Photos of Tempest and Installation

Just a mounting idea.

I used a old antenna mount from the boat. It’s screwed to a corner post in my garden. Works great and folds down for service if needed. It’s about 8’ up when extended.

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Nice… does the pole sway at all during high winds?

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We had 11 mile per hour gusts yesterday and it sways about an inch to two.

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Likely not good. Try to do something so it doesn’t move. That’s a lot of movement in a light breeze.

(edited above - sorry, I previously answered the wrong photo)

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I would try to have a longer pole with the extra length extended down to ground (and in the ground a little). 1-2" is too much.

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OK… here is my setup. I have a 25’ telescoping mast (set to about 22 feet) attached to a 10’ tennis court fence… with the bottom set in the ground a bit. When it gets breezy the sway is not too bad (less than 1/2" from what I can tell). Having the mast attached for a full 10’ feet really stabilizes it nicely. Not sure how to upload full resolution images.

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Just hope wind and aces won’t trigger to many false rain events

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so far no false rain (with wind). Aces… maybe :slight_smile:

Swaying is OK. If the pole is too rigid it will tend to vibrate or “sing” in stronger winds and those vibrations will trigger the haptic sensor.

This is a common mistake; mounting a not so rigid mast of shorter length to a sturdy structure or pole. Even a short piece should be strong and thick walled if possible. Masts should always be metal and grounded per NEC Section 810-15.

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Since there are no cables or conductors from the weather station to the building I don’t understand the need to have a grounded mast.

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Any metal mast should be grounded.
It will build up a static charge which can cause interference, for example.

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Interesting… good to know.

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