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    by Published on 05-16-2017 03:54 PM
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    It isn't often that a yearly update to an antenna actually makes a difference. This year's Televes DATBOSS antennas are so far improved from last year's, it's amazing, especially when you realize that last year's antennas were already the best in class. Listen, then go to Solid Signal to get the latest and greatest outdoor antennas!

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    by Published on 05-16-2017 01:40 PM
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    And then there were four. Rounding out the 2017 lineup for Televes antennas, we present the DATBOSS LR. This is the antenna for people who want extremely long range UHF performance but don't need VHF (or do need VHF filtering.) It's the way to go if you want a high level of performance but a little bit smaller size than the DATBOSS LR MIX, which adds VHF reception.

    And, of course, you know we have a full review of it just waiting for you.
    by Published on 05-16-2017 01:01 PM
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    About once a year, I nag all of you to back up your important stuff. It's not because I have nothing better to write about, it's usually because I'm working with someone whose computer crashed. (Sometimes that someone is me.) If there's a good, recent backup then it's a matter of putting in some effort, but without that backup it's a lot of handwringing and sadness. ...
    by Published on 05-16-2017 10:10 AM
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    Leave it to Solid Signal to give you the ultimate resource for antennas. Other sites give you confusing graphs and charts, while we give you a city-by-city guide of what's available, what sports teams are on free TV, and the kind of insider info you'll need if you're thinking of cutting the cord.

    Our cord-cutting guide has tons of useful information collected by our researchers on every city we've looked at so far. It's our goal to eventually cover every single metropolitan area in the US, but for now we've reached 42 ...
    by Published on 05-15-2017 11:59 AM
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    Some events leave a mark on your consciousness. It may sound silly to you but for me one of those events is the whole mess from about 5 years ago where Sprint, DISH, T-Mobile, Softbank, Clearwire, and a bunch of minor players all jockeyed to decide who bought whom. This blog had just relaunched when all the mess started and we reported on it ...
    by Published on 05-15-2017 11:32 AM
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    The powerhouse antenna with the funny name is BACK and better than ever! The new Televes DATBOSS MIX UHF/VHF antenna may look familiar but it's been completely revised from last year's model. Every inch (or centimeter since this is European-made) has been reviewed to make sure it is the best design for US television viewing.

    The big tech change is the addition of T-Force amplification which uses MMIC circuitry for the cleanest possible results. All of this means that in testing, we saw up to 5dB improvement in unamplified gain and up to 10dB improvement in amplified gain, with a drop in noise figure. That's a lot of technical stuff and if you aren't sure what it means, it should give you better reception than before.

    The Televes DATBOSS Mix combines 60-mile range, optional amplifier, and LTE filtering to give you the best possible antenna experience. It's made by Televes, one of the leading antenna manufacturers and recognized worldwide as a leader in technology and quality.

    Shop for the DATBOSS Mix today and read our exclusive review!
    by Published on 05-15-2017 10:32 AM
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    Other than, obviously, it keeps me employed. It does seem like a bit of an odd question when you realize that in the last decade, we have all gone from sitting at the PC once a day to check emails to a near-constant addiction to our phones. The internet, it would seem, is not only good for almost everything, it's practically indispensible. Living more than a few days ...
    by Published on 05-14-2017 04:35 PM
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    Dealing with DIRECTV and DISH is a drag. If you're an independent installer, getting satellite service activated is a pain. Independent guys get left out from all of the special phone numbers, apps, and tools. You're just looking to do a good job for your customer, and satellite providers don't make it easy.

    It's even harder if you're outfitting a boat or RV. There's new technology, changes in dish alignment and signals, and you keep hearing about even more changes on the horizon. How can you keep up?

    Luckily for you there's someone out there who speaks your language. You do what you do best... get that cable run, the dish aimed, the receivers in place. Then, give Solid Signal a call. Our "Signal Connect" professional division can handle all your activation needs, just like you were one of DIRECTV's own installers. We offer personalized service, not phone trees. We're ready to help you look like a star.

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    We can take care of you from beginning to end. Let us recommend the right equipment for the job, send you a custom, hand-picked package with everything you need, and then when you're ready to go let us handle the nitpicky details with the satellite provider. We've been doing it over a decade and we can do it for you!

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    by Published on 05-14-2017 01:34 PM
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    This one's easy to answer.
    The drip loop is a slack bit of cable that sits lower than the rest. The whole purpose is to let water pile up at the bottom and drip off. If your cables were tight, water from outside could travel down the wire and get straight into an outlet or onto your electronic devices. If water were to get into an outlet, it could start a fire (ironic, right) by making sparks along the wet areas.

    Drip loops and ground blocks are the two easiest ways to make sure that your home is protected. They may not look very attractive but they do their jobs well. Every installation should have a proper drip loop so that water doesn't travel where it shouldn't. Even if you live in a dry climate, it's going to rain sometime. You need that drip loop.
    by Published on 05-13-2017 11:07 AM
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    You hear a lot about Wi-Fi today. The reason is remarkably simple: most people's Wi-Fi is awful. Considering that it's something on which we all depend, our homes and offices are full of Wi-Fi gaps and holes. It's possible -- even likely -- that in the future we'll all just rely completely on 5G internet but until that day comes we'll ...

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