Ambient Weather WS-05 Owner's manual

Ambient Weather WS-05 Owner's manual
Ambient Weather WS-05 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor
Thermo-Hygrometer with Jumbo Display User Manual
Table of Contents
1
2
Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 2
Getting Started ................................................................................................................................ 2
2.1
Parts List................................................................................................................................. 2
2.2
Recommend Tools .................................................................................................................. 2
2.3 Thermo-Hygrometer Sensor Set Up .............................................................................................. 2
2.4 Display Console Set Up ................................................................................................................ 4
2.4.1 Display Console Layout ..................................................................................................... 4
2.4.2 Sensor Operation Verification ............................................................................................ 5
3
Remote Sensor Installation ............................................................................................................. 5
4
Display Features.............................................................................................................................. 6
4.1 Comfort Icon ................................................................................................................................. 6
4.2 Rate of Change Icon ...................................................................................................................... 6
5
Console Operation........................................................................................................................... 6
5.1 Min/Max Mode ............................................................................................................................. 6
5.2 Indoor/Outdoor Channel Selection ............................................................................................... 7
5.3 Sensor Search Mode...................................................................................................................... 7
5.4 Adjustment or Calibration ............................................................................................................. 7
5.4.1 Humidity Calibration ......................................................................................................... 7
5.4.2 Temperature Calibration...................................................................................................... 8
6
Glossary of Terms ........................................................................................................................... 8
7
Specifications .................................................................................................................................. 9
7.1 Wireless Specifications ................................................................................................................. 9
7.2 Measurement Specifications ......................................................................................................... 9
7.3 Power Consumption ...................................................................................................................... 9
8
Troubleshooting Guide.................................................................................................................... 9
9
Accessories ................................................................................................................................... 10
10
Liability Disclaimer .................................................................................................................. 11
11
FCC Statement.......................................................................................................................... 11
12
Warranty Information ............................................................................................................... 12
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1 Introduction
Thank you for your purchase of the Ambient Weather WS-05 Wireless Indoor/Outdoor
Thermo-Hygrometer with Jumbo Display. The following user guide provides step by step instructions
for installation, operation and troubleshooting. To download the latest manual and additional
troubleshooting tips, please visit:
http://ambientweather.wikispaces.com/ws05
2 Getting Started
Note: The power up sequence must be performed in the order shown in this section (remote
transmitter(s) first, Display Console second).
The WS-05 weather station consists of a display console (receiver), and a thermo-hygrometer (remote
transmitter).
2.1 Parts List
QTY
1
1
Item
Display Console
Frame Dimensions (LxHxW): 4.50 x 3.75 x 1.00 in
LCD Dimensions (LxW): 2.75 x 1.75”
LCD Segment Height: 0.78 inches
Thermo-hygrometer transmitter (FT0054T)
Dimensions (LxHxW): 4.5” x 2.0” x 0.75”
2.2 Recommend Tools
Hammer and nail for hanging remote thermo-hygrometer transmitter.
2.3 Thermo-Hygrometer Sensor Set Up
1. Remove the battery door on the back of the sensor, as shown in Figure 1 .
Figure 1
2. Insert two AAA batteries as shown in Figure 2.
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Note: To avoid permanent damage, please take note of the battery polarity before inserting the
batteries. Do not use rechargeable batteries. We recommend fresh alkaline batteries for outdoor
temperature ranges between -4 °F and 140 °F and fresh lithium batteries for outdoor temperature
ranges between -40 °F and 140 °F.
Figure 2
3. Close the battery door as shown in Figure 3. Make sure the gasket (around the battery
compartment) is properly seated in its trace prior to closing the door.
Figure 3
4. After inserting the batteries, the remote sensor LED indicator will light for 4 seconds, and
then flash once per 48 seconds thereafter, as shown in Figure 4 (note that the LED is
underneath the plastic).
Figure 4
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2.4 Display Console Set Up
Move the remote thermo-hygrometer about 5 to 10’ away from the display console (if the sensor is too
close, it may not be received by the display console).
Remove the battery door on the back of the display, as shown in Figure 5. Insert two AA (alkaline or
lithium, avoid rechargeable) batteries in the back of the display console.
Figure 5
All of the LCD segments will light up for a few seconds to verify all segments are operating properly.
Replace the battery door, and fold out the desk stand and place the console in the upright position.
The console will instantly display indoor temperature and humidity as designated by the
icon.
The outdoor temperature and humidity will update on the display within a few minutes on Channel 1.
While in the search mode, the remote search icon
will be constantly displayed.
If you have more than once remote sensor (up to three remotes are supported), the display will
automatically toggle between sensors until all sensors have reported in.
