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RE: Need new cell phones

The visible unlimited plan is limited to 5gb a month.The data is unlimited. The data speed is limited to 5Mb per second. After my initial bad experience with customer support, the service is working well. I just learned that the Visible SIM works in my Verizon 6620L Mifi JetPack. It was quite simple. Replace the Mifi SIM with the Visible SIM. Once powered up connect to the Mifi. Now start your browser and enter 192.168.1.1 in the address box. This will display the settings page for the Mifi. You will need to change the APN to "VSBLINTERNET". For my Mifi this is located on the "Mobile Settings" page. This may work for other mobile broadband devices. I'm assuming that the Visible SIM needs to be activated in a compatible phone first. So if you are looking at Visible just for the data, this may be a good choice. For me, it's my only phone service so I will continue using the phone and not use the JetPack.
Tom_M 06/23/19 09:04am Technology Corner
RE: Free OTA streamer Locast adds two more cities

Another thought comes to mind. I live in Minneapolis but I spend winters in Florida. I'm not much of a sports fan but I do like to watch the Vikings. Using Locast I'll be able to watch most of the games by selecting one of the cities where they are playing.
Tom_M 06/22/19 06:44am Technology Corner
RE: Free OTA streamer Locast adds two more cities

And now Locast just added Los Angeles and San Francisco as well!This is great. Now if I should miss the season finale of "The Bachelorette" I can catch it on the West coast feed. ;)
Tom_M 06/21/19 07:09pm Technology Corner
RE: Free OTA streamer Locast adds two more cities

I just tried this and it works great. I live in Minneapolis but installed the "Location Guard" extension. Makes it very easy to select any of the cities available. Thanks Dutch.
Tom_M 06/19/19 08:49am Technology Corner
RE: Lithium Pure Sine Wave Power Device AMAZON

An impressive device, but the numbers don't add up. Claims 42000mAh(210Wh). 210 Wh would equal about 16 Ah. Unit weighs a total of 3.3 pounds. A typical lithium battery that weighs 3 pounds puts out about 14 Ah. Claims "Recharge the power bank faster than ever with the 15V/2A DC input, only need 6-7 hours to get fully recharged". To recharge 42 Ah with 2 amp charger would take 21 hours. Here's the same one with different brand: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Station-FLOUREON-Generator-PowerBank/dp/B074QK75TM/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Powkey+200Watt+Portable+Power+Bank&qid=1560686776&s=gateway&sr=8-5
Tom_M 06/16/19 05:54am Tech Issues
RE: Bright flat-panel LED bulbs: pricy but worthwhile, I hope

Your link doesn't work but I assume it is the following: Link to M4Products I just purchased two very similar ones on eBay for less than $5. Each one consists of 48 5630 LEDs, the same as the ones from M4Products. The ones I bought have no regulation so they must be used on 12 volt and are polarity sensitive. Also there is no aluminum backing. The M4Products ones are regulated and work for a wide range of voltages and are not polarity sensitive. Here's a link to the one I purchased: eBay LED panel I have no track record yet for these but I have several smaller ones that I purchased on eBay a few years ago and they have worked great.
Tom_M 06/15/19 05:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Winegard RV-6004 TV antenna

You can not come straight off the antenna into the TV. You will have to connect to the wall plate inside your RV. The antenna has an amplifier in the head that needs power that comes from the wall plate.
Tom_M 06/11/19 01:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extension on Battery post

Your solution will work fine. I use a piece of flattened copper tubing and drill holes in it.
Tom_M 06/11/19 04:15am Tech Issues
RE: elec test help on Onan gen

It would be helpful if you did state model number and coach information. Is coach gas or diesel? If diesel, is gen diesel or propane? What does "starter engages-disengages" mean? Does gen crank over? If gen cranks over you do not have a battery problem. Check if you are getting fuel. If gas or propane check if you are getting spark. I have an old Onan gas gen that I use for home backup power. It failed to crank over one time. Turned out that a chunk of carbon had broken loose and blocked the piston. Had to pull heads and clean out the carbon build up.
Tom_M 06/06/19 03:42am Tech Issues
RE: Paralleling Two Generators

Watch this YouTube video: Paralleling two different generators
Tom_M 06/03/19 10:25am Tech Issues
RE: Starlink Internet

