DS-2B Rain/Snow Sensor Controller

The DS-2B is the base model of the DS series. It is primarily designed for small satellite antenna/broadcast tower deicing, pavement snow melting applications, and use as a sensor for larger control systems. The unit may also be used as a stand-alone rain diversion controller for Ku band satellite applications.

The unit is housed in a two gang PVC enclosure. The overall dimensions of the DS-2B are 4¾”(120) x 7″(178) x 2¾”(70). The unit weighs 2 pounds. The user may access all electronics by removing the four front cover screws.

The DS-2B can be powered from either a 100-120 VAC or 200-240 VAC 50/60Hz source. Peak power consumption is 15 watts. Voltage selection is performed by installing provided jumpers onto the printed circuit board. The unit provides a single 240VAC @ 30A normally open load contact set. This contact set is paralleled with a low power contact set to provide remote activation monitoring. Operational temperature range is -40°F to +185°F (-40°C to +85°C).

A new feature has been added to the DS-2B. If the switch is placed in “Manual On” for less than 2 seconds, then switched back to “Automatic” the controller will execute one delay off cycle. The delay off cycle is determined by the DEL switch setting and the DEL adjustment, i.e., 2 minutes in “sensor” mode, 30-90 minutes in “controller” mode. This can be used to clear surfaces with a frost or hail buildup without the danger of leaving the system in a continuous “Manual On” condition. “Standby/Reset” can still be used to clear this delay off cycle.

“Delay Off” refers to the internal drying cycle timer of the DS-2B. The timer is used to allow the DS-2B to dry the heated surface through evaporation once precipitation has stopped. The drying cycle reduces the chance that moisture left behind by the melting process will refreeze into ice. This timer is restarted by each precipitation detection. Therefore, the DS-2B will continue to operate as long as precipitation and trigger temperature is detected, then for the “Delay Off” time once rain or snow stops. It is assumed that, when operating as a sensor, the DS-2B is supplying an activation signal to an external control system. All “sensor” modes provide a minimum 2 minute closure to reducing cycling of the external controller. When in a “controller” mode the Delay Off time can be adjusted from 30-90 minutes. Proper adjustment assures drying without excessive runtime.

DS-223 Specifications


4¾”(120) x 7″(178) x 2¾”(70)


2 Lbs. (0.9 Kg)

Operating Temperature

-40°F to +185°F (-40°C to +85°C)

Enclosure Rating


Supply Power

100-120VAC/200-240VAC Field Selectable 15W maximum

Trigger Temperature

34°F-44°F (1.1°C-6.6°C) Field Selectable

Delay Off (Sensor)

2 Minutes

Delay Off (Controller)

30-90 Minutes Field Selectable

Load Contact Capacity

30A @ 240 VAC/100,000 operations minimum at full load

Monitor Contact Capacity

24 VDC/VAC 400mA 10W total

Ordering Information

The DS-8 Rain/Snow Sensor Controller


  • Automatic Activation means Lower Deicing Costs

  • Reliable Rain and Snow Detection

  • Full 30A @ 240VAC Control

  • Field Strap for 100-120/200-240 VAC Operation

  • Replaceable Precipitation Sensor

  • Easy Installation, Full Access to Electronics

  • 8 Different Functions, 1 Part Number

  • Adjustable Temperature Trigger Point

  • Adjustable Delay Off Cycle

  • Selectable Low Temperature Cutoff

  • Smart “Manual On” Operates for One Delay Off Cycle

  • High Power, Low Price!