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RE: How much difference between SD and HD

That could be the difference between true north and magnetic north. Dishpointer I believe always gives readings in terms of true north.
docj 07/28/14 01:28pm Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

when I watch TV I don't even bother going to those high numbered HD channels. the plus for HD is that you can see every wrinkle in Jerry Springer's face. the minus is that you can see every wrinkle in Jerry Springer's face. bumpy You must be using a very old receiver; my HD channels are fully integrated in the Guide with the SD ones and normally I block display of SD duplicates.
docj 07/27/14 03:46pm Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

When HDTV was first introduced I was a non-believer, but, over time, I've come to agree that at screen sizes of 40" and above the HDTV picture really is nicer to look at. That doesn't mean the programs are any better, but, for example, if you watch Downton Abbey in HD the scenes and the costumes have far more resolution and add to the enjoyment IMO. I'm curious to see how the roll-out of 4K TV will go over the next couple of years. I think 3D was pretty much a bust and I am curious if the industry is going to be able to convince people that another 2X improvement in resolution is going to be something they just have to have.
docj 07/27/14 01:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Satellite TV hookup

If you're saying that your're getting a snowy picture when you connect the receiver (outside your RV) to the coax and connected the TV inside the RV to that same cable, then you definitely have a bad connection somewhere. The picture coming off the output of the receiver should be entirely free from "snow". Digital images such as those with satellite TV don't get "snowy"; they are either all there or they aren't there at all. The snow is coming from something in your system. Most likely one of the connectors on the coax is bad; that's pretty common. That kind of problem with a coax will degrade the picture and add the snow you are observing. However, it will totally DESTROY the satellite signal if you try to send it down that same cable. That is why you can't get any signal if you move the receiver inside.
docj 07/27/14 08:12am Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

These discussions have been going on since HD was first introduced. Some people don't mind the SD picture; many prefer the one you get with HD. I definitely prefer HD, but if I'm watching a streaming video I don't get upset when the picture quality automatically degrades to preserve the stream on those occasions when the internet connection slows. Some of you who have only streamed on an internet connection via cable or fiber may never have noticed this, but all the major streaming services (Netflix, Huluplus, etc) can dynamically alter your resolution to avoid you getting one of those LOADING screens. It happens fairly often if you're streaming on a cellular connection. When it occurs it's a good way to directly compare SD to HD for the same program. For many shows, it doesn't change your ability to watch the drama, but it does reduce the visual appeal. On a sports show it can be deadly.
docj 07/27/14 08:07am Technology Corner
RE: You'll Soon Be Able To UNLOCK Your Mobile Phone Legally!

In general, unlocking doesn't just involve using special codes. You need to set different configuration parameters, including a list of preferred networks to connect if going to another mobile provider. Such as porting from Sprint to Verizon. It generally involves using specialized technician software to program the phone, and not user friendly for the average owner. Most will opt to use a service. With all due respect, for the 4G GSM phone that I unlocked there was nothing to do other than insert the SIM from the new carrier. That instantly gave me voice service and SMS texting. To use the minimal internet browser built into the phone I did have to enter carrier-specific access point information and create a new internet profile for the phone, neither of which was all that difficult after the carrier's support staff told me where to find the information.
docj 07/26/14 12:44pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon wireless unlimited data use

Joel, its a variable factor determined by their software at each tower and constantly adjusted based on available bandwidth & number of users. Expect it to be at least 10% for those that throttling applies to, when its required. If you mean that the effective throughput will be at least 10% of the available bandwidth then IMO this isn't much of a threat to my way of life. As long as you are willing to live with low-moderate video resolution I've successfully streamed on 3G connections with 1-2Mbps. So having VZW occasionally drop me back to those levels wouldn't be such a catastrophe.
docj 07/26/14 08:32am Technology Corner
RE: You'll Soon Be Able To UNLOCK Your Mobile Phone Legally!

I had a prepaid GSM phone from a Canadian carrier that I wanted to use on a different network. I used an online service and paid <$10 to get the unlock code (which did work). The phone wasn't under contract so the legality of doing so wasn't a question.
docj 07/26/14 06:48am Technology Corner
RE: Verizon wireless unlimited data use

But what's not known is what does throttling mean, speed-wise, for a 4G connection. If the connection has been running at >10Mbps there's a big difference between throttling at 10% (~1 Mbps) or at 1% (~100kbps). Most of the time I could live with a 1Mbps connection; you can even stream SD video on that. Anything less would be an issue for me, at least.
docj 07/26/14 06:45am Technology Corner
RE: Canadian GPS Problem

As per comment above for my current Garmmin NUVI I had to get a memory card to be able to load all the maps for western and eastern North America. The same thing happened to me; the current North American map set is larger than the memory in most (all?) older Garmins. If you did an update and didn't notice that you needed a memory card it probably would have loaded only the US portion of the maps. You can buy an SD card for a couple of dollars at Walmart and download the full map set.
docj 07/23/14 05:44am Technology Corner
RE: HD DVR dedicated inverter

When my Xantrex died I replaced it with a pure sine wave one from Magnum (MS2812). The Xantrex often caused the DirecTV DVR to reboot; the Magnum doesn't.
docj 07/22/14 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