Do not touch any buttons until the remote sensor has reported in, or the radio search icon
is no
longer on, otherwise the remote sensor search mode will be terminated. When the remote sensor
temperature and humidity has been received, the console will automatically switch to the normal mode,
and all further settings can be performed.
If the remote does not update, please reference the troubleshooting guide in Section 8.
2.4.1 Display Console Layout
Note: The following illustration shows the full segments of the LCD for description purposes
only and will not appear like this during normal operation.
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Figure 6
1. Humidity, Rate of Change indicator
2. Humidity (%)
3. Temperature, Rate of Change indicator
4. Min/Max Record mode
5. Temperature (°F only)
6. Reception Icon (solid when searching, flashes when
updating)
7. Channel 1,2,3, IN indictor
8. Humidity Comfort Icon
2.4.2 Sensor Operation Verification
Verify the indoor and outdoor humidity match closely with the console and sensor array in the same
location (about 5 to 10’ apart). The sensors should be within 10% (the accuracy is ± 5%). Allow
about 30 minutes for both sensors to stabilize. The humidity can be adjusted or calibrated later to
match each other a known source.
Verify the indoor and outdoor temperature match closely with the console and sensor array in the same
location (about 5 to 10’ apart). The sensors should be within 2°F (the accuracy is ± 1°F). Allow
about 30 minutes for both sensors to stabilize. The temperature can be adjusted or calibrated later to
match each other or a known source.
3 Remote Sensor Installation
It is recommended you mount the remote sensor on a north facing wall, in a shaded area. Direct
sunlight and radiant heat sources will result in inaccurate temperature readings. Although the sensor is
water resistant, it is best to mount in a well protected area, such as under an eve. Use a screw or nail
(not included) to affix the remote sensor to the wall, as shown in Figure 7.
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Figure 7
4 Display Features
4.1 Comfort Icon
The comfort icon is based on humidity ranges specified in Figure 8. The icon is displayed for indoor
humidity, remote channel 1 humidity and optional remote channels 2 and 3 humidity.
RH<45%
Dry
RH 45%~65%
RH >65%
Comfortable
Wet
Figure 8
4.2 Rate of Change Icon
The rate of change icon
detects rapid changes in temperature and humidity. If the arrow points
upward, the temperature is increasing at a rate of +2°F per 30 minutes (or greater), or humidity is
increasing at a rate of +5% per 30 minutes (or greater). If the arrow points downward, the temperature
is decreasing at a rate of -2°F per 30 minutes (or less), or humidity is decreasing at a rate of -5% per
30 minutes (or less).
5 Console Operation
Note: The console has three buttons for easy operation: MIN/MAX button, ADJUST button, and
CH/+ button. The remaining two buttons have no functionality (the same console is used for different
products and therefore, are not used for this product).
5.1 Min/Max Mode
The Min/Max mode displays the minimum and maximum temperature and humidity (since reset of the
unit) for the indoor, remote channel 1, 2 and 3 sensors.
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Prior to entering the MIN/MAX mode, press the CH/+ button to select the temperature and humidity
values you wish to view.
1. Display Maximum. Press the MIN/MAX button once to display the maximum. The MAX
icon will be displayed.
2. Clear Maximum. To reset the maximum values to the current values, press and hold the
MIN/MAX key for 3 seconds.
3. Display Minimum. Press the MIN/MAX button again to display the minimum. The MIN
icon will be displayed.
4. Clear Minimum. To reset the minimum values to the current values, press and hold the
MIN/MAX key for 3 seconds.
To return to normal mode, press the MIN/MAX button again, or wait 15 seconds for timeout.
5.2 Indoor/Outdoor Channel Selection
Press the CH/+ button to switch the display between indoor temperature
, and remote sensors 1,2
and 3. Channel 1 is included with the unit. Channels 2 and 3 are optional sensors and purchased
separately.
5.3 Sensor Search Mode
If any of the sensor communication is lost, dashes (--.-) will be displayed on the screen. To reacquire
the signal, press and hold the CH/+ button for 3 seconds, and the remote search icon
will be
constantly displayed. Once the signal is reacquired, the remote search icon
will turn off, and the
current values will be displayed.
5.4 Adjustment or Calibration
The purpose of calibration is to fine tune or correct for any sensor error associated with the devices
margin of error. The measurement can be adjusted from the console to calibrate to a known source.
Calibration is only useful if you have a known calibrated source you can compare it against, and is
optional. This section discusses practices, procedures and sources for sensor calibration to reduce
manufacturing and degradation errors. Do not compare your readings obtained from sources such as
the internet, radio, television or newspapers. The purpose of your weather station is to measure
conditions of your surroundings, which vary significantly from location to location.
