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  1. Windstar, An easy way to check the signal strength (on your 600 series receiver) is to tune to the channel you are having difficulty with then on your remote, press the MENU OK key. Scroll to the right with the right arrow key until the little gear icon is highlighted (called Settings Menu) and press the ENTER OK key. Once in the Settings Menu, scroll to the right again to the rectangular looking icon (called the Status menu) and press the ENTER OK key. You are now highlighting the System Status icon. Press ENTER OK again and a bunch of technical information about the cha
  2. 592 and 595 are coming in fine for me (on Anik F1 at 96 signal strength). What receiver are you using? If you have 300 or 500 series box the problem may be that these channels have switched to MPEG-4 and you can no longer decode them. I am using only 600 series receivers. There are a lot of people freaking out about losing channels because Shaw is moving them off of the older two satellites and onto the new 3rd satellite. This is not really what is happening (yet). Maybe over the course of the next 10 years they MIGHT do this as the satellites we receive signal from are nearing end o
  3. Hospital Civil Nuevo has a MetLife counter right in the lobby area.
  4. I would expect that most of these cars and trucks that have been flood damaged will be dismantled and recycled for parts. Most insurance companies now are able to electronically update a State (USA) or Provincial (Canada) DMV records so that this information about a loss claim is available to potential buyers. Same with cars and trucks that have been in an accident at some point. The only way to bypass this is if a vehicle is sold privately and has not had an insurance claim made against it. The second reason why it would be very difficult to export such cars and import them into Mexic
  5. They don't use leach fields here - wrong soil type and older construction methods didn't take the time to build them with the proper materials . You likely either have a tank (some exist with aerators) or a connection to a municipal or fracc. sewer line. Most "grey" water just finds its way to an arroyo nearby.
  6. What's wrong with the road between Ocotlan and La Barca??
  7. OBO, you will have absolutely no problem driving your Mexican plated car along with your Mexican driver's licence while in Canada. You may get a few "looks" and some friendly inquiries though as it is not a common sight to see a Mexican plated vehicle in Canada (I get it all the time when visiting up there). Couple of things to remember though, you are not allowed to keep it there for more than six months. If you are coming in and out of Canada with the vehicle in under six months it is not an issue. Technically you are a "tourist" if doing this. If you plan on staying longer than six mont
  8. Chapala SIMAPA office is a separate entrance on the west side of Madero just at the north end of the Municipal building (near the fountain and main traffic lights).
  9. Nope - been doing it for years with my Mexican plated vehicle (purchased here). I still have "Residency" status and a valid Canadian driver's licence but prefer to use my Jalisco driver's licence. This way, you don't need to worry about getting or paying any tickets you may receive as a result of a traffic violation in Canada. Mexican driving habits acquired here tend to result in attention from the cops up there (parking in the wrong places, rolling stop signs, speeding slightly over the limits, etc.). Christiane, I know of no law that requires you to give up your legal "residency" st
  10. I highly recommend CD Especialistas en Columna Vertebral at Hospital Puerta de Hierro near the Andares Mall - Tel# (33) 3848-5404. The surgeon we had perform a complex lower back surgery on my wife in 2014 was Dr. Michael Dittmar. She was up and walking again within 24 hrs. of the surgery.
  11. I renovated my old pool last year and stripped all of the old 1" x 1" tiles out as they were falling off. Redid it with a specially formulated sealer/cement and then a top coat of blue tinted plaster.
  12. I took the Falcon Dam crossing this afternoon and although the view of the reservoir is very nice, not really a good crossing -the one at Roma, TX is much better and I think faster. At 4PM Banjercito was already closed and nobody from INM was on duty. There were two ladies on duty in Aduana and I guess they wanted something to do so proceeded to unpack our SUV for us to check through everything. Only thing they dinged me on was the 10 yr. old deep cycle battery I carry as a spare for the road and asked me to pay $228 pesos in tax to bring it across the border into Mexico - even though it was
  13. I will be traveling from Houston to Monterrey tomorrow and am going to try a different route through SETexas/Tamaulipas/Neuvo Leon so will report on what I experience. As I mentioned before, I don't use Pharr anymore due to a brush with banditos on Hwy. 97. I am exploring the lesser crossings over the river that are between Laredo and McAllen.
  14. Well I don't have the facts so I won't argue the point with you. One of the people I can think of ( a younger woman who is married and has children here and is working and contributing to society) probably has no US passport because she was brought back into Mexico as a young child. It is just more evidence of illegals here. My point is that there are PROBABLY far more US illegals (and persons of other origins) residing here in Mexico than just US origin retirees ( which this post is about). I think it is a good thing that the government here in Mexico does not strictly enforce it's immig
  15. I have met more young US citizens (of Mexican parents) living and working here in Mexico that are technically "illegals" since they have no papers for Mexican residency status. More so than senior citizens that are illegally here. Perhaps that is more often the case? It would be very expensive for the families of such children to go through the INM jungle of bureaucracy to get them naturalized or legal here.
  16. The east side of Monterrey is a mess to get through if trying to go from Saltillo over to Reynosa. The problem is a lot of construction in the area of the East Periferico junction with the 40D toll road (south of Apodaca). Last week I went that way and took Hwy 54 up to the border (exit off the East Periferico just before the airport). The border crossing is at Roma,TX and quite small but there was little traffic. From there a nice drive along the northeast side of the river down to McAllen. It is a little out of your way if going down to Brownsville but to me I would say a safer route than
  17. Aragon and his sons are probably the best go to guys operating Lakeside. They once duplicate an ignition key for my late model Ford and had all the equipment to program the chip in the replacement key as well as get into the CANBUS of the car to set it up. I was very impressed, far less expensive than going to the stealerships..
  18. It is next to impossible to import a car from Mexico into the US permanently. If you do want to try this you would first have to check to see if that exact vehicle make and model was also sold in the US at that time and if it was, certify that it has all of the same safety and pollution equipment that was installed on the US market vehicle in order to meet all of the US safety regulations that were in effect at that time. Probably not worth the hassle. Used vehicles also have a lower resale value in the US than what they have here so you are better off financially to sell what you have here
  19. Most damages I have experienced here are #1 - surges coming in on the CFE distribution, #2 - motors overheated due to trying to run on low voltage (ie. brownouts), #3 faulty or non-existent earth grounds and neutral bonding at your main electrical panel where the power comes into your house. A voltage regulator that can shut down the output when the incoming voltage drops below a set point is a good protection against condition #1. Whole house surge protectors at the incoming power to the panel and individual surge protectors on sensitive electronics (TV's, computers) are the best s
  20. Liverpool - use their "Click & Collect" to receive really great discounts.
  21. Try Liverpool's "Click & Collect" program - it works really well. Go to there website and select the merchandise you want and then you can select delivery for free to the Liverpool location you prefer - OR - have it shipped to your door.
  22. This is not determined by the Roku box you buy. The ability to get Netflix US feeds is determined by the IP address you present. Many people here Lakeside use IP address spoofers to present a "virtual" IP address to make Netflix think you are in the US. All sort of technical to set up. I am sure others on here will chime in soon.
  23. I have a multi-year lease agreement that was reviewed and notarized by one of the major Notarios in Chapala and we got around the annual renewal issue by putting an "auto" renewal clause in it. It merely states that the lease is renewed unless either party comes forward and requests changes prior to the annual renewal date.
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