So just to help everyone out with a staged plan so you can all see whats to come, i’m just going to outline the stages that we are aiming to complete.
Phase 1: Live weather while we are open.
Install the internet, buy the equipment, set it up and get it working while we are open.
Stage 1: Complete!
Get the webcam up and running. It currently runs while we are open. It’s important to understand that the hut is completely off-grid so we only have power while the generator is running.
Stage 2: Pending
Get the live wind meter working. We currently have a Meteo bridge Pro, which was working fine up until last week, then it stopped. We are not sure why….
Network Propagation, this is just a fancy way of saying that our weather and images will be available on multiple apps and weather websites.
Phase 2: Live Weather while we are open and closed during summer.
Stage 4: Pending
Purchase and install a smart switch and a battery bank so that we can have power while we are closed. This will work as long we charge the batteries every morning. The battery protector will automatically cut off the webcam if the batteries become discharged, saving the batteries from damage.
Install a smart switch. We are going to build a Raspberry Pi smart switch which will turn off and on the webcam and live weather feed during nighttime. This will help save on battery power which will come into play later.
Phase 3: Live weather Summer and Winter.
Installation of solar charging for batteries. Together with the battery protector and the Smart Switch this will mean that the webcam can be live during daylight hours all year round, even when the hut is closed over winter.
Phase 4: A yearly party to celebrate!
A giant party to celebrate that fact that we did it! So far it has cost us £4,500 and it continues to cost us £40pcm to run. Hopefully we can raise some funds to help with upkeep and running costs.