November 2016



What is line of sight?

When you search for the term “line of sight” you get a lot of confusing diagrams like the one above. Let’s be honest, that doesn’t help. “Line of sight” is a much simpler idea and it’s…


Wi-Fi in an RV?

It’s possible, but why? OK, I understand the idea. If you’re RV’ing across the nation, you want to take advantage of wireless hotspots when you’re stopped. But is there a good answer? One idea that wouldn’t…


Can you get TV reception on a boat?

Absolutely. Although there are TV antennas that are specifically designed for harsh marine environments, any antenna will work. I tend to recommend a plastic-clad antenna like this Televes DigiNova Boss UHF/VHF Amplified HDTV Antenna with LTE Filter…


Can you get DIRECTV in Alaska?

Yes, but it isn’t easy. The Alaska-Hawaii dish is the preferred choice, in fact it’s the only one DIRECTV will install. It’s 30% bigger than the average dish, and you have to buy just the parts you want…


Can you mount your dish to a tree?

Visit the California mountains, and you’ll see sights like this one quite often. It’s probably common in other areas as well, but California redwoods grow slowly and dead-straight, making them tempting candidates for mounting a dish…


Mobile Satellite Dishes: Do they work?

If you have satellite TV at home, you know that a bad wind can knock your dish out of alignment. How does a mobile satellite dish keep you watching while you’re moving? And most importantly,…


SOUND OFF SUNDAY: Your Alter Ego

OK folks… this the last “Sound Off Sunday” as far as I know. I’m almost out of antennas to give away. This week we’ll be giving away this Antop AT-414B antenna or something similar. By now you…


STREAMING SATURDAY: Amazon’s Goliath

Goliath is Amazon Prime Video’s latest original series and the current streaming favorite at Casa del Buckler. Goliath stars Billy Bob Thornton as Billy McBride. Once a well-respected attorney, McBride now is a boozy shadow of his…


Why is your internet never as fast as they say?

The cable company tells you that you’re getting speeds of “up to 100Mbps.” The key words there are “up to.” In most cases, and especially when there’s no competition for services, those numbers can be a…


FUN FRIDAY: The Bunny Museum

I got nothin. There is a real thing called The Bunny Museum. I came across it when researching images for another article. Of course it’s in Southern California. And the scariest part is that it’s amassed…


Where did the PAUSE button symbol come from?

Admit it, it’s your favorite button on the remote. Give props if you will to the fast-forward button for its ability to get you past commercials, but it’s that pause button that really makes life worth…


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Funny old storage

I’m loving this gallery of obsolete storage technologies from the 1970s and 1980s. Chances are you’ll recognize quite a few of them. The weird thing is just how many of them hold personal significance to me, being…