ultimeter - Peet Bros.

ultimeter - Peet Bros.
ULTIMETER II OWNER'S MANUAL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page No.
QUICK START................................................................. 3
I. INTRODUCTION....................................................... 9
II. PRE-INSTALLATION TESTING............................... 10
Set Up................................................................... 10
Test Anemometer/Wind Vane Functions............... 13
Install a 9-Volt Alkaline Back-up Battery................ 14
Test Clock Functions............................................ 15
Test Date Functions.............................................. 15
Test Temperature Functions................................. 15
Test Wind Chill Functions..................................... 16
Test Rain Functions.............................................. 18
III. PLANNING YOUR INSTALLATION........................... 19
Control Unit Location............................................. 19
Anemometer/Wind Vane Location......................... 20
Temperature Sensor Location............................... 21
Optional Rain Gauge Location.............................. 21
Junction Box Location........................................... 22
Extension Cables.................................................. 22
IV. INSTALLING YOUR ULTIMETER® II
COMPONENTS...................................................... 23
Installing the Anemometer..................................... 23
Installing the External Temperature Sensor...........23
Installing the Keyboard/Display Unit...................... 23
Installing the Junction Box..................................... 24
Continued On Next Page
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V. DETAILED OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.............. 25
Weak Battery Indication........................................ 25
Selecting Metric or English Display Units.............. 25
Setting the Time.................................................... 26
Setting the Date.................................................... 26
Displaying High and Low Values........................... 26
Displaying Rainfall................................................. 27
Alarms.................................................................. 27
Automatic Scanning.............................................. 28
Wind Vane Calibration Adjustment........................ 28
Care of Liquid Crystal Display............................... 29
VI.
SPECIFICATIONS................................................. 30
VII. RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE................. 30
VIII. REPAIR AND EXCHANGE SERVICE..................... 31
In Case of a Problem............................................ 31
Repair and Exchange Service............................... 31
WARRANTY.................................................................... 31
AVAILABLE ACCESSORIES.......................................... 32
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QUICK START GUIDE
FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ
INSTRUCTIONS
(AND THOSE WHO DO)
In addition to these few "Quick Start" paragraphs,
please be sure to read the section on installation very
carefully. It includes important safety information as
well as time saving installation tips, and a description of
our time-saving wind direction calibration feature.
SUGGESTION: DO NOT UNCOIL CABLES UNTIL YOU
HAVE TESTED AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH ALL
COMPONENTS AND ARE READY TO INSTALL THE
SYSTEM.
ABOUT THE KEYBOARD
There are six "data keys", each identified by a symbol as
shown below:
WIND SPEED WIND CHILL
TEMP
RAIN
TIME
DATE
In addition, there are six "utility keys", each identified by a
symbol as shown below:
ALARM
CLEAR
LAMP
SCAN
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UP
DOWN
WIRING DIAGRAM
Connect components to Junction Box as shown in diagram below.
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NOTE: BEFORE YOU INSTALL A BATTERY, APPLY POWER
FROM THE AC ADAPTER. See that the LCD Display
turns on. This will verify proper operation of the AC
adapter, before the battery is installed. Be sure to check
connectors as shown on p. 5.
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Check all receptacles for crossed wires (see
illustration below). This can occur during plug-in and
unplugging of the cables. It can be corrected by using
a pair of tweezers to gently lift the wire back into the
correct slot.
WRONG
RIGHT
(TOP VIEW)
NOTE: THE CUP ARMS MUST BE ORIENTED AS
SHOWN OR WIND DIRECTION WILL BE
INCORRECTLY DISPLAYED and the cup arms will
not properly lock into the clips.
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TO DISPLAY WIND DIRECTION
After installation, the ULTIMETER® II will constantly indicate the
prevailing wind direction on its 16 point compass rose. The
system minimizes confusing "jitters" by ignoring momentary
direction changes that occur during transient wind gusts. It also
avoids erroneous readings, by "locking" the direction display when
there is no wind, i.e. when the cups are not spinning. Therefore,
in order to test or demonstrate the wind direction function, you
must spin the cups. You'll find it is best to blow somewhat steadily
on the cups, rather than abruptly spinning the anemometer
housing with your fingers.
TO DISPLAY OTHER DATA
a) Press and release the desired data key:
. The corresponding symbol will appear
or
on the screen and the current data value will be displayed.
b) Next, press and release
if you wish to display
or
the lowest or highest value recorded for wind speed, wind
chill, or temperature, or if you wish to change between display
of daily rainfall
and monthly rainfall
.
or
once again to display the time
Press and release
at which the highest or lowest wind speed, wind chill, or
temperature, occurred.
or
a third time to display the date
Press and release
on which the highest or lowest wind speed, wind chill, or
temperature, occurred.
c) Next, if you wish to display the present alarm setting, press
and release
.