5.4.1 Humidity Calibration
Prior to entering the calibration mode, press the CH/+ button to select the humidity you wish to adjust.
To enter the humidity calibration mode, press and hold the ADJUST button for 5 seconds and the
humidity value will begin flashing. Press the CH/+ button to increase the humidity and the
MIN/MAX button to decrease the humidity reading in 1% increments. To rapidly increase (or
decrease) the humidity reading, press and hold the CH/+ or MIN/MAX button.
To return the humidity to the actual or uncalibrated measurement, press the ADJUST button.
Once the displayed humidity equals the calibrated source, press and hold the ADJUST button for 3
seconds, or wait 15 seconds for timeout, and the humidity value will stop flashing.
Discussion: Humidity is a difficult parameter to measure electronically and drifts over time due to
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contamination. In addition, location has an adverse affect on humidity readings (installation over dirt
vs. lawn for example).
Official stations recalibrate or replace humidity sensors on a yearly basis. Due to manufacturing
tolerances, the humidity is accurate to ± 5%. To improve this accuracy, the indoor and outdoor
humidity can be calibrated using an accurate source, such as a sling psychrometer or one step
humidpak calibration kits (reference Section 9).
5.4.2
Temperature Calibration
Prior to entering the calibration mode, press the CH/+ button to select the temperature you wish to
adjust.
To enter the temperature calibration mode, press and hold the ADJUST and MIN/MAX buttons at the
same time for 5 seconds and the temperature value will begin flashing. Press the CH/+ button to
increase the temperature and the MIN/MAX button to decrease the temperature reading in 0.1°
increments. To rapidly increase (or decrease) the temperature reading, press and hold the CH/+ or
MIN/MAX button.
To return the temperature to the actual or uncalibrated measurement, press the ADJUST button.
Once the displayed temperature equals the calibrated source, press and hold the ADJUST and
MIN/MAX buttons at the same for 3 seconds, or wait 15 seconds for timeout, and the temperature
value will stop flashing.
Discussion: Temperature errors can occur when a sensor is placed too close to a heat source (such
as a building structure, the ground or trees).
To calibrate temperature, we recommend a mercury or red spirit (fluid) thermometer. Bi-metal (dial)
and other digital thermometers are not a good source and have their own margin of error. Using a local
weather station in your area is also a poor source due to changes in location, timing (airport weather
stations are only updated once per hour) and possible calibration errors (many official weather stations
are not properly installed and calibrated).
Place the sensor in a shaded, controlled environment next to the fluid thermometer, and allow the
sensor to stabilize for 48 hours. Compare this temperature to the fluid thermometer and adjust the
console to match the fluid thermometer.
6 Glossary of Terms
Term
Accuracy
Hygrometer
Range
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Definition
Accuracy is defined as the ability of a measurement to match the actual
value of the quantity being measured.
A hygrometer is a device that measures relative humidity. Relative
humidity is a term used to describe the amount or percentage of water
vapor that exists in air.
Range is defined as the amount or extent a value can be measured.
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7 Specifications
7.1 Wireless Specifications
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Line of sight wireless transmission (in open air): 300 feet, 100 feet under most conditions.
Frequency: 433 MHz
Update Rate: 48 seconds
7.2 Measurement Specifications
The following table provides specifications for the measured parameters.
Measurement
Indoor Temperature
Outdoor Temperature
Indoor Humidity
Range
32 to 140 °F
-40 to 140 °F
1 to 99 %
Outdoor Humidity
1 to 99%
Accuracy
± 1 °F
± 1 °F
± 5% (only guaranteed
between 20 to 90%)
± 5% (only guaranteed
between 20 to 90%)
Resolution
0.1 °F
0.1 °F
1%
1%
7.3 Power Consumption
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Base station : 2 x AA 1.5V Alkaline or Lithium batteries (not included)
Remote sensor : 2 x AAA 1.5V Alkaline or Lithium batteries (not included)
Battery life: Minimum 12 months for base station
Minimum 12 months for thermometer-hygrometer sensor (use lithium batteries in cold
weather climates less than -4 °F)
8 Troubleshooting Guide
If your question is not answered here, you can contact us as follows:
1. Email Support: [email protected]
2. Live Chat Support: www.ambientweather.com/chat.html (M-F 8am to 4pm Arizona Time)
3. Technical Support: 480-283-1644 (M-F 8am to 4pm Arizona Time)
Problem
Wireless remote (thermo-hygrometer) not
reporting in to console.
Solution
The maximum line of sight communication range is 300’
and 100’ under most conditions. Move the sensor
assembly closer to the display console.
