April 2017

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The First Selfie

Selfie is a real word. Ask the Oxford English Dictionary, the American Heritage Dictionary, and others. Maybe it shouldn’t be. Maybe the world was a better place when it wasn’t. But it is. And this, according…


Why are “trust badges” so important?

Look at the bottom of SolidSignal.com and you’ll see a bunch of logos. We’re not trying to be a NASCAR site… each one of those logos is there for a reason. They’re called “Trust Badges” and…


What is a “ground plane?”

This one’s a bit confusing. First of all, we’re not talking about a grounded plane which is what happens when a 737 has engine trouble. That’s another whole thing. A ground plane, at its simplest, is a large…





DIRECTV NOW adds FOX stations

I hope you’re ready for some more free TV! Viewers in 14 cities awoke today to find FOX as part of their lineups in DIRECTV NOW, the live TV streaming service from AT&T. Local channels are…




Do you need an antenna rotator?

Antennas are great but… they don’t get signals from every direction. The most powerful antennas, the most efficient ones, are also the ones that are the most directional. If you live far away from the broadcast…


NICE AND EASY: What is “VSAT?”

It’s basically satellite internet. VSAT stands for “very small aperture terminal” which, let’s be honest, doesn’t tell you any more than you already knew. So let’s back up a little bit. Back in the 1960s, the…


NICE AND EASY: What is “TVRO?”

It’s, like, satellite TV. TVRO stands for “television, receive only.” Right there, the way they worded it you know someone with a military background made that up. TVRO is a term that applies to commercial…