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    Default Another issue.

    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.

    Conclusion.
    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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    Countless sub hours lost. May they rest in peace.

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    At least I am always busy, doing something.

    I have known too many people who have retired and did very little.
    Basically just sat around and died in a couple of years after retiring.
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    Quick update.
    Went outside to find material for antenna bracket.
    First thing I noticed is there is no wind.
    It's warming up but still good.
    So, I went right to the B-boat sanding and more filling.
    Didn't take long as I am filling small imperfections mostly.
    About 45 minutes is all it took.

    So, I was already out there, I went out back and found a nice 17' heavy wall tube (not quite pipe) for a antenna mast.
    Carried it up to the work bench area.
    There I have lots of small metal pieces and dug out 3 3"to 4" pieces of pipe that will slip over the tube mast.
    I also have several sizes of channel iron sitting in the scrape pile near the work bench.
    Later this afternoon when the sun gets over the building and there is shade on the work bench, (about 6pm) I will start cutting parts to length.
    Drilling mounting holes for lag bolts.
    I have not decided whether to weld parts together or bolt them.
    That will be decided as I cut the parts.
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    Found material to make all the parts needed to make brackets.
    Parts have been cut.
    All sharp edges ground of.
    All surfaces disk sanded.
    All holes drilled for bolts.
    Need to drag out the welder.
    Weld two half pipe pieces tot he wall mounting brackets.
    Clean up, prime and paint.
    Another hour ought to do it.

    I guess I should get back out there and just do it.
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    My internet connection has become intermittent.
    Had technician out to see why.
    Conclussion is the dish needs to be higher.
    So, I need to build brackets for new taller pole.

    Here are the parts cut, drilled and sanded.

    A little explaining.
    The drilled holes are two sizes.
    What can be seen is the front where the bolts will go through and bolt the bracket by tightening up on the back side of the bracket.
    The back holes will allow a 3/8" lag bolt to be used.
    The front hole (which is seen) is 3/4" to allow the socket I plan to use to tighten the brackets to the wall to go through.


    Trial fitting parts to make sure they will do what is needed.


    Welding is done.
    Some cleanup and they will be ready to prime and paint.


    Primer applied.
    Paint will be flat gray so this is what they will look like.
    The pole will be held in place with u-clamps or maybe large hose clamps.
    What ever I can find.


    The brackets will be mounted about 7' apart and the pole is currently about 17' over all, so this will make the dish 6.6" higher than it is now.
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    6.6" taller, or 6 feet, 6 inches taller?

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    Here, Here! Plus you are building something useful. I imagine you enjoy it. Building stuff. I know I do. Doesn't even matter what it is.
    Last edited by Chad; 06-16-2016 at 01:53 PM.

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    Tim, it is feet. (i will go change it. Thanks for pointing it out)

    Chad, I have been building things all my life.
    Mostly in steel. Not so much in wood.
    My first boat was an 8 foot sailing pram.
    I still have it.
    In high school I built hot rod cars.
    Mine was a 1958 Hillman Husky with all Ford running gear from the fan to the rear end.
    289 out out of a damaged 1967 Ford Galaxy with 289 engine.
    Rebuilt 4 1948 Chrysler Windsors. One was the family car for years.
    Rebuilt pickup trucks. Guess I still am.
    Built large scale RC airplanes. B-17s, PBY and Hughes racer.
    A few Cub J3s.
    I built 800 inch sailboats in the 70s.
    I have built trailers of all sorts.
    Built recording studios all over the USA.
    Did a lot of electrical work in custom houses and recording studios.

    I just like building things but I am getting old and I don't look forward to it any more but once I start, it's okay.

    As far as getting the internet to work better, I have to.
    I do not have phones that work here at the house.
    E-mail is my friend.
    Forums, too.
    I seems like all my life, I was the one that got called when no one else could do or wanted to do the job.
    Or someone else really messed it up and I was called to fix it.

    Yes, I like building stuff but as time goes on, I am thinking more about letting someone else do it so I can enjoy it.
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    not sure whether you want phones or not, if you do, when you get your internet back up and running to your satisfaction, you might look into this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-008-_-Product

    it lets you plug a standard telephone into your internet (VOIP - voice over IP) i have an earlier model that they no longer sell, i have had it now for about 5 years, and it now costs me $60 a year for a "traditional" phone line that is not part of google. if you don't mind using google... then the monthly cost is zero.

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