The WA7X Page

The "Cabin Cams"

This is the
                                  Valley Cam. This camera is looking
                                  toward the West-NorthWest.
The Snowstick cam. During winter
                                  months the snow depth can be estimated
                                  by looking at the marks on the
                                  snowstick.
The
                                  "Cabin Cam" - looking toward
                                  the cabin itself
This is the
                                  North Cam. This remotely-controlled
                                  camera has limited views to the north,
                                  the current view being where it was
                                  last set.
The Cabin, looking northwest
Today's time-lapse movie
A view of the cabin, looking to
                                  the northwest.
The "Southwest" cam
Today's time-lapse movie
The "Southwest" cam
"Snowstick 2" cam
Today's time-lapse movie

This camera
                          looks at the 2nd snowstick on the north side
                          of the cabin

The Passing of the Seasons
This feature consists of "movies" of images taken at the same point in the day which, over time, will show the changing of the seasons.
Click here to see these movies.
Click on one of the above images for a full-size version.
If the image isn't updated when you click on it, hit the "Reload" or "Refresh" button on your browser.
Please note that these images are not live, but updated every five minutes.


 
Seven camera views:

There are several cameras that are located at the cabin that provide various views outside:

  1. The Valley Cam.  The first camera shows a view toward the Northwest.  This shows Mt. Nebo (in the distance, near the center). The town of Fairview is to the left-center of the picture. Click here to see a time-lapse loop from this camera, courtesy of the NWS Live Weather page.
  2. The Cabin, looking toward the northwest.  This camera shows the east side of the cabin, looking northwest-ish.  This camera has been having some problems, so it may be offline until enough snow has melted to allow repair.
  3. The Cabin Cam.  This camera provides a view of the cabin itself.
  4. The "North" Cam.  This is a remotely-controllable camera that looks toward the north - see the sidebar to the right.  Note that, during the winter, a snowstick is also within view of this camera - if it is pointed in the correct direction.
  5. The Southwest cam.  Used in the summer to look at the hummingbird feeder, this camera was re-pointed for the winter and looks to the southwest.  At the extreme left edge of the picture you can see the snowstick. 
  6. The "Snowstick" cam.  During the winter, the camera looking in this direction shows a snowstick.    Click here to see a time-lapse loop from this camera, courtesy of the NWS Live Weather page.
  7. The "Snowstick2" cam.  This camera looks to the north at another snowstick planted in that direction.  At the moment the reflector tape on the camera causes a double image to appear at night.

Note that the times shown in the pictures/movies are in Mountain Standard Time (MST.)

New:
  Time-Lapse movie-of-the-day!  See the sidebar below and to the right.

Sample snowstick picture explaining the
                    markings.
This picture (not live) shows how the nine-foot snowsticks may be used to estimate snow depth on-site.  Note the bands midway between foot markings.
  Always count down from the top of the snowstick!



The NWS Time-Lapse sequences:

In addition to the "Time-Lapse movie-of-the-day" there are the NWS (National Weather Service)-provided time-lapses vidoes as well.

The NWS's "Weather Camera" page has the "Valley Cam" and its 2-hour time-lapse sequence

We greatly appreciate the NWS posting these (and many other) cameras on their web site.

The WA7X camera(s) are labeled as "East of Fairview" on the NWS page.  Note that the sequences may not be updated at night.  (It's dark - and there's nothing to see, anyway...)



Note:

If the pictures, movies and/or the weather page doesn't look as though it has changed since the last time you looked at it, try hitting the REFRESH or RELOAD button on your browser


How do I save the picture that I see?

  • First, click on the thumbnail-sized picture to get the full-sized version.
  • Next, right-click on the large picture.
  • There, select "Save Image As" or "Save Picture As"
  • This will allow you to save the picture to the location that you choose.
Please note that the pictures update automatically, every 5 minutes, so if you see a picture that you like, you should grab it immediately and save it before it goes away!

If there was a picture that you had to have but missed, it may be possible to pull it from the archive.  You can send a note to the email address below to request the picture, but you must know the exact date and time, which camera it was, and what it was about the picture that you found so interesting.



How is the cabin connected to the internet full-time?

It may not be obvious at first glance, but this cabin is located in a remote location in Central Utah.  While there is commercial power at the location, the nearest telephone line is miles away.  Additionally, a full-time internet connection isn't always practical even if there is a telephone line. 

The answer is that the connection is made via a VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) satellite connection.  This involves a transmit/receive terminal located at the remote site.  If you wish to know more about VSAT - or if you just have some questions about what you see here- you can send an email to Glen.



"What's the 'North' cam?"

The "North" Cam is a remotely controllable camera that has pan and tilt (but no zoom) capability.  Its image quality and low-light sensitivity aren't really great, and it will be pointed at wherever it had been left the last time the remote control feature had been used.

Within the field of view of this camera is another lighted snowstick.  Because this camera can be remotely controlled, there is no guarantee that it will actually be pointed in a direction where one can see the snowstick.


NEW! - The "Movie of the day" and the "Passing of the Seasons".

To see the "Movie" of the day for a particular camera, click on the picture and follow the link.

This is a new (and experimental!) feature in which you can see a time-lapse of everything that's happened on the camera up to that point in the day.  You can also see time-lapse movies of "yesterday" and "the day before."

When you click on a movie it should start a player within your browser:  If not, you may need to update it.  It has been noticed that better playback results may sometimes be had if you save the movie to disk and then play it using a program other than your browser - but your mileage may vary!

The movie is updated once-per-hour and is available by about 10 minutes past, showing everything from just before sunrise to the most recent picture at the moment that the movie was produced and continuing until just after sunsetNo new movies are made during the night.

As soon as the first movie of the day is made in the morning, the previous days' movies are made available as "yesterday's" and "the day before yesterday's" movies.

There is another new feature - The Passing of the Seasons.  For this, a new picture from each camera - taken at 12:00 noon (Mountain Standard Time) is added to the movie every day.  For the "Valley Cam" there is also the "Sunset" picture that is taken every day a few minutes before sunset.  These movies were started at the end of December 2010 and are growing every day.

Click here to see the "Passing of the Seasons" movies.

Note that the times and dates on the pictures and time-lapse movies are Mountain Standard Time!


Misc pictures and videos:

In several of the scenes on the above links you can see the sky light up to a "normal" daylight blue color - at midnight!:  If one of those frames were taken by itself, you wouldn't know that it was midnight from the "look" of the picture alone!
Other pictures/videos:
Last page update:  20110803  All images/videos/text at the wa7x.com web sites and pages are copyrighted and all rights reserved.

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