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RE: Picking up wi-fi from ap[roximately 400 ft. away.

400'... Practically next room (I'm nearly about 150 yards) go to amateurlogic.tv, download and watch episode 3. the ep should open with George and Tommie enjoying a glass of the grape (Non fermented in case you are wondering) In a much, much (like 2 or 3 months ago) episode they re-visit that device. NOTE: when I made mine I DID NOT, re-cut the Linksys antenna, I use it just as Linksys built it Just slipped the can over it (My Wi-Fi Adapter is a Linksys WGA-54G which, is then cat-5ed to my router which thinks it is a modem) then cat-5ed twice more to this laptop) Alternative.. MFJ enterprises (I think that's the name) Sellers of my watch (it's a very accurate watch.. very very very very accurate most of the time) They sell a Wi-Fi Antenna or two. This can be used with something like a WI-FI Ranger's external unit and a power inserter. I would put it in a PVC house though if I used that antenna..
wa8yxm 01/22/17 05:03pm Technology Corner
RE: No shore power

Where would that transfer switch be? Ive flipped ever breaker inside the rig and checked every fuse inside the rig When I found my ATS I dang near passed out in shock (Not the electrical kind) I know where the power inlet is, and I know where the generator is, And I visualized where the two power lines would logically cross. Well there was a cupboard there but the "Bottom shelf" was blocked off.. I removed the block off panel.. And SHOCK OF SHOCKS, there it was. Suggest you do the same, Envision where the wires from Generator and Shore cord cross.. Who knows, might be there. On the other hand in another RV it was in the back bedroom, a long way back from the genny.. OFTEN not far from the distribution panel. (Breaker panel).
wa8yxm 01/22/17 04:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Splicing 30A plug to 50 amp cord

Acorn nut Proper name "split bolt" aka Kernie I usually have a few in the electrical too bag Thanks, on a good day I have the bandwidth to do some serious searching and .. Figured that out,, while researching another thread, about 2 minutes ago.
wa8yxm 01/22/17 01:06pm Tech Issues
RE: A question for you electricians

Let me see if I can find the answer for you.. Look up SPLIT BOLT. Alas, I had a URL to show you owe but got the Reset bug
wa8yxm 01/22/17 01:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: Latest in Hot Spot devices?

T-Mobile has an unlimited plan, in fact it is now their ONLY plan AT&T also has one but with a rope attached, You also have to subscribe to DirecTV Not sure what Verizon offers Sprint (Virgin Mobile) is still the smallest provider in the marketplace.
wa8yxm 01/21/17 04:33pm Technology Corner
RE: There's no such thing as privacy anymore

Most of it is Google Lead Services.. hen you search on anything Even if you use a competing search engine (I DO) Google gets notified, and fires off a message to all the folks who may wish to sell you that. Click on a link for something just to find out what it is.. Same result. Ad Blockers. help Good spam filters on your E-mail Even more I use WEB MAIL, not a local maile client, so my "Hosts" kill most of the spam before I see it.
wa8yxm 01/21/17 04:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Which browser to use

I have Firefox, which like you I'm considering dumping. Chrome, Edge and MISE I do not recommend either Microsoft browser I may however import my bookmarks to Chrome and dump the Fox.. Though there are features about Firefox I like.
wa8yxm 01/21/17 04:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Splicing 30A plug to 50 amp cord

Aruba.. So you know. I have a cord not unlike what he describes, it is safe, Since it plugs only into the 30 amp outlet there is no way to "Draw 100 amps" because the park breaker will limit it, HARD, even as it is doing now.. In fact he mentioned he is plugged into a 30 amp outlet if I'm not mistaken. So it's safe, if done properly, and several have posted the proper way to do it. The only real danger is if bare wires touch. This is why I suggested a junction box and pigtail method.. I'd use what I call "Acorn Nuts" this is a nut with a bolt (All brass) with a slot in it, inserted in the slot is a "T" shaped piece the top of the T extends out the slot and is pressed (toward the head) by the nut, the "Upright" part of the "T" is inside the nut for stability. These come in various sizes and are commonly used to connect wires to ground rods.. Very strong, Very solid,, Then tape the bejesus out of it and finally shoot the box full of "Good Stuff" foam to insure those wires NEVER touch.
wa8yxm 01/21/17 04:22pm Tech Issues
RE: No transfer switch?

