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More Phone Testing for the Ranch

by on Apr.23, 2010, under Communications

Because the Littlehouse is located far up in the valley that surrounds our ranch, we have had trouble getting cell phone service near the house.  We have tried 3 different Sprint phones (our home carrier), 3 different Nextel phones, 1 AT&T phone, 1 T-Mobile phone and even a GlobalStar Satellite Phone and an Iridium Satellite Phone.

Of course, the Iridium phone is the only one that worked flawlessly.  But at a cost of $1.00 per minute of talk time, it’s a little pricey.  The GlobalStar Satellite network has issues, and was not reliable when we were testing it.

All of the other phones pretty much work the same.  We can receive and make calls down near the road on the west end of the property, but once we head up toward the house by more than about 100 yards, we lose all reception, and cannot make calls.  The Nextel phones are the best of the lot, as they work on a lower frequency and have a little better coverage than the others.  But even then they only work 20% of the time near the house (usually if it has been raining).

We had heard that Verizon has the best coverage in the Ranch’s area, so we picked up a pay-as-you-go Verizon phone from Walmart.  It is the Nokia 2605, and unfortunately, behaves the same way as all the rest. 

Verizon Pay-as-you-go phone from Walmart

Verizon Pay-as-you-go phone from Walmart

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April 2010 Ranch Visit

by on Apr.23, 2010, under Seasons

We didn’t do a lot of recreational stuff during our visit this April, as we only had a couple of days and wanted to get the plumbing finished.
We did go for a little hike while I was testing out another cellphone for the Ranch.

While we were out hiking, Remy (our dog) found a deer skull from a relatively fresh kill.  We’re guessing coyote or mountain lion made the kill, as hunters would have taken the head with them to prove their deer was a buck.  Also, this was a pretty small deer.

Deer Skull

Deer Skull

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Fresh Water Plumbing for the Littlehouse (Con’t 2)

by on Apr.23, 2010, under Plumbing

We went up to the ranch on April 16th for a few days to finish up the fresh water plumbing for the LittleHouse.
We plumbed up some 3/4″ PVC in the ground box to create a system of valves that let us select fresh water from the tank, or an antifreeze solution for winterizing the plumbing in the house.

Inlet Plumbing

Inlet Plumbing

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