If you have been reading along, you know that the switch from analog TV to digital TV (as ordained by the government) opened a miserable can of worms with our old, analog TV equipment. In our bedroom, we replaced the small, old, analog TV with a small, new, analog/digital TV. In the living room, we hooked up a digital converter box to the big, old, analog TV.
Once we did that, our TV world turned upside-down. I’ve run through the details too many times, so won’t do it again. We had “professionals” work on it in Sacramento, but we were not satisfied with the results. We also noticed that our automatic satellite TV dish labored longer and harder to find and lock on the satellite signal. I joked to Odel that it only wanted to work when it was cool… which turned out to be true!
When we called the satellite tech guys – in Florida - we were thrilled to discover that they could recommend a satellite technician in Eugene (can you believe it??) who was familiar with our brand (Trac Star) and had a workshop full of parts. He used to install satellite dishes, TV’s, the works for the big RV manufacturers in the Eugene area – but has lots of free time now that so many manufacturers have gone belly up (or have slowed production to a crawl).
Off we went this morning for our 8:30 appointment with Cal Thorne at Advanced Satellite (no website: 541/607-8968, near the Eugene Airport). While he got to work, Odel hovered, Luna relaxed with her toys, and I went to a nearby campground to secure an overnight site. We left at noon with all problems diagnosed, the cabling unscrambled, a new receiver (ours was dying, one of the sources of our problems), and a rebuilt satellite dish one iteration newer than our 7 year old dish – one that doesn’t mind hot weather. :) Each TV is now capable of displaying the satellite feed, the over-the-air digital stations, and a cable TV feed. Sharp and clear. Problem(s) solved!
By noon, we were on our way to our overnight stop, Richardson Park (read our review and see more photos here), a country park on a big lake near Eugene. We settled into our favorite site (selected when we first visited here in September of 2007), then Odel took off to get a replacement for a broken latch that holds the hot water heater cover in place. He was back and had the repair completed in an hour, and we were off for our daily walk. By 4:00, we were kicking back in our chairs in the shade, Luna relaxing on the big picnic table. It was a problem-solving kind of day, and we’re feeling satisfied.