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    by Published on 05-21-2015 11:50 AM

    Our new series explores the questions that our customer service reps get every day. Some questions are really smart. Some... not so much.


    We add hundreds of parts every day and some of our most successful parts were added by customer request. Of course we can't add every part from every manufacturer... there are agreements to be negotiated, price issues, all sorts of fancy stuff, but if the part is available then we will happily add it and even tell you when it's available!

    If you want a part added to SolidSignal.com you can send an email to info@solidsignal.com and it will go to our crack marketing team who will get started on the process!
    by Published on 05-21-2015 11:26 AM

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    For this week's Throwback Thursday, we've dusted off an old article that takes you back to the days when TV was worth watching:

    In this age where we skip as much advertising as possible, it's hard to think that there was a time when great commercials entertained us and even gave us joy. Sure, for every "Mean Joe Greene" spot there were 100 Crazy Eddie spots which, for all their nostalgia, are hardly high art.

    Those good commercials that survived, though, are really a testament to the days when live TV begged its viewers not to leave the room -- not even for a moment -- and listen carefully to the messages being offered.

    Hubspot has done a good job of assembling eight uplifting commercials, including that Mean Joe Greene spot, but that's far from the only list of great old commercials? What are the ones that made you tear up? What commercials gave you hope for a better tomorrow?

    Here's one from over 40 years ago that still brings to mind hope for a better future for us all, and the song was so good that it became a #1 single, with a few words changed of course. It was recently featured in the season finale of Mad Men.

    by Published on 05-20-2015 12:28 PM
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    Here's a case where they really don't make them like they used to. When I was young we had an antenna rotator that cost about $100 - the equivalent of about $650 today. I don't know if that rotator's still on the roof, but if it is there's a very good chance it could be working just as well after 40 years. Folks, today's rotators are also priced at about $100 but remember the cost of a car has gone from about $4,000 to $30,000 in that time. Can you really expect a $100 rotator to be a lifelong investment?

    Personally I think that if anything under $500 lasts you five years, you win. And you should probably expect a rotator to last that long, except in cases of extreme weather or really heavy antennas. Sometimes they don't, and honestly that's just bad luck. We live in a much more disposable society today than we did in 1970 and it's hard to interest the public in something that will last 50 years when the average piece of consumer electronics hits the recycle pile after about 36 months.

    Believe me folks, I've looked, I've analyzed, I'd love to be able to offer you a $1,000 rotator with a 20-year guarantee. They don't exist, because no company wants to make them. That's not the economy we live in.
    by Published on 05-19-2015 12:06 PM
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    Our new series explores the questions that our customer service reps get every day. Some questions are really smart. Some... not so much.

    Many, many years ago, I found myself in a heated argument as to whether Algeria was a state. Yes, friends, the person on the other side of the argument ...
    by Published on 05-15-2015 01:59 PM
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    You may have never heard a sonic boom. It's not legal to fly supersonic aircraft low enough to really affect folks on the ground, and it's no matter; the military has the only supply of them and it's a pretty good thing that they don't need to use them here at home. So, if you've heard a sonic boom ...
    by Published on 05-14-2015 04:35 PM
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    You didn't think the bad weather was over did you? Yes, it's been the worst winter that we can remember, and last year was the worst winter we could remember. I can't even remember the winter before that. It's spring now, and for some parts of the country, the snow has just finished melting. So, let's take ...
    by Published on 05-13-2015 10:27 AM
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    At this week's upfronts, NBC announced that there will be but two half-hour comedies in its regular schedule, and that all but one of the new comedies from the 2014-2015 season have been canceled. This follows a general trend where broadcasters seem to be abandoning the half-hour comedy format, a format that's kept them in business since the ...

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