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    Turning Electricity On/Off with a Program

    BaseStation 3200 & Valve biCoder

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    With the correct materials, you can set up your Baseline irrigation controller to have a connected 110V electrical circuit turn on/off based on the settings in a program. 

    You could set up this system to control landscape lighting at your site, to operate a pump in a water feature, or to turn the electricity on/off at a remote location.

    Baseline has tested this system and found it to be reliable with the materials listed below. We cannot guarantee success if you use different materials.


    Required Materials

    • BaseStation 3200 irrigation controller

    • Two-wire path

    • Dayton 5X826N relay

    • Dayton 5X852N socket

    • Baseline 5201 biCoder


    Overview of the Steps

    Step 1 – Connect the Dayton relay to the socket and install the relay in the area where the electrical circuit is located.

    Step 2 – Connect the biCoder to the two-wire path.

    Step 3 – Make the electrical connections between the biCoder, the relay, and the electrical circuit.

    Step 4 – Program the controller.



    Step 1
    Installing the Dayton Relay

    1.  Align the pins on the Dayton relay with the ports on the socket and push the two pieces together securely.

    Note

    The socket has two banks of screw terminals. The terminals on the side with the red/orange tab are used for power out. The terminals on the other side are for power in and the biCoder wires.


    2. Install the relay in a waterproof location where there is access to the electrical circuit that you want to turn on/off.



    Step 2
    Installing the biCoder

    1.  Position the biCoder in a location where the red and black wires can be connected to the two-wire and the orange and white wires can be connected to the relay.

    Note

    You can add two-wire between the biCoder and the two-wire path and up to 250 ft of wire between the biCoder and the relay.


    2.  Connect the red and black wires to the two-wire. Make all connections with wire nuts, and then replace them with 3M™ DBR/Y-6 or equivalent connectors after the device has been tested.

    3. Write down the serial number of the biCoder. You will need it when you program the controller.



    Step 3
    Connecting the biCoder, the Relay, and the Electrical Circuit

    Refer to the schematic below while following the instructions to wire the biCoder, the relay, and the electrical circuit.

    1.  Connect the orange and white wires from the biCoder to the outer terminals in the bank on the opposite side of the socket from the red/orange tab.

    Note

    You can add up to 250 ft of wire between the biCoder and the relay.


    2.  Connect the black and white wires from the incoming electrical circuit to the inner terminals in the bank on the opposite side of the socket from the red/orange tab.

    3.  Connect the black and white wires for the outgoing electrical circuit to the outer terminals in the bank on the same side of the socket as the red/orange tab.

    4. Connect the lighting circuit or other wiring circuit that you want to control to the outgoing wires from the relay.



    Step 4
    Programming the Controller

    Search For and Assign the biCoder

    1.  On the BaseStation 3200 controller, turn the dial to the Assign position.

    2.  Press the + or button to select Search in the Assign screen.

    3.  Press the Enter button to search for biCoders. The search may take several minutes to complete. You will see a status screen like the one shown here while the search is in progress. The display shows the number of devices found and the number of ports or addresses available.

    4.  When the biCoders list displays, press the + or button to select the serial number of the biCoder that is connected to the relay.

    Note

    If you are a BaseManager user, you can add a description to the biCoder, which will make it easy to identify.

    5.  Press the Next or Previous button to move to the Zone Assignments column and select an available zone number.

    6.  Press the Enter button to assign the selected biCoder to that zone number. Remember this number.


    Configure the biCoder Settings

    1.  On the BaseStation 3200 controller, turn the dial to the Zones position. The Zones screen displays for the first zone.

    2.  In the Zone field press the + or button to change the number to the zone that you assigned the relay biCoder to.

    3.  Press the Next button to move to the Zone Mode field. Press the + or button to change the value in the field to Timed.

    4.  Press the Next button to move to the Water Time field. Set the amount of time that you want to relay to be turned on.

    • If you want to increase the value in the hours place, press the + button.

    • If you want to change the value in the minutes place, press the Next button, and then press the + or button.

    5.  Leave the Cycle Time, Soak Time, and Flow fields set to zero.

    6.  Press the Next button to move to the Enabled field. Press the + or button to set the value in the field to YES.

    IMPORTANT

    This zone must have a run time in only one program – the program that is dedicated to operating the electrical circuit. It’s best to make this Program 1, so it will run as needed and not be restricted by zone concurrency settings.


    7.  The number in the Program field in the upper-left corner of the screen indicates what program these zone settings are for. A zone can be removed from a program, assigned to a different program, or assigned to more than one program. To make a change to how the zone is assigned to a program, perform one of the following actions:

    Note

    To move to the Program field, press the Next or Previous button.

    • To remove the zone from the current program, press the Previous button to return to the Water Time field, and then press the button to remove the watering time in the field.

    • To assign the zone to a different program, perform the previous task to remove the zone from the current program. Move to the Program field, and press the + or button to change the number to the new program that you want the zone to be assigned to.


    Set Up the Start Times for the Program

    1.  On the BaseStation 3200 controller, turn the dial to the Programs position.

    2.  The Program Start Times Setup option should be highlighted. If it is not highlighted, press the Next button to highlight it.

    3.  Press the Enter button. The Start Times screen displays.

    4.  Verify that the number displayed in the Program field matches the program that you want to set start times for. If you want to select a different program, press the + or button to change the program number.

    Note

    If you are a BaseManager user, you can add a description to the program, which will make it easy to identify.


    5.  Press the Next button to move to the start times grid.

    6.  Press the + or button to set the time in the first cell.

    7.  Press the Next button to move to the next cell in the start times grid, and then press the + or button to set additional start times as needed.


    Set Up the Start Days for a Program

    1.  On the BaseStation 3200 controller, turn the dial to the Programs position.

    2.  Press the Next button to highlight the Program Start Days Setup option, and then press the Enter button. The Start Days screen displays.

    3.  Verify that the number displayed in the Program field matches the program that you want to set start days for. If you want to select a different program, press the + or button to change the program number.

    4.  Press the Next button to move to the Schedule Type field and select one of the intervals.

    Note

    Refer to the BaseStation 3200 User Manual for a description of the intervals.


    Set the Concurrent Zones for the Program and the Controller

    1.  On the BaseStation 3200 controller, turn the dial to the Programs position.

    2.  Press the Next button to select the Concurrent Zones Setup option. The Concurrent Zones screen displays.

    3.  In the Program column, press the + or button to select the program that you want to set up concurrent zones for.

    4.  Press the Next button to move to the Concurrent Zones column, and then press the + or button to change the value in the field.

    5.  Press the Next button to move to the Total Allowed field, and then press the + or button to change the value in the field. This field indicates the number of concurrent zones for all programs added together.