As to Canadian laws not applying to foreign RVers - dream on. Joe: Considering that I've seen quite a few DirecTV dishes on houses I've driven past, I suspect enforcement isn't all that vigilant. As for them coming after a foreign tourist spending money in Canada, I'm not saying it couldn't happen, but I would think that wouldn't be a popular political position. Joel
docj 07/22/14 02:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

Yep, just be glad you are getting any signal from there! Believe me, I'm not complaining. I'm at a CG with excellent wifi (this morning it was running >15Mbps), I can receive DTV and the temps are in the 70's everyday with low humidity. What's to complain about? :B
docj 07/22/14 06:08am Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

If you are currently in Canada, that would not surprise me. The KA band (HD) broadcast is weaker and "flaker" than that KU band (SD) so the closer to get to the edge of the footprint the lower the chances are of receiving a strong enough signal. This also varies by transponder so channels on one transponder (multiple channels per transponder) will be good and channels on another will not despite being at the same location. We're in the extreme SE corner of PEI which is only ~46.3N but it's at ~63W which puts us pretty far east of the 99/101/103 cluster.
docj 07/21/14 06:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

You don't need a Trav'ler but you need more than a dome. A regular full sized dome should get DirecTV programming to at least the line along which Lake Louise is located. The smaller VueCube antenna will not make it that far. If you move to an 18" antenna you should be able to make Jasper at least for the DirecTV SD programming from 101. If you want to get all of the DTV programming you are likely going to need one of the oval 18x24"(?) dishes either roof mounted or on a tripod plus a clear view to the satellite(s). I just discovered that my Trav'ler isn't perfect for this location either. Of the channels my DW and I watch, three (HBO, Showtime and HGTV) can't be received in HD. So those we will watch in SD.
docj 07/21/14 02:40pm Technology Corner
RE: backing up ITunes

With all due respect, backing files directly to iCloud is somewhat out of date. It is far better to use the iTunes "Match" capability which essentially stores your entire music library in the iCloud and makes it available to any "i" device you own as well as to any computer running iTunes. It costs $25/yr for the subscription but it makes your collection available from virtually anywhere. The devices you use it on are not required to actually download the music files; they obtain them from the cloud and play them as they are being downloaded.
docj 07/20/14 04:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

....My fully automatic Winegard Trav'ler had no problems locating the DTV satellites. Which model do you have? We have a Trav'ler SK3005 which we have converted to SWM.
docj 07/20/14 04:04pm Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

As an adjunct to my previous message above, this is what I found from the Industry Canada (government) website - 5. Why does Canada have rules making the reception of American DTH programming illegal? There are a number of reasons why Canada prohibits unauthorized decoding of encrypted subscription programming signals. A Canadian broadcaster who has purchased distribution rights for programs suffers financial loss if the same program provided on a U.S. satellite signal is decoded in Canada. Also, the subscriber base for Canadian DTH distribution undertakings is significantly diminished if Canadians subscribe to unauthorized American DTH services. The importation of American DTH equipment and the purchase of American subscriptions ultimately threatens jobs and growth in the Canadian broadcasting industry. The link is here for those interested in reading the legal reasons why the signal may not be received. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is a public organisation in Canada with mandate as a regulatory agency for broadcasting and telecommunications. It was created in 1976 when it took over responsibility for regulating telecommunication carriers. The key point is that these are rules for Canadian citizens living in Canada and have nothing to do with a tourist driving his RV up here. Furthermore, I have seen a non-trivial number of DirecTV dishes mounted on houses here; I've been told by Canadians that all they need is a friend's US address they can use on their accounts.
docj 07/20/14 01:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

I just finished three weeks in western Canada so you might want to look at my two posts above. One might think that going 2000 miles further north from a Sat that's 22,000 miles away would decrease the signal strength by 10%. Unfortunately this is not true for a Sat that is positioned over the equator because of the low angle (less than 25 degrees) and the big increase in the earth's atmosphere that the signal has to travel through. In Canada just because your dish locks on the right Sat (101 in my case) you need a signal strength of over 70 to get a picture and 60 to get some sound. My fairly large dome sat dish found 101 with a signal strength of 75 in Baniff, but 200 miles further north in Jasper it would not produce a picture. Fortunately I have a modified Hugh's Net 1M dish that was able to get 101 with a 85+ signal so I was able to watch all of my usual US channels 400 miles from the US boarder. I did not try and get HD as the signals from 99 and 103 are usually not as strong as 101. I though maybe a picture of the coverage area of those sats in my post above might help. What was I thinking.:S We're not nearly as far north as Jasper (we're only at ~46N), but we are much further east of the satellite since the 101 bird sits over longitude 101 which I believe runs through Lubbock TX and we're currently at ~62W. We're currently having no trouble getting HD with our Trav'ler.
docj 07/20/14 01:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

Howdy! I was told by a campground owner last year that the automatic satellite dish have a hard time locking onto a satellite because they move to fast. He stated that the manuel dish work much better locking onto the satellite. I did not get a chance to find out as I contacted DirecTv for help and they discontuined our service until which time we returned to the US. "Happy Trails" Chiefneon That might qualify for the "stupid technical answer of the week"; I'm writing this from our site on Prince Edward Island. My fully automatic Winegard Trav'ler had no problems locating the DTV satellites.
docj 07/20/14 01:11pm Technology Corner
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