There already is a low orbit satellite service called Iridium. It started with voice only but now they have a data service. It went into full operation in 2002. It consists of 66 satellites in a 485 mile orbit. Here's a picture of one of their phones: https://satellitephonestore.com/pictures/7-2422.jpg width=240 All that is known so far about Starlink is that the receive antenna is about the size of a pizza box. I doubt that there will be much aiming required. Probably just point it at the sky.
Tom_M 06/01/19 03:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Need new cell phones

I just switched to Visible. $40/month for unlimited everything. Their data is limited to 5 Mb/s and you can only connect one device at a time to the hotspot. You can only have one cell on an account. If you want two phones you will need two accounts, each costing $40. If you can live with these limitations, it's a great bargain. Porting my number was a simple process, BUT you better hope you never have a problem because their customer support is a joke. The only means of contacting them is by chat session or text message. You can not call them. You need a WiFi connection to get started. I activated my phone on Tuesday and all seemed to go well until I discovered I had talk and text but no internet. I was using my old phone for my internet connection and since that phone now has no service, I no longer have internet and there is no information on how to text message them. I head for my library to get a WiFi connection and start a chat session. After about an hour of trying various things with no resolution, it is deemed that I have a serious problem and my case will be "expedited" and someone will contact me in 3 to 5 days. Yes that's days not hours. It is now Saturday morning and I have been to the library three times to check status of my ticket. Each time I get the same run-around stating they are working on my problem. During my last chat session Thursday I asked if a factory reset might be an option. After several chat sessions and text messages no one had suggested a factory reset. I did a reset and all is good. I haven't told them that I fixed the problem. It is now Saturday morning and have not heard from them yet. So, if you intend to keep your existing phone number, DO NOT port it over to start with. Once everything is working then port your number.
Tom_M 06/01/19 05:01am Technology Corner
RE: Video Editing Software

Sony "VEGAS". The trick to VEGAS is to buy an OLDER VERSION while it is still available. You can get Vegas Movie Studio 12 for $40 on Amazon.. You can buy the latest version for not much more. VEGAS Movie Studio $49.99 on Amazon You can download a free trial here: https://www.vegascreativesoftware.com/us/vegas-movie-studio/
Tom_M 05/26/19 04:07am Technology Corner
RE: Video Editing Software

Here's a comparison of cheap video editing software: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-video-editing-software,review-2167.html
Tom_M 05/25/19 08:34am Technology Corner
RE: Magnetic propulsion: can they make an RV generator?

Sounds like the Rockwell Retro Encabulator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXJKdh1KZ0w
Tom_M 05/19/19 08:14pm Tech Issues
RE: What mapping software

I also use Streets & Trips 2013. Roads haven't changed much since 2013. It's loaded onto my 10" Windows 10 tablet that I mount on the console. It links into a GPS device. I also use Google Maps on my smart phone. Streets & Trips is available on eBay for about $20. I don't know if the eBay versions are legit, so buyer beware.
Tom_M 05/15/19 09:08am Technology Corner
RE: New You Tube Harbor Freight Inverter Generator noise Test

Very poor test. He's comparing a Predator 3500 watt generator and the Generac ix2000 generator. The Generac is probably maxed out and running full bore compared to the partially loaded Predator.
Tom_M 05/14/19 11:22am Tech Issues
RE: Fixed - Winegard Carryout Satellite Cable and Connector GM52

Looks like an excellent connector. One minor issue is that you have exposed male pins that will have power on them. A better choice would be a plug with female pins. Like this one https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/xKMAAOSwNp1bt~NO/s-l400.jpg width=240
Tom_M 05/11/19 08:14am Technology Corner
RE: Inverter and Auto Transfer Switch

This is what I did with mine. GFCI is the breaker for my outlets. K2 is the relay I added. https://i.imgur.com/a8qG50w.jpg
Tom_M 05/07/19 02:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Suburban stove regulator pressure

The Suburban cooktop in my coach had a secondary regulator in it. When it started acting up I replaced it with a small residential cooktop. I don't know what the pressure is coming from the tank. I would say if your range and other gas appliances are working okay, don't worry about it.
Tom_M 05/04/19 10:58am Tech Issues
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