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Title: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: typoscount2 on August 04, 2016, 06:35:05 PM
There are times when the cam may be off air for any number of reasons.  There may be a power outage, ustream may be off line, there may be a need for cam or system maintenance.  If the cam is expected to be off air for any length of time, we will post the issue here to keep you apprised.




August 4  2016

We are experiencing some cam issues at this time, and hope to discover what needs to be done to rectify the situation.
At this time the cam may go off air, or may just be staying  stationary

thank you for your support thru  this  


:flower
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: paintnut on August 05, 2016, 09:49:32 AM
We contacted the company that provided the cam system about our issues and they are of the opinion that the system took a lightning strike in the storm the other night.  We are now discussing, with their input, what steps we need to take to determine how much damage was incurred and whether or not it can be repaired.  Will keep you informed as we progress.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on August 14, 2016, 12:31:47 PM

An interesting & exciting update about what might have affected our cam system can be found here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1650.msg175045#msg175045)
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on August 17, 2016, 08:55:17 AM

Okay, an update about what is going on with our cam system.
Right now we can*t move the camera, the ptz controller isn*t working so it needs to be tested by our techs.
The mic also went on the fritz after that huge storm.
Apparently all sorts of things on Hornby were turned on & off & got damaged by that storm.
One man lost the $800 controller of his water pump!
If you watch that fabulous video cali made for us of the footage of the storm via the cam, you can hear the static of the lightning being picked up by the cam after each lightning strike.
You can also see that we must have lost power a couple of times, as we lose the mic sound & we get the blue reboot screen of the cam.
Then towards the end, we get that strange black & white horizontal line thing which i have never seen before, & we have no cam or mic for 20 minutes.
When it comes back on by itself 20 minutes later, we have lost that blue startup screen & the mic sound is now just a buzz.
We also cannot move the cam, the ptz doesn*t work any more.
So it is looking very likely that something happened to the mic & cam during that storm.
We need to get both down to be looked at by our techs.
They are repairing & replacing a LOT of their cams, after that storm!
So it isn*t just us.

Yesterday we had our Tree climber booked to go up there & take down the cam & the mic.
But.
We had technical difficulties.
We used to leave the good climbing rope in the Tree, but this deteriorates the rope because of sun & wind & rain damage, & makes it unsafe to use, very quickly.
This rope is what keeps the climber from falling from 200' up in the Tree, where our cam & mic are.
So we had to buy a new expensive rope, which gets stored in a tub between climbs now.
A fine black line is left in the Tree to pull up the climbing rope.
This has worked great, BUT....
This time, a branchy green branch has broken off & fallen from above, & it got tangled in the black line & the black line got rubbed through  & worn out & it broke yesterday when they tugged on it to try to untangle it!
So no way to pull up the good rope now!
He next tried climbing a spindly Tree beside Gregg*s Tree.
It is a LOOOONG way up to the first branch in Gregg*s Tree, & it is the next big branch ABOVE that where the end of the black line is caught.
Our climber had a small heavy sack tied to a line that he wanted to toss over that second highest branch so that he could attach the good climbing rope over that branch.
But when he got up there, he couldn*t get at that second highest limb, he could only reach the first.
When he came back down to contemplate the situation, he decided he wants to get his slingshot, in order to be able to get the line over that second branch, & the slingshot is broken, so now it will be friday before he can try again.
i am hoping something can be fixed in the gray box in the Tree that we see on the cam.
That is where all the connections are.
But our climber highly doubts this.
So, that means the cam & the mic need to be disconnected & brought down, then sent to Vancouver Island to be *bench tested* by our techs.
We are hoping that both can be repaired, but the techs tell me that they are replacing quite a few of their cams, after that storm.
So, wish us well!
Everything is a bit up in the air right now.


Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 17, 2016, 10:42:53 AM
Whew!  Mother Nature 'blew it!'   :eceek

Thanks for your summary, booni.    :heart
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 17, 2016, 01:02:20 PM
Wow, Learning a lot here!
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: paintnut on August 17, 2016, 02:46:21 PM
August 17 the tree climber attempted a climb yesterday but other damage to the tree had tangled his climbing ropes and he needs another piece of climbing equipment to complete the climb and take a look at and probably bring down the cam to take to our tech people.  He reported he should be able to get the needed equipment by Thursday and plans a climb on Friday August 19
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Rajame on August 17, 2016, 09:35:52 PM
Wishing everyone all the best in this test and repair process. :hearts2
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: gillie on August 17, 2016, 10:15:06 PM
WOW sounded like a frightening storm. Hope everything is repairable and doesn't cost a fortune. If you need another fundraiser, I'm happy to chip in. You guys are so amazing just like the eagles you share with the rest of the world. Good luck and thanxxoo
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 17, 2016, 10:51:18 PM
 :goodluck

 :heart
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on August 18, 2016, 08:06:28 AM
 
i put four video clips together into one, here.
You can see Dan climbing the spindly Tree next to Gregg*s Tree, which is the huge one to the left.
The girth of Gregg*s Tree is huge, & you can see that to free climb like this he needs to have a loop of safety line around the trunk he is climbing.
This is much harder to do on a huge Tree like Gregg*s.
Plus on these old Trees, the bark is very crumbly & unstable to climb.
He did it once, he doesn*t want to do it again if he doesn*t have to.
You can see the first branch up to the left in the video.
He wanted the second one up, which would put him above the fine black line tangled in the broken branch.
That first branch available to tie to is a loooooooooong way up there.
He wants the higher branch, but ends up aiming his sack on a line to the lowest one, because the second one up is too hard to get at from where he has gotten to on the spindly Tree.
His first toss is successful, so now he has something to attach our climbing rope to & it gets looped over that huge limb in Gregg*s Tree.
The second clip of the four starts with showing how high up he is, but he is much higher than it looks.
He has attached the climbing rope to the sack line & is pulling it up from below.
Now he has a proper climbing line attached to the lower limb in Gregg*s Tree.
But he has decided he is not where he needs to be to get at the tangled black line, so he lowers himself down easily & quickly.
When things go as they should, he would have attached our climbing rope to the end of the fine black line, pulled it up, tied it safe, then he uses some sort of clamp thing & pulls himself up the rope using his arms & one leg, still a laborious task, but much easier than climbing the bark & getting around all the branches between the ground & the top of the Tree.

 
august 16 2016 11:36 - Dan in the spindly Tree next to Gregg*s Tree
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWz3bxd-oGo
 
link to my fotos page -  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: jeavverhey on August 18, 2016, 04:16:33 PM
 :eclove :eclove :eclove :eclove Dan !  What a man!   Thanks for all that explanation Booni. You Re one amazing woman. 👏❤️😀😘


Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 19, 2016, 08:35:04 AM
Wow!  The complexities of tree climbing are amazing!  Impressive work!  Thanks for sharing, Booni!!  :eclove
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Lifegard on August 19, 2016, 06:31:29 PM


Thank you Booni very much for posting Dan's first climb (this time, anyway!).  For me it helps to orient me to the trees in range of the Hornby cam.   :biggrin3   :nod2    :heart :heart    :thumbsup :ty
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: paintnut on August 24, 2016, 07:34:27 AM

The tree climbers went up Gregg's tree yesterday and disconnected the whole cam system and brought it down to the ground.  It will be taken to Securco (the company that built the system) for evaluation.  booni has already mentioned they have many systems that were compromised during that storm so we don't know when ours will be looked at.  Will let you know as soon as we are given any information.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 24, 2016, 08:28:02 AM
Thanks for the update about the cam!  We all look forward to hearing the prognosis!  And we hope for the best possible outcome!  :eclove
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on August 24, 2016, 11:11:26 AM
Dan and Dale wrap cam in saran wrap for protection cam off line.. Good Luck

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHHw_89bCXc
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2016, 05:55:13 PM

My friend delivered our system to the techs today after coming right to me to load it in her vehicle.
She was thrilled with the honour of doing this for us.
Today she writes - The folks at Securco treated the Eagle Cam like a celebrity.  Four technicians came out to greet me (well they came to see the Cam) when I arrived.  Fingers crossed they get it repaired before Friday!!
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on August 29, 2016, 06:15:53 PM
 
Okay, finally getting round to some of my footage from the day we took our Eagle cam system out of Gregg*s Tree.
i have put five little video clips together here.
The first bit, Dale has his back to us & Dan is using a borrowed sling shot pole to get a small heavy sack tied to a fine line over the second nearest branch in Gregg*s Tree.
The first shot isn*t quite right, so they try again.
& again & again.
Finally we see Dale tying our nice orange climbing rope to the end of the sling shot line.
Dan is getting geared up.
Look at all the bits & pieces hanging off of him.
Nick is hauling on the sling shot line to pull our orange climbing rope up & of course it all gets hung up way up there in the branches.
Finally they have success & they have the end of the climbing rope over the branch & back down to the ground where the fine sling shot line is untied.
 
august 23 2016 11:41 -  getting our climbing rope into Gregg*s Tree
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7Pr6173Qfg


Dan studying the climb.
It is a LONG way up to that second branch.

august 23 2016 12:05 - Dan prepares to climb our rope into Gregg*s Tree
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8301/29029169490_2bd7f28280_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Led5Jf)


More to come..


