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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    You can look at the plan (first pic) it's about 200 sq/m (2,000 sqf), 3bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. My wife (of 6 years) and I saw this plan in a design book shortly after we got married. We swapped the entire upstairs to put the MBR on the east side of the house -- cooler. And turned a poxy little sitting room into a walk-in closet. Hard to say how much it was, actually. We bought the land in 2001 and shifted our savings to LOS every year since then. (In '01, $1 was about 42B, today it's 33B) Cost averaging is a good idea. House and land was slightly less than 4m. Include alcohol required to survive the experience, significaltly more.

    No swimming pool in plans -- that's what neighbors are for. Convince them to build/maintain one, then go to their place with a bottle of Red. You'll gain/Walk in the long run.

    Plan: storage shed for bicycles, lawn mower, tools, shovels, rakes, gf.

    If it's too antiseptic for you, to each his own. This is my retirement house. It ain't a palace, but I'm comfortable here. I'm 43 and have no job so I can putz around all day in the garden -- or not.

    PS: Never invest more in Thailand than you can afford to lose.

    Congrat. Texpat


    Nice little house you got there. I got plans for the same excact one (must be some kind of thai-norm).
    Our house will be in Satthahip, with a view to the ocean. They told us that the house should cost about 1,6m baht. Last year I started planting some trees, coconut, mango, durian on our property. I just have one slight disadvantage....I can't retire yet...unless that Lotto Jackpot goes to the person who deserves it the most...ME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
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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
    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.
    Or a 2 dollar 3 way spliter works just fine but with a 4 way the signal gets very weak

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
    I can't retire yet...unless that Lotto Jackpot goes to the person who deserves it the most...ME.
    No chance because i will win it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    Or a 2 dollar 3 way spliter works just fine but with a 4 way the signal gets very weak
    Aarg, you don't get it,it doesn't work with UBC (or any Ku-band sat system).

    The decoder gives information to the LNB about high/low frequence band
    and polarization of the sat signal.
    Connect more than decoder, and one of them will win.
    If that one says high band and vertical polarization, then it will be so irregardless of what the other one want.

    The band switching from the decoders is done by applying 12V or 18V on the coax cable. Will be nice smoke when one decoder is set to a low channel and the other to a high. When 12V and 18V meet each other...
    There are two hard to handle things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.

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    ^ well it is working just fine at the moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom
    Refitting it with a dual or quad LNB is prolly more expensive than buying another complete dish.
    Not sure if this system is a Ku band or not I think I read some where it is C and KU I will have to ask the sparky but dual LNB are under 20 bucks

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    Probably a C band, you can see it from the size of the dish and the size of the LNB.
    The black 2m diameter mesh type dish here in Thailand..
    And , with C band you can connect more than one decoder since there is no intelligence in the LNB.

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    If you are happy to watch the same programs, but in different areas of the home, what about using the gadget, known in the U.K. as a 'Rabbit'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by a. boozer
    If you are happy to watch the same programs, but in different areas of the home, what about using the gadget, known in the U.K. as a 'Rabbit'?
    That's essentially what we have. It directs the signal from the receiver to two TV's and includes a device that lets you use the remote in either location. I think it cost less than a 1000 baht and works fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai View Post
    That's essentially what we have. It directs the signal from the receiver to two TV's and includes a device that lets you use the remote in either location. I think it cost less than a 1000 baht and works fine.
    B.H. Don't know where you find time to watch television!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a. boozer
    B.H. Don't know where you find time to watch television!
    In the heat of the day, when it's too hot to do any gardening. Also, the news at 8 AM with breakfast....

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    Yeah, the UBC guys told me the ONLY way to watch two different programs at the same time is to have two dishes.

    I wasn't in a mood (or position) to argue, so I told them to put two dishes up. The second dish is only 150B a month, so it's not a big deal -- and it's legal. This is a package deal with my wife's cellphone (also True) and she must buy a 300B card each month for the price to remain in effect. I would prefer cable TV but hell, we don't even have phone lines out here. I Internet with a GPRS modem.

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    If the second dish is 150 a month, how much is the second cable box?

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    We have Gold program on one smartcard and Basic on the other. The cards can be put into either tuner so I can watch my shows up or downstairs as long as I take the gold smartcard with me.
    Gold package is about 1800B and the other is free (provided wifey buys a 300B phonecard every month)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Yeah, the UBC guys told me the ONLY way to watch two different programs at the same time is to have two dishes.
    Or as Lom said a double LNB which would look a little better than having a couple of dishes hanging off your roof unless of course you were Thai and wanted to show people you have two
    and a double LNB is 500 bht you could save 1800 bht a year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    a double LNB is 500 bht
    Is this an option UBC offers, or would you have to buy it and fit it to the UBC dish yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    The cards can be put into either tuner
    So, the extra tuner is included in the 150 baht a month for the extra dish? Or, so you get the extra tuner because of the package deal with your wife's phone?

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    I think you would do this your self very easy job about 2 mins with a spanner would do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    So, the extra tuner is included in the 150 baht a month for the extra dish? Or, so you get the extra tuner because of the package deal with your wife's phone?
    I dont think so Buad hai last time I checked thay wanted the full amount for another reciever

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    Rigger's correct. I asked. No discount for two systems, but then what do you expect from those bantits called UBC.

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    When we had this installation done they told us rental of the second receiver would be 300 baht per month. (We pay about 1800 for the gold package.) Of course, I failed to ask if that included the decoder card and second dish.

    So, we have UBC on two TV's (both must watch the same program), but we also have Korat Cable TV going to all three TV's. That only costs 350 a month for all three, but doesn't include very much English language stuff, except for BBC. Channel News Asia and a couple of movie channels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    When we had this installation done they told us rental of the second receiver would be 300 baht per month. (We pay about 1800 for the gold package.) Of course, I failed to ask if that included the decoder card and second dish
    I have this set up as well but didnt know we were renting the little black box upstairs. Also dont buy there second remote as they want I think 800 bht but you can get one the same at the market for a lot less

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    Nice place, TexPat. Well done. I envy you.

    My wife and I plan to build similar square footage on the road to Tha Bo just outside of Nong Khai. Did you have a Project Manager, or did you fight it out yourself? Do you know a good company that manages construction projects around there, or can you recommend a good contractor? Any help would be appreciated. I have always relied on the kindness of strangers, but it's so much easier when they speak english. Congrats again.

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    The guy who built it is my neighbor. He contracted all the work -- I did nothing except pay. We went shopping together and chose bathroom tiles, ceramic roof tiles, paint, granite styles etc. His English is very poor, but he's a well-respected poo-yai in the Amphur, retired from the water company. He's built several very nice homes in town -- most much larger/nicer than mine. Next time you're in the neighborhood, I can introduce you.

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    Thanks, TexPat. I appreciate it. Next trip probably won't be till June/July 08 (still a slave to vacation schedules). I'll check in with you then.

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