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My buddies Bob and Dave built a fantastic mast and panel frame over the last two weekends. This weekend we got the station permanently installed out at our club field.

There is a link to the station weather and camera feed on the right side of this page.

Some factoids on the mast and frame:

  • constructed of structural steel, tig-welded
  • panel mounted at 40 degree angle to the horizon
  • panel is bolted to shelter with 1.5″ standoffs
  • mast has a built-in pivot to make maintenance easier to do. It only takes 2 people to tilt the mast down

Final materials list:

Item Cost Source
AcuRite 5 in 1 weather station $150.00 https://www.acurite.com/pro-5-in-1-weather-station-with-pro-5-in-1-sensor-pc-connect-wind-and-rain-01035p.html
TP-Link Wireless Router $38 https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Wireless-Portable-Router-TL-MR3020/dp/B00634PLTW/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1490644360&sr=1-2&keywords=TL-MR3020&th=1
Verizon MiFi 4510L $35.00 ebay
100W Solar Kit $145.00 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BSKIAVQ/ref=crt_ewc_title_dp_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A5KU5HDAPDC75
12v usb converter $10.00 https://www.amazon.com/GEREE-Waterproof-Converter-Adapter-Connector/dp/B00OXZ06I4/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1490644827&sr=1-3&keywords=12v+usb+power+supply
12v to 5v step-down converter $8.00 https://www.amazon.com/SMAKN-Converter-Power-Supply-Module/dp/B00CXKBJI2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490663627&sr=8-1&keywords=12v+to+5v+converter
12v AGM battery (7.2 x 3 x 6.6 inches) – 12v, 20ah $38.00 https://www.amazon.com/LC-P1220P-LC-X1220P-LC-XC221P-WP20-12ie-WKDC12-20NB/dp/B00H7I0HGA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1490661732&sr=8-4&keywords=20ah+agm+battery
Weatherproof Enclosure $73.00 http://www.factorymation.com/EN-PCG-2030-B
Small weather-resistant padlock $15.00 orchard supply hardware
Misc mounting HW (structural steel, welding supplies) $150.00 various sources
Lithium Batteries x 4 $10.00 orchard supply hardware
Foscam FI9900P webcam (upload to Wunderground PWS) $150.00  
     
     
Hardware Cost $822.00  
Meteobridge License Key (open source donation) $71.38  
     
Project total one-time cost $893.38