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RE: Which way should my TV antenna point for best reception

Antenna pointer apps are nice to get in the general area, but it's not unheard of to find a solid reflection off the side of a mountain. The Sensar Pro is a great tool for fine tuning things like this Signal meters are nice, although TVFOOL does include 3-D terrain "Coverage Maps" that indicate coverage dropouts and reflective angles for rception and a lot of "signal analysis" tutorials for those just starting out.yep.. The day job (still) is TV Engr. :(
SCVJeff 07/23/16 03:23am Technology Corner
RE: What potable gps to order tonight

No as I have about 32 years GPS experience and you are good at quotes but it appears know little of what you talk about. Until retiring I was a geodetic Eng. And had as part of my staff the NGS advisor. Also installed the super mirror ground control WITH GPS a one mile by one mile right angle to a tolerance of 5mm. You a partially correct on the WAAS system as I installed a couple of the sights control. It is actually a time correction transmitted from a ground sight with know coordinates. I can go on and on with projects but that is irrelevant. And how did you grade you accuracy tests? Over a know point so you could get real RMS values? OR yup middle of a street from a digitized map that had an original accuracy in many feet? OK I quit! LENi understand WAAS and how it works and know plenty of what I talk about. Obviously you have more experience with the hardware (sounds fun). The point is, and without boring others that WAAS comes off of commercial satellites and there needs to be a reasonable path or it ain't gonna work, and you should know that as well. That makes WAAS questionable in any dash mounted receiver. I don't need your kind of accuracy and for the purposes of this thread a vehicle GPS doesn't need anywhere near the resolution either of us do. When I do an FCC ASR, it first goes to the FAA who checks the work by hand against their maps and I've never had one come back at me. Im locating towers, you're locating each leg. I don't need that kind of resolution nor can I make it. These days GE is as good as my 7.5 min maps for what I do. Either way, none of this has to do with consumer GPS and I still say Apples to Apples there is no difference in performance between a standalone and "smartphone" regardless of WAAS, GLONASS, or anything else coming up.
SCVJeff 07/23/16 03:18am Technology Corner
RE: Produce inspection California

It is amazing, someone who does not know when to capitalize or how to spell has to bash California. We have our problems, but, we have more people living in this state from other states... Got the idea. Like Mom used to say, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all".It has to be general lack of education. They also probably have no clue the produce that's grown, and they eat coming from the Central Valley while they're suffering in 10 degree weather. It's amazing to be how narrow minded some on this board are. California regulations and SOME laws are ridiclous, but that doesn't mean the entire population lines up behind it. On the other hand, some people like to whine even when they have no clue. That's what we're saying! The fruit we have on board that was bought in the Midwest and are now vacationing with in California where it was shipped from!But who know what exotic bugs have attached themselves ? I get what they are trying to do, but the way commerce is these days, vehicle carry is the last thing I'd worry about. Those checks are way better to catch wood beetles
SCVJeff 07/23/16 02:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Water pump question

Does it run better with the faucet On all the way? Some pumps will cycle on and off to maintain pressure when the flow is too low to run continuous. Variable speed pumps usually just slow down as to not cycle like that.
SCVJeff 07/22/16 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing Refrigerator Cooling unit

I would recommend http://rvcoolingunit.com/- David Force. I would also spring for the new Amish unit- a bit more $$ but all new, with reportedly better performance.x2 David is great to deal with. I'm doing a Helium replacement this weekend. This is probably the one Chris is talking about.
SCVJeff 07/22/16 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: External laptop coolers

Yes the external fans do work. DW uses an external fan on her Acer laptop. Her external fan is called "Connectland accessory". It plugs into a USB port. Her Acer has always overheated when purchased new.x2 Probably not needed but sure knocks down the case temp
SCVJeff 07/22/16 09:18am Technology Corner
RE: Produce inspection California

It is amazing, someone who does not know when to capitalize or how to spell has to bash California. We have our problems, but, we have more people living in this state from other states... Got the idea. Like Mom used to say, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all".It has to be general lack of education. They also probably have no clue the produce that's grown, and they eat coming from the Central Valley while they're suffering in 10 degree weather. It's amazing to be how narrow minded some on this board are. California regulations and SOME laws are ridiclous, but that doesn't mean the entire population lines up behind it. On the other hand, some people like to whine even when they have no clue.
SCVJeff 07/22/16 09:14am General RVing Issues
RE: What potable gps to order tonight

So what's the difference? OLYLEN answered your question. bumpyBecause you couldn't? So now we are talking about a literal difference in feet while driving at 60MPH so you can grasp at a few straws? One more time.... It is EXACTLY the same database, lane assist, and display. They are the SAME company doing the same thing, I suggest both of you do a little homework. As far as trusting GLONASS... Really? You don't think the Russians can't point missles as accurate as we can? I have seen A-B comparisons of an iPhone with and without GLONASS enabled in and around city streets in San Francisco and the error correction is amazing. That same test also used a Garmin NUVI as the benchmark and it was no better than the iPhone sans GLONASS, and since Garmin no longer allows you to switch WASS Off, it was obviously On. WHY?... Do either of you even realize that the WASS system is only 3 additional satellites flying around? All 3 are geo-sync, meaning you need a view of the southern belt, exactly as one does with DSS. And you expect 100% accuracy on your GPS dash mounted in the car with a completely occluded view of the sky straight up, and now let's add city buildings and trees? Good luck. For those who don't know WASS, that system was designed for and commissioned by the FAA to assist aircraft that fly with external antennas in open sky, not someone in a car shadowed by the car itself at best. Do I work for Apple? That snipe isn't worth the response, but one of my work hats is precision location of TV and Microwave towers for licensing and registration purposes to the FCC AND FAA all over the country, and for that I often use the iPhone and my NUVI because, in the OPEN sky they are never more than 1/10 sec off, as good as my old professional Trimble that I don't even bother with anymore. Wanna put this to bed now?
SCVJeff 07/22/16 08:10am Technology Corner
RE: Produce inspection California

