The Sky’s the Limit


“Do mistakes and you become a good learner.
Welcome ordeals and you become a good problem solver.”~ Riddhi Sharma

Our SKY satellite TV has been on the blink for a month. Poor Ron! He can’t watch the football games on Sunday and I really miss CNN. Playing detective is a necessary part of life on Ometepe Island. We cut branches of trees close to the satellite dish, checked the cable for tears or scrapes, jiggled the dish, wiggled the wires, and rewired the service box…all to no avail.
The only service technicians in the entire country are from Managua, so we called and put in a work order for them to come to Ometepe to fix our TV. Yesterday, they arrived with the SKY truck.
IMG_0611For two hours they jiggled the cable, repositioned the satellite dish, and checked the service box, while the annoying beeping from the TV indicated that there was no signal.
IMG_0612They moved the satellite dish to a wiggly garden post in the hopes of solving the mystery about why there was no signal.
IMG_0619Hmmm…suddenly the signal was strong and clear. It must be the Neem tree blocking the signal. Three years ago, when we installed the satellite dish, our Neem trees were only a foot tall. Now, they are 25 feet tall. I guess we have to take down the Neem tree. Ron to the rescue with his machete.
IMG_0616Meanwhile, as the sun was setting, Black Jack investigated the SKY truck.
IMG_0622With the tree down, the technicians put the dish back in its original location.
IMG_0623No worries. We still have five more Neem trees on our property.
IMG_0624He repositioned the dish for a strong, steady signal.
IMG_0625And voilà! A strong, steady signal…football games and CNN!
IMG_0627By this time, it was dark and the last ferry had already left for the mainland. “Where are you staying tonight?” I asked. “Can we stay here?” the boss asked. “No problemo!” I responded. I was a little embarrassed because the only problem with our satellite signal was the Neem tree. I felt bad that they had to travel a whole day from Managua, across on the ferry, to solve our problem. The boss wanted to know if there were other people on the island that would like SKY TV, since they were here. I quickly sent a notice to all the expats on the island and received 2 responses by the next morning.
IMG_0628What a great crew! They even offered me a job as the SKY representative for Ometepe Island. It was their first time on Ometepe Island. They slept in our casita, took a quick dip in the lake in the morning, and I gave them the phone numbers of the two expats that were interested in installing SKY in their homes.

The SKY’s the limit, as far as our satellite reception goes. Only in Nicaragua! Have I told you how much I love this country?

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6 thoughts on “The Sky’s the Limit

  1. Are you able to pick up USA channels to watch the American football and does sky also provide a Wi-Fi service. I moved to Managua in August and have had absolute horrible experience with the local cable Claro. It has roughly worked about 50% of the time since I’ve been here. Also all of their ESPN channels broadcast soccer games out of Mexico. March 2015

    • Hi Gary,
      We chose SKY satellite over Claro because we are avid fans of American football. Most of the time we can get American football channels. Sometimes, they are broadcast in Spanish, but it has never been a problem. We are Steeler fans and the Steeler games are broadcast most of the time on SKY. As of yet, there is no wi-fi in Nicaragua for SKY satellite, but we’re hoping it comes soon. We also have a Roku box and we can get hundreds of movies, documentaries, season shows, etc. Hope this helps. We really like SKY and they have so many more movie channels in English than Claro.

  2. Geez! I was so reluctant to cut that tree! so glad you are getting a signal, finally. Sadly, our elderly friends got taken by a rogue Sky Rep and after taking their cash, hightailed it to elsewhere and our dear elderly friends were cut off. Then they re-paid to be re-connected. Make sure you know who you are dealing with. Sky never takes cash. Cards or the bank only.

    • Theresa is right! Watch those rogue banditos. SKY equipment was stolen and several guys came to Ometepe and posed as the real SKY techs. They sold the equipment for cash and our dear friends got taken. We even bought a remote control from them. You never know. Make sure it’s a reputable business. SKY never takes cash.

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