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J Neal DIYer – Episode 1

Bosch Dishwasher Error 25

Total dishwasher failure! Panicked thoughts of returning to hand washing dishes.


J Neal Attempts a DIY Repair Armed Only with These Simple Tools

Deep Inside the Bosch, the Culprit: Food-Debris Clogged Drain Pump


Mission Accomplished – Another Job Well Done

Starlink vs AT&T, Verizon, & Microwave

Our current wireless Internet setup allows me to compare two of the major providers in addition to microwave Internet service with Starlink.

Our Verizon, AT&T, and Microwave (unWired Broadband) Solutions

Keep in mind the following tests are our own and limited. However, to me the speeds reported below are representative:

Speed Tests

Well, Starlink is a slam dunk to me even at $99/month + a $500 equipment investment. In addition to download speed, Starlink’s latency is low (31 ms) plus Starlink is unlimited – there are currently no data caps.

After a month or so of testing, we’ll say goodbye to unWired, but we’ll keep our Verizon and AT&T set ups because we need them when we go RVing. As of today, Starlink has no mobile RV solution.

Moderna Vaccine – Shot #2

Both Jan & I were given the second Moderna COVID vaccine shot yesterday.

This Won’t Hurt a Bit

There were few side effects after we had the first Moderna shot about a month ago.

However, after the second Moderna shot, we woke up this morning hurting – chills, sore arm, sore body, plus a little nausea. Not that we’re complaining. Well, maybe just a little.

This vaccine has an effectiveness of 94%. Incredible when compared to yearly flu vaccines which run between 40% to 60% effective.

Anywho, we’ve postponed all our activities today with the exception of breathing and watching TV.

And now this . . .

Flirt Doing Her Daily Lawn Roll on 45’s Lawn

My Sister Mary Asks . . .

Tom… what a find!!! I’m wondering if this would work for Patty & Brad .. in Whitewater and in Waupaca ?? Is there a monthly fee or what ??

Short Answer – You betcha!

But first, Starlink is a satellite Internet service created by SpaceX and Tesla’s Wonderkind Elon Musk. His plan is to eventually offer worldwide Internet service using over 40,000 (yes, Forty Thousand) low-orbit satellites.

As of today, there are only about 1,200 Starlink satellites aloft . . . so Internet coverage is currently limited to folks living between latitudes 36.9 and 54.9 degrees. Our latitude in Mariposa, CA is 37.4 – so we “just” made it. However, as more Starlink sats are launched, this range of coverage will increase. By the way, use this link,%20wi to check your city’s latitude.

Or, just go to the Starlink web site ( and enter your address. Be advised, you may have to try different variations of your address.

NOTE: Starlink is intended to be a rural Internet service as large cities would provide traffic congestion problems. Besides, city dwellers typically already have access to high-speed Internet service.


The Starlink kit (Dish, power supply, router, mount, cabling) costs about $500.

Starlink Internet service is $99/month.

Starlink Internet service is Unlimited. There are currently no data caps.

Starlink Internet service is Fast. Users report speeds over 100 Mbps. Just tested my speed: 100 Mbps.

For More Information

I was going to include a bunch of links, but just Google (or YouTube) “Starlink”. There’s plenty of info out there.

Thank You, Elon Musk, for Starlink!

Starlink looks to be the high-speed Internet service rural folks like myself need.

After placing my Starlink beta test order a month ago, I received the kit today and installed it immediately. A few hours after the kit arrived, Starlink was up and running with Internet download speeds like this . . .

1st Starlink Speed Test

Here’s the poop . . .



A Large Box

Wordless Instructions

MOUNTING DISHY MCFLATFACE (aka the Starlink dish)

No 2 x 4s Died in the Making of this Mount (Photo taken before the dish was plugged in)

As soon as the Starlink Router was plugged in, the dish started searching the northern sky for sats

Routing the Starlink cable through the window . . .

. . . and into the Shed


During setup it took several minutes for the dish to connect to the satellites. At times I thought it wasn’t going to connect because the sky was heavily overcast, it was raining, and I had set up fairly close to our house:

At first I thought Dishy might be too close to our house

Starlink Worked in our “Cluttered” Environment

My takeaway is that you need a clear view of the northern sky, but not necessarily the whole sky.

Finally, when we changed our TV streaming to Starlink, the video quality changed dramatically. We’re watching those 4K YouTube videos now. Glorious and no buffering.


If after a few months Starlink continues to impress, we’ll say goodbye to the microwave Internet service (unWired Broadband). However, as long as we have the RV, we’ll keep the AT&T Mobley and Verizon Cradlepoint hot spots as we need these when we travel away from home.

Unless, of course, Elon Musk delivers on Starlink for RVs. Can’t wait.