ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit
Model 3324-02 Series

 

ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit - Model 3324-02

 

 

FEATURES:

 

  • Forward Error Correction
  • Data Transmitted as Engineering Units
  • TDMA Reporting Eliminates Collisions
  • Works Side-by-Side with Standard ALERT

 


 

DESCRIPTION:

      ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitters Completed upgrade
ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data transmitter completed upgrade

 

The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit - Model 3324-02 is a cost effective way to upgrade a rain only monitoring site from Legacy ALERT to ALERT2. The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit can be used to upgrade High Sierra Electronics (HSE) transmitter Models 3206 and 3201 and the Model 5096 transmitter which has been manufactured over the years by Sierra Misco, NovaLynx, and HydroLynx. The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit hardware mounts quickly and easily in your existing transmitter’s chassis using the included wiring harnesses to connect to your transmitter’s battery and radio (Maxon or Midland).

The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit transmitter is compatible with tipping buckets using either standard momentary (2-wire) or 3-wire format reed switches. The existing 26 pin ribbon cable from the top plate connector board of your chassis is pin compatible with the 26 pin connector on the ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit’s circuit board.

The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter is supplied on a mounting bracket that simply replaces the radio/power amp mounting bracket in the Model 3206 or 3201 transmitters. In the 5096 transmitter the ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit’s bracket can be mounted by drilling 8 holes in the aluminum center plate or with the optional 3324-96 mounting plate that will simply replace the 5096 transmitter’s circuit board. Whether you are replacing your HSE transmitter or another manufacturers you will need to drill a 1/4 inch (0.635 cm) hole in the transmitter’s top plate to accommodate the bulkhead gps antenna connector which is supplied in the ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit (gps antenna, cable, and mounting hardware sold separately).

ALERT2 is the next generation data format for Hydological and Meteorological Data Collection Systems. A Rain Gauge using the ALERT2 protocol reports each tip of the bucket with a time stamp for when the tip occurred. Utilizing faster baud rates for transmission, more data can be sent in shorter messages. This increase in data capacity allows for the transmission of field data in calibrated, floating point engineering units, and also provides a tremendous increase in the number of available Station IDs. Another significant advancement offered by ALERT2, is the ability to assign TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) time slots for each transmitter and repeater. This capability eliminates data collisions and ensures exceptional system data throughput even during extreme weather events. This report scheduling capability is possible due to the precise timekeeping enabled by the on board GPS Receiver. The increased message capacity of ALERT2 also allows for the inclusion of Forward Error Correction to help minimize transmission errors that can occur over noisy channels.

The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit - Model 3324-02 is part of the 33XX family of transmitters and like all transmitters in the family you can easily program them using the downloadable Insight software which is supplied at no additional charge for your use.

 

ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter - Insight software opening page
ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter - Insight programming software opening page

 

ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter - Insight software I/O tab
ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter - Insight programming software I/O tab

 

ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter data is logged on a Secured Data (SD) memory card and can be retrieved via the USB or serial port. The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter's SD memory card can also be removed for later downloading and replaced with a spare card. The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter is supplied with a 16 Gigabyte SD card.

The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter internal firmware is upgradable in the field. When new firmware versions are released for the ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter, they will be posted on our website for download. The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter firmware versions are downloadable via the USB cable. The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter firmware download process will take just a few seconds.

Additional ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter features include fuse protection on solar input, battery and 12V switched to avoid damage to the unit through shorting (these fuses automatically reset when they cool off). Reversing the ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter's battery terminals will cause no damage. The ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter offers a dedicated USB port for programming, data retrieval, and uploading of new firmware versions.


