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Monday, October 31, 2011

Gate guarding at Hinkle A-2H

We had to be ready to leave for the gate by 8:00 so we were up early getting things packed up and "road ready".
Hunter showed up at the yard and hooked onto the two flat bed trailers that held our generator, fresh water tank, black water tank and all of our other supplies. We followed him out of the yard where we turned east to head towards Cotulla.
The drive took us a little over an hour and we pulled into "our" gate. We are the first gate guards at this site as it is a brand new pad with no well as yet. The "company man", Earl, met us and showed us our spot and I backed the 5th wheel in and got leveled and unhooked. While Rudee and I got the 5er set up Hunter worked to get all of our utilities up and running.
The whole set up took him over an hour but once he was done we have 50amp service thanks to our large diesel generator, running water from our own "reservoir" tank and our tanks drain into what I describe as a portable septic system.
We have virtually no cell signal without the Wilson Cell Phone Booster I purchased before leaving Indiana. The booster unit is inside the 5er and I mounted the antenna to a telescoping pole that I attach to the rear ladder on the back of our Montana.
Once I got the booster set up we went from 1 bar of service to 4 bars. The downside is the range of the booster is limited so you only have to go 20-30' from the booster and you are back at 1 bar (or no bars!).
Our site is adjacent to the well pad so we will be able to keep and eye on all the action.
We didn't have to actually start working today, the boss man said he didn't want us checking people in and out until the rig arrives and gets set up for drilling. Right now we are just doing a lot waving :-). I'll keep you posted.


  1. I am curious as to how this gate guard adventure is.

  2. We hope to get started soon! Waiting ...

  3. This is one of your best posts yet! Great blog please keep it up, getting excited to see how the Gate Guarding works out for you.