Sunshine Coast

Tuesday 20th June.

3 weeks it has been now, so it must normally seem as though nothing has been happening. I have actually been flat out and had no spare time at all. Several people have gotten me to install STB’s for them, and I have been busy building a document aimed at explaining a few things about aerials for the traveller. I have since wondered what help the document would be as after giving a copy to several people to proof read only a couple came back. This indicated to me that maybe it made no sense to some and they weren’t game to bring it back. The ones that did come back only picked up spelling errors, so what did it mean to them? I have completed it though and anybody that is interested can have one so it may help them, perhaps! I have also struck up a deal at Good Guys on a couple of models that I recommend, but since doing so jobs have dried up somewhat. I have the info if more come up though, and if nothing else it has been somewhat of a learning exercise for me, and it has given me something to do. I did score a second unit for myself, one of the 2120’s, as it is 12V and cheap, so I intend using it for a demonstration model to show people that may be interested, and if nothing else I am sure I could sell it if I find no further use for it.

Sunshine Coast

Saturday 3rd June.

Yep, there have been other people I have had to help with STB’s and general operation and reception, I expect this will continue. I have visited several shops to investigate different brands and models so I may be able to recommend something. I found this was an extremely difficult chore as it seems most people want to buy a cheap model, and it seems to me that the cheaper models do not have a very user friendly menu. For the people I would be working with the installation of STB’s it is imperative that the menu be easy to use, as they are travellers and they will have to retune the set every time they move and wish to use it. I haven’t been able to find a unit that is as easy to use as is mine, but then the same unit as I have costs $240.00 and is more that they wish to pay. I have decided on one unit (Nextwave TDR2120) that for a cheapy the menu is relatively easy to use. The other thing is that this unit has been designed for travellers, being small and 12V power supply. Otherwise my opinion will be they will have to accept the unit they decide to purchase.

I am thinking that during our travels we attract some severities in weather conditions wherever we go. On our way up from Melbourne it was a lot cooler than average temperatures on the inland route we took, hence we arrived on the Sunshine Coast earlier than planned so we could get some warmer weather, but since we have been here it has been the same. Although the days have been reasonably warm, the nights have been up to 10 degrees cooler than average for this month. Nambour and Gympie have experienced their coldest nights for this time of year on record, sometimes being below 0. I do hope things improve because if not it is looking like it could be a very cold July ahead.