New thread. Here is a reprint from the comments the other day. John estimates the battery is up near 12 volts, and it needs to be 12.6. He'll head out after 12:00 to check the system at the tree.
Good Morning Eagle watchers. I feel your frustration with the NCTC Eaglecam this year. We also are unable to see the cam on campus. It seems the battery keeps losing it's charge. To give you a heads up, Mike & I (John) have worked on this project from the beginning. Last month during 20 degree weather, and high winds we replaced a failed microwave transmitter 100 yards from the tree onto the side of the barn. So cold we couldn't feel our finger tips. Steve purchased a new battery, which was replaced early in the season. He also purchased a new solar controller, which we replaced. We also verified the voltage on all 3 solar panels. The solar controller will cut off the load (camera & microwave feed) when the voltage drops below 11.4V, then will reconnect the load when the battery is charged up to 12.6V We don't want to replace batteries at this point, due to scaring the eagles off the nest. The live feed problem is not here at the NCTC, but network security implemented at the department level. Mike has been working closely with the department to get this corrected. Anyway, I feel and see your frustration, especially when reading the comments in this BLOG. I assure all of you, we've all worked hard to try and provide this service to you.--John NCTC