Weather Station Project
project included the help from fellow chaser and friend Eric
Nguyen. Thanks for the help Eric!
The instruments used with this weather station include:
for data acquisition. This includes: Pressure, Dew point,
radio antenna, CB antenna, Scanner antenna, Cell Phone
Strobe light beacon
"alley" lights for viewing hail and other night uses
Threat Net and GPS Mapping System
On the inside of the
vehicle there is:
data logging and acquisition, GPS mapping, Live Video Feeds
Internet for data gathering, communications, etc.
Console for light system, weather equipment and other
which is bolted to the vehicle
Threat Net receiver system
to view my previous chase vehicle from the 2001-2003 Chase
2. Lift Kit
kit I purchased for this modification was from DAP
Enterprises. This lift only lifted my Rover and additional 2
inches but it allows a ton more room underneath the vehicle.
The clearance is so much higher now, and with larger tires the
clearance will be even better!
and Rear Brush Guard Installation
project included the help from friend Jay Urish...
guards that I bought for this modification were from DAP
Enterprises. These cover both the front and the rear lamps.
They will protect them while both off-roading and storm
chasing. They are definitely a great looking addition to the
Freelander! The installation of the rear brush guards was
simple and I installed them myself. The front brush guards
were a little more difficult. In order to install the front
brush guards we had to remove the front bumper. After the
removal of the bumper we had some trouble getting the new
bolts in place so we drilled a hole into the aluminum front of
the bumper to allow easier access. Once the metal slates were
bolted to the frame we placed the bumper back onto the car and
bolted the brush guards to the slates. Then we bolted below
the vehicle to the supports we installed. The directions for
installation were less than helpful and were very incorrect in
some spots. Below are some pictures of the newly installed
equipment installed for the radio
communications was a Icom dual band 2720H. A 144Mhz / 440Mhz
dual band MAXRAD NMO antenna was also used. This antenna will
operate 2 frequency bands at the same time which will allow me
to control amateur radio communications on 2 meter and 70
centimeter as well as police and fire frequencies, TV
reception, aircraft communications and NOAA Weather Radio
reception all at the same time. To install this we drilled two
holes into the roof of the Rover and placed 2 NMO mounts. One
of the mounts which used to be a CB antenna is now used for a
junction box to run the wires in from the weather station
which can be seen in the third picture bottom middle, and the
other hole is used for the dual band radio antenna. We then
dropped the roof and ran cables down the inside of the
sidewalls so the radio and power cables would not be able to
be seen. The coax was then run to the radio equipment and now
I have perfect reception! The Icom remote display is on the
dash, which is seen in the top middle of the fifth picture
above the clock, and the transceiver itself is bolted
underneath the driver seat. All the wiring for the weather
station is tucked into a 3rd junction box underneath the
passenger seat which can be seen in the fourth picture.
500 Fog Lamp Installation
project included the help from friend Jay Urish.
Installed today was the Hella 500 pencil beam fog lamp system.
We wired the switch to a factory spot in the dash. The lights
were then mounted on the DAP wrap around brush bar.