I do not know if you have an AUTOMATIC transfer switch or not but if it worked before, then you likely do. Some RV's have what I call a "Poor Man's Transfer Switch" this is an outlet, matching the RV's plug, that is powered by the Generator, it is the only thing powered by the generator. You manually "Transfer" by transferring the RV's power plug from the park box to the generator powered outlet.
wa8yxm 01/21/17 08:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Splicing 30A plug to 50 amp cord

Ok, how to do it.... 50 amp cord has 4 wires, typically Black, Red, White and Green White and Green are the same as on a 30 amp plug.. So is the black The red on the 50 is optional, some have 2 blacks, why Well red and black connect together on the 30 amp NOTE: the 30 amp plug may be unable to accept the 50 amp wire and for sure will have issues with TWO of those wires under the same clamp Better to use a 30 amp male pigtail and a junction box.
wa8yxm 01/21/17 08:48am Tech Issues
RE: Can't run a portable freezer on B&D battery station

Re-Reading or perhaps first time reading "I only need the freezer for a 2 hour trip" Are you saying you can plug in, then unplug drive for only 2 hours and plug in again? If so then I have a recommendation for you Do exactly what I described above. Do not worry about the unit on the road, Nothing will thaw in that short a time Unit should keep food cold for a minimum of SIX hours so long as the door is closed (Tie it closed or latch it) and more typically 8 or more. For 2 hours, Don't even worry about it. Oh, I have a Xantrex Prosine for my house. the freezer however is an ENGEL runs off 12 volts, all of 3 amps of 12 volts,, that's all just 36 Watts. Small though.
wa8yxm 01/21/17 08:44am Tech Issues
RE: Going from two 12 volt to Four 6 volt???

Search for 12 volt side of life .. Can't post a photo but I can a description. First: I'm fond of saying "There are not six volt batteries in RVs" and now I will tell you why. Take the first two Six volt batteries, Hook a jumper (At least auto starter cable) from the NEGATIVE on one to the POSITIVE on the other Do the same with the other pair. Now, you have two 12 volt batteries, same as you do now Connect to the remaining terminals exactly as you do the current ones, Ignore the already connected terminals connecting the two batteries. or graphically Two 12's -Battery+ -Battery+ 4 Sixes -(bat)t(ery)+ -(bat)t(ery)+ (the "T" in the middle is the jumper. Each (**) is a battery, either six or 12 volt)
wa8yxm 01/20/17 03:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator is not charging house batteries

let's run down the suspect list: First: Do the house batteries charge on SHORE POWER? (yes/no) If yes, then Else skip to "not on shore either" Is the RV 30 or 50 amp? Two thigns.. Does EVERYTHING inside work on Generator.. If not, or even if it does, check the circuit breakers on the Generator. "Does not charge on shore either" Check circuit breaker marked CON, CONV or Converter Check Converter NOTE: make sure battries are CONNECTED (in use) as well. There are other suspects but this is the start
wa8yxm 01/20/17 03:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I hook up to a house from a 30A plug to a 15A circuit

The full answer is rather complex but the short answer is YES. Been there, Done that in fact. (Well mine was 20 amp...) By CODE, any "Modern" outdoor outlet is supposed to be protected by a GFCI. some RV's do not play nice with GFCI outlets. If this is the case it won't work, It will. however, be safe You can charge batteries, "Chill out" the fridge (run it) but may not have enough power for air conditioners or water heaters.
wa8yxm 01/20/17 09:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RidEx for Black & Gray Tanks

Rid ex is one of the class of tank treatments I do endorse.. Biological, non chemical.. The chemical treatments are a waste of time and money. But the biologicals can not hurt.. In fact some of them may actually help. I'm not convinced they help but if you got to put something in the tank, they are the best choice.. I may try it on my Gray tank.
wa8yxm 01/20/17 09:50am General RVing Issues
RE: We finally took the plunge

I would go with 1 gallon of water. Forget the expensive useless potty chemicals they are real good at one thing and one thing only.... Flattening your wallet.
wa8yxm 01/20/17 09:47am Beginning RVing
RE: Advise on Satellite choice

