Articles by Phil Karras

The iView 3500STBII Revisited

In April 2014, I wrote a short, quick review of the iView 3500STBII in iView 3500STBII Quick Review. Since that time I’ve picked up a second iView 3500STBII and have been using it on a different…

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iView 3500STBII Quick Review

There have been reviews in other places about this Tuner/DVR. One of the most complete I’ve come across is on iView-3500STB Tuner & DVR Owners Thread This review was for the original iView 3500STB and is by videobruce. SolidSignal…



The web is where new music happens

Up until just last year, new songs were introduced almost exclusively via radio and sometimes TV. Last year was the first time that some major songs were introduced via the web and made their way…


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,…


Bow Tie Element Length Evaluation

THE QUESTION The question I wanted to answer was, “Does making a bow tie (BT) antenna with longer elements improve the VHF response of the antenna?” It is easy to answer this question for a…


The Standard Bow Tie Antenna

This blog is long overdue. Here is the standard bow tie antenna that I’m comparing all other antennas to and how to build it. To build this antenna, you’ll need: Two pieces of stiff wire…



Another Home Brew antenna?

This is a very quick post because I just came across another antenna design which is easy to build, looks like it may also be omni directional with some gain and picks up VHF and…


HD Blade HDBLADE100 Antenna Comparison Tests

SolidSignal sent me both the signal finder SL 1000 from King Controls King Controls SureLock SL1000 Digital TV Signal Finder (SL-1000) from Solid Signal and the HDBLADE100 antenna Solid Signal HD-BLADE Indoor Digital Flat Indoor…