NOTE: The ULTIMETER® II is designed to minimize the
chance of someone else accidentally clearing your data or
changing your settings. That is why in the procedures below
you must first display the value you wish to change, then
press a key and keep it pressed for about 3 seconds before
data will be cleared or changed.
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TO CHANGE MEASUREMENT UNITS OR FORMAT (mph, kmph,
or knots; Fahrenheit or Celsius; inches or cm.; 12 or 24 hour
format; day/month or month/day format):
a) Press and release the desired data key:
or
. NOTE: Units for wind chill will be the same
as for temperature.
b) Press the same data key a second time AND KEEP IT
PRESSED UNTIL THE DISPLAY CHANGES. Repeat this
step until data is displayed in the desired units or format.
TO ADJUST TIME OR DATE
a) Press and release
or
.
and/or
AND KEEP IT PRESSED until
b) Press
the displayed value is close to correct..
c) Press
displayed.
or
as needed until the desired value is
TO SET AN ALARM
a) Press and release the desired data key:
,
,
or
.
b) If you wish to set an alarm for temperature, press and
or
to display highest or lowest
release
temperature.
c) Press and release
d) Press
or
to display the current alarm value.
AND KEEP IT PRESSED UNTIL THE
DISPLAY CHANGES. Continue to press
or
necessary until the desired alarm value is displayed.
as
TO CLEAR AN ALARM SETTING, RESET A HIGHEST OR
LOWEST VALUE, OR RESET A RAINFALL TOTAL:
a) Display the alarm setting or stored value you wish to clear.
AND KEEP IT PRESSED UNTIL
b) Press the clear key
THE DISPLAY CHANGES.
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ANSWERS TO A FEW MOST LIKELY QUESTIONS . . .
WHAT DOES A FLASHING DISPLAY MEAN?
1. The compass rose will flash as a reminder if no battery is
installed or if the battery is weak. The battery is tested each
midnight and each time you press
. Press the clear key
momentarily to stop the blinking.
2. A flashing display also is a signal that:
- you are about to change some adjustable value, or
- you are about to clear some stored data, or
- you are about to change the units of measurement.
3. When displaying lowest wind chill, a flashing display
means that the instrument has recorded a wind chill below 100°F, which it is unable to display. (This will happen if the
anemometer cups have spun without the temperature sensor
connected.) To stop the flashing, plug in the sensor, press
and keep it pressed for about 5 seconds.
4. Sometimes an electrical storm or line power surge can
cause the keyboard to be disabled. To correct this condition,
unplug the junction box cable from the back of the keyboard
display and remove the 9-volt battery. Install the battery
again and reconnect the junction box cable.
NOTE:
If you have adjusted wind direction calibaration
yourself (ref. page 29), it will be necessary to re-enter the
Wind Vane Correction Constant after performing this
procedure. Follow instructions under "Wind Vane Correction
Constant" on p. 29. If the problem persists, please inquire
about our special 4-Line Static Electricity Discharge Unit.
WHAT IS THE MODULAR 4 CONDUCTOR JACK ON THE SIDE
OF THE CONTROL UNIT?
It is for interconnection to a personal computer. The special
interface cable required is supplied as part of a hardware/
software option. Otherwise, this jack should not be used.
WHAT IS THE UNMARKED MODULAR 4 CONDUCTOR JACK
ON THE JUNCTION BOX?
This is for an alternate interconnection to a personal
computer.
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I. INTRODUCTION
Congratulations on selecting The ULTIMETER® II Home
Weather Station. To take full advantage of its advanced
features, please take a few minutes to read through and
follow this short booklet. Its simple step-by-step instructions
will speed you through system installation and help assure
you many years of complete satisfaction.
SUGGESTION: DO NOT UNCOIL CABLES UNTIL YOU
HAVE TESTED AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH ALL
COMPONENTS AND ARE READY TO INSTALL THE
SYSTEM.
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II. PRE-INSTALLATION TESTING
Before you uncoil any cables, you should interconnect and test the
system components, as described below. This will allow you to
become familiar with the system and assure that all components
are functioning properly before you install them.
Setup
1. Carefully remove each component from its shipping container
and place them all on a clear work area.
2. As shown below, identify the basic system components and
any accessories you have ordered.
N
W
E
S
WEATHER BASE100
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ULTIMETER
West Marine
Junction Box
Keyboard/Display Unit
Anemometer/
Wind Vane
Junction Box Cable
Desk Stand
Anemometer Cups
Cable Ties
AC Adapter
Temperature Sensor
Not shown: 2 screws for desk stand; 2 screws for wall mounting keyboard/display unit; 2
drywall screws for wall mounting keyboard unit; mounting bracket and screw for
temperature sensor.
