April 2017



Why use an antenna rotator? I don’t

Antenna rotators. I won’t judge you if you use one. They’ll help you get reception from two different directions. But are they really the best idea? Let me say upfront that if you do want an…



Don’t have “2019 anxiety” — act now

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…


FUN FRIDAY: Boldly Go

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…





BREAKING: DISH (finally) signs deal with Hearst

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….


What is an anechoic chamber?

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…


Can you paint an antenna?

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….