Are You Beeping Sign Assembly Guide

Are You Beeping Sign Assembly Guide

Each sign may be customized to to individual requirements or there may be revisions to the individual components. 
Please email if you have any additional questions or these instructions differ from your sign setup.

Note that we do not provide the actual sign posts or structure to mount the sign to.
We rivet to the signs a pair of horizontal U-channel struts measuring 1 5/8 in. Wide x 13/16 in.
Brackets, spring clips, or pole mounts are available at your local hardware store.

The Are You Beeping sign composes of 4 main components:

1) The sign and supporting structure
2) The battery, charge controller, and data logger in an enclosure
3) The Beacon Checker
4) The solar panel, brackets, and wires

Please make sure you have all of the parts before you begin assembly.

Our recommendation for assembly is to install the Beacon Checker first, then mount the sign at the final location, install the solar panel, and finally mount the battery enclosure and attach all the wires.

Install the Beacon Checker

Unpack the sign and Beacon Checker first.
Find the long stainless steel bolts. There should be 4 with two washers and one nut each.
Make sure the mounting wings are on the back of the beacon checker. There should 4, one on each corner. If they are not installed please find them and install them on the Beacon Checker first with the included screws.
Place one washer on the long bolts and insert in the holes in from the front of the sign. Repeat with all 4 bolts.
View from front of sign with bolts installed
View from the back with the 4 bolts installed

Align the Beacon Checker from behind the sign and push the 4 bolts through the Beacon Checker wings. 

View from the front with Beacon Checker
Place one washer and then one nut to secure the Beacon Checker to the sign. Repeat for all 4.
View from the back with the Beacon Checker installed with the 4 bolts, washers, and nuts

Be careful not to over tighten the nuts or the Beacon Checker will crack. 

Install the sign at your preferred location

Unless you requested a custom size, our sign measures 36" x 36" edge to edge. 
Our signs have been installed with a number of different mounting options including temporary posts in the snow, movable sign sleds, wooden posts, street signs, poles, sides of buildings, and even chained to trees. For this reason we simply provide a robust mounting rail on the back of each sign.

Make sure you consider the location of the solar panel mounting in relation to the sign mounting. It has its own mounting options however you need to be considerate of the length of the wires between the two. We ship with 10 ft wires from the solar panel to the battery enclosure.

Riveted to the sign are standard horizontal U-channel or electrical struts measuring 1 5/8 in. Wide x 13/16 in. deep and 36 in. long. 

Strut mounted to back of sign

To attach the struts to your mounting option, use a set of spring clips (included but also available at your local hardware store. 
You may need to cut the spring in order it to fit in the strut.
Most spring clips are for the deeper struts but we use the shallower 13/16" deep versions. Just use a pair of wire cutters to trim the spring in half. 

Strut Sprint clips

Brackets, spring clips, or pole mounts are available at your local hardware store.
Pole or Conduit mount
Angle Iron for mounting to larger posts

Mount the solar panel

Make sure you consider the location of the solar panel mounting in relation to the sign mounting. We ship with 10 ft wires from the solar panel to the battery enclosure.

Each solar-enabled sign will include a solar panel, mounting bracket, and wires to attach to the battery enclosure. 
Since solar panels and mounting brackets rapidly change, please follow the instructions with each solar panel mount included in the packaging. In the end your panel should be mounted securely to a structure that can withstand heavy snow and wind loads specific to your location. 

In North America the best is to mount the solar panel at a 45-55 degree angle facing South with a clear view of the sky. Trees and vegetation will reduce the solar charging capacity so please ensure the panel has an unobstructed view of the Southern sky.
That angle will also ensure snow can slide off between storm cycles.

Solar panel mounted
Once your solar panel is securely mounted to the bracket and the bracket to your mounting location/structure you can run the wires to the battery enclosure. 
There are two solar wires. One positive (red) and one Negative (black). They use a standard solar connector called MC4. They are polarized which means you cannot install them in the wrong way. 

Solar wires with MC4 connectors
Find the connectors at the back of the solar panel and connect one end of each solar wire to the panel connectors. Make sure you connect red to red and black to black. 

Solar panel MC4 connectors
Make sure you securely tie the wires as they route from the solar panel to the battery enclosure. Use zip-ties or any other method that will keep the wires out of the way and protected from damage.