 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Sensor Inputs ...........................   1 precipitation (external), battery voltage (internal), and GPS status (internal)
Sampling Interval ...........................   0 seconds to 18 hrs, programmable
Reporting Modes ...........................   Timed-defined and/or event
Reporting Interval ...........................   0 seconds to 596523 hrs, programmable
Event Change to Report ...........................   0 to 65535 counts
Reporting Override Value ...........................   0 to 65535 counts
Data Logging Modes ...........................   Timed-defined and/or on transmission
Data Logging Interval ...........................   0 seconds to 596523 hrs, programmable
Data Format ...........................   ALERT2
Recorded Data ...........................   0 to 65535 for rain & Floating Point for Battery, GPS status
Record size ...........................   9 bytes/record (integer sensor type) or 11 bytes/record (float sensor type), 1 file per month containing all sensors
Memory ...........................   16GB SD Card
Real Time Clock ...........................   Clock/Calendar with on-board Battery Back Up with Leap Year Correction, Syncs with GPS
Transmission Baud Rate ...........................   4800
TDMA
     Slot Size ...........................   Selectable: 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2.5, 3, & 5 Seconds
     Frame Size ...........................   Selectable: 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120 Seconds
On-Board GPS Receiver
     Sensitivity ...........................   < -163 dBm
     Channels ...........................   48
     GPS Connector ...........................   Reverse SMA Female
Radio Frequency Range ...........................   VHF 136 to 174 Mhz @ 5W, UHF and other bands available
Operating Voltage ...........................   12 to 18 VDC
Current Draw ...........................  
Lightning Protection ...........................   Standard on all inputs
Input Connector ...........................   MS
Antenna Connector ...........................   BNC
Solar Panel Connector ...........................   Standard 3-PIN MS
Operating Temperature Range ...........................   -40° to 140° F (-40° to 60° C)
Storage Temperature Range ...........................   -58° to 158° F (-50° to 70° C)
Dimensions ...........................   3.5x6.25x3.25 inch (8.9x15.9x8.3 cm) WxLxH
Weight ...........................   12 oz (340 g)
Shipping Weight ...........................   2.75 lbs (1.25 kg)
Warranty ...........................   3 Years from date of shipment

 

ORDERING GUIDE:
HSE Warranty
General Terms and Conditions

Model 3324-01 ......... ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit, for Model 3201 transmitters
Model 3324-02 ......... ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit, for Model 3206 transmitters
Model 3324-96 ......... ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit, with 5096 Adapter Hardware

OPTIONAL:

Model 7135-01 ......... GPS Cable set; Includes 5 ft (1.5 m) Male TNC to Male N-Type, 15 ft (4.6 m) Male N-Type to Male SMA, RG58, 7131-00 GPS antenna, 7133-00 mounting bracket with 7201-00 lightning protection
Model 7135-02 ......... GPS Cable set; Includes 20 ft. (6.1 m), Male TNC to Male SMA, RG58, 7131-00 GPS antenna, 7133-00 mounting bracket without lightning protection
Model 7135-11 ......... GPS Cable set; Includes 5 ft (1.5 m) Male TNC to Male N-Type, 3 ft (0.9 m) Male N-Type to Male SMA, RG58, 7131-00 GPS antenna, 7133-00 mounting bracket with 7201-00 lightning protection
Model 7135-12 ......... GPS Cable set; Includes 5 ft. (1.5 m), Male TNC to Male SMA, RG58, 7131-00 GPS antenna, 7133-00 mounting bracket without lightning protection
Model 7131-00 ......... GPS Antenna, 28 dB Gain; white
Model 7133-00 ......... GPS/Cellular Antenna Mounting bracket. Fits 1 to 1.5 inch (2.54 to 3.8 cm) diameter masts
Model 7201-00 ......... GPS Antenna Lightning Protection

 

RELATED PRODUCTS:

Model 3306-02 ......... ALERT/IFLOWS Data Transmitter with ALERT2 Format
Model 3316-02 ......... ALERT2 Data Transmitter in NEMA Enclosure
Model 3302 ......... ALERT2 Repeater/Concentrator
1002 Series ......... ALERT2 Demodulator
Model 5500-00 ......... Digital Data Pumper


 

SUPPORT:

ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit - Model 3324-02: Datasheet
ALERT2 Rain Gauge Data Transmitter Upgrade Kit - Model 3324-02: Manual