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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/22/2017

Well now, the last couple of weeks look like they've just been conspiring to slow me down!

First we had rain....unending, annoying rain.  Kept me from taking down the tarps and stuff that were protecting the door.  I didn't want to take down those wraps and then have the door get rained on; it's still unfinished (that needs to happen) and I didn't want any water to get on it if I could.

But that's okay, but I had a week of nighttime work to do.  That's okay and I don't mind it--fair's fair and everybody rotates around to do this--but the upshot was that when I'm getting home at 0300 in the AM I'm not terribly inclined to do much around the house by the time I have to head into work again at 3:00 PM.  So that pretty much slowed things down.  I did try to put away some tools at least.

But really the BIG thing was that I lost my internet connectivity!

I didn't think much of it at first....it goes down sometimes, so I spent the day without internet and went to work (this was that same week I was doing the night shift) as normal.  I was puzzled it wasn't back up when I got home but it wasn't 100% unusual.

The next day was spent checking the hardware and the connectivity and (eventually) running the Gator up to the microwave relay we'd installed a few years a back to make sure everything was good up there.  Couldn't find any issues; it just wasn't connecting.

Phone calls and emails were next, of course, and those were all took time.  I couldn't email or call without the internet, so I had to drive down into town where I could get a signal or shoot an email.  Of course nobody knew anything when I called, they just took a message, and naturally email responses just got the standard "we are aware of the issue and we are investigating"--saying nothing, essentially.

Yesterday I at least found out what had happened.  Since I'm on a microwave link and while most microwave links are in a mesh configuration--Point A can send to Point C if Point B is down--I happened to be on a "leg" of sorts.  There was one connection coming off the main line, and then from there it was beamed up to my microwave tower, and then from there it got bounced down three households here in the canyon (of which I'm one).  

Turned out the guy with the first relay of the leg got mad at one of the technicians and, basically, tore the equipment and (as I heard it) "dumped it on the road".  There wasn't any formal deal or paperwork or signed agreement as it was all just a handshake deal.  And that worked great for 6 years....and then it didn't.

So there are techs trying to figure out another route up to the tower and folks trying to get the guy with the first leg of the link to let it be installed again.  No idea if that will happen of course.

And that's what ate up most of the last couple of weeks...grrrrr..............


Steven in Colorado


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