October 2016

Broadcast TV’s Best New Shows

When it comes to TV antenna and satellite dish viewers, what are the best new shows of the year? There are a handful from which to choose. Each fall, the TV networks roll out their…

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How tight should your connections be?

This image is here because you don’t want to know what you get when you do a google image search for “tight.” There are a lot of answers to this question but they all boil…



Solid Signal is your source for hard-to-find parts!

Looking for a part for a 20-year-old antenna? What about something to keep your 10-year-old mobile satellite system working? No matter what it is, your friends at Solid Signal are committed to helping you find it….



Solid Signal: Real Support, Right Now

Do you need some help with a TV antenna, satellite dish, or other consumer electronics equipment? At Solid Signal, real phone support from real Americans is just a call away! When it comes to electronics purchases,…


Don’t get “101 Anxiety”

Yeah, we all know it… DIRECTV is discontinuing SD service in 2019. That’s probably a non-issue for 95% of the people out there, since the company has been actively pushing HD for about six years, but…


Are antennas susceptible to rain fade?

Yes, most definitely. Any sort of antenna will have rain fade. That includes TV antennas, satellite dishes, even cellular antennas. It’s a characteristic of radiation of any kind: it scatters and loses strength when bent around…



Your Friend in Winter Emergencies

In addition to a TV antenna, do you have everything you need in case of a winter emergency? If not, let Solid Signal help you stock up on those emergency supplies. We’ve already discussed why it’s…


Internet on the Water… Yes, You Need It!

Whether you own a luxury craft, service vessel, oil rig, or marina, you need an LTE Internet connection, the kind that Solid Signal and DIRECTV provide. Guests on a luxury cruise are having too much fun…


DON’T DO THIS: Play “hide the router”

Look I have to get past this part first: Even though I operate a family-friendly blog, “playing ‘hide the router’” sounds like a game for adult IT people. Just saying. Now, onto the serious part of…


Why are satellite frequencies so high?

DIRECTV’s satellites broadcast in the Ka band, which is 26-40 gigahertz. That’s a pretty high range. Regular old TV is in the 50-700 megahertz range, and 26 gigahertz is 26,000 megahertz. Now, it takes a…



What is a DIRECTV splitter good for?

This DIRECTV splitter may look like pretty miuch every other splitter in the world, but it’s not. It’s a specialized piece of equipment designed to distribute DIRECTV signals and not much else. Now, the retired engineers in…