Glad You Asked That

 Posted by at 2:14 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 262015

Today I thought I’d answer a few questions that pop up every so often, in the hope that some of you might find it useful.

Back when Dish Network customers lost their Distant Network Service when All American Direct folded, a manager from Dish assured me that they were in “active negotiations” with another provider to supply that service. Well, a lot of time has passed and obviously that never happened. Blog readers have asked me if I foresee any change. The last communication I had with Dish was that they “are no longer pursuing that option.” So if you are a Dish customer, the best you can do is get local networks wherever you are staying. Yes, it’s a hassle, but I’ve been doing it for over a year now.

Here is a tip I got from a blog reader to make it easier. Instead of calling Dish to change your service location every time you arrive at a new location, log onto and set up an online account if you don’t already have one. From then on, log into and choose Chat Now. The wait is usually less than five minutes. I have a paragraph typed up and saved on my computer that I just paste in when the rep comes on the line, with the local address substituted. Here it is:

"Hello. We have your DISH service in our motorhome and need to have you change our service address to 175 Any Road, Anywhere, Texas 77399 so we can get the local channels." It’s quick and easy. Within about 15 minutes we have the local channels.

I have found that if I give them an address near a large city, it will cover a wide area and I don’t have to change as often. For example, when we are in Florida I can get the Orlando stations from St. Augustine all the way south to the Keys. In Texas, we got the Houston feed from Livingston to Mission to Hondo.

Another question is, if somebody is on the road and needs to call 911, will emergency responders be able to find them quickly. I have a free app on my smart phone called Where Am I? that gives my address and GPS coordinates anywhere I am. It’s handy to have not only for calling 911, but also when you need emergency road service.

I have written many times about the benefits of Elks membership and I frequently get asked how one can join. First you find a local Elks club, preferably in a small town because they usually charge less. Then ask the bartender or manager if someone there will sponsor you. Most will because they always need new members. You have to go to a couple of meetings, kind of a meet and greet, and then you are sworn in. It’s no big deal. If you are going to be in Tucson for the Escapees Escapade rally next month, the Escapees Elks BOF and the Willcox Elks lodge are having an accelerated membership program a couple of days after Escapade. You can get more information on the Escapade Facebook page.

Usually we have the new issue of the Gypsy Journal in the mail by now, but this time it’s going to gn out a few days late due to weather related delays in printing and shipping. I’m not sure where the new issue is, all I know is that it’s on a truck somewhere in the snowy Midwest and the last report I had was that it should arrive in Phoenix sometime Monday. I have always said that we’d never go strictly digital, but between ever increasing costs in printing and postage, and frustrations like this, sometimes I find myself rethinking that position more and more. We appreciate your patience.

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of JET, the first book in my friend USA Today bestselling author Russell Blake’s wildly popular Jet thriller series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  5 Responses to “Glad You Asked That”

  1. Question about Dish. We get a local Pittsburgh sports station all over the country. We want to make sure we don’t loose them if we change local channels as we travel. Does anyone have this same situation? Thanks

  2. Finished Nick’s book BIG LAKE BURNING last night. Another good read !

  3. We have never even had a 15 minute wait when using the Dish online chat to change local service areas. After all of the hassles we have had with satellite providers over the 16 years we have full-timed, this service is extremely hassle-free.

  4. Nick, I have a better tip. Drop Dish and switch to Directv as they still offer the 4 major networks from either the NY market, the LA market, or both. Been with them since 1995 with no problems or regrets. P.S. I’m not a paid spokesman!! Bob

  5. I had a conversation with a couple who were fellow shoppers at Camping World. They said that Dish HD has all the local channels. Haven’t checked into it.

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