La Crosse Technology WS-3512 User Manual

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TOUCH SCREEN WEATHER STATION (WIND AND

AIR PRESSURE) WS-3512

Operation Manual

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Table of Contents i……………….About this Manual

ii………………Glossary of Common Terms

1.....................

General

2......................

Important Operating Notes

3.....................

Getting Started

3.1...............

Wiring the System

3.2...............

Power Supply

3.2.1.........

Batteries

3.2.2.........

AC/DC Mains Adapter

3.2.3.........

Cable Connection

3.3...............

System Start

3.4...............

Positioning

4.....................

Setting Up

5.....................

Display of stored Min/Max and Alarm Value Settings

6.....................

Radio-ControlledWWVB Clock

7.....................

Weather Tendency

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Air Pressure History

9.....................

Features and Operations

9.1...............

Air Pressure

10...................

Wind Function Information

10.1.............

Operating and Setting of Function Wind Direction

11...................

Operating EL Backlight, Buzzer, and Alarm History

11.1.............

EL Backlight

11.2.............

Buzzer

11.3.............

Alarm

12...................

PC Connection

12.1.............

Data Storage

12.2.............

Data Recall

12.3.............

Connections and Software

13...................

Technical Data

13.1.............

Outdoor Data

13.2.............

Data Transmission by 433 MHz Signal and Cable

13.3.............

Time alarm

13.4.............

Power Supply

13.5.............

PC Connection

13.6 ............

Dimensions

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Warranty Information

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i.About this Manual

Thank You andCongratulations on selecting a La Crosse Technology Professional Weather Station! We are positive you will enjoy the benefits of accurate weather readings and the precise, radiocontrolled time information that our instruments offer. La Crosse Technology introducedradio-controlledinstruments to the US market in 1991 and continues to be on thecutting-edgeof this technology in America.

This manual will guide you step-by-stepthrough setting up your La Crosse Technology device. Use this manual to become familiar with your professional weather station, and save it for future reference.

ii.Glossary of Common Terms

NIST*

The National Institute of Standards and Technology maintains the primary frequency standard for the United States. The NIST also coordinates the United States time and frequency standards with other world standards. The NIST provides time and frequency services for United States clientele.

WWVB*

The WWVB is an AM radio station in Ft. Collins, Colorado, managed by the NIST. The WWVB’s function is to broadcast time-of-dayinformation derived from the NIST atomic clock, located in Boulder, Colorado.

ATOMIC CLOCK*

An atomic clock is an extremely accurate time device measuring time by the movements of electrons in cesium atoms. The NIST atomic clock is one of the most precise clocks in the world, accurate to 10 billionths of one second. The NIST’s atomic clock contributes to the international group of clocks calculating the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)—theofficial world time.

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RADIO-CONTROLLEDTIME*

A radio-controlledtime device is often confused with an atomic clock. However, aradio-controlledtime device receives its time information from the atomic clock each day through an internal antenna. The radiocontrolled time device searches for an exact time signal every night when the signal from the WWVB is the strongest. The signal can be received up to 2,000 miles away through aradio-controlledtime device.

LCD

“LCD” is an acronym for ”Liquid Crystal Display”. This is a common type of display screen used in televisions, computers, watches, and digital clocks.

BAROMETER & BAROMETRIC PRESSURE

A barometer is a device that measures the pressure of the air pushing on it—thismeasurement is called the barometric pressure. We don’t actually feel the barometric pressure because the air pressure is pushing equally in every direction.

RELATIVE AIR PRESSURE

Relative air pressure is the same as the barometric pressure. The calculation of relative air pressure is a combination of the absolute air pressure and the altitude.

ABSOLUTE AIR PRESSURE

Absolute air pressure is the actual air pressure on the barometer without regard to altitude.

INCHES OF MERCURY (inHg)

Inches of Mercury is the common unit of measurement for air pressure in the United States.

HECTOPASCALS (hPa)

Hectopascals are the common units of measurement for air pressure in the International System (SI) of measurement. The hectopascal holds the same value

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*For more information regarding the NIST, WWVB, atomic clock, and radio-controlledtime, please visit the NIST official website:http://www.boulder.nist.gov/timefreq/stations/wwvb.htm

1General

Important Note:

Before inserting batteries, please carefully read the operation manual.

