How to install the Satellite Water Tank Level System

Modified on Wed, 10 Jan 2024 at 03:56 PM

Installation is simple with our Satellite Water Tank Level System.  In general, you will simply mount the box at the top of your tank with a clear view of the sky.  Next, lower the sensor to the bottom of your tank.  Your system will automatically take a water measurement once every 6 hours.

Deployment Requirements

  • Deploy with a clear sky view, with the antenna pointing towards the sky; elevate where required
  • Avoid metal and concrete mounting surfaces
  • Do not deploy indoors
  • Avoid strong sources of RF and electrical interference such as radio devices and high voltage equipment

Clear Sky View Explained

The diagrams below show a bad deployment scenario.

  • Structures made from metal, brick and concrete materials may block transmission completely.
  • Direct overhead signals have lower gain.
  • Trees may block signals intermittently.
  • Elevate the device to provide a clear sky view.

LoneStar Tracking devices perform best with a clear sky view from horizon to horizon. Satellites may pass overhead at any angle; some passes may be directly overhead, others may be lower toward the horizon. LoneStar Tracking devices contain an orbital model of the LoneStar Tracking Network. They 'know' when and where satellites will pass in line of sight and time their message transmissions to ensure the best chance of success.

Devices may still function when placed in less than ideal deployment scenarios but their performance may be degraded as satellite passes in the direction of the obstruction will be blocked. If a device must be placed near a structure it is best to mount it in an elevated position.

The antenna on LoneStar Tracking devices are tuned for the widest possible range of transmission angles. The gain, or strength, of signals transmitted directly upward from the antenna is weakest. Many successful transmissions are received when satellites pass directly overhead but it is best to provide clear sky view to as much of the horizon as possible.

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