March 2016


What is “insertion loss”

Insertion loss is another one of those terms you really want to understand, and then you go to some other web site and they hit you with some totally wigged out formula like: which isn’t going…



Free Preview of DOGTV, no I am not kidding

No I’m not kidding. DOGTV is the first TV network designed for dogs. It’s in standard definition because apparently dogs aren’t that picky. More importantly it’s on DIRECTV channel 354 and you (and your dog) can…



What is a passively amplified antenna?

Right now, amplified antennas are all the rage. They promise small size and big performance, and with the right amplifier and the right situation, they deliver. However, there are two kinds of antenna preamps — active…




What is “noise floor?”

Get to know the right words and you can describe anything. We talk about “noise floor” with any sort of RF signals, because it’s an important concept. Noise, you see, is everywhere. The world is full…


OPINION: Any place left for TV news?

I’ll admit that when I’m in our Southern California office, I sometimes watch TV news. I mean the local news sometime between 4 and 6pm. I don’t watch long unless there’s a car chase, which happens…


What is “zero rating?”

Zero rating is a big buzzword right now. It started off innocently enough but it’s now being used in ways it was never intended. Some are calling it unfair and some are calling it a fair…