Mount and Install the battery enclosure

The large enclosure will include the rest of the components of the system depending on how you ordered. If your system is solar enabled, then the enclosure will include a battery and a solar charge controller. If you ordered the data logger then it will be included in the enclosure as well. 

Mount the battery enclosure in a secure location as it contains the battery and can be quite heavy. You can mount the enclosure with the included brackets already mounted to the enclosure back. Many just mount the enclosure to the horizontal struts using a set of spring clips and a few bolts. Another option is to mount it directly to your own custom sign structure. Also remember that you have about 10 ft of solar wire to connect the solar panel to the battery enclosure. 

Make sure the enclosure is oriented so that the connectors are pointing down. This will will prevent moisture from entering the enclosure and damaging the electronics. 

Power on and test the system

Now it is time to connect all of the wires and power on the system. 
With solar panel options it is critical to power on and off in the correct order to prevent damage to the system. Do not unplug the solar panel while the system is under load or the battery is connected. The battery is always connected last on power-up and first on power-down.

Connect the Beacon Checker

First plug in the Beacon Checker to the enclosure. It is a round blue/black connector. You may need to unscrew the protective cap at the battery enclosure end. Press in the connector but do not force. You may need to rotate the connector to align the right pins and notch. twist the outer blue ring to secure and seal the connection. This is very important to prevent moisture intrusion and corrosion. 

Beacon Checker Connector

Connect the solar panel

Then connect the solar wires to the enclosure. Make sure you feel a "click" to ensure they are fully seated and sealed. You can squeeze the tabs on the side of the connector or use the included tool if you need to remove the connectors. 

Connect the battery

Place the battery in the enclosure and connect the wires. Some of our older systems will use bolts and others will use a "spade" connector on the battery. Connect the positive (red) first and then the negative (black). 
Make sure you attach to the right polarity or you will damage the system!
Black to Negative (-) or Minus and Red to Positive (+) or Plus.

Inside the Battery Enclosure with Data logger

Turn on the Data Logger (if installed)

Make sure you turn on the data logger once you are ready to start logging. It is recommended you leave it off during testing to avoid filling the log files with un-needed entries. 
Make sure the Micro-SD card is inserted in the data logger and then turn on the logger by moving the slamm black switch from OFF to ON.

Before removing the memory card you must turn off the data logger!
Data logger ON/OFF and Memory Card locations

Test the System

Now the system should be powered up and you should hear/see the Beacon Checker wake up. 
Have a transmitting avalanche beacon transceiver nearby and check that the Beacon Checker LEDs are green. 
Then switch your avalanche beacon to search and you should see the Beacon Checker LEDs turn red as long is there are no other avalanche beacons nearby. 

Follow the instructions in the Beacon Checker Manual to adjust the sleep, range, brightness, and other settings on the Beacon Checker. We ship the Beacon Checkers to you with the optimal sleep settings to ensure the best battery and solar performance.
The DIP switches should be set on the Beacon Checker to:

There should also be an indicator on the charge controller that the battery is charging and there is incoming solar energy. Again make sure the solar panel has a clear view of the Southern sky (for North America).

If you have the data logger option, when the Beacon Checker goes from Red to Green when it detects a transmitting avalanche beacon, you will hear a click inside the enclosure. That is the data logger relay logging an entry in the memory. 

Powering Down the System and Storing for the Off Season

Please power down the system in the following order:
  1. Unplug the battery inside the enclosure
  2. Disconnect the Beacon Checker from the enclosure
  3. Disconnect the solar panel wires at the enclosure
  4. Turn off the Data Logger (if installed)
Storing for the season:
It is recommended that the battery, beacon checker, and battery enclosure be stored in a dry location during the off season.
Any moisture accumulated inside the battery enclosure or Beacon Checker will corrode and damage the electrical components. 
If you see condensation inside the Beacon Checker you must dry it out. Remove the Beacon Checker from the sign and allow to dry with the front clear cover open. 
It is also recommended that the battery be stored full and then recharged before deployment again. We use 12 Volt DC Sealed AGM batteries in all of our systems. They can be charges with just about any 12VDC car trickle charger. Replacements can also be acquired from Amazon or your local battery store. 

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