Monday, May 7, 2018

Important Camera Update!

We now have 10 cameras as our little windows to the world.

While the cams run great, there is always some tweaking and adjustments to make. Different lighting, wave chop, and atmosphere all affect the camera stream to some extent.

We currently have 5 cameras of the same model - Bayfront, Harbor, Hillside, Canal, and Bridge which are all 4 to 5 years old. The manufacturer no longer supports these cams and they have an upgraded model, which is the same as the new GLA and Two Harbors Boat launch.

These cams have all been reliable through wind, cold, rain and ice.  I would like to begin upgrading the cams over time starting with the Canal Cam. The benefit of replacing the Canal cam now is that the old canal cam can be used as a backup for the other 4 cams of the same model. The newer models also use less bandwidth for streaming.

I will be starting a new fundraiser to raise the $1000 needed to replace the Canal Cam. I hope this is not asking too much as this is the third project of the year and I hate asking for money.

We also have $150 left over from the Wisconsin Point Fundraiser to start with.

Anyway, I hope you understand why it's important to try and stay ahead of the troubles.

Thanks,
Den

p.s. I also don't mind doing this work when it is warm.

11 comments:

  1. Dennis I am always happy to donate. Don’t worry about asking too often. Your work is greatly appreciated. Bring on the new fundraiser! With best wishes from a Boatnerd in St. Cloud MN.

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  2. I appreciate very much the time and effort you put into providing us those great camera shots Dennis, and have made my donation to the new camera project.

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  3. You do so much for us, the least we can do is support you however we can on our end. Never hesitate to let us know. Appreciate all you do! Thank YOU!! p.s. Yes, much easier in the warmer weather :)

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  4. I only discovered the site about a month ago and I am happy to contribute! The cameras do provide much enjoyment, and I appreciate the hard work that it takes to keep them in repair and functioning! Harold

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  5. We appreciate all you do, you keep one of the better run camera sites around. it's a pleasure being able to watch them

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  6. Go for it Dennis. Doesn’t appear anybody has a problem with you asking for money. Saw this a little earlier and just came back to donate and found goal has been met. Oh well. Here’s a little more. Sure you will put it to good use!

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  7. Thank you all for the donations. I will save any extra for the next project.

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  8. I arrived too late to donate before the goal was met ... so here is a start for the next update.
    Is there any chance that a camera could be mounted on the Bong Bride looking downstream over the several docks in the busy inner harbor?

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  9. Keep up the great work, without you we would not be enjoying those amazing views...

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  10. That sounds great as long as we will still be able to hear the boats and other sounds as we can now on canal and bridge. -RI boatgal

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  11. Hi Den. You were too quick on the donation drive. I was on the road and did not see it until you had raised what you needed for the web cam upgrades. will catch you next time. Sorry! Leo

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