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    Can you still use an AM21 module with DIRECTV equipment?

    It was one of the best things about having DIRECTV, back in the late read on

    Don't have "2019 anxiety" -- act now

    DIRECTV's first logo from 1994 The future is not far off. Sometime read on

    DISH Announces Conference Call for First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

    DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) will host a conference call at noon read on

    DIRECTV DSWM30 is (almost) here -- is it for you?

    Image found on the internet. There's a new SWM in town... and it's read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Yes it has really been 5 years without Pac-12 on DIRECTV.

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    What is an Atomic Clock (And Why Do You Need One?)

    An atomic clock is probably the most accurate way to tell time known read on

    BREAKING: DISH (finally) signs deal with Hearst

    Don't know why it took so long... but 26 communities that have been read on

    What is an anechoic chamber?

    Imagine perfect peace and quiet. A quiet day outside isn't quiet at read on

    AT&T to release first quarter earnings today

    Looking for some ideas about AT&T's financial health?The company’s read on

    Can you paint an antenna?

    Maybe, probably, but why would you? Personally, I would not paint an read on

    NICE AND EASY: Why do DIRECTV Receivers always say "Running Receiver Self Check" when they boot?

    You don't often reboot your DIRECTV box... but when you do you always read on

    Enjoy the TV Guidance Counselor Podcast!

    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and read on

    Best Deals for Cookout Kings and Queens

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    NICE AND EASY: Can you take your antenna with you when you travel?

    Of course you can. TV antennas work the same whether they're at home read on

    Why do some antennas look like satellite dishes?

    Some of our antennas look downright confusing. One look at this read on

    Hot Deals for the Week of April 24, 2017

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    by Published on 04-28-2017 05:15 PM
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    It was one of the best things about having DIRECTV, back in the late 2000s. It was the DIRECTV AM21 antenna module, and it connected to DIRECTV receivers giving you up to 50 channels of over-the-air TV right in your guide. You could watch, rewind and record antenna TV just like it was satellite TV.

    DIRECTV no longer sells the AM21, and used ones on eBay fetch a pretty penny. ...
    by Published on 04-28-2017 04:26 PM
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    DIRECTV's first logo from 1994

    The future is not far off. Sometime in 2019, the last satellite operational at DIRECTV's 119-degree orbital location will be shut off, and at roughly the same time, DIRECTV will stop broadcasting in standard definition. At least that's what they say, although there are some concerns that haven't ...
    by Published on 04-28-2017 04:10 PM



    Yes, I get it. I talk way too much about Star Wars and Star Trek on this blog. I have been accused of trying to turn this blog into a generally geek-oriented news and view site and some people say I don't focus enough on the products we offer at Solid Signal.

    Guilty.

    But hey, listen friends, I pump out a lot of content on this blog and I love doing it. Every so often I just can't help indulging my lifelong love of those twin pillars of mainstream sci-fi. It just sort of creeps out, especially on Fridays when it's hard to remember the last time I slept in.

    To that end, I present Boldly Go, an original musical based on Star Trek. It was produced and performed at Caltech (of course) and now available in its entirety online (again, of course.) It's not exactly Tony-winning material, but it's got a lot of heart and more than a little talent.

    Check it out, and don't blame me if you don't get anything done all day.
    by Published on 04-28-2017 10:58 AM
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    DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) will host a conference call at noon Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, May 1, 2017, to discuss its first quarter results. To attend the call, please use the information below for dial-in access. When prompted on dial-in, please utilize the conference ID and ask for the "DISH Network Q1 2017 Earnings Conference Call."

    Participant conference numbers: (888) 394-8218 (U.S.) and (719) 457-1036, Conference ID: 8074221

    A webcast replay will be available on DISH's Investor Relations website the day of the call from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET.

    DISH will distribute a financial results news release prior to the call. It will be posted to the Investor Relations website at DISH Network - Investor Relations - 1.888.825.2557.
    by Published on 04-27-2017 03:32 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog.

    Seriously. Back in 2012, we talked about DISH's sponsorship of Pac-12 Networks and the fact that DIRECTV still wasn't jumping on this station. Fast forward ...
    by Published on 04-27-2017 02:20 PM
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    Image found on the internet.

    There's a new SWM in town... and it's beginning to filter out to larger DIRECTV installations. It's called the DSWM30, and while it's not available at Solid Signal yet, it soon will be.

    The DSWM30 is the replacement for the SWM-16 and SWM-32. Technically it could be thought of as a replacement for a ...
    by Published on 04-27-2017 01:55 PM
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    An atomic clock is probably the most accurate way to tell time known to man. Even in this day and age of cell phones, you can still use an atomic clock.

    So, what is an “atomic clock?” This question comes up here at Solid Signal, particularly when we’re doing product descriptions. Atomic clock… The name alone conjures up a variety of ...
    by Published on 04-27-2017 10:46 AM
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    Don't know why it took so long... but 26 communities that have been without programming from Hearst-owned TV stations on DISH finally have it back. This caps off a two-month-long blackout of Hearst stations on DISH.

    DISH tends to "go long" when it comes to channel blackouts and this is not the first time we've seen them black out a large number of stations for a long time. The strategy seems to work for them, though, since they have managed to keep customer prices lower than competitors. Unfortunately those low prices have not necessarily translated to growth, as DISH's customer base actually shrinks during most quarters.

    We'll hear more about DISH's financials in the coming days, but for today, this is great news for DISH customers, who have been suffering long enough.
    by Published on 04-26-2017 03:10 PM
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    Imagine perfect peace and quiet. A quiet day outside isn't quiet at all; even in the country you can hear wind and animals and other things around you. If you're in a suburb or city you've probably never experienced true peace and quiet; in fact most people haven't.

    An anechoic chamber is a room that is designed to absorb ...
    by Published on 04-26-2017 01:42 PM
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    Maybe, probably, but why would you?

    Personally, I would not paint an antenna. It's possible that it wouldn't do any harm, but it's very hard to know what's being used to give paint its color. Often times, a metal like chromium, iron, cobalt, or copper is used for bright, sharp colors and the flakes of metal inside the paint can make an antenna less effective. On the other hand, if synthetic or vegetable pigments are used, they're going to have very little effect on an antenna. As I said, how would you know?

    You may have noticed that some antennas like our Televes line have bright orange plastic in places, and I suspect that if you didn't like that particular part, you could paint those and you'd probably be fine. If you're really an expert on antennas and you can tell which parts are actually used for reception and which parts simply direct the signal to the receiving elements, you could probably paint the parts used there. Again though this seems like a lot of work and you would probably end up guessing wrong at some point and ruining something.

    If you have an antenna encased in a white "radome" you are best off not painting at all because the actual antenna is encased in plastic and there's no guarantee that the color you've chosen would let signals in. In the case of larger antennas that have brand names on them, the brand name is either located somewhere that it won't make a difference, or the paint or decal that's used has been extensively tested to make sure that it won't negatively affect reception.

    Here's the difference between painting a dish and painting an antenna. When people talk about painting a dish, they're usually talking about painting the reflector, which means it doesn't really matter what color is being used as long as the surface just bounces the signal to the front of the dish. With an antenna, you're talking about the signal having to make it through the paint and there's a very good chance it's not going to.

    Rather than painting an antenna, I'd almost always recommend buying a new one, or if the problem is that it has developed an unsightly black patina, you can use a metal polish to remove that. Just keep in mind that it will return and that it's not hurting your reception.

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