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3. Plug each cup arm firmly into a retaining clip on the
anemometer housing. Be sure that each cup arm snaps solidly
into its retaining clip.
NOTE: THE CUP ARMS MUST BE ORIENTED AS
SHOWN OR WIND DIRECTION WILL BE INCORRECTLY
DISPLAYED and the cup arms will not properly lock into the
clips.
(TOP VIEW)
North Calibration Mark
4. Without uncoiling the cables, plug the wind vane cable, the
temperature cable and the rain gauge cable (if ordered) into the
junction box, in accordance with the markings on top of the
junction box.
NOTE: If you have ordered any extension cables, do not
uncoil them, but insert each between the junction box and
the thermometer, anemometer/wind vane, or rain gauge,
just as it will be used in your actual installation.
5. Uncoil the 8 ft. junction box cable and plug one end into the
receptacle on the back of the keyboard/display unit. Plug the
other end into the junction box, opposite the temperature cable.
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6. Plug the ac adapter cable into the junction box, then plug the
adapter itself into a 110 volt 60 cycle outlet. The liquid crystal
screen will come on, displaying the wind speed symbol, "0 MPH"
and the compass rose for wind direction, as shown below.
IMPORTANT NOTE CONCERNING WIND DIRECTION:
The ULTIMETER® II is designed to detect and display the
prevailing wind direction on its 16 point compass rose. The
system minimizes confusing "jitters" by ignoring momentary
direction changes that occur during transient wind gusts. It
also avoids erroneous readings, by "locking" the direction
display when there is no wind, i.e. when the cups are not
spinning. Therefore, in order to test or demonstrate the wind
direction function, you must spin the cups. You'll find it is
best to blow somewhat steadily on the cups, rather than
abruptly spinning the anemometer housing with your fingers.
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Test Anemometer/Wind Vane Functions
1. Press the wind speed key, marked
.
2. If you wish to display wind speed in units other than mph,
again and keep it pressed. The screen will flash 3
press
times, then display wind speed in kmph. Each time you repeat the
procedure, wind speed will be displayed in alternate measurement
units; mph, kmph, or knots.
3. Blow gently and steadily on the anemometer cups, so they
rotate clockwise when viewed from above and the screen displays
a fairly steady wind speed reading of 4 mph or more (8 kmph or 4
knots). Stop blowing when a wind direction arrow is displayed
within the compass rose. The wind direction sensor works only
while the anemometer cups are spinning. This prevents any false
indication of the last wind direction.
4. Point the wind vane in the opposite direction. Again blow
gently and steadily on the cups. The wind direction arrow will shift
to the opposite side of the compass rose.
5. Now blow on the cups a little harder, until the reading
increases, then let the cups stop.
6. Press the up key, which is marked
. The screen will
display the highest wind speed registered while you were blowing
on the cups.
7. Press
again. The time symbol will come on and the
screen will display the time when that highest wind speed was
recorded.
8. Press
again. The calendar symbol will come on and the
screen will display the date when that highest wind speed was
recorded.
9. Press
one last time. The screen will again display the
highest wind speed.
and keep it
10. Press the clear (reset) key, which is marked
pressed. The screen will flash three times, then replace the old
highest wind speed with the current wind speed of zero.
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NOTE: The ULTIMETER® II does not display a low wind speed
value, simply because zero is normally the lowest wind speed
measured.
11. Press any function key to exit the highest value display.
Install a 9 Volt Alkaline Back-up Battery
We suggest you install a fresh 9 volt back-up battery (not
included) at this time, in order to preserve any settings or
adjustments that you make while testing the system.
The back-up battery compartment is located on the lower right
side of the keyboard/display unit. To open the compartment, slide
the cover in direction of arrow. Pull out the battery connector and
plug the connector onto the battery terminals. Insert the battery
(as shown below) about half way into the compartment. Turn the
keyboard upside down (as shown below), and slide the battery in
all the way - don't force! Tuck the wires into the compartment, and
replace the cover.
NOTE: It is important to verify that the instrument functions when
powered from the AC adapter, without a battery installed. If you
installed a battery before operating the instrument on AC power,
remove the battery now and verify proper operation on AC power.
Reinstall the battery.
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Test Clock Functions
1. Press and release the clock key, which is marked
. The
clock symbol will appear on the screen and 12:00 will be displayed
in 12 hour format (i.e., afternoon and evening hours will be
indicated by "PM" next to the clock symbol on the screen).
2. If you prefer to display time in 24 hour format, press
again
and keep it pressed. The display will flash 3 times, then display
time in 24 hour format. Release the key.
3. Press
or
and keep it pressed. The screen display will
flash 3 times, then the displayed time will begin to change up or
down, according to which key was pressed. Release the key
when the displayed time is close to correct.
