FAQ

Can we have a quick phone call to discuss a [really great opportunity] / [placement questions] / [antenna choice] etc?

No. Your best bet is to:

  1. Read through the blog.
  2. Ask your question in the comments section on the appropriate blog post so we can deliver value to everybody.
  3. Hire me for a consultation, here.

I don’t have a “free analysis” call option, that’s just marketing bullshit. All the information you need to make a good decision for your placements is on this blog. If you don’t have time to read the hundred-plus posts, I get it; that’s what the Services page is for.

How much will my hotspot earn?

In general, you’ll earn the average of your 10 closest hotspots. My goal is always to help you earn as much as possible and beat the average, but for planning purposes I’d use the average.

Is it worth it for me to get into Helium at this point?

Depends on what “worth” means to you. If you started mining before, say, March of 2021, the answer was unequivocally “Yes”. If you like the idea of a little bit of tinkering and getting rewarded for exerting effort, and you don’t mind ROI of a year, then it’s still probably a great idea. If you absolutely love solving complex problems and don’t mind risking a thousand dollars or so on a miner and a solid outdoor setup, you’ll LOVE Helium. If you just want free money, Helium will be a frustrating and disappointing experience for you.

I’m thinking about putting up 10 hotspots to “own” my small town; nobody else is here. Is that a good idea, or should I go to the city?

You can’t “own” an area; deploying Helium miners is permissionless. The long term answer will always be to focus on building WUPU coverage for Helium. Short and medium term, it’s better to be able to witness many hotspots because your change of participating in an “earning event” (beaconing or witnessing) is higher with more hotspots around.

My hotspots arrive in [XX amount of time], when should I hire you?

You should hire me as early as possible in your Helium journey. The more you know, the more time you have to plan, and the less mistakes you’ll make in preparing for something that doesn’t make a difference. From how many you should buy to where you should place them to how to set them up all requires maximum forethought and planning to maximum rewards. If you want to earn the absolute most, plan ahead.

Can you explain Helium for me?

Yes, take a look at this post.

I found this antenna that I think will work, can you confirm that?

Yes, but read this first.

Can you take a look at my house and tell me if it’s worth it or not to buy a Helium hotspot?

Yes, you can hire me to do that here.

Can I send you some HNT for being so helpful with this blog?

Yes, scroll down to the bottom of this page and look for the QR code.

What is your background?

Started off in the military and served as both a soldier and athlete. From there I took a small sailboat from San Diego down through the Panama Canal, then back up to Florida, then to Kingston, where I sold it. Drifted around a bit, tried out community college. The formal education system wasn’t (and isn’t) for me. Went to Iraq to do contract security work and chase the elephant. Came back to San Diego and started a clothing company with my wife, ran that for a few years. Got into Nordstrom, Fred Segal, and enough debt to go bankrupt. I learned a lot about what not to do.

After the dust from the BK cleared, we started and ran an ATM business on our own and an online cookie company called Paleo Treats with a friend. We sold the ATM business after a few years; it was profitable but monotonous.

PT did (and does) well, in 2015 earning recognition from FedEx as one of the top 10 small businesses in the country. I sat on their Entrepreneur Advisory Board and helped shape some of their small business policy.

I went back and worked for the Navy as an instructor for a few years, then went off and worked on cargo vessels as part of an anti-piracy team. In between I picked up odd contracting jobs, from assessing the viability of travel for HNW clients in remote locations to working as the interviewer for a million dollar Hollywood ad campaign.

I got into ultra running and after 3 attempts completed the Leadville 100 in 2015. That satisfied the urge to run long distance, and amplified a love of the mountains and views. On a whim, I saw a movie about paragliding and was hooked.

In August 2020 I found Helium through a paragliding Search & Rescue effort in Nevada. I began my journey right as the Hotspot DIY/Alpha code program opened (long since closed) and started to build and place hotspots, including remote mountain placements. I started writing about the lessons learned on this blog in order to help other people step over some of the obstacles I’d had to get around.

Sometime in spring of 2021, as the blog posts were getting picked up on Reddit, Discord, Facebook, and the rest of the web, I began getting so many calls for help with hotspot deployments that I started a consulting company to manage it, and Gristle King was born. That more or less bring us to today.

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