Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A funny update to the recent prayer request

We're still without cell phone service around here. The village of La Campa, about 6 or 7 miles south of us, does have cell service. The city of Gracias, about 5 miles north of us, does not.

The other day, Russell dropped off workers at the big bridge project in Las Flores (which does have cell phone service) and then he came out here to pick up some tools and things. He was inside of our 20' metal shipping container, looking for tools, when his phone rang! It was a big surprise, as we haven't been able to send or receive any calls from our home since last week.

Russell answered the call, and as he was explaining something to one of the workers in Las Flores, he started to walk out of the container . . . and as he stepped outside, he lost the signal. He discovered that, if he stayed about 4 - 5 feet inside the container, he could send and receive calls, but outside . . . no signal at all!

The container happens to sit so that the door end faces pretty much directly south - toward the city of La Campa. We figure that the container is blocking the Gracias cell towers (which will NOT allow us to call) and focusing the phone toward the La Campa cell towers. Weird, huh?

So, last night, when Allen realized that he had left his very important phone and address book at the bridge project yesterday, and he needed to make a call about retrieving it . . . he headed out to the shipping container to place the call.

This all got me to thinking about how much my life seems to resemble poorly written fiction. LOL


elilillie said...

Maybe the building is acting as an antenna for the tower and is just picking up whatever signal is around. We have tall metal electrical lines in our neighborhood and they hog the cell signals. We don't have cell service, unless we are outside near the lines.

We went with a carrier that operates off wifi when available.

Kirstin said...

Oh, I'm dying. Too funny