4. Use the
and
keys to set the exact time.
Test Date Functions
1. Press and release the date key, which is marked
. The
calendar symbol will appear on the screen and "01-01" indicating
January 1 in month-day format.
2. If you prefer to display date in day-month format, press
again and keep it pressed. The display will flash 3 times, then
display date in day-month format.
3. Press
or
and keep it pressed. The screen display will
flash 3 times, then the displayed date will begin to change up or
down, according to which key was pressed. Notice that after a
few seconds, the date changes more rapidly. Release the key
when the correct month is displayed.
4. Use the
and
keys to set the exact date.
When you are entirely satisfied with the instrument's performance,
you are ready to proceed.
Test Temperature Functions
1. Press and release the temperature key, which is marked
on the keyboard/display unit. The screen will display current
temperature in degrees Fahrenheit and a thermometer symbol.
2. Press
again and keep it pressed. The screen display will
flash 3 times, then display temperature in degrees Celsius.
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Release the key. Repeat this procedure until the units you intend
to use are displayed. Each time you repeat this procedure,
temperature will be displayed in alternate units; Celsius or
Fahrenheit.
3. Hold the temperature sensor in your hand for 2 or 3 minutes.
The temperature indicated on the screen will rise.
4. Release the temperature sensor and allow the indicated
temperature to come back down several degrees.
5. Press the up key, which is marked
. The screen will
display the highest temperature registered while you were holding
the sensor.
6. Press
again. The time symbol will come on and the screen
will display the time when that highest temperature was recorded.
7. Press
again. The calendar symbol will come on and the
screen will display the date when that highest temperature was
recorded.
8. Press
one last time. The screen will again display the
highest temperature.
and keep it
9. Press the clear (reset) key, which is marked
pressed. The screen will flash three times, then replace the old
highest temperature with the current temperature.
10. Press any function key to exit the highest value display.
Test Wind Chill Functions
1. Press and release the Wind Chill key, which is marked
on the keyboard display unit. The screen will display current wind
chill temperature and both the anemometer and temperature
symbols. The reading will be in the same units (Fahrenheit or
Celsius) selected for temperature.
NOTE: The ULTIMETER® II calculates wind chill when the
temperature is below 50°F. If the temperature is above that, or if
the anemometer cups are not spinning, the wind chill temperature
will be the same as the current ambient temperature.
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You can verify operation of the wind chill function by cooling the
temperature sensor to below 50°F and blowing on the cups. One
convenient reference point is that a temperature of 32°F with a
wind speed of 32 mph results in a wind chill of 0°F. A comparable
metric reference is that a temperature of 0°C with a wind speed of
16 kmph results in a wind chill of -16°C.
2. Press the down (or low) key, which is marked
. The
screen will display the lowest wind chill temperature recorded
since the data was last cleared.
key.
NOTE: The display may flash after you press the
This is not a problem. It just means the instrument has
recorded a wind chill below -100°F, which it is unable to
display. (Perhaps you spun the anemometer cups before the
temperature sensor was connected.) To stop the flashing, first
be sure the temperature sensor is connected, then press
and keep it pressed for about 5 seconds. The current wind
chill will be displayed.
3. Press
again. The time symbol will come on and the
screen will display the time at which the lowest wind chill was
recorded.
again. The time symbol will come on and the
4. Press
screen will display the date at which the lowest wind chill was
recorded.
one more time. The screen will again display the
5. Press
lowest wind chill.
6. To reset the lowest wind chill, press the clear (reset) key, which
and keep it pressed. The screen will flash three
is marked
times, then replace the old lowest wind chill with the current lowest
wind chill value.
NOTE: The ULTIMETER® II does not store a highest wind chill
value, as this would normally be the same as the highest
temperature value, which is stored.
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Test Rain Functions
This section applies only if your system includes an optional rain
gauge.
1. Press and release the key marked
. If you have followed
the above test procedure, the screen will display ".0 in." or ".1 in.",
the rain symbol, and the up arrow which indicates the larger
(monthly) accumulated rainfall.
2. If you wish to display rainfall in centimeters, press
again
and keep it pressed. The screen display will flash 3 times, then
display rainfall in centimeters.
3. Turn the rain gauge upside down briefly, then right it and set it
down. The displayed rainfall total should increase by 0.1 in.
4. Press the clear (reset) key, which is marked
and keep it
pressed. The screen will flash three times, then this rainfall total
will be reset to zero.
5. Press the down (lowest) key, which is marked
to display
the smaller (daily) rainfall total. The matching symbol will now
appear on the screen, along with the rain symbol and the same
rainfall total displayed earlier after you inverted the rain gauge.
6. Press the clear (reset) key, which is marked
and keep it
pressed. The screen will flash three times, then this rainfall total
will be reset to zero.
