STATUS UPDATE ON HDTV/INTERNET
We just got a full progress report from Chris Castro of GDS and are pleased to pass along the good news that the last big hurdle to completing the project has been passed. It turns out that all the natural disasters around the country caused a backlog in materials and repair parts. As Chris put it, “a standard 90-day order has turned into a 180-day order.” He adds, “It has caused us to juggle around quite a bit upgrading and stabilizing as we can. We had a plan of action that outlined a strong completion date, continuing setbacks caused us to deviate from that plan. We just received a huge shipment of parts in for the outside plant. We had an expected arrival in early September and we finally received the shipment last Tuesday. It is currently being inventoried and we are making plans to best get these parts installed without causing major disruptions for the residents.”
Included in the shipment is Auto Gain Control. Chris explained its significance: “This system automatically adjusts the signal in the park based off the current temperatures. This is a huge upgrade as we can see 40+ temperature swings in the desert from night to day. This cuts back maintenance costs as well as frees us up from having technicians multiple times a year go through and rebalance the system due to seasonal temperature changes as our summer residents definitely saw.”
Chris also wanted to pass along a message from the installers at both parks:“Please don’t purchase parts at RadioShack, Lowes, Home Depot or Best Buy. Do not re-use the cabling and splitters that you have coiled up in boxes and saved for years. We are still seeing a lot of RG-59 wire installed or connectors that are being bought and improperly installed. These not only impede your services but can cause noise to back feed into the system that affects all your neighbors as well.”
Chris added this explanation: “When we talk about noise, it’s pretty simple — everything in the cable is a radio wave. Everyone can tune into a radio station in their home or car. Well, when bad cabling is installed or bad connectors are installed they allow those radio waves to bleed into the cable system and overpower the conversations that are happening to deliver your internet and tv service. Also gold looks awesome and mentally holds value but in the cable world, gold has the value of paying to have someone come and rip it all out.”
We also got this further detail on the work at Silveridge:
“The headend expansion has been built and the air conditioning installed. An electrician will be by next week to install the circuits needed to migrate the old equipment as well as install the new signal processing equipment. We will then schedule an overnight time to have the equipment migrated. Conduit was installed in areas over the summer, new cabling was repaired or replaced, additional amplifiers were installed. Additional power supplies were also installed to accommodate the additional components.
“With the arrival of the parts on Tuesday we will be able to begin resetting the pedestals that are currently dug up. The holdup on doing this was those parts. There are still some additional amplifiers that have to be installed, however we were on hold until we received the parts from overseas. Overall the system is tremendously stable compared to before.”
REBUILDING OF THE CLUBHOUSE
We had hoped by now to be reporting on the re-opening of the ballroom and eventually the entire clubhouse. Sadly, we still don’t have a date. Why not? Bureaucracy. Between permits and insurance personnel, no one has been able to commit to hard dates. We hope to have a special report out soon.
Meanwhile, the office is open in its temporary quarters and Activities Director Sue Arneson is doing heroic work to make sure all the residents are too busy to think about construction issues.