Rylie

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Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Digital TV Converter Box

I find connecting audio-visual equipment very confusing and challenging. I do not have satellite TV on my motorhome, and usually watch TV using my antenna, unless I'm lucky enough to be in an RV park that has cable. That doesn't happen often, in the places where I usually stay. Needless to say, when I got my converter box for the upcoming switch from analog TV to digital TV, I felt a bit apprehensive. The instruction manual provided gave very minimal instructions, and did not include information on how to hook things up when there is a third component involved, like my combination DVD/VHS player. I struggled for quite some time with different connection combinations, called the Lazy Daze factory and spoke to the person there that usually walks me through puzzling problems, and posted my question on the Lazy Daze Yahoo group forum, and all the while my frustration grew. I finally was able to figure it out, and felt quite proud of myself for beating that little black box. In case there are other techno-dummies out there like me, I thought I would provide easy instructions on what I did. Maybe it will help someone else.

For some background, I have a 2006 thirty foot Lazy Daze motorhome island bed model, which has a flat screen TV in the entertainment center that lifts up so that you can access the storage behind it. All of the cables and connections are routed behind a panel that contains the inverter, the Winegard antenna plate with booster button, and has the cable from the TV coming through a hole in the panel which plugs into a receptacle on the antenna plate. I removed the four screws holding the panel in place so that I could see what the cables were connected to, and also so that I could re-route one of the cables so that it would be long enough to reach my converter box once it was placed in the entertainment center. Below are the steps I took to get everything working.

1. Unscrew the cable from the back of the TV that is screwed into the antenna receptacle on the plate and connect to "TV out" on the back of the converter box.

2. Connect the black (RF) cable provided with the converter box to the receptacle on the Winegard antenna plate. Connect the other end to "Antenna In" on the converter box.

3. Take the colored red, yellow and white audio visual (AV) cables provided in the motorhome and which connected the DVD player to the TV and plug them into the matching "TV Out" connections on the back of the DVD player. Take the colored AV cables provided with the converter box and plug one end into the "line in" connections on the back of the DVD player, and the other end into the matching receptacles on the back of the converter box.

Turn on the inverter, push in the antenna booster button, turn on the TV and the converter box. Make sure that both the TV and the converter box are set to the same channel, either 3 or 4, (there is a switch for that on the back of the converter box). The menu screen will appear on the TV. Using the remote control supplied with the converter box, select "Auto Program" and OK, and wait while it scans through the channels. Voila! Digital TV! You will note that several channels have more than one channel included within them, i.e., 3-1, 3-2, 3-3. I find the picture quality to be vastly improved.

Hopefully these instructions will save someone else the time and frustration that I encountered. Happy viewing!

Rylie's Notes:

I could have had that box set up in five minutes.




Saturday, May 16, 2009

Auburn, California

Claude Chana Statue Panning for Gold

Auburn Fire House


Well, now I'm in Auburn, which is about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento, California. I had a wonderful month in the Bay Area spending time with Cammie and catching up with old friends. I also did some Air Photo work while I was there. Once again, when it was time to move on for more work, I wasn't ready to leave. I find myself wanting to linger, these days. Could it be that my wanderlust is starting to peter out? I don't know. All I know is that I enjoy the freedom and flexibility of my current job, and I'm not ready to go back to the confinement of a regular job. At least not yet.

Auburn is a pretty area, plenty of forest and gentle hills, with a generous sprinkling of creeks, ponds, and rivers. Air Photo sales have been going much better here, and the people seem very nice. It rained the first five days that I was here, but then the weather got very nice. It's a bit hot this weekend, but the high temps are unusual for this time of year.

Cammie came up and spent Mother's Day with me, and we had such a nice time. She made me feel like it was my day, and we had some really nice walks, good meals, played cribbage, and enjoyed the nice weather.

Old Town Auburn and Capitol in the Background

Rylie's Notes:

What a nice surprise to get a visit from the Junior Staff and the Little Squirt. The Junior Staff likes to tease me and blow in my face, but that's okay. Every now and then I sneak in a kiss, right on the mouth. Boy does that make her squirm. Hee hee hee.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Monterey Aquarium

Seahorse

For her 24th birthday, Cammie decided that she wanted to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We had visited this world class aquarium in the past, but their vast and ever-changing exhibits make every visit a fun and educational experience. They had a seahorse exhibit that opened on Cammie's birthday that was terrific, but there were so many other wonderful exhibits. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get good photos of everything, either because of the light or the speed of the subjects.

Cammie and Brian


Jellyfish


Jellyfish

Seahorse

It Looks Like Leaves, But It's a Seahorse


Baby Seahorses


Sand Dollars


Snakes


Shark


Rylie's Notes:

Do seahorses taste like chicken?