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    Who should use powerline networking?

    Everyone talks about Wi-Fi and cellular... but what if those aren't read on

    JUST LIKE CLOCKWORK: DIRECTV could lose Raycom Stations

    Oh my, has it been three years already? Back in 2014 I told you all read on

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    TIme to give up on standard definition already

    Does your family look like this anymore? Of course not. Your TV read on

    What is a Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR)?

    Not the sort of thing you would normally buy just for fun. This read on

    Will you cut the cord before the end of 2017?

    FREEDOM. That's the promise of cord-cutting. Not just trading a big read on

    NICE AND EASY: When is "finger tight" tight enough?

    Finger tight. Pretty self explanatory, right? It's as tight as you read on

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sun worshippers

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    Can you use a satellite dish in the waters around Hawaii?

    You can, but it's going to have to be a fairly large dish. If you're read on

    What do the green lights on a cell booster mean?

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    NICE AND EASY: Will the FCC "repack" mean all LTE filters are obsolete?

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    What would happen if you made an antenna out of copper?

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    Bonus Podcast: Ken Reid and Steve BANNOS

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    STREAMING SATURDAY: Top Talent Headed to Two Streaming Services

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    Should you replace flat antenna wire?

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    So why do they call it "4K" TV anyway?

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    by Published on 08-23-2017 10:03 AM
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    Everyone talks about Wi-Fi and cellular... but what if those aren't an option? You don't have to go to the expense of running network cables all over your house just because your Wi-Fi signal isn't great. There's another option: powerline networking.

    Powerline networking uses the copper wires in your home to send and receive ...
    by Published on 08-23-2017 06:43 AM
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    Oh my, has it been three years already? Back in 2014 I told you all about the contract problems between Raycom Media and DIRECTV. It resulted in 53 stations across the country pulling their programming from DIRECTV for a short while. It took a little back-and-forth before there was a resolution, but at least it's been quiet for a few years while the two companies have been living under a signed contract that keeps stations on the air.

    And then... recently Raycom Media stations have been warning of a possible blackout on DIRECTV again. The stations affected are mostly in the southeast (Here's Raycom's own interactive map) but there are a few outliers all over the country.

    I think we've all seen how these things go. There's a lot of posturing, and then 99% of the time there's a fast resolution "just in time" to save everyone's TV programs. It always makes me a little suspicious when there is so much progress at "the eleventh hour." Why can't they make that much progress a week before and save everyone all the heartache?

    Of course, as usual, it's all about money. Raycom wants more of it, and DIRECTV wants to pay less of it. Broadcast ratings are at historic lows -- I've said it before, it looks like about 90% of the TV audience is watching something else at any given time. Yet greedy broadcasters always want to charge more for their stations to be carried on cable and satellite outlets, and sooner or later it comes to a head.

    Let's hope this turns out to be a non-news story, but if you're tired of companies like Raycom holding your TV programs hostage, why not get a TV antenna? Get all the programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, CW and more for free and never be held hostage by local broadcast carriage disputes!
    by Published on 08-22-2017 04:38 PM
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    Does your family look like this anymore? Of course not. Your TV doesn't look like this anymore either, I'd bet. So why are you still watching television in standard definition?

    If you're still using an old DIRECTV or DISH receiver that doesn't ...
    by Published on 08-22-2017 03:28 PM
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    Not the sort of thing you would normally buy just for fun. This specific TDR will set you back over $2k so you won't find one in the average DIYer's toolkit. In fact, you won't find one in the average commercial installer's tool kit.

    A time domain ...
    by Published on 08-22-2017 11:57 AM
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    2. Satellite,
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    This week, our podcaster talks about smart TVs. Smart TVs very easy to love when they are new but some people find it more of a challenge as they age. Listen and learn and then. shop at Solid Signal - Signal Solutions including HDTV Antennas, DIRECTV and DISH Network satellite equipment and home entertainment supplies and accessories for the best in consumer electronics!

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    by Published on 08-22-2017 10:25 AM
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    FREEDOM. That's the promise of cord-cutting. Not just trading a big bill for a small bill but cutting out all bills, period. If you want to do that, you're going to need an antenna.

    Streaming is great, and just like all of you I stream a lot of video. There's a lot of ...
    by Published on 08-21-2017 02:08 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite



    Finger tight. Pretty self explanatory, right? It's as tight as you can make something with just your fingers. It's not a precise measurement, obviously, but it's good enough to give you some idea what you're doing.

    For most home theater projects, finger tight is not tight enough. Most folks will connect their coaxial cables just finger tight to their equipment, and that may not quite do it. With RG6 cables of any kind, you should always have a 7/16" wrench handy. You don't have to torque the cable so hard it breaks, but sometimes an eighth-turn can make a difference. When it comes to splitters, finger-tight will only get you about halfway there and the wrench should go the rest of the way. You should be able to feel some resistance when you tighten with a wrench; don't go past that point or you'll break the connector.

    The same goes for grounding screws and blocks. Use a screwdriver to tighten the ground wire down, otherwise it may not make complete contact and that means it's not very useful.

    On the other hand, if you're assembling an antenna or anything made of aluminum, anything with a wingnut, finger tight is plenty tight. Overtightening a bolt on an antenna will tear right through it or at least deform it. There's no point in that. Unless the instructions say so, don't ever use a wrench to assemble an antenna, although you should use one to mount it.
    by Published on 08-21-2017 12:28 PM
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    In FOOD FOR THOUGHT we'll take a look at the things we take for granted that are actually so amazing that it's hard to even imagine that they work at all.

    I've been meaning to write this for a while. It figures that I would put it off until the actual day of the solar eclipse.

    Everything ...
    by Published on 08-21-2017 11:25 AM
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    2. Auto/Marine
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    You can, but it's going to have to be a fairly large dish.

    If you're an Alaska or Hawaii resident, you probably know that satellite TV works a little different there. Instead of the pert little Slimline dishes we use in the mainland, the recommend ...

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