Rockfish Depot Webcam Down and UP!

By: nobyter , 10:33 PM GMT on August 26, 2012

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The webcam is down... Didn't have time today to check the power fully. It is a connection to the solar panel that is loose. I will have to take off the cover of the breaker box because I think the break is in there (I hope). I guess you will know when the power is back on (webcam will work). All in all, the solar power has done a tremendous job over the years in powering the webcam. I guess I need to go and do some preventive maintenance more often.

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10:11 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
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2. nobyter
5:28 PM GMT on September 06, 2012
I was right... The batteries didn't have enough solar charge to run the whole night. Now the battery level is above 12 volts and charging at 4 watts even with cloud cover. That was the one thing that surprized me about solar. Even on cloudy days you get some charging and only at night or during a really dark cloud does it not.

The webcam is up and sending snapshots to wunderground. Should appear on their site in a little while.
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1. nobyter
10:41 PM GMT on September 05, 2012
The webcam is up temporarily... The solar batteries probably don't have enough charge to make it through tonight. I will have to wait till we get some sun / solar radiation tomorrow to reset the inverter as it has an auto shut off in case the batteries go low. I need to add a LED lighting system to draw a little more current during the summer. The problem is that that after the batteries become fully charged repeatedly (summer), the positive line from the solar cells heats up a little and somehow loosens the wire from the 12v breaker to the solar controller.
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Rockfish Depot
Rockfish, VA
Elevation: 482 ft
Temperature: 45.3 °F
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Humidity: 75%
Wind: Calm
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Rockfish Depot
Rockfish, VA
Elevation: 482 ft
Temperature: 45.3 °F
Dew Point: 39.2 °F
Humidity: 75%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Updated: 7:52 PM EDT on October 30, 2014

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