2008 Build

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Introduction

This page describes the 2008 field season build out. 2008 Build Actions covers Items/Tasks. Idea is to add details and notes here on what needs to happen and then migrate those into the Actions page as small steps towards those ends.


Overview

We would like a working system in place staring end-of-April 2008.


Terminology

  • VuS = Brick = Gen 3.2 Microserver
  • Vus-3.1 = Gen 3.1 Microserver
  • FM = Field Mote
  • NSRL = Natural Sciences Research Lab or a WiFi+Internet proxy located e.g. at Matt's property.
  • SS6-CC = SunSaver-6 Charge Controller (provides up to 17V when feeder solar panel is illuminated)


Guiding principles

  • When possible: Use a data logger to capture data with independent means (power etc) in case of VuS failure.
  • Use tripod/mast assemblies to mount solar panels
  • Build towards over-wintering in 2008-2009
  • Enclosure strategy: Good weather-proof is primary, tupperware case as "external enclosure", include dessicant


Priority 1

PXD Lemon Gl Lake to Cair Met to Cairn Lookout to NSRL

  • This implies Qty 3 VuS and a lot of logistics and pre-deploy range testing.
  • The most technical difficulty (beyond logistics) is possibly needing to use a directional parabolic antenna from Cairn Lookout to NSRL.
  • There are three equipment manifests for the three Lemon Glacier sites: { Lake, Cairn Met, Cairn Lookout }
    • Cairn Lookout
      • Installed first to establish Cairn-NSRL radio link
      • Mast & tie down hardware
      • VuS in tupperware box
      • Parabolic and/or omni
      • Batts + Solar (also could be a camera alternative site)
      • May need an independent passive reflector for worst case scenario WiFi bankshot
    • Cairn Met
      • Installed second to establish short-hop radio link
      • Met station re-install + Campbell inside Campbell enclosure
      • VuS in tupperware at base of tripod, secured
      • Omni WiFi antenna
      • Batts for Campbell (+ indep solar panel if possible); note SS6 goes inside Campbell enclosure (not waterproof)
      • For VuS: Batts (independent) plus solar
      • Wind turbine
      • Camera
        • Note requires more power
        • Can be driven off of the VuS supply, potentially
        • Internal to VuS: Requires Ethernet switch and 2 short ethernet cables
    • Lake
      • Installed third (late April)
      • Single PXD plus bolts and etc into the rock wall
      • Campbell in a non-tupperware enclosure inside a tupperware
      • For Campbell: batteries, possible SS6 charge controller + solar panel
      • VuS inside same tupperware
      • For VuS: 1 or 2 batteries
      • For VuS: 110 watt panel
      • For WiFi and solar: Tripod with mast
      • WiFi omni-antenna (parabolic optional) and mounting hardware
      • Securing hardware: Cable + guy wires + turnbuckles and so on
      • Power cables
      • Signal cable Campbell to VuS (serial)
      • Dessicant


Priority 2

Lower Lemon to Heinzelman Ridge to Cairn Lookout to NSRL

  • Heinzelman ridge site must see both Cairn Lookout and Lower Lemon VuS
  • Main Lower Lemon data task is Campbell serial
  • Secondary would be YSI and stream gauge but these are not co-located


Priority 3

  • 3.1 NetRS datastream: Another VuS on Lemon Glacier
  • 3.2 Motes
  • 3.3 Mendenhall
  • 3.4 Geophones
  • 3.5 YSI Serial and stream gauge would be nice to have but line of sight makes motes necessary


Priority 4

  • 4.1 Iridium
  • 4.2 Geophone
  • 4.3 From Photosynth we need a better DEM