 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boodle317 on August 30, 2016, 05:24:16 AM
Thanks booni.....what an undertaking!

Say.......who is that sweet faced pooch?
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on August 30, 2016, 06:40:41 AM
 :thumbup: Thank you for the video and explanation booni! With all that gear hanging from Dan then the cam and mic an box yikes !!
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: ivani on August 30, 2016, 04:04:10 PM
Thanks Booni. Much hope that the cam back to work soon.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on August 30, 2016, 06:12:29 PM
 
The pooch is Dale*s dog!

Okay, two more compilation videos from climb day.
In this first video, Dan is holding a blue clamp in his right hand.
This clamps onto our orange climbing rope & if you look, hanging down from it is the loop he puts his right foot into.
Then maybe 10" at a time he pulls himself up the rope using his arms & one leg & clamps higher up each time.
You can see him checking the free play of the safety line  & clip that attaches him to the blue clamp.
Next he is trying to swing the orange line a bit closer to the Tree, but he isn*t successful & isn*t happy about it.
i think because he swings & spins more if he isn*t touching the Tree.
The other end of our line is tied securely to a Tree on the ground by Dale, who has done a skookum job, but it is being checked by Nick.
The blue clamp is now attached to our rope & Dan puts his foot into the loop.
He then tensions the rope by starting to climb it, yet his feet are still on the ground til it gets tight.
Dan asks Nick to check the tie off knot again.
The rope is almost taught & we hear a loud crack & everyone ducks & looks up!  :eceek

august 23 2016 12:10 -  Dan prepares to climb our rope into Gregg*s Tree
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJGmJ3uU0GU


The rope is now tensioned & Dan is swinging free in the air before his climb.
He makes a suggestion for a piece of equipment that he would like us to buy for him for doing this job!  :mhihi
He begins to head up the rope & you can see how laborious it is for him.
He needs to take rests on the way up & he & Nick chat.
Dale is getting ready to do this same climb, the same way, & he is gearing up behind me.
& Dale is 70!

 
august 23 2016 12:16 -  Dan climbing our rope into Gregg*s Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqdH36y24NU
 
link to my fotos page - 
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on August 30, 2016, 06:46:12 PM
 :eceek Wow a tough climb  :mconfused  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 30, 2016, 11:19:00 PM
Climbing a tree that way sure takes a lot of skill, strength, patience, energy, stamina, and common sense!  We're very fortunate that Dan's willing to go up there to do what's needed.    :thumbup:    :eclove
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: jeavverhey on September 01, 2016, 07:13:26 AM
Amen to the above comments :thumbup:
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on September 03, 2016, 10:46:02 AM
 
Okay, a few more videos of climb day ready to show you.

In this video, Dan is almost at the branch that our climbing rope is looped over thanks to the sling shot pole.
Notice that one of his pieces of equipment is a bench he sits on as he is suspended.
The sort of bluish thing running all the way up the Tree is the container for all the wiring that runs from the shed equipment to the grey box near the top of the Tree.
Also notice the spikes on the inside sides of Dan*s boots that he will use to help him climb the rest of the Tree.
& a couple of the lines dangling from his gear belt with carabiners attached will be used to loop around the Tree as his safety line as he goes up.
He is wanting to get closer to the trunk for climbing, at the beginning of this video.
Next he starts to pull up our climbing rope that he has just climbed, but then Dale makes a suggestion & he ends up dropping it back down again.
You can see that Dan has looped one of those safety loop lines around the Tree & above the second branch already.
In the next bit, Dan is looping the second safety line around the next higher up branch.
This is how he will climb the rest of the Tree to get to our gear, & how he would have to climb the whole Tree were it not for our nice orange climbing rope.
We used to leave the rope right up to above our equipment, but it gets damaged from Sun & Wind & weather too quickly, so that was why we had left the fine black line instead, to pull up the good rope on climb day.
i pan out to show you just how high Dan is, as he removes one safety loop to wrap around the next higher branch up.

