Figure 1. First parts to arrive.
In the January 2008, I ordered some parts from HobbyBoards.com (no longer in business) and ordered some samples from Maxim IC. At the time I wasn't certain where I was going with all of it, but this allowed me to start looking at logging temperature with my computer. At first it was just in my office, with a DS18S20 like the one in the following picture.
Figure 2. First sensor in my setup.
It wasn't long after that I decided to expand and ordered a wind sensor and rain gauge.
Figure 3. Wind sensor before assembly.
Figure 4. Modified RainWise rain gauge.
After a few months I was able to run a "test" network to a location outside where I could test the wind sensor, and later on the rain gauge.
Figure 5. Pulling cable under the house.
Figure 6. Small trench with direct burial cable.
This started what would be the "testing phase" that lasted over a year. Below you can see the first height the wind sensor was tested at, then the second height.
Figure 7. First testing pole.
Figure 8. Second testing pole a little higher.
Figure 9. Found this one day, it was knocked over.
August 2008. We have a strong storm roll through. The neighbor's trampoline went airborne, over the fence of my yard, knocking down the wooden pole with my wind sensor. The sensor itself didn't seem to take any damage though. This is also where I had lots of wiring problems, because I was just twisting the telephone cable ends together and separating them with electrical tape. This was all supposed to be temporary, right?
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