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 Stan­dard Con­sult 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 (Sept of 2021) 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?

Nope. I’m not a fan of that mod­el of rev­enue gen­er­a­tion. It feels too much like social engi­neer­ing to me, where I give you some­thing “for free” and then hit you with a request. I mean, it prob­a­bly works, and there’s noth­ing wrong with it, it’s just not for me. If you want to reward me, hire me and we’ll have a fair exchange of val­ue that is vol­un­tary on both sides. If not, the infor­ma­tion on the web­site is avail­able to you for free. 

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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