Grizzly at Mary Bay Yellowstone Lake

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Getting a Stronger WiFi Signal

We’ve all had the experience of a weak WiFi signal when at a park that has promoted WiFi. They may have a perfectly good and strong WiFi signal in the office or laundry room but not at the site you are parked in.

I have been looking into different solutions to improve a weak WiFi signal without a lot of expense, equipment and long term contracts.

After reading different blogs and forums I am going to try an Alfa external WiFi antenna. This is not the silver bullet nor anything new and exotic. It is a simple receiver that utilizes a 5db gain antenna to receive a WiFi signal and amplify it then send into your USB port.

The cost of this package was just under $37 through Amazon. I ordered a 15’ extension cable because the price was right and I might want to move the antenna around to try different places.

The driver installed flawlessly on my Windows Vista service pack 2 system. My “non scientific” test proved that a neighbors unsecure network that had a 1 bar strength went to a 3 bar signal and I was able to connect and get on the WWW. Yes I know, shame on me.

This is probably just one of the many fixes that I will have to have in my arsenal to get a strong WiFi signal.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Getting Ready For The Next Journey

You’ll have to excuse me for wondering off subject in the last couple of blog entries. I’ll do that once in a while.

Dianna and I are getting ready for our next outing with the RV. One of the things that is needed to be done is get the RV all clean from our previous trips. Since it had never been hand washed I thought it would be nice to get all the big chunks off and get it really clean. It was dirty!

All clean after a thorough washing.All Clean

In reading MtnAireTravlers blog Weldon has mentioned using a solution that Mark and Dortha are distributors of for an easy clean and getting a shine that has no comparison. After an email exchange with Dortha I ordered “The Solution” from http://www.super-seal.com/.

The hand washing allowed me to have a clean base before I applied The Solution to see how well it does.

Up on the ladder getting her all shinny.P1000654

While I was finishing the outside Dianna cleaned the interior and also cleaned the inside of the bay doors. What a gal!

Just about finished.P1000653

Yes it was hot, near 90. Where is the October weather? Now that we have a good coat of The Solution on the rig we will see how well it performs.

With a weekend trip to the Dallas area in a couple of weeks and longer outing later in the month we should have a good idea if all this work paid off.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Turn To Say Something

I read a couple of RV blog entries a few days ago about chipping in for their cause. After having read them I want to voice my feelings about the subject.

There are a lot of us who have worked our butts off all our working life to obtain what we have dreamed of.

The idea of asking fellow RV’rs to “Chip In” so they can continue living the RV life falls in the shadow of panhandling.

This type of activity does not belong in the RV community.

I have not seen the “Chip In” button before. I’m positive that the button was designed for causes that are meaningful and has a real purpose in the cyber world.

If you can’t afford the RV life style then park it and hang up the keys. It doesn’t make any difference how young or old you are there are numerous ways to work and earn enough to support that life style.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mid Term Elections Do Make A Difference

4 Reasons to Vote November 2nd

#1.No relief in the unemployment for the last 2 years.

#1.Housing industry still in shambles.

#1.Middle East war – either win the war or get out.

#1. Cut the trillions of dollars from the deficit.

I’m sure each of you have priorities that can be added or taken away from this list. 

Your Vote Counts

In order to make a difference in 2012 we must start in 2010!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

An Old Friend

Our planned trip to the Dallas area was to be visits with family and a doctor appointment. Nothing special or would like to do was on the itinerary for this short trip.

We arrived at the Lewisville Lake Park campground and got our rig set up. As I was preparing to start cleaning all the bugs off the front of the RV a gentleman stepped out of the RV next to us. I looked at him and thought I know this person. As he turned in my direction I immediately recognized him and called his name. He looked at me and recognized who I was. Both of us were in total shock.

Next door to an old friend

It has been 10 – 12 years since we have spoken with each other. Both of us were active in Ham Radio in the Dallas area. We met each other in the mid 80’s and participated in many of the local Ham Radio activities.

That evening we spent several hours getting reacquainted and catching up on each others lives. The next evening we spent more hours talking about old common friends and our past experiences with those old friends. What a memorable time going back to those fun and adventurous days we enjoyed.

Before we left we exchanged contact information and promised to keep in contact with each other.

What are the odds of being in a RV park next door to an old friend that you have not seen in years? I feel extremely lucky and fortunate that I was able to meet Tommy again and to be able to continue our friendship.

 

Grandkids enjoying cake

At a family visit we enjoyed a nice dinner and Dianna got to spoil a couple of the grandkids.

One of things we did have planned was to go to the Farmers Market.

Fresh Tomatoes! And they were delicious!

 

Isn’t RV’ing wonderful?

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