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TV Antenna Cable Install

by on Jul.08, 2020, under Communications

For the past few years, we have had an external beam TV antenna mounted on a post outside of the cabin.  Pointed at Kingman, roughly 60 miles away, we receive most of the TV channels available from there.  Prior to this, we had DirecTV installed, but gave that up as we recognized that we really didn’t watch many of the channels that were on there, we usually just watch some of the best movies on netflix.

Each trip to the Ranch would find us crawling on our backs, poking the antenna cable up through a small hole in the floor.  Then when we left for the Valley, we again had to crawl under the cabin to remove the cable.  If we left the cable laying on the ground, it would have been susceptible to cattle stepping on it, and rodents chewing on it.

So on the last trip up in June, we installed some underground PVC conduit from the antenna location to the LittleHouse. After running some RG-6 cable through the conduit, we terminated both ends with Type-F connectors inside an accessible box.  With a barrel connector on each end, we were able to have a complete circuit that could be left in place without the worry of the cable getting damaged.

Antenna Junction Box

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New Security Cameras

by on Jun.02, 2020, under Communications

Some time in the past year, our grey-market Hikvision security cameras stopped sending emails to us when they detected motion.  We traced this problem down to virtually all major email providers requiring a new method to send emails in order to improve security of their email system.

Front Porch

Front Porch

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April 2018 Visit

by on Oct.26, 2018, under Communications

I came up in April to get the Littlehouse ready for the warmer weather.  When I checked my tractor, I found that the darned packrats had eaten the battery cable again!

Packrat Damage!

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January Ranch Visit

by on Feb.07, 2011, under Communications

Well, after 8 years, I can now say that I have visited the Ranch at least once in every month of the year.  My good friend John and his son Dan were traveling to California, and we decided to all meet up at the Ranch for a weekend, as they passed through.

When I arrived on Friday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was that my wire Ham Radio antenna had broken. The rope holding one end to the pole had disintegrated from the sunlight. Note to self: do not use the blue/white rope for outdoor long tem use.  The plain white poly rope lasts much longer.  The Blue/White rope lasted about 1-1/2 years.  The White Poly rope looks like it will still be good for a couple more years.

So after getting settled in on Friday, we awoke on Saturday to fix the antenna.  First, we lowered the pole from which the rope had broken.

Tilt-Over Antenna Mast

Tilt-Over Antenna Mast

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Telephone System Install

by on Jul.07, 2010, under Communications

We finally got the phone system installed at the Ranch. It ends up looking like this:

Phone Booth

Phone Booth

It has a 20 watt solar panel charging a Marine battery to run the whole thing.

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