seems its best to just aviod this rotten state all together. ...you really don't mean this right? California has the best cops, spectacular beaches, epic mountains, forests with giant trees, great food, and happy sunny people.I hope he keeps his self righteous attitude and rots where he is because we sure don't need it here. We gots enuf problems.. Of all the years I drive back into the state, the same state bad attitude Omaha likely gets most of his produce from, I have never ever been stopped long enough for the tires to quit spinning. This on I-5, I-15, I-40, I-10 ,I-8, and a mix of other crossings. Not once.
SCVJeff 07/22/16 12:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Which way should my TV antenna point for best reception

Antenna pointer apps are nice to get in the general area, but it's not unheard of to find a solid reflection off the side of a mountain. The Sensar Pro is a great tool for fine tuning things like this
SCVJeff 07/22/16 12:10am Technology Corner
RE: Forum softwrae and servers?

There are currently 8,224 users connected to the forums. Which is a lot for any CMS system to handle. Not to mention, the custom Cold Fusion software is definitely showing its age. Actually, for quite some time now?not gonna tell anyone about the rack full of Trash-80's ?
SCVJeff 07/22/16 12:02am Forum Technical Support
RE: Honda EU2000i case tempature

I may be able to do this later, but unless they're sitting in the sun, the cases do not get noticeably warm.x2 The case is warm at best
SCVJeff 07/21/16 09:24am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What potable gps to order tonight

Again, a REAL GPS app with onboard data, owned by Garmin or Navigon, also owned by Garmin. This discussion has nothing to do with mis-routes because we have all been there regardless. But Apples to Apples, there is zero difference between a stand-alone GPS, or one in a smartphone with the app and data owned by the same company. As for traffic data, the smartphone has it all over a stand-alone GPS that relies on picking up that data from an FM transmitter. While these work well in metro areas, they don't once out on the road, and the FM stations charge to carry that data which is never appealing. I still have a Garmin that used a far faster and superior system to what's currently used, owned by Microsoft. One day MS decided to take their toys and go home and that was the end of that. It's a great GPS but the FM cable is now nothing but a power cord. In cell land the coverage is obviously far greater and faster than FM distribution could hope to be. Personally that's why I run Waze in the background. Being essentially real-time can easily be 20-30 min faster than a Garmin traffic monitor service driven (hopefully) by law enforcement folks.
SCVJeff 07/21/16 09:10am Technology Corner
RE: What potable gps to order tonight

A new iPhone with GPS uses satelites just like a regular GPS stand alone. With it you can have dozens of specialized apps for whatever needs you have. You also get a decent pocket camera. Yup. NEWER iPhones have real GPS. Android phones always did.iPhones have always had GPS built in, so what's that mean? What the newer iPhones have that I'm not sure about Android (probably some) is also the GLONASS constellation as well, making them often far more accurate than a GPS constellation-only device
SCVJeff 07/21/16 08:31am Technology Corner
RE: What potable gps to order tonight

best Garmin you can afford, or want to pay for. you want a GPS, get a GPS not an adapted toy. bumpyI'll put my "adapted toy" up against your "real" GPS any day. Do you even know what that means? They are both computers, smartphones being WAY faster, and both use the exact same database. So what's the difference?
SCVJeff 07/21/16 08:25am Technology Corner
RE: Parking in front of my house

Just got a parking ticket for leaving my 40ft. Parked on the street in front of my house. I was parked leaga)y, and not living in it. Normally leave it there between trips. Well I'm guessing perhaps you have an HOA where you live?? And someone in the neighborhood decided to call you in for violating it.Doesnt need to be an HOA. City laws all over the nation prohibit parking after a certain amount of time. Our local laws prohibit anything over 48 hours, weekends not included. So that leaves only getting by Wed. to start 48 hours into the weekend. And obviously someone needs to call
SCVJeff 07/21/16 01:00am Beginning RVing
RE: What potable gps to order tonight

I would never depend or expect Waze or any other 'live' GPS to do the same, although I run Waze in the background, my primary resident GPS (all data on board) is Navigon. If you have a smartphone, look at the real GPS apps and decide. My trusty Garmin still travels in the flight bag but I haven't pulled it out in two years since using Navigon on the iPhone
SCVJeff 07/21/16 12:56am Technology Corner
RE: Cable and fuses for Magnum MSH 3012 M inverter

HERE's one that's a 10' min, but it's $5/ft. Personally I'd use Super Excelene in a slit wrap sheathing and be done
SCVJeff 07/20/16 09:38am Tech Issues
RE: Cable and fuses for Magnum MSH 3012 M inverter

Are you SURE he didn't say 2/0? What's the manual say? You can never have cable that's too big. But I guarantee that if you try and skimp on cable you'll have nothing but problems and be back replacing it
SCVJeff 07/20/16 12:16am Tech Issues
RE: Modified sine wave power inverter ?

And your MW complains loudly about it. I doubt a curling iron is more than 50w so it obviously has nothing to do with loading the inverter. If it works on shore power/ gen and not the inverter, blame the MSW inverter. Just because it's a resistive load means nothing, the control system isn't. I wiped out a heating pad, neck massage pillow, electric blanket, and fluorescent light before I replaced the inverter. 3 of those 4 devices are arguably resistive loads or motors, but their control systems are not.
SCVJeff 07/19/16 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
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