7. Press any other function key to exit rain display.
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III. PLANNING YOUR INSTALLATION
Please take a few minutes to plan the installation of your home
weather station. You'll help assure your long term satisfaction
with the installation and almost certainly save time and effort in the
process.
It may be helpful to remember that the cable lengths are:
Wind Sensor: 40 feet
Temperature Sensor: 25 feet
Rain Gauge (Optional): 40 feet Junction Box Cable: 8 feet
AC Adapter Cord: 6 feet
First you must decide where each system component is to be
installed. We suggest that you determine the optimum location of
the prime components in the order shown below.
Control Unit Location - The primary considerations in
placement of
the Keyboard/Display unit are: which room it should go in, and
should it be wall mounted or desk mounted.
Room Selection
- in which room will the data be most useful (e.g. bedroom,
kitchen, hallway near hall closet, solarium, etc.);
- in which room will the most people be able to enjoy and use
the data (e.g. living room or family room);
- other factors being equal, which room will make for easiest
wiring.
Wall Mount Advantages
- better visibility from most of the room;
- wiring can often be completely concealed -- may offer
shorter wire runs to outside sensors, possibly avoiding the
need for extension cables.
Desk Mount Advantages
- convenient access to keyboard;
- optimum visibility from desk chair;
- short wire length for future computer connection.
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Anemometer/Wind Vane Location - The anemometer/wind
vane is designed to clamp around the top 3-1/2 in. of a mast
having a diameter of at least 1 in. and not more than 1-1/4 in.
An aluminum mast is ideal (available at K-Mart and many other
stores) but you can also use a thin-wall steel mast, of the type
sold by Radio Shack and other stores.
NOTE: DO NOT MOUNT THE WIND SENSOR
DIRECTLY ON TOP OF IRON PLUMBING PIPE OR EMT
ELECTRICAL CONDUIT. Pipes and conduit have
relatively thick ferrous (magnets will stick to them) walls,
which can interfere with the proper operation of the
magnets in the anemometer/wind vane.
If you wish to use iron pipe or electrical conduit as a mast,
simply add a short section of PVC to the top and clamp the
wind sensor onto the PVC. There are many ways to do
this, but two typical methods are:
a. If you are using a 3/4 inch water pipe as a mast, screw
a PVC pipe adapter with a 6-inch piece of 3/4 inch
Schedule 40 PVC pipe onto the top of your mast.
b. If you are using 1-inch EMT electrical conduit as a
mast, just press a 12-inch long piece of 3/4 inch Schedule
40 PVC pipe six inches into the top of the conduit.
In either method, PVC should not be used for the entire
mast because the MAST MUST BE GROUNDED. In
addition, PVC pipe is not strong enough to be used as a
mast.
Considerations for locating the mast:
- use an existing TV or FM-type mast if you can.
- mast should extend at least 4 feet above its supporting
structure (e.g., the peak of your roof) or other nearby
obstruction. You may be able to add an extension to an
existing mast.
- the mast should, as nearly as possible, be exactly vertical.
- the top 3-1/2 in. of the mast must be free. Again, you may
be able to add a short extension to an existing mast.
- if you are installing a new mast, it will be most economical to
locate it within 40 ft. of the junction box, so you won't need
an extension cable.
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- mast must not be mounted on, or directly next to, an active
chimney. Flue gasses are very corrosive.
CAUTION: MAKE SURE THE MAST YOU USE IS
PROPERLY GROUNDED. IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT,
HAVE IT CHECKED BY A QUALIFIED TV SERVICE
PERSON.
Temperature Sensor Location
NOTE: Before drilling holes and permanently installing the
temperature sensor, experiment with the temperature
sensor location to be sure of satisfactory readings.
Generally speaking, you should locate the temperature sensor:
- in the shade where it can never receive direct sunlight
- protected from wind and rain
- where air can circulate freely around it (e.g. avoid closed
gable ends that cantrap a pocket of warm air)
- away from incidental heat sources, such as roof circulation
vents
- not directly above radiated or reflected heat sources such as
cement patios or large picture windows
- so that the last three feet of cable (or more) are outside the
structure in the open air
- so that the cable, rather than the sensor itself, is secured by
the supplied clamp
It is surprising how much these factors affect temperature
readings; we have seen errors of 4° to 6° caused by just one of
these factors.
Rain Gauge (Optional) Location
- in the open, away from overhanging trees
- well clear of the house or other structures that might block
blowing rain
- easily accessible for periodic inspection and cleaning
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Junction Box Location
- must be indoors
- must be close to an ac outlet, so the ac adapter cord can
reach it
- a vertical orientation is preferable to minimize the possibility
of dust getting into the junction box
If you will not require extension cables (that is, if the external
sensors are each close enough to the control unit location) it is
usually best to locate the junction box within 8 feet of the
control unit.
