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Transformer Tests

I’ve been telling people to try their antennas without the standard TV 300 Ohm to 75 Ohm transformer for years now. With the inclusion of the Digiair DTV Spectrum Analyzer in my bag of tools,…

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What is RDK?

Cable companies across the country are racing to change over from the old way of doing cable TV, known as QAM, to new IPTV technology. With IPTV, all the TV information comes through as digital data…


What is net neutrality?

Maybe you’ve heard the term and maybe you’ve never been curious before. But, with “over-the-top” streaming services like Netflix getting more popular, it’s something you might want to get familiar with. Net neutrality is the idea…



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…