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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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Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

Where can I get the tethered hardware and/or is it the same connection as the power cable? What software do I need? Does the application need to be downloaded to the phone to address the tethered connection? Verizon originally said there was a place to download the application or software free to active tethering. Do you know where?

Finally, I realize there is a monthly charge for using my phone as tethered. Shouldn't that be covered if I already have a data Internet connection on HTC?

Thanks.

John

John:

HTC makes several phones.

There is tethering and then there is tethering. Things are changing almost daily. You are probably safest going with what Verizon wants you to do, even though there is an additional monthly charge.
 
With our old LG EnV phones, we used Broadband Access Connect. It was an additional $50/month for this feature, and we could turn on and off. We needed a special cable that came from Verizon with the VZAccess Manager software.
 
You get a data plan ($30 per month) with Verizon when you buy a smartphone. Verizon wants to charge you an additional $20 to tether when it is available. When you do that you are limited to 5GB/month.
 
We have the Motorola Droid. There is a non-supported (by Verizon) tethering solution from JuneFabrics.com called PDANet.

The price of a single license is $23.95 ($18.95 for a limited time). The cable is the same USB cable we use to connect to the computer. 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.
 
The new Droid X allows wireless tethering up to five devices. I'm waiting to see if that will be available with a software upgrade to my Droid.
 
— Jim Gould

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