Tuesday, 26 June 2007

WE are back....!


WE are sorry that we have not posted to our blog for the last few days, but all of us at WildEarth have been working extremely hard to lay fibre optic cable, move our final control, upgrade our game drive transmission system and build a new generator house.


Over the weekend we did miss a few drives and for that we are very sorry. Normally we work very hard to make sure we depart on time for both our game drives every day. There are still a few small issues that persist like; the video out connector on our new camera has broken after just one week and has now been sent to Johannesburg for repair. (seems like the cameras just can't take the rough African conditions that WE put them through). James has let us use his camera while the new one is fixed. James is a big wave surfer and mechanical engineer that has come to the camp for two weeks to help install all the new systems. You will also see his work on the drives as he is also an accomplished camera man.


Very few of the upgrades will be noticeable to you, which is unfortunate. most of them centre around improved network performance and resilience to lightning and power cuts. However, the biggest upgrade, while not visible, is an increased traversing area because of a better transmission system from the game drive vehicle. This means that we can drive further from camp and still get a perfect signal back. This will definitely mean more exciting sightings. The other big change is that we moved our final control from Jurie and Pippa's (the owners of Djuma) office down to our camp. While this won't have any visible effect it has certainly made life for our crew easier ... and a happy crew means better TV.


Finally, some of our upgrades, like the fibre optic cable and the generators, will only make a difference when summer comes and brings the big rains with their very destructive lightning storms. WE will now be able to carry on bringing you your fix of Africa that much more regularly.


Also, over the next few weeks you should see a steady improvement in our Infra Red camera work after the sun goes down on the landy. WE are experimenting with different lights, lenses and processes ... but like every aspect of our broadcast, the one thing you can always be assured of is that we will never give up in our quest to bring the African wilderness LIVE into your life ... it's in our nature.

7 comments:

Mytmoss said...

This is LOTS of information, all good stuff. The one thing that was not mentioned on how your efforts to get this distributed to 1000 viewers is going. You have done a tremendous amount of work for 80 slots. Is there a timetable for the 1000 slots? Thanks again,

Mike

Anonymous said...

is it still so that only 80 people can join you? I cannot get the connection. When do you get more connections, the talk was 1000? please give the information

greetings from holland

tc said...

wow oh wow i finally made it onto a drive and i knew i had to share my pics with all you wonderful people. feel free to print and hang at your lodge....

pieter says these are kudu i never knew what they looked like! cool beans
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here we are just driving down the road, how pretty are these shots?
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what kind of impalas are these? they sure do look different from africams but hey all is cool beans here
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cool as hell sunset i think
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a rainbow ran down on the sunset! cool beans!
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i think someone censored an animal doing something weird here but im not sure
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. It is greatly appreciated!! I really like the filters you used on the night view at the waterhole several days ago. One was a reddish one and the other was an amber one. Both made viewing the waterhole during your night, my day alot better. It would be wonderful if there were a few more lights on the far side of the waterhole but I understand that probably isn't possible. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill us in on what has been going on behind the scenes at WE. I'm sure I'm not the only one here out in cyberspace who is anxious to know what the latest developments are. I am probably not the only one who wishes they could be there helping out for that matter.

Thank you for understanding that a lot of us need our African "fix" every day!

RandyWI

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Anonymous said...

One of these days I think it would be great if we could have a tour of the camp when out on a drive to give us a better idea about the living conditions , i,m sure we would all enjoy it .