I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I can’t post on my blog due to signal failures. I thought I’d go into more detail, plus a couple pictures can say more than words. Especially since, for the last week, I’ve been having signal outages and haven’t been able to post on here. And may not be able to for the next week, either.
My internet signal comes from a tower on a mountain on Prince of Wales Island, which is across a major waterway from where I live, called Clarence Strait. When it snows on the mountain the tower and support structures are covered in snow and ice and our signal disappears. The phone company has to helicopter a crew up to the mountain to carve the snow and ice away in order for those of out in the bush to receive a signal again.
When it storms, as it frequently does at this time of the year–as I write this we’re having hurricane force winds–the helicopter can’t get to the tower. They have to wait until the winds moderate before they can get to chipping that ice off and freeing up our signal.
I hope the pictures give some idea of the frankly astounding fact that we get an Internet signal at all during the winter!
1/28/2016 02:35:37 pm
This is just amazing! I can’t even imagine your lifestyle. I plan to go through all of your posts so that I can see and learn. Thank you.
1/28/2016 02:49:23 pm
Thanks, Susan! It’s amazing to me someone would climb up there and clear the snow and ice so a few people out in the bush have Internet and phones. Alaska is incredible. 🙂
1/29/2016 11:06:07 am
Strong emotional response from unexpectedness for sure. Id est: Astounding. Am able to relate. We make plans with best of intentions, though follow intuition and heart as we’re shown otherwise. Such is this reaching out. Thank you, cousin. Will catch up if and when able to, deeply engaged in battle the events here of the prior 4 weeks. My love to you and your parents. Hold our Sheriff, State Police, the FBI and citizens as our work is continuing to fight darkness that is threatening us all. Hold fast…
1/29/2016 11:17:05 am
David, it’s good to hear from you. We wondered how you were doing. I’ll pass on your thoughts to my parents–today is their 49th anniversary! Keep holding fast, I’m wishing you the best. And if our signal keeps up from keeping up in our correspondence like we’d like, now you know why! Tara