Ok sat 101.1 (Only about 1/10th my normal post Antennas come in 2 times 2.2.2 flavors Dish/Dome Mounted/Portable Advantages: Dome antennas can be either "Stationary" or "In motion" (If mounted) but can only see one satellite at a time.. Dish uses 3 sats, Direct as well and what is more the domes can not see the High Definition Direct Sats.. (They can dish) SOME domes can switch from 110 to 119 to I think it is 127 under receiver control but only a SINGLE receiver can control. If you have two or more, or a dual channel DVR you need multiple domes. DirecTV a dome works,,,, but not DirecHDTV and direc is trying to go all HD. The other type of Dome is portable.. (This is the 2.2.2 part of this, now of the the first of those 2s Dish antennas also come in mounted or portable, But you get the dish that matches your service (Dish or Direct) and it works, one receiver, 2, 10 makes no difference, it works. The other 2, the one without points Portable or Mounted Mounted (rooftop) antennas are nice if you are parked in a place like I am just now.. Unlimited view of the sky, NO TREES... But alas if you are parked under the evil signal eating tree,, NO JOY (or in the satellite shadow of a building) Portable antennas.. Can often be set up "in the clear" out from under said tree. Finally we have "packages" both Dish and Direc offer a bunch of packages.. in the past I suggested you choose the one you like best.... Two cautions.. UP-selling (Talking you into buying more and more packages) is common, they will take that 19.95 and turn it into 69.95 or 99.95 faster than you can say "What happened". Second: DNS, (Distant network service) Direc still offeres this but Dish can not so they do something different. Make sure you get an RV account, Odds are selling you DNS on your home account is not legal. With DNS you get Networks (ABC, NBC, CBS et-al) from one of the "Super Cities" like LA or NYC... Dish you have to call and get your locals re-done every time you move. Your choice.. My choice OTA.
wa8yxm 01/20/17 09:45am Technology Corner
RE: Adding a 220 volt panel question

Since save for the safety ground there should be no problem with dual supplies.. But you did say one "Caution" word: Breaker 220 volt service (normal 50 amp RV) shoudl be "Breakers" (two ganged). Suggestion.... While you are upgrading consider adding a couple thousand watts of True Sine pass through inverter.... Here is how to do it. Move "big ticket" items (Except microwave) to the new 50 amp panel,, This includes the Air Conditioner(S), water heater and a few added outlets (15/20 amp type with "T" shaped neutrals, fed with 12ga wire, bent around a screw) also the Converter (if you decide to retain it) and the Fridge.. To the MAIN 50 amp panel.. If on 30 amp just use a dogbone. a 30 amp breaker in the MAIN feeds the inverter (Get a model without circuit breakers on the inverter) The Inverter feeds the existing 30 amp panel.. Television,, GFCI,, Microwave, and selected outlets and such all go on that panel. One cord (50 amp) to the box.. Should work.
wa8yxm 01/20/17 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Water keeps draining out of the overflow

I do not think they put it in my manual either.. I think different serial numbers of the same make and model.. Well they may have different tanks and thus put the valve in different places. But one HINT.. the OVER FLOW.. is well.. OVER your problem was "under".
wa8yxm 01/19/17 04:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: Places we should all visit.

I'm just thinking about this great nation we have. There are many places that I wish all Americans should visit.....if possible. Here are my top five: 1. Arlington National Cemetery 2. Ground Zero in NYC 3. Shanksville, Pa. 4. Yellowstone 5. The Grand Canyon What are your thoughts. Well I have been to Arlington and the Grand Canyon, NYC a few times Never heard of Shanksville (WHy THere?) want to visit Yellowstone. I"d add Niagara and Tahquamenon falls Specifically Tahquamenon, lovely. Indian River, MI is a must for Catholics (Shrine to the only NATIVE AMERICAN Saint, and world's largest wooden crucifix (Cross)). The Edison Institute (Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum) as well as the Smithsonian. One of the exhibits in the Village is a doctor's office.... For the first several years of my education I passed that building every day on my way to school.. (Then it was moved, board by numbered board and brick by numbered brick). There are so many places I wish to visit,, So little time.
wa8yxm 01/19/17 03:59pm Around the Campfire
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