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Finally, registration for FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for March 15 through 18, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is open. Click Here to register.

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To All Our Friends in South Texas, Louisiana and Florida

Here at FMCA our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. These include the area residents, victims, first responders, and citizens who have stepped in to assist their neighbors.

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma: Looking for resources or ways you can help?

1. Make a Donation
The following organizations* are accepting donations for South Texas and Florida relief efforts.
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org (https://www.redcross.org) or call 1-800-HELP-NOW (800-435-7669). Or text IRMA or HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Salvation Army: give.salvationarmyusa.orgor call 1-800-725-2769. Or text STORM to 51555.
Catholic Charities USA: www.catholiccharitiesusa.orgor call 800-919-9338. Or text CCUSADISASTER to 71777.
*Please note FMCA is not affiliated with and/or advocating these organizations.

2. Volunteer with RV Disaster Corps
RV Disaster Corps has put out a call for RVers to staff volunteer centers. Volunteers with RV Disaster Corps assist people displaced by storms and help first responders. Because RV Disaster Corps volunteers have their own accommodations, they can relocate to the impacted area without requiring scarce local housing resources. www.rvdisastercorps.org.

3. Help Evacuees Find a Safe Place
Texas: The Texas Association of Campground Owners has identified RV parks with space available for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. Visit https://texascampgrounds.com or www.TexasCabinRentals.net. It is recommended to call the parks in advance; availability may change based on current weather.

Florida and Alabama campgrounds: Information will be posted as available: www.CampFlorida.com and www.CampInAlabama.com.

Alabama state parks: Call 1-800-ALA-PARK (1-800-252-7275) for availability.

Florida road conditions: Real-time traffic information is available at https://fl511.com. Or call (866) 511-3352; in Florida, dial 511.

Member Vote: Voting Now Open

CLICK HERE to download and print a copy of the ballot.

Please note, all ballots must be sent via postal mail to: Mandel and Associates, Inc., 431 Ohio Pike, Suite 201, Cincinnati, OH 45255

FMCA Remodel

Big news! It's time to take a step in the right direction, CLICK HERE to learn more about FMCA's plans to remodel.

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By Chris Guld
www.GeeksonTour.com 

If you’ve been reading our articles here, you probably know that you can tether your cell phone (if it’s the right model with the right service) to your computer. Tethering your cell phone to your computer will give you Internet access on that computer. What you may not know is that you can tether it to a router, as well.

The Gulds connect their modem (left) to their Cradlepoint router, enabling them to connect to the same network using a DSL Internet connection.The Cradlepoint cellular router is popular among RVers. Most people use it for their data cards. Plug the data card in to the router and configure the router for your hotspot. Several computers can use that same Internet connection. The router that we have will accept a data card, an Ethernet cable from DSL or cable Internet, or a cell phone USB connection.

While we are parked for the season at Paradise Island RV Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., we decided to spoil ourselves and get a month-to-month DSL Internet connection. The telephone cable comes in from the post outside and plugs in to the modem and then to our Cradlepoint router. The Cradlepoint creates a wireless network called GeeksOnTour. We can both connect to that network and we have Internet supplied by the DSL cable.

Recently, as we pulled into an overnight site at Thousand Trails, Orlando, I felt a bit of panic. I wouldn't have my DSL Internet there! I called Verizon before we left Fort Lauderdale and asked that they turn on the Mobile Broadband Connect feature for the two weeks we’d be gone ($49/month), but I was wondering if I would remember how to get it set up. I knew I had to plug the special cable into the phone, and then into the USB port on the Cradlepoint – but there must be something more?

Motorhomers can tether their cell phone to a Cradlepoint router.Amazing! As soon as I plugged the phone into the router, the phone started sending and receiving data. I turned on my computer and it automatically connected to the GeeksOnTour network and I was browsing away. Every once in a while, technology just works, and it is good! Of course, I’m sure I owe this simplicity to the real geek of the house, my husband, Jim, who decided which router to buy and set it up in the first place.

Jim recently got the Droid phone from Verizon and he has successfully tethered it to his computer via something called PDANet. But, it doesn’t work to tether it to the Cradlepoint. He’s still working on it. I’m holding out for the Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus, which will have the ability to be a Wi-Fi Hotspot without plugging into anything!

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