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  1. Adult Trike for sale in Rancho del Oro. Ideal for running errands on the carretera bike path. $5000 MXN 3331071859
  2. This place in GDL worked well for me: https://destruccionesofi5.com/contacto/ was cheap too...I did stay and watch them...but that was just me.
  3. The Chapala Plus direct line does have a schedule that is reasonably respected. The local lines theoretically run every half hour but they are subject to wide variation, especially when traffic jams up. The buses ARE equipped with GPS trackers that already report to the bus company security system, they know exactly where any bus is at any given time. But that info is currently closed. There is a spec, called GTFS, that can take that data and open it up to tracking apps one can put on a cell phone. Those apps can show you schedules, from the real time data show you when the next bus will arrive, even show you the current position of the buses. Its up the bus company and the community to make this happen. There is an expense in doing so, but its not that onerous. There are also security considerations and we have to respect those. We don't know what the bus company is willing or not willing to share, but if we can at least get next arrivals and departures in real time, would be a great improvement. The Ribera de Chapala has this incredible geometry that makes it a linear city. If you can get anywhere along the highway, about anywhere you want to go is only about 4 blocks either side. Most people don't like the uncertainty of the wait. They also don't like other things, like crowds and dirt. But imagine for a minute if you're away from Ajijic centro and want to go into town, or over to Wal-mart or San Juan. Its probably a short walk down to your closest stop. If the tracker app tells you when the next bus will be there, you can enjoy your coffee or shop a bit longer, and time your walk to the stop. Suddenly a lot of trips you might have made by car you're willing to hop on a bus. More rides on the bus means more revenue for the bus company, maybe more frequent buses, and higher quality service. And fewer cars going up and down the highway. We have a lot of visitors to the area without cars. Their quality of stay would improve. So thats the idea. We want to do what we can to encourage the bus company to do this. Maybe at first with some financial help from different sources so its not all on them. But once its implemented, I'm sure it'll be a good deal for them too. Please help by filling out the survey and giving us your best thoughts. We need energetic feedback from the community to make this happen. https://forms.gle/6n4EXwDwn66R4Cgx8 @Honeybee As you pointed out, just having good printed info on the schedules will also be helpful. That is low lying fruit and we are working on a doc. Thanks for your feedback.
  4. The bus company already has trackers on their buses, but there is a significant expense to add the General Transit Feed capability which enables tracking apps. Like any project, there's a business case to be made. The investment, payback in higher ridership, the benefit to the community, etc. The bus company didn't want to know how much we were willing to pay, we the organizers want to know. With that info we can make a thoughtful proposal. A good proposal will have everyone with a little skin in the game.
  5. Good evening everyone! A group of residents in the Lake Chapala area have entered discussions with the Chapala-Guadalajara Bus Company to create a bus tracking app. All residents in the Lake Chapala community are encouraged to complete this questionnaire to collect useful data helpful to proceeding with this project. https://forms.gle/6n4EXwDwn66R4Cgx8
  6. That would be about 11 450 watt solar panels at roughly $200 each.. A 5 kw decent string inverter for about $1300 dlls, Thats about $3500 in panels and inverter. Racking, installation, etc...maybe $1500. I'd think you could get it done for 5-6 thousand USD.
  7. Just use textnow.com service to get the SMS message to your free US number. Telcel has the best wireless coverage in Mexico. No need for a US cellphone number.
  8. I had a leak "somewhere" in my home in Guadalajara and had to call a specialized plumber with high-tech acoustic equipment to locate it. The house was built in 1978 and a galvanized pipe had finally corroded through in the middle of the floor of a back room. This guy has the equipment to find it: https://www.fontaneriasgdl.com/
  9. I've had good luck with the fellow in El Grullo...but I do recommend: - That you go and personally pick out the machine you want and take photos of the unit, the label etc. and make sure the unit he delivers is the one you picked out. He has a lot of machines in different shape. - Check the refurb status carefully and get anything needed done before he delivers.. - Check the spare parts situation for the machine you want....Many web sites sell parts. .See if you can get say a spare electronics board... Some machines are easier to get parts than others... Tom
  10. There's a fellow in El Grullo Jalisco who buys truckloads of professional gym equipment in the US and refurbishes...He'll deliver to GDL and Lakeside...I've bought two units from him...Nice drive to El Grullo to pick mine out... great prices. http://www.steelmangym.com/
  11. There is a lot of interesting renewable and DIY activity going on here in Mexico: Esol technologies in GDL does a lot of work with LiFePo4 batteries and makes a whole-house grade BMS. They sell a whole house system. Their system distributes not only AC but also DC for certain loads, which is more efficient. I've one friend in BuenaVista who's installed their system. Check out https://batteryhookup.com/ and https://liionwholesale.com/ . I've purchased from them and have built up battery banks. As you point out, before you start investing in storage, you should maximize conservation. All LED lighting a given. The LG Linear inverter fridges (or a DC fridge) are great and don't have surge loads. I represent a semiconductor company in my work that is introducing an ultra efficiency variable speed drive system-on-chip. Am working with server LATAM motor manufacturers. Check out the new Enphase IQ8 microinverter. . If you want to understand storage, battery backup, etc you also need to understand UL1741 and islanding requirements. The IQ8 is revolutionary because when you lose the grid, it will keep supplying the load with sine wave power matched with consumption, while satisfying UL1741. Another company in Costa Rica, Heart Transverter www.transverter.com, does some really cool stuff too. The industry is moving towards this grid agnostic concept where you manage and optimize storage, load, grid, and panels in real time. There are many companies in Mexico doing very interesting renewable work. PM me if you like.
  12. I came to Mexico from the US in 1981; took the exam here a few years later and was issued XE1KG. Had it for about 20 years. Then the MX government stopped issuing call signs and pretty much dropped out of regulating. The FMRE is Mexico's equivalent to the ARRL and still has an active website. https://fmre.mx/¿quiénes-somos%3F I think MX citizens still have some kind of recognition for their licenses but foreigners, even residents are SOL. There is also a club in Guadalajara, check out: https://www.facebook.com/ClubDeRadioExperimentadoresDeOccidente/ But that doesn't mean you can't operate. A lot of people still do, just need to be very careful to follow good practices, stick to the conventional bands, etc. The government still runs monitoring stations, mostly for broadcast compliance, but they probably look across the spectrum.
  13. There is great fellow in Jocotepec who trims my trees. Very reasonable: Sabino +523318269210
  14. I have a Callcentric Dallas number for $1.95 a month that is set up to simultaneously ring my Guad, Chapala phones, and MX cellphones. I answer from any of them. I pay an extra $1 a month to receive SMS messages to the same number which forwards to my Gmail. No US numbers or contracts. Just a cheap MX Telcel contract and Callcentric. All the financial institutions have to problem sending SMS's to the number except Wells Fargo, which sends SMS short codes. But they have an option to call the US number to validate too.
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