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    by Published on 07-03-2015 04:34 PM
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    Believe it or not they could, at least for a very short time. But only under very specific circumstances. Here are some specific ways that fireworks could cause problems while they're actually occurring:

    Shaking your mast. If the antenna or dish isn't tightly mounted on a mast, or if the mast ...
    by Published on 07-02-2015 12:35 PM
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    Just last week, I ran into two cases where I really, really wanted to sell an amplifier but I just couldn't. In fact, I would have loved to buy one of these Winegard LNA-100s for myself. It's just that, sometimes an amplifier isn't the answer, and there's nothing much you can do to change that.

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    by Published on 07-02-2015 11:40 AM
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    4. Data/Networks,
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    Send your HD signals everywhere. Well not everywhere, but everywhere within about 300 feet. HDBaseT makes it easy. It's always been a bit of a drag getting HD where you wanted it. Component cables were expensive and HDMI has always had a serious distance limitation (it was designed that way.) But what if I ...
    by Published on 07-02-2015 11:21 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.

    When you get to about page 352 of our blog, you'll find a bunch of articles from our relaunch in early 2012. The blog was dormant throughout most of 2010 and 2011, a victim of the recession I suppose. We came back with a vengeance, publishing close to 5,000 articles since then with the help of a diverse and knowledgeable blog team.

    Back then we were all getting our feet wet and it was a big "win" for us when we published this teardown video of DISH's then-new self-aiming dish. The Tailgater is still available at Solid Signal, and so this video is still a lot of fun to watch. Enjoy!




    It's been about nine months since DISH announced Tailgater, the portable, self-aiming satellite system. Since that time, there have been several reviews. It's easy to set up and easy to use... but did you ever wonder what's going on inside that plastic shell?

    Watch the entire video for an exclusive look at the robot underpinnings of the Tailgater


    by Published on 07-01-2015 02:28 PM
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    2. Satellite



    Don't do it. It may seem like a smart idea to put an A/B switcher in so that you can control what's coming into your entertainment center. The problem is, it doesn't work.

    I recently worked with a customer who wanted to use the wiring in his RV for satellite, cable TV and antenna use. He was only going to use one at a time, so he had the idea that he could use a switcher to control which source was in use, and then split the signal out to his TV and satellite receiver on the other end.

    The problem here is that there simply isn't an A/B switcher that's designed to work with satellite. In some cases, your satellite signal carries voltage that could instantly fry that switch, and even in a best case scenario the hardware on the inside of a typical A/B switch isn't going to handle the high-frequency signals used by satellite TV. It isn't designed for it, and that means that you'll get poor reception and a lot of signal errors.

    This sort of request comes up because with DIRECTV's SWM technology, it's almost impossible to diplex an antenna signal in with a satellite signal. It used to be a fairly trivial matter but now it's just not allowed, because the frequencies used in antenna TV interfere with the signal that allows you to share programming between receivers.

    So, folks, the only good solution here is to run more than one cable. I know that can mean a lot of time and money, but it's really your only choice for reliable satellite TV reception.
    by Published on 07-01-2015 11:59 AM
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    Well, of course it depends on how much you spend. Most people don't know that there are some really excellent satellite solutions available for RVs, but they do come at a cost.

    If you want to watch TV while moving... believe it or not a satellite dish is your only choice. Digital TV signals break up if you're ...
    by Published on 06-30-2015 03:36 PM
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    At this time there are three classes of DIRECTV remotes in use. DIRECTV is taking steps to consolidate their stocks and reduce confusion. Here is a visual and written inventory of the remotes that might be used to fulfill orders today:

    PREHISTORY

    First, a little prehistory. The familiar white remote was introduced in 2003 as the DIRECTV RC24 as a replacement for the much-loved RCA satellite remote seen above. The RCA remote actually won awards for being “easy” to understand compared to earlier remotes that were just rows and columns of identical buttons. DIRECTV developed the RC24 because they started using other ...

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