Saturday, February 17, 2018

New Wisconsin Entry Cam

Good News! It is beginning to look likely that we will be able to put up a camera at the Superior Entry.

The timeline for this will be:
1. Complete project planning, get bids on electrical work and compile an equipment list by Mid-March.
2. Start a fundraiser late March.
3. Install and calibrate the camera by May 1st.  (all subject to change of course)

We have been dreaming about a camera at the Superior Entry for many years and it may now become feasible because of advances in technology. I plan on one camera looking out at the lake and the lighthouse this year and will see how reliable the signal is since it has to be wirelessly transmitted 7 miles across the harbor. It will also be a test to see if it attract vandalism. A second camera looking back at the harbor can be added later depending on how the first camera performs.

At any rate, I will keep you posted on the developments of our biggest project ever which will be the highlight of 2018 and my focus for the next few months.

Thanks for all the support in the past years and I look forward to another great season of watching boats, people, wildlife and the weather with you.

Den



19 comments:

  1. Outstanding! --- Your a Good Man Dennis = Thank You...
    - - - vadnais heights Mike...

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  2. Looking forward to it Den. Many Thx As Always!

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  3. Yeah RF propagation over water can be tricky, but add in the boats and cars and buildings that can block or bounce the signal, you definitely have your work cut out for you.

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  4. That's fantastic Dennis, I'm excited! What band will the wireless transmission be?

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    1. I will use the 5.6GHz band. Same as the others.

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  5. Thats good news. My taste, and I am just a nobody. Is for a camera on top the bridge looking some what down to see the deck of the ships as they come in. A TOTALLY different look of the boat! And there is power already on top of the bridge. Just saying.

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    1. Two years ago we almost had a cam on the bridge like you suggested. Would have been a great view, however, the City Attorney decided it wasn't a good idea. Maybe in the future.

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  6. Great news.I wish to donate but don't have paypal. Can I send a check somewhere?

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  7. Great idea!
    I’m curious....are you going to park at the airport and hike all your equipment down there, or go by boat?

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    1. The plan is to have the cam on the Wisconsin side of the Superior Entry, you can drive there, so no hiking required.

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    2. That would be great..its cool seeing the bridge/canal but many boats enter the Superior entry that we aren't able to see. Thanks...As I said, that is a cool concept with cameras.

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  8. Thank you Dennis, that will be great!!

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  9. Indeed, very exciting news! Will watch for the fundraiser ;) Appreciate all you do, Dennis!

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  10. Awesome! Thank you!

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  11. I have driven to Wisconsin from Duluth to watch ships come in over there. For those who have not been to Superior Entry it is quite an adventure to get there. You have to take a long desolate road off the highway to find it. I welcome the new camera! Thank you Dennis for all you do.

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  12. Thanks for moving forward on this... :)

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  13. That's great news Denny! I almost broke an axel driving out there!

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  14. This is awesome. Come to Duluth twice a year with grandkids. They like Wisconsin Point to explore. One lives on the western border of Mn and this site is what got him interested. Now he is a big boat watcher.

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