Did you buy the X1W-2 Outdoor Kit?
If you purchased the X1W-2 outdoor sensor/interface kit, you will need to decide at this point if the EMP/rain gauge interface will be installed in the inside (X1W-1) or outside (X1W-2) board. The next section of the manual covers the various configurations and options. You will need to choose the one that suits your purpose.
EMP/Rain Gauge Interface Parts
Parts for this portion of the kit are packaged separately. When you do the parts inventory (next step), be sure to keep them separated from the rest, regardless of the type of install that you will be doing.
Radiation Monitor Option
If you are running N4XI’s weather server and will be using either the Aware Electronics RM60 or RM70 background radiation sensor, you will need to do some planning if you intend to use some of the other kit options. See the block diagrams of the various configuration options for ideas. As with the EMP/Rain Gauge option, the additional parts required are packaged separately.
Do you intend to use an iButton?
If so, you will need to purchase the iButton and the clip to mount the button. These are available from a number of distributors or directly from Maxim. The part number for the iButton clip is DS9094F. The cost in single lot quantitites as of this writing is $2.27 each.
You Will Need an Enclosure
If you have not already done so, locate an enclosure to use with the board. Once you have one, use the PC board as a template for marking the mounting holes. In particular, pay attention to clearances for all the jacks, connectors, and the chimney port of the pressure transducer. View this example for a typical mounting.
Board Orientation During Construction
For all phases of construction, the board is positioned as shown in the component layout with the TAPR logo oriented towards the top edge of the board. Note that the image as it appears in the browser is oriented with the board rotated on end. This was done to facilitate printing. You will find it easier and far more convenient if you print the layout and use it while assembling the kit. All parts are installed on the top side of the board.
Check your soldering iron to be sure the tip is in good condition. The tip should be the small screwdriver tip type and must be clean. If you can't remember when you last replaced the tip, now would be a good time to do so. Surface mount devices are easy to solder if the tip is in good condition. If it isn't, be assured it won't be.