The Touch Screen Weather Station WS-3512includes a Base Station (Receiver), a Transmitter unit, one Wind Sensor, Connecting Cables, an AC/DC Adapter, and a PC Software Package onCD-ROM.

The Base Station is equipped with a Touch Screen LCD Monitor and allows the display of a large variety of time and weather data.

From top to bottom:

Radio-ControlledTime (Time)

Calendar (Date)

Weather Forecast (Tendency)

Air Pressure and Air Pressure History (Pressure, Pressure History)

Wind measurement

Also, the information text display (located at the bottom of the LCD), will show a variety of additional data.

Note:

On the information text display, the min/max of today’s air pressure, max wind speed, wind gust will be shown time by time. If the set-upmenu is selected, the information in the text display will be temporarily replaced by the menu operating features.

An added feature of the Weather Station is the readout of all measured and displayed time and weather data on a PC as well

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as the ability to upload the data to Internet Web Sites.

2Important Operating Notes

All actions and functions of the Weather Station are started on the Touch Screen by slightly touching (not pressing!) the switching areas appearing with star (٭) symbols (only in the text section at the bottom of the LCD) or the displayed values.

The setting of functions, values, and units is performed by use of the switching areas ٭ON٭ or ٭OFF٭, ٭UP٭ or ٭DOWN٭ or by direct unit selection.

Advancing to any next menu step with ٭NEXT٭, leaving or terminating all modes with ٭EXIT٭.

Every time a programming step is activated by touching a switching area on the Touch Screen a tone will sound (with buzzer switched ON).

If no areas are pressed for 30 seconds, the LCD will automatically revert to the normal display mode (automatic time out).

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Symbol showing Stormwarning alarm is On

Alarm-Onsymbol for time alarm

Time section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pressure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History section

Tendency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

section

 

 

 

 

 

Pressure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alarm-Onsymbol

Wind direction / Wind

 

 

 

for pressure

speed / Wind gust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buzzer selection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alarm-Onsymbol for wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

speed/ gust/ wind direction

key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backlight section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alarm history

 

 

 

 

key

selection key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Set up Display)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The presence of the"Alarm-Onicon" in the section means that the particular alarm has been enabled.

3Getting Started

First you must decide whether to use batteries or the AC/DC adapter to operate the system. Both methods allow the connection of Transmitter unit and Base Station by cable or by 433 MHz radio signal.

Note: When setting up the Weather Station it is important to tentatively perform in close proximity (e.g. on a table) a complete wiring andset-upof the system. This allows you to make sure all

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components work properly before positioning them in their final locations.

3.1Wiring the System

AC/ DC adapter

Transmitter unit PC COM Port cable

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OUTDOOR

Wireless

Transmission

Direct cable connection

Independent of the final operating mode at first, the fixed cable of the Wind Sensor has to be connected to the Transmitter unit by plugging it into the marked receptacle.

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The direct cable connection of Transmitter unit and Base Station can be used if:

the flexibility of 433 MHz radio transmission is not needed and

data transmission absolutely free of any environmental interferences is wanted.

3.2Power Supply

The Weather Station can be powered by the use of batteries, by the AC/DC adapter or, by direct cable connection.

3.2.1Batteries:

First insert (2) "C" batteries into the battery compartment of the Transmitter unit.

Immediately following this insert (3) AA 1.5V batteries into the battery compartment of the Touch Screen Weather Station.

Please help in the preservation of the environment and return used batteries to an authorized depot.

3.2.2The AC/DC Adapter:

First insert (2) "C" batteries into the battery compartment of the Transmitter unit.

Immediately following this, connect the AC/DC adapter to the Base Station and then plug it into a regular outlet.

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OUTDOOR

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Note: In both cases it is important to power the units in this order because the transmitter will send an identification code which has to be received and stored by the Base Station within the first few minutes of operation.

After doing this, full operation of the entire Weather Station System is ensured.

3.2.3Cable Connection:

An additional feature of the direct cable connection (mentioned in Item 3.1 above) is when using the AC/DC adapter, power is provided to both the Base Station and the Transmitter unit by only the AC/DC adapter.

Note: System operation with cable connection while at the same time providing power to the Base Station solely by batteries is not recommended due to the considerably higher power consumption. The batteries may however remain in the unit for emergency supply in case of a power failure.

A change from cable operation to 433 MHz radio transmission or vice versa is possible because the Weather Station will recognize this change and will automatically switch to the appropriate operating mode.

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