Sunday, June 21, 2020

Day 135, 136, 137 - Centralia, WA

Friday (135) - It’s a warm 82°F this afternoon here at our friends home outside Centralia, WA. There were some discussion about going to a state park but with the overall ignoring of social distancing, etc. we decided to pass on that. So, not much going on.

Trying out a lamb roast in the sous vide. The Joule app said 140°F for 8 to 24 hours. Then finish it on the Traeger grill for 15 min. This is not what’s in the picture.

Saturday (136) -  We arrived at our friends home early for breakfast as Steve and Cheryl headed home with their RV shortly afterwards. It was great to visit after the latest few months of self-quarantine. This portable fire pit was set up in the front yard. We made some-mores yesterday. It’s been a long time since I had one of those...

Sunday (137) - Another project arrived today from Amazon. I have been thinking of a cell phone booster for years but have been resistant due to the cost. I’ve heard that the signal at most locations along the Oregon coast was on the poor side. I’m not expecting miracles but at least get a useable signal. Where we are now, the iPhone indicates two bars of 1X “Extended”. Barely useable except in the middle of the night. Hopefully this’ll make it useable. We probably could’ve used this earlier in our trip but I was concerned about things like taxes, repairs, tires, etc. The “SmartRV” project kind of makes connectivity a little more important.

I was kind of resistant to a cell phone booster due to 5G and the new low earth orbit satellite systems. But with the demise of OneWeb and the anticipated cost of 5G deployment, LTE has quite a few years left. 

6 comments:

david R said...

I'll be interested in hearing your experience with this cell amp. I bought one years ago from the same company and it was not as useful in my configuration as thought. largely because the phone side antenna is meant to be inches from the phone and not on the wall as I had installed it.

Lynne Goebeler said...

I'll be interested in your results as well. Couldn't read the brand in the pic, do you mind sharing that when you do a results post later? Nice to visit with friends, finally!

redlegsrides said...

I'll be interested in your eval of the unit you bought to boost cellular signals...I've been looking at exactly same unit but my present setup works for now. And yes, too bad about OneWeb.

RichardM said...

The installation is in the next post but experience is limited. This model is designed for multiple devices and multiple carriers. The inside antenna is designed for 4-10 feet from your phone and the instructions say to maximize the distance between the antennas as well as 18” or more between the amplifier and inside antenna.

RichardM said...

It’s a WeBoost Drive-X RV. I’ll post a review after we use it for the next couple of weeks.

RichardM said...

It seems to work enough with the horrible signal here. Our friends stopped by last week and his AT&T phone had plenty of signal.