august 23 2016 12:53 -  Dan climbs our rope up into Gregg*s Tree


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63WU130XLKI


Dan is getting hot & tired as he slowly makes his way up to our equipment.
Normally he would be pulling himself up our rope to get to here, still hard work, but less painstaking & time-consuming.
*Almost there*, says Nick, & Dan hoots with exertion & relief as he studies his destination, our cam & mic & the grey box, all attached to the Tree with the help of 2x4s.

august 23 2016 12:59 -  Dan climbs the top half of Gregg*s Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZxVRZTyxEc


We*ve gone from 11:41 to 13:13 so far in this climb day, just to give you an idea of how long this takes.
Dan has brought up one end of our climbing rope to be attached to the limb above the equipment, which is where our rope used to be left tied, & where the fine black line had been attached & will be attached again, once we get our gear back in the Tree.
Dan keeps eyeing the gear in the Tree, looking for damage, & trying to figure out how the heck it can all be detached from the cable wiring & brought down.
This part has me fretting as well.
Next, Dan has our rope looped over the branch where he wants it & is lowering it down to Dale & Nick.
Dale will now be able to climb our rope up to Dan, rather than having to climb half the Tree, as Dan has just done.
Once the rope is secured over the limb & then tied down on the ground to a Tree by Dale, Dale begins his climb up the rope.
Notice he has two loops for his feet & legs, which i think would be much easier than just the one, like Dan has.
We switch to Nick on the ground, with his ear & head protection, & you can see the other end of our rope secured to the spindly Tree that Dan once climbed, by Dale.
Our nice new rope is now stored in that blue tub, between uses.
It needs to be twice as long as our cam equipment is high, half to go up, half to go down, so 500' of rope to get the 200' up to our equipment.

august 23 2016 13:13 -  Dale climbs our rope into Gregg*s Tree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhL0AiWQKGU
 
 

 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on September 03, 2016, 11:14:39 AM
Thank you booni that was so informative! The container for the wire is called a wire loom. It protects the inside wire from chaffing and the elements
(http://www.electriduct.com/thumbnail.asp?file=assets/images/wire-loom-chrome.jpg&maxx=0&maxy=250)  Both Dan and Dale are climbing with either Gibbs Ascenders or a similar model.
Ascenders are equipped with a blocking system that under the load grips the rope & holds onto it, together with the suspended load. When the weight is taken off it releases the tension and the ascender can be moved up the rope. (http://onrope1.com/store/images/products/gibbs01a.jpg) They pull themselves up and then lock it to break from falling. Alot of work and amazing that Dale is still at it at age 70!!
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boodle317 on September 03, 2016, 04:18:14 PM
what an undertaking!!!  sheesh

booni....Why does the guy on the ground need ear and head protection and our tree climber has a bare head!??????

If Dale is 70 yrs old, you would sure never know it with the way he shinny's up that rope.  My gosh.

I will be looking forward to any video you have of them actually removing that equipment.  I just can't imagine how they do it dangling up there in mid air.

Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: jeavverhey on September 04, 2016, 04:50:14 AM
Each of them a hero!  Thank you for these details and videos((( Booni))) and (((Cawatcher))).
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on September 04, 2016, 09:49:08 AM
 
boodle, that is a question i don*t know the answer to.

Okay, this video shows Dale continuing to make his way up the rope to join Dan at the cam gear.
You can see Dan hanging out behind the cam on the back side of the Tree.
This standing in one place for a long time was very hard for Dan & he was EXTREMELY grateful to get back to earth after he was done.
Once Dale arrives, he sits astride a branch & they both haul up the bucket that has all the gear in it that they need for the job.

august 23 2016 13:29 - Dale & Dan haul up the tools bucket

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZESQQyESUs

In this video, they are pulling up the bucket.
Dale groans, & from the ground i thought it was because something fell out of the bucket.
But perhaps he has a leg cramp as he grabs his thigh for a bit.
Dale gears up, & then they both are ready to climb the final stretch.
They discuss the plan for when they get there.

