I’m planning on a permanent installation of my base station. I have a couple considerations, but there could be others that I’m overlooking. I’d be interested in others’ experiences of comments!
My current thinking is to install the Reach base module in a pole-mounted weatherproof plastic box. The antenna and sufficient ground plane would be mounted at the top of the pole, perhaps 2m above the ground. There would be a small solar panel (10W) mounted on the pole, well under the antenna. Also inside the plastic box would be a 8Ah 12V battery and a solar charge controller.
Here are my concerns:
Has anyone run the Reach module continuously, 24x7, say, for a year? The rover would be active very infrequently, but, if I install the base module, I would just leave it run.
Since the box is waterproof, the only weather condition would be the temperature. Here in the Atlanta area, a maximum ambient temperature could occasionally reach 45C. The plastic box is a light gray, so it should not heat appreciably as a result of the sun.
I’ve noted that the Reach module is rated for 40C, limited by the rating of the Edison. I don’t expect much heat from the battery or the battery charge controller.
Perhaps I should remove the plastic sheath that protects the Reach module?
Is there anything else I should think about? For example, there are two GPIO pins available - I’m thinking that I should probably interface a simple temperature and voltage sensor to allow reporting of those conditions through the Edison/WiFi.