Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 16, 2010

Webcam Status

By Jeanne Ehinger
Record-Eagle Webmaster

October 11, 2011

All systems go! The camera is focused and turned more towads the city for our annual fall/winter view. If you see the webcam go down for more than 24 hours, please e-mail to let me know.

October 10, 2011

Thanks to some sluething by our IT guru, Tom, we've got the webcam back up and running. However, it needs some focusing.  We'll work on that and also make our normal winter move to show more of the city. Thanks again for your patience.

October 6, 2011

Our maintenance and IT guys made the trip to the roof of the Holiday Inn yesterday and fiddled with the webcam for more than an hour. No luck.  Next step — investigate possible issues with the camera's Internet connection. Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience.

September 30, 2011

The webcam hasn't been reporting back images and we are unable to connect to it remotely.  With 40 mph wind gusts today, it's not safe to go up on the roof to troubleshoot, so let's hope for better weather Monday. Thanks for your patience!

April 18, 2011

We had a technical issue with our server on Friday which affected the Webcam. Current images are now uploading successfully. If you see the webcam go down for more than 24 hours, please e-mail to let me know.

December 16, 2010

Whoops! I made some server changes and neglected to set the webcam to send its images to the new server. I backed up the old server on Nov. 16, so the webcam reverted to that image when we switched over. It's fixed now. If you're still seeing the November image, try pressing Ctrl-F5 on your keyboard to force a new refresh. As always, if you see the webcam go down for more than 24 hours, please e-mail to let me know.

November 2, 2010

Just got word from my IT guy, Tom, that the Webcam is back online.  If you see it go down for more than 24 hours, please e-mail to let me know. Thanks!

October 20, 2010

Looks like a network cable got severed on camera, probably due to the work the Holiday Inn was doing on the roof.  Our IT guy is there now but needs to come back for a new cable. I'm not sure when he'll have the chance to get back up there.  Stay tuned and thanks again for your patience.

October 11, 2010

We're aware the webcam is down and we're looking into it.  I suspect the continued work on the Holiday Inn roof may be the issue. Thanks for your patience.

October 7, 2010

It turns out the Holiday Inn was doing work on the roof and dismantled the camera. When Jim, the Record-Eagle maintenance man, went up there yesterday, the roofers were using it as a coat rack! (By the way, thanks to Jim, there will be no more trips to the roof for me!) He got it all set up again, but the focus was out of adjustment.  Jim braved some pretty windy weather today to get it focused again. We should be all set.  If you see the camera go down for more than 24 hours, please email Thanks!

October 5, 2010

Thanks to everyone who emailed me over the weekend and yesterday while I was out of the office that the webcam is on the fritz.  I'm checking into it and will report here when we've found the cause. 

September 22, 2010

Hi Webcam fans!  Our Webcam is still finnicky, and you may see it stop reporting during the day.  However, because we now reboot it nightly, it will be back up and running the following day. If you see the camera go down for more than 24 hours, e-mail Thanks!

August 10, 2010

The problem turned out to be with the Internet connection, not the camera this time.  We're back in business.  If you see the camera go down again, e-mail

August 9, 2010

At least we had a gorgeous sunrise to look at when the Webcam went on the fritz!  Our maintence guy is taking on the Webcam duties, and I've asked him to make a trek to the roof to see what the issue might be.

May 16, 2010

Finally, I think we have a solution that will keep our Webcam in working order.  Whenever the camera has gone out in the past, I've trekked up to the rooftop of the Holiday Inn to turn it off, then on again.  And it would work for awhile, until it went on the fritz the next time. Well, someone (not me, I'm embarrassed to say) finally had the bright idea to install a timer on the Webcam.

The timer will shut the camera down in the wee hours of the night, and turn it back on again.  So, if it stops reporting during any given day, the automatic nightly reboot should put it back online.

I say should because we've tried many fixes in the past, and this Webcam has confounded us before. Let's cross our collective fingers and hope this will be a lasting solution.

Thanks again for your patience!