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    Yet another reason for me NOT to allow my Nong Khai lass anywhere near Teakdoor!
    Nice one Pat.

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    Nice place texpat, and good to see gardens you can swing a fair size cat in.

    Given the Isaan life style, you might at some stage want to consider a reasonable size shaded area, either attached to the house or (probably better) as a sala. That way the locals have got a place to lounge, drink lao khao, sleep it off and gossip.
    probes Aliens

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    ok.. how are you able to retire at 43?.

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    Bloody hell, I've got a neighbour

    Not in los at the moment, but usually stay at the inlaws place about 1km from town (Tha Bo) on the 2020 road to Ban Phue.

    Should be back in October sometime, will make a nice change for some english language banter to take place, apart from my kids of course...and without having to travel to nong khai or udon to find some...

    Will get the beers in for you as a house warming gift when I'm next in town.

    BTW, was the builders local??
    Your new house could be the answer as to why all the uncles and brother in laws have been so busy earning a crust lately

    Nice place Texpat.

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    Very nice house. It makes me wish I hadn't been too scared to build my house, and instead bought one that just needed some work.

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    Yes, certainly a very nice home, you have done a good job of adapting the plans for your own needs!

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    Thanks for the kind comments.

    Regarding shade -- already thought of that, especially on the SW corner. Planted five coconut trees last month. Should provide good shade in a few years. Then after a decade, will be too tall. We have mature trees (eucalyptus, praduk) on the southern exposure. All much taller than the house.

    Bangkok Butcher, howdee neighbor! I need some farang friends here. My mates are all in Udon and I get tired of driving down there. The ThaBo Little Rock has coyote dancers now. And only one of them is a kathoey.

    Retire at 43? -- US Air Force, could'a retired at 38, but needed the beer money. (20 years = minimum pension)

    few more shots for silent ninja, then I'm done.


    Big window out stairwell. Had to order the curved top aluminum piece from BKK.


    Fifteen trucks of black dirt (din dum) helped slow the rain erosion of the builder's "landscape" job. Grass eliminated the problem.


    West facing exposure. All green (grass) now.


    I took hundreds of pics over almost 8 months. This is my favorite of all. Somchai, 65-years old, squats on an ill-supported second-story plank twisting rebar into a form while wearing his flip-flops. classic issan.
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    Thanks for the bonus pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat

    Why the two (presumably) UBC dishes?

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    Yeah, I noticed the same.. I think you can wire one dish to two receivers if you want to have UBC in different spots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteLotusLane
    Yeah, I noticed the same.. I think you can wire one dish to two receivers if you want to have UBC in different spots?
    You think so, but no you can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteLotusLane
    Yeah, I noticed the same.. I think you can wire one dish to two receivers if you want to have UBC in different spots?
    You think so, but no you can't.

    Do you get a discount for the second UBC system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteLotusLane
    Yeah, I noticed the same.. I think you can wire one dish to two receivers if you want to have UBC in different spots?
    You think so, but no you can't.
    Eh? Why not? I have at home, the main unit is downstairs and we have a receiver in our bedroom also. So you can watch/change channels from either.

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    Yes, but you can't watch two different channels without two different receivers and two dishes.

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    I thought you only need two dishes if you want to point at two satellites at the same time.

    My Dad had one of the satellite TV services in the US. One dish, two receivers, each of which had two tuners, and four TV's, with a different channel on each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr View Post
    Yes, but you can't watch two different channels without two different receivers and two dishes.
    I was told this by the UBC technician when I looked into it.

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    ^Interesting. They told us all we needed was a second tuner. Instead we opted for two TV's on one tuner with a device that allows you to operate the UBC box with the remote located in a different room.

    When we move, it will be two tuners and, I guess, two dishes, if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr
    Yes, but you can't watch two different channels without two different receivers and two dishes.
    Oh, right you are. We can indeed change channels independently from up or downstairs but it switches both together. Rarely a problem though as they only time we usually watch TV upstairs is together in the evenings.

    That and UBC is utter crap regardless and I'm thinking of ditiching it. I have another Sat-TV system that is cheaper, more reliable (never lose the signal during rain despite the fact it's beamed in 'from' South Africa), has superior programming, superior functions (auto-tune shows a week in advance), and an on-screen guide that is actually readable and gives you program info.

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    The Thai guys doesnt know shit about his job you can run two recievers of one dish here at work we are running 4 recievers from the one dish and LNB. And we all watch different channels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    The Thai guys doesnt know shit about his job you can run two recievers of one dish here at work we are running 4 recievers from the one dish and LNB. And we all watch different channels
    ...


    I was going to insert a really lame joke there about Rigger being a 'Pirate'.... get it? Rigger... off-shore... multiple UBC... pirate!?

    But it wasn't funny. So I won't bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    I have another Sat-TV system that is cheaper, more reliable (never lose the signal during rain despite the fact it's beamed in 'from' South Africa), has superior programming, superior functions (auto-tune shows a week in advance), and an on-screen guide that is actually readable and gives you program info.

    Some more information please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a. boozer
    Some more information please!
    boozer,

    It's DSTV/M-Net out of SA. I think you can get it via other methods (with varying degrees of legality and they might be forever changing access codes on you) but I've been lucky enough to get it semi-officially.

    Bascially I know a guy in their Jo'burg office and he has me registered as an Africa-based customer so I pay a subscription.

    Anyways, it really is 1,000x better than UBC. The signal strength measure is never over 70% yet, compared to UBC, it doesn't go off every time a few drops of water fall from the sky!

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    Thanks for that information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    The Thai guys doesnt know shit about his job you can run two recievers of one dish here at work we are running 4 recievers from the one dish and LNB. And we all watch different channels
    You can if you have a Quad-LNB with 4 independent outputs.
    But those cheap UBC systems with their small dishes comes with a single output LNB. Refitting it with a dual or quad LNB is prolly more expensive than buying another complete dish.

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