august 23 2016 13:43 - Dale & Dan getting ready to climb to the cam equipment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdGy15HQarM
 

august 23 2016 13:47 - Dale & Dan near the cam equipment

We see Dan getting closer, & Dale just below.
Nick comes over to me to ask whether everything in the Tree is unplugged from the power yet, so i go do that & the cam goes dark for viewers.
cali posted the last video, of Dan wrapping the cam dome with plastic wrap to protect it on the way down.
Perhaps she will post it here for us to see again?
We watch Dan do this wrapping from the ground.
Then he gets his footing secure, ready for Dale to climb up & begin the removal of the equipment.
i run into the shed & unplug everything & shut down all the equipment & unplug it for a rest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KajKJTcz9-g
 
link to my fotos page - 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/)
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 04, 2016, 11:13:40 AM
Thank you for the videos and your comments, booni.  I admire their skills in working in such difficult conditions!   :hearts2
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on September 05, 2016, 08:51:14 AM
Dan and Dale wrap cam in saran wrap for protection cam off line..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHHw_89bCXc
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on September 06, 2016, 09:02:28 AM

Okay, Dan has now removed the bolts holding the lid of the grey box with cam attached & is holding it while he examines inside.
He told me later there was a burnt wire smell & that the Buzz Kill box looked discoloured.
He decides to disconnect the cam wiring from the box.
He then hangs the cam from his waist while he photographs.
Dale is still there on the backside of the Tree.
Now Dan needs to figure out how to disconnect all the wiring coming from inside the wire loom so that the grey box can be removed.

august 23 2016 14:03 - Dan working inside the grey box

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHjOlcmmc3A

Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on September 06, 2016, 09:22:54 AM

Last video!
Dan has put the lid with cam attached back on the grey box.
You can see the hole in the bottom where the wire loom used to be attached.
The wire loom end is now wrapped & taped & protected.
You can see our orange rope & a yellow strap are tied around the cam & up to a higher branch to hold onto it as Dan uses a drill to remove the screws holding the grey box to the 2x4s.
& there it is, flying free on the end of our rope!  :eceek
i somehow missed it getting lowered down the Tree, which is probably a good thing.
Dan lowers himself next using our orange rope.
Then it is Dale*s turn.

august 23 2016 14:35 - grey box & Dan come down

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgtsB70GFQk

11:41 was the time of the first video.
It is now 14:35 & everyone is pretty tired!
Dan expresses his gratitude to be back on the earth again.
Our orange climbing rope is left in the Tree for the return installation of our system!
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on September 06, 2016, 10:04:22 AM
 :ohno Whew I am exhausted... Great work all thank you booni for the documtary!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: paintnut on September 06, 2016, 03:44:30 PM
I think I need valium or prozac or at least a gallon of dawn's wine.  Great job, Dan.  We are lucky to have you!!  Thanks Booni for the adventure.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: auroradawn on September 06, 2016, 03:59:30 PM
Really super, duper dialogue & video's.  (Nobody touches my wine)  :lol.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on September 06, 2016, 04:03:25 PM
 :eclol
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: sparkie on September 07, 2016, 05:46:29 AM
wow!! keep sending the Valium Paint
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: amazedbyeagles on September 07, 2016, 08:47:13 AM
Wow is right!  Complex for sure!!  Geniuses, these fellows!  Brains and Brawn!  Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
 :eclove
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boodle317 on September 07, 2016, 09:14:36 AM
I think I need valium or prozac or at least a gallon of dawn's wine.  Great job, Dan.  We are lucky to have you!!  Thanks Booni for the adventure.

This
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 07, 2016, 10:48:36 PM
Whew!  [taking a deep breath]

 :couch2
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on September 12, 2016, 08:58:24 AM

Oh, yay, finally an update from Securco!

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but we were unable to get the camera working again, the dvr is semi responsive and we have been unsuccessful with the mic. I am hopeful that the mic. will come back to life. We are exploring options right now to replace. Luckily, technology has improved and prices have come down. This week, I will be bringing in another dvr to see if the mic. Portion of the unit will still function. We will keep you informed.

 
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on September 12, 2016, 07:20:34 PM

i wrote back to Securco -

Hiya, just thinking that i need to remind you about the terribly crummy slow internet we have on Hornby, so unfortunately we can*t have one of those nice new high definition cams.

So just a heads up, as you are exploring options for replacement.

Thank you so much!


Not long after, i got this reply!
i find this encouraging & i am feeling very hopeful.

