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RE: Early Television

I remember when Walter ended his show with That's the way it is, And you believed him. My local news guy (Hugh Mortimer) went to the same school as Walter it seemed cause you had a tendency to believe him too. Today.. Not so much. And in my parent's house the television had a Remote...... ME.
wa8yxm 11/23/21 04:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: Lifepo4 cold temp cut off 23F or 32F?

It depends in the individual maker. I will second that. Slight differences in both the make up of the battery and the paranoia of the maker (IN this case paranoia means their desire to be cautious) A more cautious maker will name a higher cut off temp.
wa8yxm 11/22/21 05:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Issue?

Suspect list.. First you mentioned the fridge was NOT ON GAS. What was it one. Fridge on 12 volts draws around 20 amps or more. On AC it draws or gas only a few amps DC. Furnace draws major power for the blower. Suspect list in no particular order Batteries, Converter, Dirty connections, Bad cable. I've had 'em all. .
wa8yxm 11/22/21 05:05pm Tech Issues
RE: TV antenna

There are many out there who sell antennas they CLAIM are better than the Winegard Batwing.. they lie.. (Well most of 'em but... read on). I've seen some for sale for 100 dollars that.. Well they were 20 dollar table top UHF bowtie antennas from a local hardware or TV store. Now there are some monster antennas NOT designed for sustained high wind (Designed to go on a tower at home) that are better but they are not practical for RV, If You have a Winegard Batwing (Sensar II or III) consider getting the Wingman (UHF Director array) and adding it, about 30 bucks. if you have a Sensar IV (Wingman already part of it) you have the best there is. If you have a 'Jack' antenna.. it is good but not as good as the Winegard. IF you wish to make additional improvement the Sensar Pro from Winegard works with both the Jack and the Winegard antennas and adds additional amplification to the incoming signal. It replaces the wall plate with the switch LED 12 volt outlet and Antenna connection easy DIY install. Example of Sensar II or III no wingman Example of Sensar IV also looks like an II or III WITH the wingman Winegard Sensar Pro, also comes in black
wa8yxm 11/22/21 05:13am Technology Corner
RE: Contradictions with EV’s

2000 parts vs 20. Blue hydrogen is not a good solution. I'm reminded of the two keyboard layouts. Ascii vs Dvorak. Dvorak is better once there are no mechanical linkages to jamb, but Ascii has dominated the market. And I am reminded that many really need to re-read something ASCII is the character encoding for transmission IE: A=$65 QWERTY is they keyboard. And as for mechanical linkages. No, they can both be Mechanical or all electronic you can actually make a keyboard with ZERO moving parts but it would be tricky .. Well we call it a touch screen.
wa8yxm 11/19/21 04:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Dish wiring

Will it weaken the signal? Not so you will ever notice. in fact that's how I suggest you do it RG-6 (i think) is the cable recommended. There is another way many do it.. That DOES weaken the signal. you are doing it right. one suggestion UNPLUG the receiver before disconnecting cable from antenna and RV and don't plug it in till you are all cabled up.. Receiver powers the antenna via the coax and if you mess up and short the center wire to nut. it can poppa a circuit (Let the magic smoke out, and without the magic smoke, it no work no more)
wa8yxm 11/19/21 04:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

When it comes to drivers, I for the life of me cannot figure out how they received their CDL “A” without being able to read?? And I would think that being able to read street signs would be a benefit… There are two ways this can happen. One ... Some states you can get a "Translator" to read it to you others offer the test in multiple languages. (By read it I mean even illiterates can pass the test) Back in the 50's this might be an issue and even today in some cases but we now have "international" signs for most things. But which exit is Irish Road?????? If you can't read. you may never figure it out (Turn right 100 yards) - - - - - - - - next: If you fly international you need to speak "Aviation English". Canada had a law that said you can not discriminate between a French speaker and an English speaker.. Pilots refused to fly into Canada till they required Aviation english. What's Aviation English.. A subset of the language. JUST those words or phrases Pilots need to know. "Hey sweety, how about we make beautiful music together" is NOT on the aviation list (And when I say something like that for the record I mean like You play piano and I'll sing the song music not what you were thinking). Finally: On a job it's not important WHAT language everyone speaks only that they speak the SAME language. In Emergency services here in the USA we use American English because.... Well that's the one that's most common.. As I said before 10-4 might mean different thigs to different agencies. But Confirmed or acknowledged is what we use.
wa8yxm 11/18/21 02:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Park Wi-Fi Issues

This may (or not) help https://ebay.to/30OevAl I used to mount mine on a flagpole (height so it sees OVER the competition (Other RVs) and it worked rather well. I had a home router in the RV. (Cat-5 connects) It worked so well people 1-2 rows CLOSER to the router. if I liked 'em I gave them the "Guest" pass key to my router (It offered a guest account) I have a fairly decent security setup here when I need to do it I also used an old Linksys WGA-54G (Wireless Game Adapter) and the can described in Amateurlogic.tv's episode #3 George and Tommie later went on to improve it in a later episode I thought about it . .. but never did it One note: Some routers my nano-station did not like,
wa8yxm 11/18/21 02:25pm Technology Corner
RE: More Reasons to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

There is a difference between natural fructose and "HIGH Fructose Corn Syurp"... The latter was invented by the devil himself I suspect. it's addictive. (or at the very least habit forming) and for some reason far more than natural Fructose.
wa8yxm 11/18/21 04:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Can't imagine a world without internal combustion engines

That Hummmer list price is over $100,000.00 Yup more than my house, More than my motor home.. NO THANK YOU. And in other news they still import much of that ride.
wa8yxm 11/18/21 04:21am Around the Campfire
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

