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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 Jim Guld
www.GeeksonTour.com   

I have had my new Droid device from Verizon Wireless for a few weeks now, and I like it. You don’t need to be a geek to want one. If you are one of the many folks who want a phone just to make calls, the Droid is way overkill. For a phone, it is expensive at $200 with a two-year contract. It’s cheap for a computer, though.

Droid as Computer

The Droid features a slide-out keyboard.The Droid is essentially a computer that can also make phone calls. It is connected to the Internet through the Verizon cellular data network or a local Wi-Fi network. You can browse the Internet, send and receive e-mail, stream or download videos/music and so much more.

Texting or entering data is easy using one of the three keyboards (touch screen vertical or horizontal, and slide-out keyboard).

The Google Search By Voice is a neat feature. Just say, "RV campgrounds" and up come the results.

Some people I know could use the Droid and never need a conventional laptop or desktop computer.

Droid as Internet connection for your laptop

The Verizon data plan for the Droid is unlimited. There is no 5GB limit as with cellular data cards or tethering my old phone using VZaccess Manager. How about using the Droid’s Internet connection to connect my computer like I used to do? Well, I can. I just need PdaNet software for the Droid from June Fabrics.

Tethering is the term we use to describe the hardware and software needed to connect a computer to the Internet using the cellular data connection from a smartphone. It is usually a USB connection, but could be wireless using Bluetooth DUN (dial-up network) or Wi-Fi. A wired connection to the computer is simplest and most reliable. The necessary cable comes as a standard attachment to the Droid.

There are two parts of the system: 1) a program that runs on your computer and stays in the system tray; 2) an app on the Droid. Installation is easy. Follow the easy instructions. Download the installation program from the Web site and run it on your computer. Plug the Droid in to an available USB port. Let the program talk to the phone for a moment to establish communication, and you are ready.

The Droid smartphone from Verizon WirelessFirst, start the PdaNet app on the Droid phone and Enable USB Tether. Then, on your computer, click the PdaNet icon in the system tray and connect.

This is a broadband connection and speed is determined by the cellular network. In a good Verizon area, the speeds are excellent. You can easily stream video and not worry about going over your monthly data limit.

The Droid is not the only smartphone that allows tethering. PdaNet has been available for PalmOS phones, the BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones for a while.

If you want to use PdaNet for the iPhone, you need to “jailbreak” it, voiding the warranty.

The price of a single license is $23.95. It is a one-time purchase for the Android version. One license covers one phone (you can reuse the license if you switch to a new Android phone). There is no limit on the computer side and your license gives you unlimited free upgrades.

Droid as Internet Connection for your Network

So far, there is no support for connecting the Droid to our Cradlepoint router, but I expect that fairly soon.

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