I have wanted a sign for my weather station for some time. Signs for CoCoRaHS has just become available so I ordered one. They made the sign with room at the bottom to put your station number. This article is a description of how I made the ID number and attached it to sign.
My home built laser cutter cuts vinyl nicely so I used it to cut the vinyl for the station ID number. Inkscape was used to draw up the lettering. Some test prints were made to get the letters the right size to fit on the sign and then a Inkscape extension was used to generate a gcode file for my laser.
Above is the laser cutting the letters. I used a Cricut mat to hold the vinyl. The speed of the cutting is adjusted so that it will not cut the back of the vinyl or harm the cutting mat.
Above is the cut out letters after they have been weeded. Also show is a piece of Peel and Stick which I use for transfer paper.
Above is the letters attached to the transfer paper and the backing removed.
Above I have applied the letters to the sign and have partially removed the transfer paper.
Above is the completed sign attached to my weather instrument tower.
Above a view of the entire tower. It was snowing when I put up the sign.
I cleaned the sign with alcohol before applying the ID. The alcohol started to dissolve the blue. It would be better to use glass cleaner.
I was not careful and got the letters on a little crooked. Take your time and do it right.
I did not have any white vinyl to match the sign so I used yellow.
I am sure the sign would be destroyed by the wind around here if it were only attached using the two screw holes provided. Luckily where I mounted the sign I could use four screws near the corners.
I used Oracal 651 vinyl. They say it is good for 6 years. Time will tell.