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RE: Filling Propane While Traveling

Tractor Supply is typically the lowest price. To see if there is a store near you, click the link below, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Find in Stores": Tractor Supply with propane
Tom_M 11/07/19 07:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Mobile hot spots

Visible has started a service called "Party Pay". This can bring monthly service down to $25. Visible Party Pay
Tom_M 11/06/19 09:16am Technology Corner
RE: Loose tow bar in receiver

Here's a link to to etrailer.com which has several solutions.
Tom_M 11/01/19 04:30am Tech Issues
RE: weak antenna signal

To clarify this a bit, the government recently auctioned off the 600 Mhz TV band leaving only channels 14 thru 34 in the UHF band. Nothing changed with the VHF band. Back in the old days of analog you could not have adjacent channels in the same market. For instance, you could not have channels 2 and 3. But wait, you say there are channels 4 and 5 or 6 and 7 in your city. Turns out there is a frequency gap between these channels. This basically cuts the number of channels available in half. Now with the advent of digital, adjacent channels are allowed, so the impact of the frequency auctions are not as drastic as appears. Most of these channel reassignments are within the UHF band, so most of the TV broadcasts will remain UHF. Before the repack about 25% of TV stations were broadcasting on the VHF band. I don't know what the percentage will be after the final repack.
Tom_M 10/30/19 10:54am Technology Corner
RE: Mobile hot spots

Try Visible. $40/month unlimited phone, text, and data. You can use your existing phone if it is compatible, or purchase an Android phone for $19. With the Visible R2 phone you can connect to the phone hot spot.
Tom_M 10/29/19 11:58am Technology Corner
RE: replacement for Directv

There isn't any really well done integrated OTA DVR that does this well other than TIVO and you PAY for that privilege!Channel Master has an OTA DVR for $129 that looks promising. No subscription needed: Channel Master Stream+ OTA DVR Microsoft had an excellent DVR feature which was included with Windows called "Windows Media Center". That feature is no longer included in Windows 10. I'm still using Media Center with Windows 7 and SiliconDust HDHomeRun tuners. It presently downloads a program guide, but that will end at the end of the year.
Tom_M 10/28/19 08:50am Technology Corner
RE: weak antenna signal

2010 I replaced my un-amplified antenna with an un-amplified Winegard Sensar III. The amplifier is in the wall plate. If you suspect that your wall plate is defective you can purchase an amplified wall plate. Here's one on Amazon: Winegard 18-9847 RA-7296 Wall Plate Signal Amplifier-White
Tom_M 10/25/19 07:43am Technology Corner
RE: OT- now I’ve seen it all.

Here's the link to a fuse: https://www.synergisticresearch.com/fuses/orange-fuse/
Tom_M 10/22/19 01:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Can you send visible wifi to a non wifi computer

Visible is a brand of cell phone service owned by Verizon. I have the Visible R2 and I connect to a GL.iNet GL-AR150 Mini Travel Router. It has an ethernet port. The R2 only allows one connection to its hotspot so I use the router as a repeater. Here's a link to the one I purchased from Amazon for $26.50: https://www.amazon.com/GL-iNet-Pre-installed-Performance-Compatible-Programmable/dp/B01FJ4S9JK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ar150+router&qid=1571522779&sr=8-1
Tom_M 10/19/19 04:11pm Technology Corner
RE: Locast adds Atlanta and Phoenix

But it's 15 of the largest population markets and according their web site, 34% of the US market.
Tom_M 10/19/19 10:13am Technology Corner
RE: Locast adds Atlanta and Phoenix

My experience with Locast: You can only watch a station if you are located near the city they are broadcasting from. If you don't donate at least $5/month you can only watch for about 15 minutes at a time. To get around the location issue, I installed an add-on called Location Guard. Link to web site: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/location-guard/ Quote from site: "Hide your geographic location from websites. Report a fake location with the addition of random noise in order to protect your privacy. Per site settings with three configurable levels of accuracy or even the possibility to use a fixed location." I will be heading for Arizona soon and there are some spots where I have no TV reception but do have internet. Another benefit is I will be able to watch Vikings football if they are playing in one of the Locast cities. Go Vikes!
Tom_M 10/19/19 07:47am Technology Corner
RE: Need a Recorder???

The Wally is the recorder, but it has no internal hard drive, thus the need for the external drive.
Tom_M 09/27/19 02:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Need a Recorder???

You should be able to record on your Wally by connecting an external hard drive. Here's a link: https://www.mydish.com/support/products/receivers/hopper/how-to/receiver-to-ehd
Tom_M 09/27/19 10:27am Technology Corner
RE: antenna

Check this article "Tune up your TV antenna" by Chris Bryant: https://web.archive.org/web/20130629125425/http://blog.rv.net/2008/06/tech-tune-up-your-tv-antenna/print/
Tom_M 09/25/19 05:35am Truck Campers
RE: antenna

After the analog TV broadcasts were shut down, many stations reverted to VHF. About 25% of TV stations are now broadcasting on VHF, so the best RV antenna is the Winegard Sensar IV which has the Wingman built in. If you have an older version, you can purchase just the Wingman and snap it onto the bottom of the antenna.
Tom_M 09/21/19 01:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Tv antenna upgrade questions

It appears that the Signal Commander antenna is basically the same as the Winegard Sensar III. The Sensar III's shortcoming was its UHF reception so Winegard came out with the Wingman attachment to boost the UHF. It's doubtful that the Wingman will attach to the Commander. The Winegard Sensar IV antenna has the Wingman built in. According to an answer posted on Amazon, the Sensar IV head will attach to the Commander lift arms. As mentioned, the "BOMB" is sending power up the coax to the antenna head.
Tom_M 09/13/19 04:20am Technology Corner
RE: OTA television while traveling?

Digital has been an industry "Buzz Word" for decades. It has been tagged onto almost everything electronic. There will be "Digital Antennas" for many more years. Here's a link to a thread by SCVJeff who did an extensive test of the Batwing vs. the Jack: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27171026.cfm When the analog TV was shut down, many TV stations moved their digital broadcasts from the UHF band back to the VHF band. About 25% of TV stations are now broadcasting on the VHF band. You need a larger antenna to receive a good VHF signal, thus the Winegard Sensar aka Batwing is a better choice. The Jack performs poorly for VHF.
Tom_M 09/07/19 06:21am Technology Corner
RE: Battery Storage Scenario

I had a cheap Harbor Freight maintainer short out on me. Maintained my two Trojan batteries down to zero volts and they froze and busted. Since no one will be checking for 6 months, I think the safest approach would be to charge them fully then not use a maintainer.
Tom_M 08/08/19 02:15pm Tech Issues
RE: question about parallel generators

Now .. I would not recommend you parallel it period WHY. when you parallel two AC generators they must be precisely in phase. if they are out of phase bad things happen. These small ones do not phase lock well and may well go BOOM when you hook in the 2nd one.The OP has already stated that his generator is an inverter type. Most inverter generators can be paralleled with the same model with an optional parallel cable.
Tom_M 08/08/19 07:07am Tech Issues
RE: Quality of Class C

Born Free was considered one of the best class C coaches but they are no longer in business. I purchased my 2005 24ft in 2010 and it has been great. If purchasing used, it is worth a look. You may want to check Phoenix Cruiser. They have a one piece fiberglass roof which would diminish the chance for leaks. https://www.phoenixusarv.com/
Tom_M 08/03/19 07:01am Class C Motorhomes
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