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When will DIRECTV stop SD broadcasting?

Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest when you’re standing so close to a tree. Our Solid Signal Blog readers are the elite of home theater DIY’ers an we sometimes forget that the rest of the…



Bow Tie Element Length Evaluation

THE QUESTION The question I wanted to answer was, “Does making a bow tie (BT) antenna with longer elements improve the VHF response of the antenna?” It is easy to answer this question for a…




What is MPEG anyway?

MPEG. Everyone talks about it like they know what they’re talking about. They talk about MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and all the compression technology, but do you know what MPEG really is? MPEG is an acronym for Moving Picture…




The Standard Bow Tie Antenna

This blog is long overdue. Here is the standard bow tie antenna that I’m comparing all other antennas to and how to build it. To build this antenna, you’ll need: Two pieces of stiff wire…




QAM 101: All QAM is not the same

Thanks to ahaley for this suggestion. QAM. Most likely you think it’s either an unpronounceable random set of letters or an Australian airline. In both cases you would be wrong. It stands for Quadrature Amplitude Modulation….