It rained a while last night in GA and there were puddles everywhere. Can’t say that I like picking up in the morning while jumping over puddles but I only hooked up the cable and electric last night so there wasn’t too much to pickup other than my jack pads. The rain was gone however the road was still wet. Going south toward the Florida border the road seemed to be getting wetter but it didn’t rain so we must have just beat it.
Our run today was good, I made fewer revs just to see if I could improve my MPGs and I got something in the high 8.s and much as 8.6. I ran about 2125 RPM at 60 MPH. Outside temp was 50°. We made good time at 60 MPH and we arrived here pretty much when we expected to get here. JAX traffic wasn’t all that bad and I have to say that this was the first time that I have seen no or very little construction in JAX on I95. I still don’t like that major curve in the roadway prior to crossing the Fuller Warren Bridge.
We arrived in Titusville and setup camp in Manatee Hammock Park off Route 1. There’s a rail road track directly west of here about 1/4 of a mile away and the train was audible when it went by an hour or so ago but it’s not all that bad. Sitting here I can hear vehicles going up and down Route 1.
I tried to setup my digital TV, over the air TV, but I can’t hardly get any signal here. Highest I saw was like 18 out of 100. I’m beginning to think that unless I’m next to a transmitter that I’m not watching over the air TV. I still think that there’s gotta be something wrong with the connection to the TV antenna. I should get better reception than I am. I think that the old RG-58 cable that this coach has might be the thing that is killing my signal. I know it should all be RG-6. I also have a Wingman but it’s not bringing in a whole lot of channels for us I don’t believe. I wish that someone could use an ohm meter or some type of TDR to test the cable to see if it’s any good.
So .. having no choice I had to setup my ground based DirectTV dish in the dark. I got my compass and bubble level and flashlight. I set the base on the ground and aligned North and looked for 222° and 50° of elevation. I shined my flashlight from the top of the dish at a 222 heading and I saw an opening in the tree canopy. The trees here are thick I can tell you that much. I moved the base about 3 times before I felt that I had a good shot at the sky.
I went and got my cable and hooked it up on the dish and in the motorhome. I confirmed the settings one more time visually and told myself that this should be a good starting point to begin squawking. I went inside and navigated through the menu until I got to signal strength. When that screen came up …. “BANG!” I hit a 91% on the signal strength. Cool! I absolutely love it when that happens.
I went outside and spiked the base into the ground using 3 bungee cords for tension. I tightened up the knobs and base lever. Finished, I tapped on the side glass and asked Col if the strength had changed while I was securing the disk and it was all good. I came inside completed the setup and called DirectTV. I had them turn on the box in the motorhome and before I had a chance to finish up the setup on the screen, the signal was coming down.
I caught a break today on that dish. Sometimes it can be a devil to setup and I don’t use a dish squawker in the line. I just rely on the ticks on the TV.
We had leftovers for dinner and it was great. Colleen made a nice meatball casserole before we left and 2 days later all the flavors matured nicely.