Extension Cables
Normally it is best not to extend the total cable length from the
temperature sensor to the keyboard display unit beyond 33 feet
(the 25-foot temp sensor cable plus the 8-foot junction box
cable). Longer cables tend to increase the temperature
reading slightly. For example, a total length of 193 feet (using
four 40-foot extension cables) increases temperature readings
about 1.5°F.
There is no problem extending the anemometer/wind vane
cable or optional rain gauge cable to 200 feet or more. Be sure
the extension cable used is correctly wired - if in doubt, proper
extension cables may be obtained from Peet Brothers
Company.
Instead of extending more than one sensor cable, it may be
possible and more economical to place the junction box further
from the keyboard/display unit, using a longer junction box
cable.
NOTE: If you plan to use a sensor extension cable that
will be joined outside, you must plan to waterproof the
connection. We offer inexpensive and effective
weatherproofing kits for this purpose.
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IV. INSTALLING YOUR ULTIMETER® II COMPONENTS
Installing the Anemometer
1. Slide the locking ring up as far as it will go on the fingers.
2. Place the anemometer/wind vane over the top of the mast with
all four fingers on the outside of the mast.
3. Slide the clamping ring down over the fingers until you start to
feel significant resistance.
4. Find the North Calibration Mark on the anemometer (this is the
small black line located near the screw head - see illustration on
page 11). Rotate the anemometer on the mast until the calibration
mark is facing due north. Use a compass or other directional
reference.
5. Firmly clamp the anemometer in place by repeatedly pulling the
locking ring down, first a little on one side, then a little on the
opposite side, keeping it more or less level, until you can't pull it
down any further.
6. Using the cable ties provided, secure the cable to the mast.
One tie should be placed just about 2 in. below the
anemometer/wind vane. The other two should be evenly spaced
below that.
Installing the External Temperature Sensor
1. Drill a pilot hole at the desired location.
2. Mount the supplied clamp and temperature sensor taking care
that its protective metal housing does not touch any nearby
surface.
Installing the Keyboard/Display Unit
Desk or Shelf Mounting
1. Assemble the desktop stand as shown below.
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2. Place the keyboard/display unit on the stand so the two
alignment pins on the stand fit firmly into the matching holes on
the back of the instrument.
3. Secure the Keyboard/display unit to the stand, using the two
screws provided.
4. Insert the plug of the junction box cable into the back of the
control panel. Be sure it "clicks" into place.
5. Position the assembled unit as desired.
Wall Mounting
1. Drill two pilot holes 5 in. apart for the supplied wood screws or
supplied drywall anchors
2. Install the screws, leaving them about 1/8 in. out from the wall.
3. Insert the plug of the junction box cable into the back of the
control panel. Be sure it "clicks" into place.
4. If the junction box cable is to run down the wall, insert the cable
into the groove provided on the back of the keyboard/display unit.
5. Hang the keyboard/display unit from the two projecting screws.
Installing the Junction Box
1. Drill two pilot holes 3-1/2 in. apart at the desired mounting
location.
2. Mount the junction box; use wood screws (provided) for a
wooden wall or drywall anchors (provided) for a sheet rock
wall.
3. Plug in cables from the ac adapter, keyboard display unit,
thermometer, anemometer/wind vane, and rain gauge, if
applicable.
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V. DETAILED OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
There are six "data keys", each identified by a symbol as shown.
Whenever data is being displayed, the corresponding symbol
appears on the display. To display the current value, press the
appropriate data key.
WIND SPEED WIND CHILL TEMP
RAIN
TIME
DATE
There are six "utility keys", each identified by a symbol as shown.
The use of each is described below.
ALARM
CLEAR
LAMP
SCAN
UP
DOWN
Weak Battery Indication
The instrument is normally powered by an ac adapter. A 9-volt
alkaline battery should be installed to preserve data during a
temporary power interruption. Each midnight and whenever you
press
, the instrument will apply a load to check the back-up
battery. If a battery is not installed or is starting to become too
weak to provide the necessary protection, the wind direction
compass rose will flash on and off to alert you. To stop the
compass rose from flashing press
.
Selecting Metric or English Display Units
The following units of measure can be selected
Wind Speed:
mph; kmph; knots
Temperature:
F; C
Rainfall:
in.; cm
Time:
12 hr. format with PM symbol; 24 hr. format
Date:
Day-Month; Month-Day
To change the units of measurement:
1. Press the data key to display the function.
2. Press the same data key again and keep it pressed for
approximately 3 seconds, until the displayed units change.
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Setting the Time
1. Press
.
