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    Note, you can manually request a picture at anytime, you don't have to wait for a deer to walk by to trigger it.
    1960 - 1970s 70 taps on galvanized buckets with Dad and Grandpa.
    1970s - 1985 Acted crazy!
    1986 - 2005 20-30 buckets.
    2006- 2017 70 buckets and bags
    2017-2019 100 bags and buckets
    2020 Finally retired!!! 75 buckets, 50-75 on tubing. RO Bucket, New 12 X 16 Shack and a 36X42 flat pan.
    2021-Adding another 125 taps along with a second RO bucket.
    Lots of Family and Friends and a dog named Skyy!

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    We have a battery trail cam facing our tanks. We actually hung a bird feeder next to the tanks which is enough movement to send a picture when a bird comes to eat.
    West Sumner Sugar House
    West Sumner, ME
    400 +/- Taps - 2 x 8 CDL Venturi - 2 Shurflo Solar Systems - MES Dolly 300
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    I use a game cam. Runs on 12 AA batteries. Lasts all season. Connected to cell service. Works great.
    Steve

    2017
    2x8 Mason drop tube evaporator
    420 Taps
    3 surflo pumps on 5/16
    79 gallons of syrup made
    2016
    New kitchen addition to sap house
    400 taps
    52 gallons syrup made

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    My new Remote Vacuum Sense (RVS) unit is another way of remote monitoring. You read vacuum using text messages.

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    Mountain Maple farm
    2020: 207 taps, 60% red maples. Mountain Maple S3 diaphragm pump controller with automated sap transfer
    New website:
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    Dave, any chance that it will ever work with US Cellular? Thatís the only service we have around thatís any good. Verizon is spotty but not at the bush locations.
    270 taps on 2 Shurflo's, 31 taps on 3/16" and 120 taps on gravity. 421 total for 2021 season.
    Mountain Maple S3 controller for 145 of the vacuum taps
    2x6 Darveau Mystique Oil Fired Evaporator w/ Smoky Lake Simplicity Auto Draw
    Wesfab 7Ē filter press
    IBC totes in the woods, 800 Gallon CDL bulk tank at the shack

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    I have tested The RVS and S4 controllers with T-Mobile and AT&T. Have a Canadian customer using a variation of Telus, and Rogers is also supported. So if US Cellular is compatible with any of those, which it probably is, it should work. Verizon is a slightly different technology and not yet supported. Maybe next year.

    Dave
    Mountain Maple farm
    2020: 207 taps, 60% red maples. Mountain Maple S3 diaphragm pump controller with automated sap transfer
    New website:
    https://www.mountainmaplefarm.com
    https://www.facebook.com/MountainMapleFarm/

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