It seems I am not allowed to work on any one project.
This week I finally got back to working on my B-boat project.
And then ......... again ... side tracked.
My internet connection has been slowing down.
I mean really slowing down over the past couple of months.
Down to slower that dialup at times.
I am no longer able to watch videos.A 1 minute video takes 5 to 10 minutes to load if it loads at all.
Had a technician here about 2 hours yesterday.
My internet comes in on a 9" dish using the old Motorola radio communications system.
It was blazingly fast at first.
Faster than all others when tested.
Now I am down to less the a meg in either direction and the connection disconnects often.
Well, the technician changed out the dish for a new model.
Then he couldn't reacquire the signal.
Took him 45 minutes of twisting and turning the dish and punching keys on his laptop.
I now have connection but it is no better than before he arrived.
He did some testing with a portable dish and computer to see if there was a better signal else where.
When he lifted the test dish up 5 feet the signal got stronger.
Down the road a little ways, a new mobile home was installed.
In between me and the transmitter.
Signal got weaker.
Then they built a two car garage.
Signal get even weaker.
Up on the roof looking towards the transmitter location, some 9 miles away, besides the mobile and garage, I can see tall Eucalyptus trees that have grown up.
All of these things may be contributing to my reduction or loss of signal.
So, my current project is to get outside and look through my steel junk (supplies) and find a pipe that can be used for an antenna pole to raise the dish up another 6' or 7'.
This should not be a problem.
I have lots of various sizes of pipe and tubing.
1/4" up to maybe 14" diameter.
I will have to fabricate a couple of adjustable wall brackets.
Every time I go out back and look through the junk, I think I should scrape it all out and buy a new car.
That junk has been collected over the years.
Starting in about 1982.
That's almost 35 years.
All I can do is deal with it!
I need internet connection.
I have no phone.
Well, that is not entirely true.
I have a cell phone but it does not work here.
I drive 600 feet down the road and then get all these voice message alerts.
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