2. Press
or
and keep it pressed for approximately 3
seconds, until the minutes start to change. Release the key when
and
to adjust
the displayed time is close to correct. Use
the value to the exact time. Seconds are automatically set to zero
whenever you change the minute setting.
Setting the Date
1. Press
. The calendar symbol and date will be displayed.
2. Press
or
and keep it pressed until the correct month is
displayed. Then repeatedly press
or
to set the day within
the month.
Displaying High and Low Values (With Times and Dates)
The following high and low values can be displayed with time and
date of occurrence:
Highest Wind Speed
Highest Temperature
Lowest Wind Chill*
Lowest Temperature
*Please see note at the end of this section.
To display a highest or lowest data value:
1. Press the data key.
2. Press
for the highest value or
for the lowest value.
The highest or lowest data value will be displayed together with
symbol (highest) or
symbol
the data symbol and the
(lowest).
To display the time when that high or low occurred:
or
key once again. The clock
3. Press the same
symbol will be displayed together with the time when that high
or low value occurred.
To display the date when that high or low occurred:
or
key a third time. The calendar
4. Press the same
symbol will be displayed together with the date when that high
or low value occurred.
NOTE: Wind chill display is limited to -99°. If wind chill below
-99°F is anticipated, temperature must be displayed in Celsius.
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Displaying Rainfall
When an optional rain gauge is connected, the system keeps
track of two separate rainfall totals. Daily rainfall is indicated by
the
symbol on the display, monthly by the
symbol.
To display accumulated rainfall:
1. Press
. The rain symbol will come on and the instrument
will display whichever rain total you looked at last (indicated by
or
symbol).
the
2. Press
or
to display the other total.
To reset accumulated rainfall to zero:
After you have taken the reading, reset the
total each month. To reset:
the
.
1. Press
2. Press
reset.
or
total each day and
if necessary to display the total you wish to
and keep it pressed for approximately 3 seconds,
3. Press
until the display changes to "0".
Alarms
An alarm can be set for the following:
Highest Wind Speed
Highest Temperature
Time
Lowest Temperature
When an alarm condition occurs, an audible alarm will sound, and
the alarm setting will flash on the display.
To set an alarm value:
1. Press the appropriate data key.
2. Press
if
if you wish to set an upper alarm value, or
you wish to set a lower alarm value. (This step does not apply
to the time alarm.)
3. Press
. The alarm symbol will come on and the present
alarm setting will be displayed.
and keep it pressed for approximately 3
or
4. Press
seconds until the alarm setting starts to change. Release the
key when the displayed value approaches or is beyond the
desired setting.
5. Use
and
keys to adjust the value.
6. Press any data key to exit the alarm setting mode.
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To completely clear an alarm setting:
Perform steps 1 - 3 as above, then press
and keep it
pressed for approximately 3 seconds, until "OFF" is displayed.
To stop an alarm temporarily:
(the alarm will resume if the alarm condition still exists or
reoccurs)
1. Press
briefly.
2. Press any data key to exit the alarm setting mode.
To stop an alarm and completely clear the alarm setting:
pressed for approximately 3 seconds until "OFF"
1. Keep
is displayed.
2. Press any data key to exit the alarm setting mode.
Automatic Scanning
The instrument can continually scan any of the following data at 5second intervals:
Wind Speed
Rainfall
Wind Chill
Time
Temperature
Date
To select data to be scanned:
1. Press
and keep it pressed until "SEL" (select) appears
on display.
2. Press the data key of each function you wish to include in
the scan.
3. Press
to end the selection process and start the scan.
To exit scan mode, press any data key.
To resume scanning, press and release
.
Wind Vane Calibration Adjustment
Your anemometer/wind vane has been factory-calibrated to
correctly indicate wind direction when installed per the instructions
on p. 23, and should not require recalibration. However, if you
wish to adjust wind direction readings after installation, (to correct
a difference between display readings and actual wind direction)
you may use the following procedure.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Perform when you have a fairly steady breeze from
a known direction.
and
simultaneously to display the
Press
wind vane correction constant (the keyboard
initially has a correction constant of zero).
Press and hold
or
to adjust the wind vane
correction constant. After approximately 3 seconds
the wind vane correction will start changing.
Increase the constant if you want the direction
diamond on the display to move counter-clockwise
to match actual wind direction. Decrease the
constant if you want the direction-indicating
diamond to move clockwise to match actual wind
direction.
Repeat Step 4 as necessary until the wind direction
is correctly displayed. Record the Wind Vane
Correction Constant below.
Press any function key to leave this operation and
retain the correction constant that is displayed.
NOTE: The correction constant is a number from 0 through 255.
Each digit represents approximately 1.4 angular degrees of
correction (360 ÷ 256) that is added to the uncorrected wind
direction.
