What PC needs is a little pricey: a cell phone reception-boosting antenna, and then worst case you can tether your laptop to your phone. (Share the internet connection.) David is reh wunnermus. (With you in a minute, David!)
If it comes to that so soon, that would be a lovely gesture. It is one of the backdraws of being in such a widespread community as cheezland; the inability to physically be there for friends. Sometimes a hand on a shoulder, just being present is so important.