Station Maintenance

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Revision as of 19:20, 10 October 2012

All Weather Stations require periodic maintenance to remain accurate and dependable.



Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

The following is a seasonal maintenance checklist of potential issues with your weather station that should be checked every 6 months or so. It may be necessary to perform such maintenance more frequently depending on the severity of your locale

Before doing any maintenance on your instruments, it is a good idea to put your console into diagnostic mode (Davis Vantage Pro-2) or any other possible standby mode (if such a things exists on your console) to avoid collecting erroneous data that might be caused by your mucking around with the instruments.

  • Clearly any debris or vegetation that might have encroached on weather instruments.
  • Replaced all batteries in the console, Weather Envoy, ISS and secondary transmitter.
  • Cleaned all exterior surfaces including the solar sensor.
  • Air dusted the interior of all electronics.
  • Applied fresh grease on all rubber seals. Make sure to use a grease that won't damage the rubber.
  • Inspect all cables and especially any my cable splices needed for your station.
  • Air dust the radiation shields for the temperature probes.
  • Visually inspect the anemometer and mast.
  • Check supports for all other weather instruments for wear or components become loose.
  • Clean collection buckets.
  • Clean and apply Rain-X to the collector cone. Applied grease to the bottom of the collector cone to make it easier to remove later.
  • Apply some automobile wax to exterior of collector cone and any other station components that would benefit from additional protection.
  • If available and practical, check instruments against known references.
  • If needed (given climate, transmitter setup, and years in the field), clean contacts between sensor cables and transmitter plugs.
  • If appropriate, remove or put on cap over the collector cone if such a cap is used to protect rain gauge from either dry season debris or heavy snows.
  • If desired Add a Journal entry to keep track of when maintenance was performed.
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