November 2013




TIP: Keep an antenna in your emergency kit!

Cold weather is already gripping much of the country and it won’t be long before frozen power lines and slippery roads make for long stretches without essential services. Even if you manage to keep your lights…


Transformer Tests

I’ve been telling people to try their antennas without the standard TV 300 Ohm to 75 Ohm transformer for years now. With the inclusion of the Digiair DTV Spectrum Analyzer in my bag of tools,…


Manufacturer codes for DIRECTV receivers

HR24-700. HR44-200. D12-100. Everyone knows what the number before the dash means, but what about the number after the dash? Does it matter? The number after the dash is the manufacturer code. Back “in the day”…


What is RDK?

Cable companies across the country are racing to change over from the old way of doing cable TV, known as QAM, to new IPTV technology. With IPTV, all the TV information comes through as digital data…


What is net neutrality?

Maybe you’ve heard the term and maybe you’ve never been curious before. But, with “over-the-top” streaming services like Netflix getting more popular, it’s something you might want to get familiar with. Net neutrality is the idea…