There are dashes on the display console.
If the sensor assembly is too close (less than 10’), move
the sensor assembly away from the display console.
Reacquire the sensor search mode (reference Section
6.3).
Install a fresh set of batteries in the remote
thermo-hygrometer. For cold weather environments,
install lithium batteries.
Make sure the remote sensors are not transmitting
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through solid metal (acts as an RF shield), or earth
barrier (down a hill).
Move the display console around electrical noise
generating devices, such as computers, TVs and other
wireless transmitters or receivers.
Move the remote sensor to a higher location. Move the
remote sensor to a closer location.
Temperature sensor reads too high in the
day time.
Indoor and Outdoor Temperature do not
agree
Indoor and Outdoor Humidity do not
agree
Display console contrast is weak
Radio Frequency (RF) Sensors cannot transmit through
metal barriers (example, aluminum siding) or multiple,
thick walls.
Make sure the thermo-hygrometer is mounted in a
shaded area on the north facing wall. Consider the
following radiation shield if this is not possible:
http://www.ambientweather.com/amwesrpatean.html
Allow up to one hour for the sensors to stabilize due to
signal filtering. The indoor and outdoor temperature
sensors should agree within 2 °F (the sensor accuracy is
± 1 °F).
Use the calibration feature to match the indoor and
outdoor temperature to a known source.
Allow up to one hour for the sensors to stabilize due to
signal filtering. The indoor and outdoor humidity sensors
should agree within 10 % (the sensor accuracy is ± 5 %).
Use the calibration feature to match the indoor and
outdoor humidity to a known source.
Replace console batteries with a fresh set of batteries.
9 Accessories
The following software and hardware accessories are available for this weather station at
www.AmbientWeather.com .
Accessory
Energizer AAAS Lithium
Battery (2-pack) - Batteries
for Long Life and Cold
Climates
Ambient Weather
SRS100LX Temperature
and Humidity Solar
Radiation Shield
Ambient Weather Humidity
Calibration Kits
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Description
AAA lithium batteries for cold weather climates.
Solar Radiation Shield improves temperature accuracy for hot weather
climates. Remove the rain guard and install over thermo-hygrometer.
One step calibration kits for digital hygrometers use salt slurry formula
to accurately calibrate the indoor and outdoor hygrometers.
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10 Liability Disclaimer
Please help in the preservation of the environment and return used batteries to an authorized depot.
The electrical and electronic wastes contain hazardous substances. Disposal of electronic waste in
wild country and/or in unauthorized grounds strongly damages the environment.
Reading the “User manual” is highly recommended. The manufacturer and supplier cannot accept any
responsibility for any incorrect readings and any consequences that occur should an inaccurate reading
take place.
This product is designed for use in the home only as indication of weather conditions. This product is
not to be used for medical purposes or for public information.
The specifications of this product may change without prior notice.
This product is not a toy. Keep out of the reach of children.
No part of this manual may be reproduced without written authorization of the manufacturer.
Ambient, LLC WILL NOT ASSUME LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL,
PUNITIVE, OR OTHER SIMILAR DAMAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPERATION OR
MALFUNCTION OF THIS PRODUCT.
11 FCC Statement
Statement according to FCC part 15.19:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
Statement according to FCC part 15.21:
Modifications not expressly approved by this company could void the user's authority to operate the
equipment.
Statement according to FCC part 15.105:
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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12 Warranty Information
Ambient, LLC provides a 1-year limited warranty on this product against manufacturing defects in
materials and workmanship.
This limited warranty begins on the original date of purchase, is valid only on products purchased and
only to the original purchaser of this product. To receive warranty service, the purchaser must contact
Ambient, LLC for problem determination and service procedures.
Warranty service can only be performed by a Ambient, LLC. The original dated bill of sale must be
presented upon request as proof of purchase to Ambient, LLC.
Your Ambient, LLC warranty covers all defects in material and workmanship with the following
specified exceptions: (1) damage caused by accident, unreasonable use or neglect (lack of reasonable
and necessary maintenance); (2) damage resulting from failure to follow instructions contained in your
owner’s manual; (3) damage resulting from the performance of repairs or alterations by someone other
than an authorized Ambient, LLC authorized service center; (4) units used for other than home use (5)
applications and uses that this product was not intended (6) the products inability to receive a signal
due to any source of interference or metal obstructions and (7) extreme acts of nature, such as
lightning strikes or floods.
This warranty covers only actual defects within the product itself, and does not cover the cost of
installation or removal from a fixed installation, normal set-up or adjustments, claims based on
misrepresentation by the seller or performance variations resulting from installation-related
circumstances.
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