Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Finishing up our PROJECT....

The second coat was applied, which was mainly the "design".

It only took a little over an hour to complete it. It looks GREAT!!

Now I have to spray it down with water and let it dry, for a total of 5 times. Then after it dries completely, it will be painted with a special elastic Stucco Paint....Maybe, we'll have that done in time for a final picture of the completed project on Sunday........Just Maybe!!

Many of you have asked if we are satisfied with our switch to an Air Card for our Internet services. When we departed from Custer last Fall, we decided to TRY a Verizon Air card and router rather than the HughesNet Satellite dish set-up we had been using for the last 4+ years. I was skeptical and when we first got the Air Card we were still on our property at Custer. The Air Card speed was lousy,,,,,,,,as slow as dial up. I wasn't about to give up my Satellite dish.
I loved the Satellite Dish, it never let us down no matter where we were......never a worry. I never had a problem setting it up and getting on a satellite,,, ever! I will admit that after a long day of travel and we were tired, it was somewhat of a hassle setting up all the equipment before we could get on the Internet and check our email and our PressurePro website. But we did it many times and it wasn't really that big of a deal. However, I conceded that if we could get Air Card service wherever we were it would be simpler to just "plug and play". But I was still skeptical and wasn't going to give up my dish until I found out for sure. Granted, it's a lot of equipment to haul around and it takes up a lot of room.

The final test was when we arrived here at our place at North Ranch Escapee Park in Arizona. It's noted for less than perfect cell phone signals. We set up our Verizon Air Card, Router, Amplifier and outside Trucker Antenna and LOW and BEHOLD,,,,it worked GREAT. So,,,although I'm still a little reluctant, we have decided to cancel our HughesNet Satellite service. I have sold 2 of the Satellite Dishes I had and from now on we won't be Internet Satellite users any longer. I can use the tripod and offset bracket with our new 5 LNB Slimline HDTV Satellite TV dish.
When we get back to Custer, if Verizon hasn't improved their signal there, we will use a high speed data line that is available and put the Air Card on "vacation mode". That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!!!! Right or wrong, that's our decision!!
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Jerry and Suzy said...

We sure like our Verizon service! We use the little "stick" modem unit with a tiny little built-in antenna, and most of the time we are completely in touch with the world. Oh, yeah, there was Devil's Den State Park in Arkansas, but you couldn't even get a radio signal down there.

We haven't felt the need for amplifier, router or external antenna yet. Maybe next time we meet you can show me what you are using.

Your shed is looking great!

Randy and Terry said...

Mike, we dropped our HughesNet last summer and went to AT&T air card. We had both for several months. Then tried to upgrade our HughesNet modem and customer service was having a hard time commissioning it and when they found out we were RVers, they basically said they couldn't help us. So, we cancelled our service. I, too, was leery about it 'cause we LOVED our satellite, but we've had no problems with just the air card. We also have a booster antenna and get good service. And we don't miss putting up the dish either. :) Glad it's working out for you.

And the shed looks great!

Anonymous said...

We've had our Verizon air card for almost two years now, and I would never go back to Hughes.Net.

We put on a lot of miles every year, and in all of that time we had only two places where we could not get online.

There were more nights when we didn't set up the Hughes dish because we were only grabbing some sleep and then going on down the road.

Love the air card!

Jutta said...

Hey Guys!

One thing we found when we wanted to put our card on vacation at Retama is that Verizon will only let you go on vacation for one month! :(

(this message posted with our card while we are on "vacation" in Orlando! Bummer that last night's shuttle launch was cancelled)

Doug and Jutta