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Some Radio Work for the Ranch

by on Jun.17, 2009, under Communications

We have found that there is a weak cell signal (at least on Verizon and our Nextel phone) at the LittleHouse.  If we go down to Markham Pass at the end of our lane, we can get a pretty good signal (2 – 4 bars) and make calls with ease.  Then if we leave the cellphone on, and hurry back to the LittleHouse site, we don’t have any bars, but can still make calls with acceptable quality.

The problem is, if we turn on the cellphone at the LittleHouse, the signal is so weak, that the cellphone never acknowledges that it is there.  I’m thinking that installing an antenna up in the clear near the house has a good chance of providing reliable service there.  So the first step of that project was to build an antenna mast near the house.  And just to complicate things, I decided that it needed to support a rudimentary Ham Radio antena, as well.  Here is what we came up with.  You can visit my ham radio site for details on the installation.

Two of the antenna masts

Two of the antenna masts

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Memorial Day 2009

by on Jun.04, 2009, under Seasons

We were pretty lucky with weather for this trip.  However, just as we were arriving at Anvil Rock, it started raining.  By the time we got to Markham Pass, the road had turned to butter again.  But we made it through ok.

The rest of the week was pretty nice.  It typically clouded up by noon, and kept it cool in the afternoon.  On Friday, we got about a full hour of steady rain.  When it finished, we went outside and enjoyed the nature after the rain.

Peak off to the west from the meadow

Peak off to the west from the meadow

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More Electrical Work – Memorial Day 2009

by on Jun.04, 2009, under Electrical

We came up for a week over Memorial Day to do more electrical work.

Starting with the bathroom fan, we immediately found that this was going to be a challenge.  We had bought a duct kit to send the exhaust outside, but found that the kit was missing the metal duct connector to the outside!  Anyway, we installed what we could at the time, and picked up a piece of 4″ duct when we went into town later in the week to get ice for our cooler.

Here is the fan installed in the ceiling…

Bathroom Fan mounted in ceiling

Bathroom Fan mounted in ceiling

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