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Boltek ld-250 installation questions.
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:48:31 PM »
I am hopefully about to pull the trigger on a Boltek LD-250 from Scaled Instruments soon. While I've obtained most of my information from the folks of Astrogenic as well as Ryan, I'm facing a delima regarding installation.


Here's the problem. According to the LD-250 manual the outdoor unit should be placed away from or above metal objects which in my case is the steel weather station mast. But due to my station's height above the roof and distance from where the main unit will be the 50' of cable won't reach.

If I mounted the outdoor unit on the side of the mast, how close can the antenna unit be to the mast without there being any issues from the mast itself?

Thanks.
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Re: Boltek ld-250 installation questions.
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 09:17:45 AM »
It might be worth a call to Boltek to be sure. I have a UHF/VHF dual band antenna (I am a Ham) mounted on 3 foot standoffs (actual distance is a bit lower due to brackets) and I can transmit and receive VHF OK, but lightning is much lower in frequency. There may be a bit of a blind spot in the direction of the mast from the sensor, possibly.

I would have the mast direction WRT the Boltek in a direction that you typically do not get storms from.

Here is a pic of my antenna and mounting. My apologies, but this is the best closeup I have and it was when the solar panels on my Davis anemometer transmitters were covered by snow.

I got the aluminum tubing from DX Engineering. You might want to get fiberglass for this though.

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Re: Boltek ld-250 installation questions.
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 10:08:37 AM »
Awesome. Thanks!
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Re: Boltek ld-250 installation questions.
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 08:43:37 PM »
I finally pulled the trigger on the Boltek LD-250 this afternoon from Scaled Instruments. Hopefully it will be delivered by the end of this week.

 Did some research on "lightning detector installation". I've decided the "Weather Bug" style detector installation is best for me. My station is similar to theirs anyways.See attached pictures

BTW, from what I understand Boltek uses PVC fittings for their outdoor enclosures. Does anyone know the size of pipe they use? I'm guessing 3-4" schedule 40 sold at the local hardware stores? I want to try and build the mount before the system is delivered so I can streamline the installation.

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