The WA7X Page

The "Cabin Cams"


Note:  Some of the cameras may be temporarily offline:  They will be restored as time permits.
This is the Valley Cam, looking west, catching part of Fairview.  If there is a full moon and clear sky, this camera can see the landscape at night.
The Snowstick cam. During winter months the snow depth can be estimated by looking at the marks on the snowstick.  This snowstick is on the south side of the cabin.
The "Cabin Cam" - looking toward the cabin itself.  At night its infrared illuminators brighten the landscape.
This is the North Cam, looking generally along the road.  If there is a full moon and clear sky, this camera can see the landscape at night.
The Cabin, looking northwest
Today's time-lapse movie
A view of the cabin, looking to the northwest.  At night the infrared illuminators brighten the landscape.
The "Southwest" cam
Today's time-lapse movie
This is pointed in various directions during the year and no matter what it looks at it's called the "Southwest Cam".
The "Snowstick #2" cam
Today's time-lapse movie
Snowstick2 Cam, north side of the cabin.  During the winter there is a lighted snowstick.

The "Meadow" cam
Today's time-lapse movie
Meadow Cam.  Looking to the north west, Spanish Fork Peak is visible in the distance.


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.


 
Eight camera views:

Some of the cameras have recently been repaired and/or replaced.  Here is what is available:

  1. The Valley Cam.  This camera looks to the west, across upper Sanpete valley with the west edge of Fairview being visible.  This camera has good low light sensitivity and the valley is visible on moonlit nights, but on moonless/cloudy nights it can look a bit noisy.  Click here to see a time-lapse loop from this camera, courtesy of the NWS Live Weather page.
  2. The Northwest Cam.  This camera shows the east side of the cabin, looking northwest-ish.  At night its infrared illuminators brighten the landscape.  (The bright spot at the bottom left of the picture at night are the infrared lights form the "Cabin Cam".)
  3. The Cabin Cam.  This camera provides a view of the cabin itself, illuminating the cabin at night with infrared light.  (The bright light on the right side of the picture at night are the infrared lights from the "Northwest Cam".)
  4. The "North" Cam.  This camera is pointed to the northeast, roughly along the road.  On moonlight nights this will see the landscape, but it can look rather noisy on moonless and/or cloudy nights.
  5. The Southwest cam.  This camera may be pointed in various directions - sometimes at a hummingbird feeder and other times in the general direction of the main snowstick.   It has pointed toward the southwest in the past, hence the name, but we decided to stop renaming it every time we changed it.
  6. The "Snowstick" cam.  During the winter, the camera looking in this direction shows a snowstick south of the cabin.    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 during the winter.  When the snowstick is present, its reflective tape on the camera can cause a double image to appear at night.
  8. The "Meadow" cam.   This camera is pointed to the northwest and in it can be seen Spanish Fork Peak in the distance, near the center.

Note that the times shown in the pictures/movies are in Mountain Time.

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.  There are LEDs on the foot markings (1-9) that allow snow depth to be roughly measured at night.
  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.



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!




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.



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:
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