we have between our neighbors in our sub) where there are two sections that T-together. The most it is mounted on now is very solid. I keep lowering the mast to see if I can find a point where I don’t get falsing but have not found a spot yet. Here is where the unit is now. This is a horrible location because it is much closer to the homes but it is the only place on our fence that is solid.
Starting to wonder if the 6061-T6 aluminum is too rigid and is just resonating with the higher wind speeds. But, I think I’m just grasping at straws at this point out of frustration.
Any thoughts with regards to say schedule 80 PVC? Schedule 40 just seems too flimsy to me and seems like it is just going to wobble if you start getting much past about 2 feet.