Record your Wind Vane Correction Constant here_________
Care of Liquid Crystal Display
If the keyboard display unit's LCD becomes dirty, clean with a soft
damp cloth only. Use no harsh or abrasive cleaners, as these will
permanently scratch the surface of the display. Do not spray any
liquids or cleaners directly on the display unit (especially the
keyboard buttons).
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VI. SPECIFICATIONS
Temperature Range: -55°F to +122°F in 1 degree increments
-48°C to +50°C in 1 degree increments
Wind Speed:
0 to over 150 mph
0 to over 240 kmph
0 to over 130 knots
Wind Direction:
16 point "compass rose" analog display
Wind Chill:
-99°F to + 50°F
-97°C to +10°C
Rainfall:
Daily and monthly totals in 0.1 inch
increments
Daily and monthly totals in 2.5 mm
increments
Cable Lengths:
Wind Sensor
Temperature Sensor
Rain Gauge (Optional)
Junction Box Cable (Std.)
AC Adapter
40 feet
25 feet
40 feet
8 feet
6 feet
VII. RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE
If the ULTIMETER® II is used near an extremely powerful radio
transmitter, its high and low temperature readings can be affected.
This would normally only be encountered in the immediate vicinity
of commercial radio or TV stations, or high-power ham radio
transmitters. If you think you are experiencing this problem,
please inquire about our inexpensive, 30 dB 4-line RFI filter.
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VIII. REPAIR AND EXCHANGE SERVICE
In Case of a Problem
Your ULTIMETER® II is designed to provide years of trouble free
operation. If the instrument completely stops operating, the cause
is probably inadequate power due to a faulty ac adapter, a faulty
connection to the adapter, or weak or missing battery when
operating from internal power. To correct the problem, disconnect
all batteries and external power, then reapply proper power.
Also, be sure to see page 5 (crossed wires in receptacles) and
page 8 ("Answers to Commonly-Asked Questions").
If a problem persists, please write or call our Technical Service
Department at (908) 531-4615. We will do everything possible to
assure your satisfaction.
Repair and Exchange Service
Any defective ULTIMETER® II may be repaired or exchanged for
a factory reconditioned instrument of the same type with like-new
performance. Under warranty there is no charge. Beyond
warranty the charges are modest, depending upon the condition of
the instrument.
Copyright 1995 Peet Bros. Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
WARRANTY
Each ULTIMETER® II carries a limited warranty against defects of
material or workmanship for a period of 1 year from the date of
initial purchase. Our responsibility under this warranty is limited to
the repair or replacement of instruments returned to us postage
paid, together with proof of purchase date. This warranty shall not
apply to instruments subjected to misuse, abuse, tampering or
unauthorized service.
Neither we nor our representatives,
distributors, nor dealers shall be liable for any incidental or
consequential damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion
or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above
exclusion or limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives
you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which
vary from state to state.
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AVAILABLE ACCESSORIES
We are continually developing new products and accessories to
make your ULTIMETER® II Weather Station more interesting and
valuable to you. Our two most popular items are:
THE WEATHER PICTURE
N
HI TEMP TODAY
76
HI WIND TODAY
24
W
R
TEMPERATURE
WIND SPEED
9
E
70
LO TEMP TODAY
54
WIND CHILL
64
RAIN TODAY
0 0.2 8
S
PEET BROS.
THE WEATHER PICTURE
NEW for '98!
Finally a big weather display you can read from across the
room - and handsome enough for any setting. THE WEATHER
PICTURE displays information it receives from an
ULTIMETER Weather Station, continuously providing and
updating all the vital weather data you have pre-selected,
without having to press a single key.
Its 8" compass rose and large 0.8" illuminated red numerals
are clearly visible, day and night. THE WEATHER PICTURE
is perfect for homes as well as schools, hotels, offices,
country clubs, stores, marinas, corporate lobbies, ski
lodges, emergency management stations, etc. - any place
needing up-to-the-second local weather data. Can be totally
customized to display any of over 60 weather functions on
each numeric display. Available in two sizes (11"x 15" or
10"x11") and in two frame styles (brushed aluminum or teak).
Self-Emptying Rain Gauge
Automatically empties itself every 0.1" of rain and sends a
signal to the keyboard/display unit, which maintains two
independent rain totals. You can use one total to record daily
accumulation and the other for monthly.
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Data Logger
Special cable and software to record weather data on a
personal computer. Features 4 simultaneous graphs of
weather conditions over the last 20 hours, updated every five
minutes. Or, you can display data from any selected part of
the log file in graphic or tabular form. Available for IBM and
Macintosh computers.
For additional information about these or other accessories,
please contact your ULTIMETER® II dealer or Peet Bros.
Company. We'll be happy to advise you of latest developments
and answer any questions you may have.
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