Monday 22nd May.
The capacitor worked a treat, all is now working well.
I have recently been asked and talked into giving people a hand with TV reception, and have now decided that I would prefer not to help anybody at all. I have found that I can give people all the information they want to get a good reception, but if they do not have the equipment to get that good reception then there is not much I can really do for them. In most cases these people have recently purchased an aerial on somebody else’s advice for an area they were previously in and can’t understand why the equipment isn’t good enough for the area they are now in. They are also very hesitant to purchase something new again to suit the current area, so I say again it turns out there is generally not much I can do for them.
Thursday 25th May.
I have had more of the ‘Help me with TV reception’ requests: One camper close by saw me doing some electrical work the other day and asked the question, “What do you know about Set Top Boxes?” This was the end of it again, not only did I fix that guys problem, the bloke next door saw the result of digital TV and bought one himself so I also had the job of setting his up and explaining how it all works. I have the funny feeling that word may spread and I will get more of these jobs while here.
Sunday 21st May, (Sunshine Coast).
We have had a fair bit of rain over the last week so not a great deal has been done. I have managed to rewire the power through the tunnel and to the battery charger to make it at least legal. I wired in a power point in the tunnel to which the power supply for the fridge now wires to, and removed the dodgy wiring for the inverter. When the inverter ever gets used again a cable connection will have to be used from it to the outside socket, which should have been the case all along. The switch inside for the inverter will still fully function.
I have also purchased a new battery charger to keep the battery up during evenings, as we now use 12 volts more with running the new TV direct from it and the old one wasn’t big enough. Nothing is straight forward though: I purchased a cheapy, old technology, as I am unsure how the newer, pulse switching technology, would handle working with the solar panels. I have come across another problem that could have been the same with the old charger, I don’t know because I probably haven’t looked at the charge level at night when the solar panels have switched off. It happens that after dark I found the charger produces no charge due to it not turning the regulator on. After thinking about it for a while it seems to me that it could well be that the output may not be very well regulated, resulting in the variation of voltage may result in not turning on the regulator, but when the solar is working its voltage would regulate the chargers output. I am going to buy a capacitor and try putting it across the output to see if it makes a difference.
On the Sunshine Coast and possibly beyond.
Friday 12th May 2006, (Sunshine Coast).
We arrived here yesterday and already stated we feel like we are home again.
We intend sitting here for about 4 months so there may not be much put down.
Monday 15th May, (Sunshine Coast).
Been here less than a week and we are already talking about the possibility of making the Sunshine Coast our base sometime in the future and settle here when not travelling. I must go to the office one day and ask about the conditions of permanency on a site, this may influence our decision.
I had a rather fulfilling day today with taking the car to Midas to check an exhaust leak, and turned out having to replace the muffler. I am quite surprised to have only gotten 80,00 Km from that muffler. We will see how long this one lasts. I also fitted new pole carrier pipes to the rear of the caravan as the existing ones were not big enough. I didn’t replace the existing ones, as to do so would mean a 150mm new pipe and they, and attachments, are too expensive, so the new 100mm one as well as old 75mm ones should now suffice. I will probably be able to use the old rear one for storage of drain pipes so I can get rid of them from the tunnel. I also fitted a short carrier to the rear of the roof racks on the car. There was a meter of pipe left over as I could only buy a 3 meter length, so I bought some more end covers and made the second one. This short one should suffice for the short poles and fly screens from the annexe.
Tomorrow seems as though it is going to be spring cleaning day: Something to really look forward to.
Friday 12th May, (Sunshine Coast).
We had a relaxing time at Dalby, a walk around town, Linda did her thing checking out the shops, and generally enjoyed it.
Yesterday we also had an early start and when we arrived at Kingaroy, where we had originally decided to stay overnight and stock up with peanuts, after stocking up with the peanuts we decided that we had plenty of time to carry on all the way to the Sunshine Coast. We have been getting a little sick of the cool nights, which were colder than the BOM indicated, and it was like it all the way from Melbourne. Most nights during the whole trip got down to 2 or 3 degrees and the B.O.M. indicated the minimum average for all places was 8-10 so I guess it was cooler than average everywhere. The thing that finally made our decision to hurry to the coast was the weather reports for Brisbane area we were seeing once we arrived in Queensland, with the minimums at 12-15, so the temptation was just too much for us.
The decision to move all the way yesterday turned out to be a good one as it started raining last night and has been raining a fair bit since. We would have gotten rather wet if we had moved today.
It is nice to be here at last. We once again feel like we are home, and Piper obviously feels that way too. I think we are going to enjoy the next few months.
One thing that surprised me though was the fact that it took Linda a full day to get to the shopping centre, but she did get there today.
The next few months may result in not much being written so this may as well be it for now.
Tuesday 9th May, (Dalby).
After getting up at 5:00AM to see the release of the miners from their entrapment this morning, and a 300km trip to Dalby along a very rough road today I am now quite knackered so this will be all for now.