Hello again,

                      Luckily, now you can get a high def camera, but analog. (New technology) I will keep you in the loop, the dvr will be here tomorrow.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on September 12, 2016, 07:48:41 PM
Everything crossed fingers toes eyes!
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 12, 2016, 08:39:25 PM
Thanks for keeping us up-to-date. booni.   :eclove
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: MarylandWatcher on September 13, 2016, 05:16:17 AM
Thank you Booni. High Def analog, sounds like a mixture of old technology and new technology to make an even newer technology. Keeping my fingers crossed with hope.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: jeavverhey on September 13, 2016, 08:00:41 AM
Great news (I think) 😏 and hope🙄
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: jeavverhey on September 13, 2016, 08:06:31 AM
P.S. Cawatcher - cross fingers,toes, hands,feet, arms, legs, and braids - anything but eyes 🤓😍
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on September 13, 2016, 01:09:25 PM
 :mhihi Yes!
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: amazedbyeagles on September 13, 2016, 02:43:37 PM
Wow! So great to have news!!! And wonderful to hear we might have a positive outcome! There are options! Maybe! Thank you Booni for keeping us all in the loop. Good or bad we want to know! HEGPS rocks!! :eclove
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: MaggiesMom on September 14, 2016, 01:37:48 PM
Booni - you are great to keep us so well informed!  Thanks a million.  Hope this new tech combination will work.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: winterwren on September 17, 2016, 09:17:04 PM
Here's a map that the British Columbia Wildfire Service sent to fire departments in the area, following the August 2 lightning strike. Circles indicate negative strikes, + signs indicate positive strikes. Colour of the signs is an indication of time elapsed, not intensity.
Only negative strikes hit the island. They are less likely to cause fires, though one did.
Here (http://www.weatherimagery.com/blog/positive-negative-lightning/) is a link Cali gave us for a better understanding of what positive stikes and negative strikes are.

On the map we can see a whole lot of strikes on the narrow peninsula that holds Helliwell Park and Whaling Station Bay.
The left-most green circle near the top edge of the island is where the Brigantine nest tree is.
There is another green circle all alone near the middle of the oval, main body of the island; that's about where our lightning-strike fire was.
From what I have heard, the other strikes mostly hit electrical lines and transformers; the power surges would have been what fried our cam.

(click to enlarge)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8056/29642228092_f94ce07fc8_z.jpg) (https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8056/29642228092_6d9bbe44a0_o.jpg)

Taking a closer look at the map, I can see that there were a whole lot of lightning strikes, including one positive strike, on the water near Grassy Point. No wonder Booni had a noisy night.

Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: gmadeb3 on September 18, 2016, 03:17:04 PM
That is very impressive.  Really shows the concentration of Lightening.  Thank You Wren for posting this and thanks Cali for the link with that info.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on September 28, 2016, 08:59:02 AM

We got an update from Securco!


We are still waiting for parts to come in on the mic. They were supposed to be here yesterday. I am working on a price for you so you know what youíre up against. We did get a picture on the old camera with the new dvr, but we canít make the PTZ function work. Sorry for the lack of updates, I wanted to have good news on the mic. 1st.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: jeavverhey on September 28, 2016, 05:28:03 PM
Thanks for the update. Holding my breath here.  : :mconfused
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: boonibarb on October 11, 2016, 10:28:37 PM

We finally got an update today after i asked for one.


Good morning

                                       We have most of the mic. parts here, just waiting for 1 more. We have a large shipment in this morning, Iím hoping it has arrived. I should have some answers for you very soon.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: jeavverhey on October 12, 2016, 07:14:42 AM
I for one would mot blame dear Dan ❤️ if he declined to climb while the eagles are in town. 😳 I recall that getting the equipment down was challenging enough! 🙄😁
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: Cawatcher on October 12, 2016, 07:28:14 AM
Hoping !! Thank you for the update booni!  :heart
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: paintnut on October 13, 2016, 12:21:07 PM
We are waiting on a part for the mic to see if that can be repaired - there are other issues (like the camera) that still need to be investigated and purchased. 

As far as the climber willing to put the system back in the tree, if you remember the cam was initially installed in April, I believe, so a climb is possible at any time.  The cam tree is a considerable distance from the nest and did not appear to bother the eagles when it was first installed.
Title: Re: Is the Hornby Cam Down?
Post by: jeavverhey on October 14, 2016, 03:33:51 AM
Good point Paint and ty for that reminder - you  are right  of course!