Being a Construction Superintendent I required everyone to be able to communicate in the language of English on my job sites. It was all about being able to instantly communicate in an emergency situation. Never had an issue with this policy. One of the things I'm doing in my Facebook jail time (I got to hurry and finish) is taking the Incident Command System 100 and 200.. They talk about the use of a single plane language (American English never confuse what we speak with English. it's not, it's close, but it's not what they speak in London (The One in England) I talk to them often enough to know. But no codes. We don't say 10-4 or QSL (Mean the same thing) We say "Acknowledged" or Confirmed. why? Well imagine two agencies working together on an incident, One calles in oh,, let's make something up> I've got a Murphy here (Meaning I need help in a hurry) and the other says I've got a 100 here (meaning the same thing) Well the two agencies don't realize it's the same thing but "I need help fast" .... is universal. . NOTE: no agency I've ever worked worth uses either of the codes I made up for this post.. though I suspect may know Murphy comes from "Murphy's Law and other reasons why things go wrong"
wa8yxm 11/17/21 03:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can't imagine a world without internal combustion engines

It will be a long time before ICE's go away.. I mean I just dumped a 2001 last spring so that's 20 years of service and the 2014 I now drive looks like it's going to last... Possibly longer than me. (Very well built) with decent maintenance. And there are still Model "T"s and "A"s out there.
wa8yxm 11/17/21 03:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Inverter

Question on that Freedom Are you using the on-inverter controls/display or the remote? If the latter, both ends of the data cable. Unplug and re-plug a few times NO guarantee other than the ultimate "Money back" If it does not work your "Free" is hereby refunded.. And if it does work.. it's still free.
wa8yxm 11/17/21 04:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator only runs with engine on

Will the generator CRANK off the house batteries? If the answer is NO then I have a SUSPECT.. And I stress suspect. Many RV's are wired like this House battery---Fuse or breaker---Switch---Everything in the house (With a couple possible exceptions) "Everything" includes the generator If the fuse is blown or breaker tripped if the Switch is OFF.... Well then the house batteries are basically Absent with (Swich) or without (Fuse/breaker) Leave. NOTE in this case house lights. and such will also NOT work unless engine is running or plugged in So with engine running: Chassis electrical is "Bridged" to the house and powers among other things the generator fuel pump Shut the engine off. the generator fuel pump no no longer has power. However note.. this only applies if house lights ONLY work with engine running or plugged in ... That said. With the genny running ... the converter SHOULD supply power to the fuel pump... So ..... NOTE this is only a suspect and not all that good of one
wa8yxm 11/16/21 04:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

One of the folks I chat with is a Trucker today (IN fact a few of 'em but this one near daily) He's been like 30 minutes from home when the clock says "Park for 10 hours" and he has to park or else. That's the electronics on the truck. Auto tracking and position reporting and such. This is the kind of thing that "Enforces" speed limits now days. My brother retired before this happened but they were starting with tracking and electronic logging before his heart attack. Now: IS this a good thing? Not sure. not sure at all. But a bit of flexibility (like letting someone go 30 minutes over if it means he gets to sleep in his house tonight)... I suspect that might help ease the transpiration bottleneck in the supply chain. ON THE OTHER HAND (You have different fingers) If you allow 30 minutes. Well what about 45, or an hour or ... You get the picure.
wa8yxm 11/16/21 02:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Scary GMC commercial

I read that UBER was trying robotic cars and had ... problems And as noted up thread https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/us-identifies-12th-tesla-assisted-systems-car-crash-involving-emergency-vehicle-2021-09-01/ Though as also noted not the same system as GM's I will say this: used to have a friend named Jim who kept telling me "Computers do not make mistakes".... His job.> Fixing the computer when it made mistakes.
wa8yxm 11/16/21 02:41pm Around the Campfire
RE: A/C Issues??

Front measures 42.3 rear measures 44.1 at the roof vent. It is ducted from front to rear. Same fan speed on both. Seems to be equal air flow from all vents. 3 vents in the roof in front, 3 in the rear. 30 degrees delta (Difference) Between inlet and outlet sounds like they are working as designed. The problem is common especially if you have a dark color scheme (Like mine did) it just soaks up the sun faster than the A/C's can dispose of it.. I upgraded from 13,500 to 15,000 BTU both ends and it still got hot.
wa8yxm 11/16/21 05:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

Just one more example of Government beauracraps doing everything they can to control every aspect of everyones life. What law requires the use of speed limiters on trucks? Based upon my research a proposed bill to require speed limiters set at 65mph has not passed. If correct, it’s not the government setting the speed limiters, but business are. That I know of.. No law (However I do admit to limited knowledge in this area) however There is a speed limit law dang near everywhere. And corporations may pass regulations about speeding. If the company says "Speed and you get fired" you don't speed. But that is not a law and it's not the govermanurant.
wa8yxm 11/16/21 05:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

There are several differences between Today and "yesteryear" (say 1970s) First: Even then many trucks (And busses) had "Governors" that limited the top engine speed.. This kept them (in theory) from speeding. Those still exist. Now today however many (most?, Nearly All?) semis are GPS tracked so the dispatcher (folks like me though I did police) know where the truck is. if it's moving, how fast and in what direction...... IF the driver is doing 70 in a 55. He gets to have a "Chat with the boss" when he gets back home.. NOT good.
wa8yxm 11/15/21 04:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lithium battery as starter assist

Somethng many are forgetting is the voltage on LiFePO4 is slightly higher than Lead acid. to the Li's may charge the starting batteries I have a little LI battery pack.. designed specifically for jump starting. the battery is TEN that's right 10, amp hours. Never tried it on a motor home but a 4lung car.. Varroom
wa8yxm 11/15/21 04:12pm Tech Issues
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