Wednesday, October 7, 2015
In the past, traveling meant giving up modern communications. Now, we have better options, but even a smartphone is only as good as the coverage provided in the area.
These days, though, the internet isn't a luxury. Many of us use it to keep in touch with friends and family and, of course, some still have to work while traveling - even in wilderness parks.
Satellite internet is surprisingly old - the first time two computers talked to each other via a satellite was in 1969. However, it was only offered commercially for the first time in 1996. The first company to offer it was HughesNet, a branch of the Hughes company that launched the first geosynchronous satellite (offering television) in 1964. More companies got in on the act over time, and users can now choose between a number of offerings. Many have contracts, but there are some no contract, pay as you go plans now. Not all of these companies are still around - MotoSAT and MoSAT Systems, for example, which worked with Direcway, Datastorm and Hughesnet, went out of business not that long ago, leaving a lot of customers without access, but newer companies such as Mobil Satellite Technologies are filling the gap.
All satellite internet has the same limitations. It can be affected by heavy weather that can affect the line of sight between the satellite and the ground. And it has latency - lag - of at least 500 ms. However, it's available anywhere you can get a good view of the satellite - which is most places.
RV satellite internet requires a dish mounted on the roof of your vehicle. Automatic dishes are more expensive, but don't need to be set up every time you park. (A manual dish can take up to 30 minutes to get into position and is generally not permanently mounted, but stored in the vehicle).
The RVDataSat 840 is one of the newer automatic dishes. It has a one-touch controller that's designed to handle the worst environments, and doesn't require that you boot your computer to operate. All you have to do to get online is push a button and wait (1 to 4 minutes) for it to get a signal from the satellite.
RV owners need their email on the road - a modern automatic satellite dish is the most reliable way to get it.
The RVDataSat 840 installed on our RV
If you are in the market for a reliable internet connect when you go off the grid or cellular just doesn't cut it the guys at mobil satellite technologies are the way to go! The whole experience from the salesman all the way to the install technician are top notch professional and left us feeling conformable with everything.
Let me know about your comments or thoughts about what you know about using internet on a rv.
RAIN BARREL - CONSERVE WATER - SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT
When I first saw a rain barrel, it immediatlely interested me. Again another concept where Mother Nature is there for us for the asking. I live in the city limits, so I have metered water and have to pay for it's usage. But even if you are on well water, it still takes electricity to pump that water, so it still SAVES YOU MONEY.
But it also saves our environment. As the pictures will show you the barrel his hooked up to the rain gutter on our shed. When it rains the rain water goes into the barrel. I use this water to water the plants and trees in my yard as well as in my little green house. I also use it to water my vegetable garden in the summer. Just another way of going green!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And another way of saving money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is something I found to be absolutely fabulous. I use this SOLAR FAN in my greenhouse. I tilt the solar panel upward and of course in the greenhouse it gets sun from all sides. It is healthy for the plants to have air circulation, so it comes on when the sun comes out. I found this online and ordered it.
I think it is going to be exciting to see how technology progresses and more and more solar and wind powered things are developed. It saves you money and it saves the environment.
HOMEMADE WINDOW AWNINGS PROVIDES SHADE AND SAVES ON AIR CONDITIONING
As old fashioned as these my seem, they still do the job, they were used quite frequently back in the days before air conditioning became common.
Before air conditioning became popular, window and door awnings were quite popular to shade the windows and doors from the sun. The ones pictured are homemade, but still do the job quite well.
However, when air conditioning became common place, awnings seem to have all but disappeared. However, what most people do not understand is that awnings still provide the same shade as they did many years ago. Now they can help save you substainally on your electric bill by providing shade from the sun.
The one pictured here we made ourselves with canvas material. The only complaint I have is I wish I had even more of them. This one is made to be able to be taken down in the winter, for that is when I open the blinds and let the sun in the window to help cut down on the heating bill.
SAVE MONEY - UNPLUG CELL PHONE CHARGER
One of the main offenders that run up your electric bill is leaving your cell phone charger plugged in when not in use. Cell phone charges become hot when plugged in and use alot of current.
So save money and be sure to unplug your cell phone charger when not in use.
This is a picture of an actual skylight or sun tunnel. Inside the house it looks like a fluorescent light and gives out the light of one.
The pictures reflect the bubble on the roof and the light inside the house.
As with all solar idea
GREEN GRASS - GROW IT LONG - ECO GREEN GRASS
In the hot dry w eather, you might notice your grass along with alot of your neighbors are all dried up and all burnt. Seems like the whole neighborhood has brown lawns. Most people cut their lawns way too short, usually maybe an inch and a half to 2 inches. When in reality, you should keep your lawn, three to four inches long. This will shade the roots from the extreme heat and sun, and therefore it will also require less water, making it eco-friendly as well. It will also keep your lawn green and alive with less water.
SO KEEP IT LONG, AND KEEP IT ALIVE EVEN IN A VERY HOT DRY SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!