January 2018

Welcome to The New Solid Signal Blog!

We’re glad you’re here! There’s a lot to look at! Over the next few months we’ll be moving all the great content you love to our new site so you can continue to enjoy it….


NICE AND EASY: How hot should your SWM16 get?

This hot. DIRECTV’s SWM16 multiswitch is a miracle of modern technology, but it’s not a miracle of thermal engineering. It runs hot, too hot to touch in some cases, and that’s perfectly normal. It can run 10-15 degrees…






COMMUNICATIONS PIONEERS: Voyager I

Nothing touched by a human has ever traveled this far. Voyager 1 was launched in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn close up, and it kept on going and going, taking the first close pictures of…





FUN FRIDAY: The history of home audio

Remember these? Maybe you don’t. Even in the 1970s, a home 8-track player was pretty rare. Most people had one in their cars, if they had one at all, and the 8-track format really only lasted…



Starz Free Preview this weekend!

Get those DVRs ready because it’s another Starz Free Preview Weekend! Starting now and going through Monday, January 22, it’s your chance to check out Counterpart, the new show with the excellent J.K Simmons as a bureaucrat who…


What is wind load?

Another term you might have heard if you’ve hung around antennas or satellite systems is wind load. This term describes how much wind affects something. It’s a combination of how much wind you have, how much drag…