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A Sea of Mud, Cabin Fever and Diversions to Maintain Sanity

One of the wonderful things about moving all over the state and staying in one location for several weeks to several months is that I get to immerse myself in the local community. I get to know all the gals at the local beer store, the Postmaster since I do General Delivery and interesting places in the local area. Texas has more different climate and geographical areas than any other state in the United States. You can go from the Post Oak Savannah of North Texas out to the high Plains of the Panhandle, down toward the arid desert of West Texas, the Hill Country in Central Texas, the Redneck Riviera down on the Coast around Galveston and Corpus and lastly the rolling forests of the East Texas Piney Woods.

One of the ways I acquaint myself with the local area is

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The Ultimate RV Internet Access Project – Snake Oil and Mirrors – Part 8

Dividing the project up in to separate components made it easier to achieve the goal of an upgraded recreational vehicle internet access system. One of the main components was the external antenna. My omni-directional Wilson Trucker’s cell antenna was just not going to cut the mustard at these extreme ranges. I soon discovered that a Yagi directional antenna was what I needed. Specifically, a dual band Yagi directional

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The Ultimate Internet Access Project -Part 6- Getting the Yagi Antenna Mounted

Yagi antenna 25 feet in the air above the Fish Bus

Mounting the Yagi antenna has required some real thought and research. I knew I had to get the antenna up in the air as high as possible. My research also indicated mounting the antenna to a metal pole was the best route.

I had a Flagpole Buddy already mounted to the rear ladder on my motor home and I decided to use that. Here are the various components I came up with to use in the assembly.

A stainless steel marine railing antenna mount that has a stud on

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Musings on a Broadband Aircard Connection

Keep in mind as you read this rambling post that I am not an expert in the field of broadband internet technology-whether it pertains to a recreational vehicle or not. I have been around the aircard end of this for quite awhile— all my equipment says Cingular on it and my connection package (which is no longer offered) is for unlimited use at $59/month.

I sometimes question how you can quantitatively measure the strength or quality of an aircard connection. When you are in a large Metro area, a good 3G connection is effortless. A good, strong

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