Category: Off-the-Grid Power

Slow Season

By , June 29, 2017

The summer tourist season is in full swing. Since Michelle works for a local tour company, you can imagine how the hectic pace bleeds into our homestead. It seems everyone has her cell number, so calls and texts usually begin as soon as she turns her phone on in the morning, and don’t end till evening. Her only respite comes during her hike commute, when she has no coverage on the trail. Add to this her need to process her work day, and Aly’s similar need after dealing with tourists at the museum all day, and the hustle and bustle of a tourist town comes home to the forest.

Ironically, I consider this a slow season. That’s because my jobs involve Internet connectivity.

A cruise ship heads south on Lynn Canal a few summers ago (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Stormalong

By , January 10, 2017

The recent windy weather continued through Monday before dying down to reasonable winter wind levels (see Stormy Start to the Year).

Ironically, this period of high wind meant low power for us, even when the storm winds blew the weather sunny.

The dead mother board in our wind generator’s controller hasn’t been much of a problem for us, but it does require us to shut down the system if the wind gets to high (see Wind Generator Problems, Yet Again). Without the circuit board, the generator won’t power itself down when it reaches the set level of charge, so we risk burning it out.

Today, I’m headed over to another homestead on the bay to troubleshoot a controller problem there. I understand I might get a used replacement board out of the job, which we would install on our controller as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the power supply’s down to about 75%! The solar array bumps this figure up a few points during the brief sun window we get this close to the winter solstice, but it’s a net loss. That keeps me from writing much at present.

Luckily, Aly got out on Sunday and took these great photos of the water. Enjoy!

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

 

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

(Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger)

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