So, at around 3:30pm, while I'm on the phone with Carol, THE POWER GOES OUT AGAIN! It starts to rain as well. So the installers (Tom and Erik) went ahead and installed the dish and tested as best as they could with their equipment without any power. They ran an additional cable around the house for the HD receiver (I wanted a clear shot of new RG-6 without any connectors between the receiver and the multiswitch, just to keep the signal intact).
So, they left and left me their phone numbers and offered to actually come back and tweak it some more when the power comes up.
I couldn't take it in the airless house, so Carol & I went out to dinner (and took a side-trip to the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin - we haven't been there in ages and wanted to check it out. It hasn't changed).
We were home by 8 o'clock and the power was back on, so it was out about 3 more hours on top of the 17.
Powered up the house and found out that I had **NO** signal from the new dish. Not a bad signal, **NO** signal.
So, I called Tom. He actually came over in about 20 minutes - he seemed shocked that there was **NO** signal, so he went on the roof - in the almost darkness - and got the dish kickstarted as best as he could. We got our old channels and our new HD stations as well. Tome will come back some other time and fine-tune the dish.
So... is it over??? Will we have power???? And it's still raining outside - steady rain.