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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
RE: How do I find fun parks like this one??!!!

I went back and reread the OP, they paid $44/night to camp in a TENT! It's been years since I tent camped but it seems that prices were a lot lower for tents vs RVs. At most RV parks, if you occupy an RV site you will pay the same rate regardless of whether you stay in an RV or a tent. From the park's perspective, you are using an "income producing" site; the park wants to maintain the same revenue flow regardless of who uses it. Sure, you'll use little or no electricity compared with an RV, but that's only a couple of dollar difference, at most, per day.
docj 07/20/14 07:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cell phone and broadband signal booster

I sure envy the RV'ers who still have the old unlimited data plans. However, I think that these old plans are at only 3G speeds, not 4G speeds. Now ... an unlimited 4G plan would really be something to covet for RV trip movie watching. Many of the grandfathered unlimited plans are 4G; ours is on Verizon. We used >70GB last month mostly streaming Netflix and Huluplus.
docj 07/16/14 05:52am Technology Corner
RE: Cell phone and broadband signal booster

Distance is key. A few inches from the internal antenna is great. More than two feet and the effect goes way down. With that short of a working range, it might be easier to use it as if it was a "cradle" device and just use a Bluetooth headset to make calls while leaving the phone near the antenna.
docj 07/15/14 06:12am Technology Corner
RE: Convert winegard sk3005 to swm

Supplement follow up question... Can the SWM Multiswitch be mounted on top the RV? Would make my install easier if I only had to run 1 cable from roof to a hidden location rather than 4. That's where my SWM8 is mounted. Since there were already two coax's going from the Trav'ler to my DTV receiver we already had the one coax needed to go from the SWM to the PI29 located near the receiver. All the installer had to do was install 4 short coax's from the Trav'ler to the SWM8.
docj 07/15/14 06:07am Technology Corner
RE: Cell phone and broadband signal booster

I'm looking for advice/input/suggestions regarding my plan to purchase a Wilson Electronics #460108 4G booster kit. We travel during the winter and occasionally encounter instances when I cannot get a cell phone or broadband signal. Verizon is my carrier. This is one of the new 2014 FCC-approved cellular boosters. Unlike the Sleek (which I own) which can only amplify the signal for one phone, this device can serve multiple devices inside an RV or other vehicle.
docj 07/13/14 05:51am Technology Corner
RE: flatscreens

In one campground we were in, during a hot summer evening, the voltage got pretty low, like 96v, my TV still worked fine. (this was in '08, TV still works fine in the Sticks & Bricks house.) Our power management system wouldn't permit us to connect to voltage that low. You were risking lots of other things in your RV by connecting to it.
docj 07/10/14 02:37pm Technology Corner
RE: e-book basic questions...

I have issues with the entire idea of DRM and locking your purchase to a device. What happens of the company goes under (B&N?), how do you move your encrypted book to a new reader? It's really almost more like "renting" the book vrs buying a hard-copy book you can keep. I don't like DRM either, but when Sony went out of the eBook business they did transfer all the books I've bought from them to the Kobo store so I can still download them if necessary.
docj 07/10/14 02:16pm Technology Corner
RE: flatscreens

Jensen makes a big deal about their TVs being "certified" for RVs. But even if it is true, at the prices they charge you could essentially buy a cheaper TV and throw it out if it goes bad and replace it. The chances are it won't go bad and you'll have saved yourself lots of money.
docj 07/09/14 03:19pm Technology Corner
RE: e-book basic questions...

T I have a large collection of eBooks and use software called Calibre to manage my books. This allows me to store all my books on my computer and I can transfer a few at a time to my NOOK. Another thing to keep in mind is that B&N is getting out of the tablet and eReader business. I don't know what effect this will have on their sale of eBooks. X2 on using Calibre to manage the book collection. It's a free program and can even convert book files from one format to another in case you have both a Kindle and a reader that uses the ePub format. We have a pair of Sony eReaders and Sony just went out of the reader business, but they transferred our account and books we had purchased to Kobo Kobo sells readers of its own and a couple of them look like good values.
docj 07/09/14 06:22am Technology Corner
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