Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Camera Update!

Hillside Cam
The Hillside cam went offline a few days ago.  I will take a closer look at it today after I feed the chickens and cut the grass. Hopefully, I will get it back in service soon.

Wisconsin Point Cam
The camera placement is not the best, but, was the only place with power. The signal gets blocked for a few minutes as the boat goes by. Being so close to the water often load up the images transmission path causing it to pause. 
With all of its flaws, the Wisconsin Point Cam gives us a view (occasionally) that we never had before.
If and when the area of Wisconsin points is developed more, there will be more options for improvement in quality.

Marine Scanner
The marine scanner quit working after the last Windows 10 update, I will eventually get it back up, but, not sure when.

 Overall Camera performance
The quality of the camera image stream depends on many factors, but bright sunlight and choppy waves cause the video to really bog down. That's the nature of the beast. I had hoped that some of the technology in the newer cams would help with this, we'll see.

On another note, I'm just an old retired guy who likes tinkering with technology, but, I really (I mean really) don't know what I'm doing most of the time. (just ask my lovely wife)

My motivations for operating the cams is the enjoyment that I see that so many people get from this little window to the world.  I apologize that I'm not able to answer a lot of questions or have the cams often adjusted to acceptable viewing standards. I often make things worse by trying to make small improvements.

I really appreciate all of you and all the support for this site. I'll keep at it, and hopefully, things will get better with time.

Have a great day!
Den

19 comments:

  1. Have a great day Dennis , thanks for all the work you do on the camerss , love it

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  2. I think you do a great job! Keep it up, love seeing Duluth through the cameras.

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  3. Thank you for all you do! I appreciate it. ~ Lj

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  4. Dennis, for a novice you are doing a great job. I love the views you afford us with your efforts. This is not a service that we pay for and I truly do appreciate all you do. Keep it up and god bless.
    Russ

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  5. Your doing awesome work Denny,,,I just watched the Stewart j cort rooling in and realized she doesn’t appear to be a self unloader,, is that possible??

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  6. Thank you and great job, without your ideas and work this southwest MN guy would not be able to enjoy your amazing area...keep it going... :), P.S. our wives think alike

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  7. your effortless and endless work providing this great service to so many is greatly appreciated. We may take for granted that this is your usual job but it's a hobby and we thank you for all you do

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  8. That’s good info Dennis. Thank you! Helps to explain some of the issues I’ve had at times. Always blamed it all on my i-pad. Maybe I don’t need to throw it out the window(like I’ve threatened to do)after all! Thanks again. Doug

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  9. Thank you Dennis for sharing your hobby with all of us! No complaints here.

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  10. Your doing a great job. It's a lot to keep them all working. Thank you!

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  11. This THE COOLEST thing ever, I love it. Im an artist who grew up in Duluth, born in the Soo...boat watcher!! We are in Tampa waiting for the tailend of Alberto to leave. I see on satilite Alberto is effecting the weather at home. Thanks, Frank & Angela class of 1983 Hermantown.

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  12. Your doing a great job Dennis.
    No complaints from me.
    Thank you for all you do.

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  13. Your doing a great job Dennis.
    No complaints from me.
    Thank you for all that you do.

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  14. Dennis, I'm sure I speak for everyone here in that we ALL appreciate everything you do. Do what you can and we're grateful for enabling us to look out through your many windows. Thank You.

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  15. Dennis, Thanks for all you do. I know how much time and effort it takes to maintain and expand our view of the area. Your time and efforts are truly appreciated from all us.

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  16. Awesome work, Dennis! Thanks for all your hard work, it is MUCH appreciated! I watch the LSMMA cams daily, logging all the ships I see. I used to work at Univ. of Nebraska, visited Duluth often with our Nebraska-Omaha volleyball team. My favorite road trip. Now I am retired to Florida, so I can continue my "visits" via the cams you work so hard to keep running! Thanks many times!

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  17. Thanks for all the kind remarks!

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  18. Dennis
    I love Duluth. Unfortunately, I live in Minneapolis. I take day trips up there as much as I can. Your cameras provide me with my daily dosage of the harbor. I watch the cams every day. Your website is my first stop every day. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. I really appreciate it.

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  19. You do an awesome job. Being from central Iowa, it gives us a chance to keep up with boat watching. Love Duluth and all it's beauty. Keep up the good work.

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